Carnwath Leaves It Late As BSC Bounce Back

BSC Glasgow 2-1 Vale of Leithen FC | Ferrari Packaging Lowland League | Lochburn Park, Maryhill | 17th October 2015

By Sam Jenkinson

A last minute strike from Ryan Carnwath completed BSC Glasgow’s second half fight back in their return to league action versus Vale of Leithen on Saturday. Keith McLeod’s scrambled effort gave the visitors the lead, but an excellent free kick from Aaron Connolly and Carnwath’s dramatic winner sent the Innerleithen side home empty handed.

Kyle Richford made his debut after joining during the week from Airdriedonians on loan, with full back Jamie Cunningham also making his first competitive start. 

The game started with both sides looking to attack from the start. Jason Stevens and Alan Flanagan had early chances for the visitors saved by Derick Moore, whilst Richford saw a first opportunity for a debut goal stopped by Andy McQueen in the Vale goals after a quick counter through Aidan Ferris.

The visitors took the lead after 16 minutes through striker Keith McLeod. Alan Flanagan got down the left hand side and played it in to the big Vale striker. Moore denied his first attempt, but the ball bounced off McLeod, over Moore and over the line.

BSC immediately pressed hard to get back in the game, with Gerard Traynor having a great chance inside the area after another Ferris cross, only to see McQueen palm it away with one strong hand.

Carnwath won a free kick in a promising position as the first half drew to a close, but David Cameron’s towering header from David Gray’s floated cross went over the bar and BSC went in a goal behind at the break.

It didn’t take them long after the interval to get back into the game, however. Aaron Connolly won a free kick off of Vale captain Sean Elliot. The striker picked himself up to take, and placed an inch perfect free kick past McQueen to equalise. 

Ferris got in behind Ross Brady and knocked the ball past McQueen and went down, but referee Richard Murray gave a goal kick, leaving the BSC coaching staff bemused. 

With 20 minutes remaining, Glasgow went to a 4-3-3 formation as they looked to push on and win the game. It nearly had an immediate impact, with Gray and Ferris combining to find Richmond in space, but the loanee was foiled once again by the impressive McQueen.

In a repeat of the South Challenge Cup Quarter Final last season involving these two teams, a last minute winner won it for BSC. Carnwath found space in the middle of a stretched Vale defence, took a touch and rifled a shot into the bottom corner to give his side a huge three points.

Ross Wilson was delighted with the victory:

“I’ve been beating the drum for a wee while about the players’ endeavour and working hard for 90 minutes. To be honest, at half time I didn’t feel like we were under any pressure, we were always in control and only really a goal behind after the luckiest bounce in the world.”

“When we went 4-3-3 we looked a lot more positive. I think the players probably responded to being a bit more attacking and going for it and get the win.”

He also spoke of his pride in goalscorer Carnwath:
“I’m delighted for Ryan, because he came off after 20 minutes last time. I said to him go out and show us what you can do, because there is a great player in there. He works hard, and was so disciplined today, Davie Gray was excellent on the ball but Ryan was even better behind him doing his dirty work.”

Moore; Cunningham (A. Bembo 62), Cameron, Bronsky, Ramsay; Ferris (Johnston 73), Carnwath, Gray, Traynor, Connolly, Richford (Home 88)

Not Used: Dryden, McDougall, E. Bembo

MOTM: Ryan Carnwath

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