BSC Can't Win in the Capital
BSC Glasgow 1-2 Spartans FC | Ainslie Park | Saturday 19th September
By Sam Jenkinson
Callum Home’s second half header couldn’t prevent opponents Spartans from taking all three points at Ainslie Park. Aaron Murrell got a goal in each half to condemn BSC to another defeat, but both sides had chances to change the scoreline.
New signing Derick Moore was handed his first start in between the sticks, with Mark Dryden and Adam Hopes also getting on the team sheet as trialists. Home, who marked his return from suspension with a goal, also came in at centre back.
Unfortunately, BSC got off to the worst possible start as they looked to exit a recent poor run of form. A defensive mix up allowed Murrell in, and with the easiest of finishes the striker put his side ahead with members of the crowd still taking their seats.
This pushed the home side on, and Broomhill had to ride the Spartans’ storm for the opening period. Alan Brown, Eddie Malone and Murrell all had shots stopped by Moore in the opening 20 minutes, with Aaron Connolly coming closest for BSC with a low driven shot from outside the area.
Arnault Bembo came on for Hopes at the break, and used his pace and directness to threaten a previously relatively untroubled Spartans’ backline. It was from the versatile player’s run that the BSC equaliser came from. David Gray drove in a corner from the right and found Home totally unmarked 8 yards out to powerfully header past Blair Carswell.
Spartans’ retook the lead just after the hour mark. A BSC corner made its way out to Connor Duthie on the right. The referee contentiously played on after what looked like a handball from the winger, who proceeded to switch it to Paul Greenhill. With Glasgow players still getting back into their shape, the Spartans’ man played it across goal to Murrell who got his – and his side’s - second goal.
BSC began to hold more possession and throw more bodies forward as the game neared it’s conclusion. The home side looked to defend their lead and counter, with Greenhill and Dishington missing chances to put the game to bed.
Broomhill struggled to create a guilt edged opening in the final stages, with a Gray corner being dealt with more competently and, in the very last possession of the game, Bembo linked with Ferris to create a shooting opportunity, but he sliced his volley wide. The referee blew for full time and Glasgow fell to a fourth defeat in a row.
Craig Young commented after the match on his side’s performance, and particularly that of sub Bembo –
“I thought the application and the energy levels were really good. Sometimes as a manager you can criticise those things, but not today.”
“We made it difficult for ourselves with a poor first 45 minutes, and we’ll have to do better than that. It was a horror start and Spartans are a good side which made it hard to come back and they deserved to win.”
“We brought Arnie on because we felt we needed a bit more strength in the middle of the park, and he provides that, and it allowed us to get Aiden Ferris up front as well.”
“We can’t carry 25 players so we’ve got to have guys that can be versatile when required and he’s done well in every position we’ve asked him to play so far.”
BSC face Auchinleck Talbot in the first round of the Scottish Cup next Saturday at Lochburn Park. Ticket information is now available on BSC Glasgow social media for the 3pm kick off.
Bocadillo Man of the Match: Callum Home
Team: Moore, Dryden, Home, Bronsky, Ramsay, Ferris, Gray, Cameron (Johnston 70), O’Hear, Hopes (Bembo 45), Connolly.
Man of the Match in association with Bocadillo Matchday Food Sponsor