Cumbernauld United 3 Kilsyth Rangers 1
West of Scotland Super League, First Division
THIS was a match that both sides were desperate to win to ease relegation worries.
In the end it was United who came out on top and are now fairly secure, but Rangers are starting to run out of games in which to pick up the necessary points.
A controversial sending off of Rangers’ keeper, Duke, midway through the second half turned the game in United’s favour and they won easily enough in the end.
There was not too much goalmouth action in the early part of the game but midway through the first half McLaughlin got the ball and rounded Duke to shoot Cumbernauld into the lead from a very acute angle.
Rangers responded with a few good attacks and ten minutes later McColligan equalised with a well struck shot from about 12 yards.
All square at the interval was a fair reflection of the first half action.
Rangers had the best of the early play in the second half but United were unlucky when O’Halloran had a shot which hit the side net.
Rangers made a couple of changes with Dolan and Felvus being brought on but it was still United who looked the more dangerous going forward.
Then came the incident which changed the game. Duke stuck out a foot and brought down a United attacker in the box. It was deemed to be worthy of an ordering off and penalty award and Rangers had to take off Mansare and bring on substitute keeper Smith for the spot-kick, which McLaughlin duly converted.
Rangers, although down to ten men, made a big effort to pull it back but it was no great surprise when United substitute Thomson added a third goal near the end. A big blow for Rangers, but United now seem certain to maintain their place in the super league next season.