Match Report - Cambuslang Rangers Vs Blantyre Victoria
Cambuslang Rangers 0 - 5 Blantyre Victoria
Scorers: Gavin Millar (4', 43'), Keirin Coleman (11'), Lewis MacDonald (27'), Connor McGuinness (90+2')
The Vics travelled the shortest distance they will all year in the Championship as they visited Cambuslang Rangers for the first time since 2014.
Straight from the off the Vics had a glorious chance. Aaron Black whipped in a cross from a free-kick on the right-wing, Garry Campbell managed to get a header on target but it was saved by the Camby keeper Ross Meldrum. He was not able to keep the ball in his grasp and Keirin Coleman managed to get a shot off but it was saved again by the keeper while he was on the deck.
In the fourth minute the Vics broke the deadlock. Black whipped in a corner from the right, the ball then pinged about in the Cambuslang penalty area before falling to the feet of Gavin Millar who fired a shot past Meldrum at close range to give the Vics an early lead.
Lewis MacDonald almost gave Blantyre a second five minutes afterwards, after linking up well with Keirin Coleman on the left flank he drove into the box before testing Meldrum at his near-post but he diverted it wide for a corner.
In the 11th minute the Vics did double their, this time as Aaron Black curled in a cross from the right Keirin Coleman smashed a header into the Cambuslang net to score his fourth of the season on his 100th appearance for the club.
27 minutes in the Vics extended their lead further, after an error from Rangers' Matthew Gray the Vics forward Lewis MacDonald was there to capitalise as he powered a shot past Meldrum to make it 0 - 3.
Just a few minutes before the interval Cambuslang defender Martin McGuire was penalised for a handball inside the box as referee Steven McKay pointed to the spot. It was Aaron Black who stepped up to take it but he was denied by Ross Meldrum. Vics winger Gavin Millar was there to follow through on the rebound, and with no sign of Cambuslang defenders he was able to slot home his third goal in the last two games.
After the break Cambuslang were hungry to get a goal back - finally stringing some passes together in the midfield. Vics held on well as most plays were defended well by Craig Kerr and Garry Campbell. Liam Campbell was called into action on a couple occasions with some brilliant saves to protect the Vics' four goal lead.
In the 61st Aaron Black came close to getting his goal but Ross Meldrum pulled off an excellent save to deny his effort and keep it only 0 - 4. A couple minutes later the Cambuslang keeper was at it again as he diverted a shot from Gavin Millar wide as he looked to bag his hat-trick.
With twenty minutes left on the clock Dale Jones performed a solo excellent run from the halfway line all the way to the box. He pulled a shot off which beat Meldrum but not his post as it deflected away from danger.
There was then an opportunity for the Vics in the 80th minute that really should have made it five as Ross Caldwell was slipped in by Black and looked like it was an easy tap-in from close range. He was denied on the goal line by Matthew Gray, by what looked like his hand, as the referee waved play on - as he admittedly was blindsided.
Late on Blantyre Vics got the fifth goal they thoroughly deserved. Aaron Black slipped the ball to Nadeem Zeb who was on the edge of the box, he then shifted it along to trialist Connor McGuinness who was in space. He curled a right-footed shot past Meldrum to get his first goal for the club.
Five goals away from home for the Vics (which could have easily been more) means that the Vics have won four fixtures in a row now, scoring 16 and only conceding 3. Another three points means they are six points off the top of the table with two games in hand. For Cambuslang Rangers it's four defeats from four as they fall to 11th in the table.