Connolly double completes BSC comeback

BSC Glasgow 3 – 3 Gala Fairydean Rovers | Ferrari Packaging Lowland League | Lochburn Park, Maryhill | 24th October 2015

Written by Sam Jenkinson

Aaron Connolly’s second half double completed a superb BSC Glasgow comeback after visitors Gala Fairydean Rovers raced to a first half lead.

Loanee Kyle Richford cancelled out Scott Main’s early opener, but Callum Jardine and Stuart Noble scored in quick succession to give the Galashiels side a commanding lead at the break, but Connolly produced an outstanding second half performance to earn a point for BSC.

Craig Young named an unchanged side to last week’s win over Vale of Leithen, with Richford and Connolly continuing up top and David Cameron staying at centre back. 

But any momentum from that victory was quashed as Gala took the lead within five minutes. Some good build up play in the middle of the park created space for Main, and after Dean McColm played him in the full back fired under Derick Moore and in.

It took Broomhill until half way through the first half to find an equaliser. A clearance by Moore was allowed to bounce by the Rovers’ centre backs, and Richford nipped in in front of the defence to knock past Mark Wilson.

In an action packed opening period, the visitors retook the lead before the half hour mark. Jardine took a corner from the left, and a combination of BSC bodies couldn’t stop the ball from ending up in the back of the net directly from the cross.

Gala found their third five minutes later. A long clearing header fell to the feet of Noble outside the area with his back to goal. Being given the time to turn, the striker fired powerfully in at the near post leaving BSC with a huge second half task.

After the break, Connolly got his side off to the best possible start. Jamie Cunningham’s deep cross continued all the way to the left flank, and Drew Ramsay won it ahead of a Gala challenger. After swinging the ball in, Wilson tipped it out only as far as Connolly, who finished from a yard out.

Still a goal down, BSC were frustrated after Aidan Ferris’ penalty shout was turned down and Connolly’s shot from distance was saved. 

Broomhill’s increasing pressure paid off with 13 minutes remaining. Cunningham took a free kick from the right side, which was cleared only as far as the striker standing 15 yards out. He fired low, this time beating Wilson and making it all even.

Connolly came agonisingly close to completing his hat trick minutes later, but his strike smacked off the post and out. Callum Home saw his floated header saved by Wilson as the home side pushed for a winner, but it wasn’t to be.

Craig Young was pleased with the second half improvement:

“I think if you’re 3-1 down at half time against anybody and you come back it’s a good point. I’ve got to commend my players for their application in the second half – not that I think it wasn’t good in the first, but we just didn’t defend well.”

“I take an element of the blame for the first half, tactically I didn’t think I got it right but we changed it by dropping Aaron (Connolly) into midfield. I told the players that at half time, and you’ve always got to remember there’s a guy in the opposite dugout trying to get the better of you.”

The manager was full of praise for Connolly:
“Aaron’s played at Ayr United and at the top level of junior football, he’s got good pedigree in the game and he’s all round a good footballer who was a thorn in their side all afternoon, and our best player today, comfortably.

BSC now face successive away trips, with Threave Rovers up next in Castle Douglas. After coming home from Threave with a frustrating 1-1 draw last season, BSC will be hoping to continue their improved run of form with a win.

Team: Moore; Cunningham, Cameron (Home 56), Bronsky, Ramsay; Ferris, Gray, Carnwath, Traynor; Richford (Johnston 71), Connolly

Not Used: Dryden, Carrell, Jarvis, McKinnon, A. Bembo

MOTM: Aaron Connolly

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