Brilliant BSC Glasgow sweep away Spartans

BSC Glasgow 3-0 Spartans FC :: 17th January, 2015

Scottish Sun Lowland League

BSC Glasgow blew away reigning champions Spartans after bringing an outstanding performance to Ainslie Park on Saturday. Goals from Ross McKinnon, Gary Graham and Tony Wallace, alongside an excellent defensive performance, secured the momentous three points and clean sheet. 

Coming from back to back losses, including one at Ainslie Park during the Christmas period, returning to winning ways was imperative for Broomhill. Showing early intent to exploit their pace in the forward line, Graham looked to do so in the early stages of the match. Despite his powerful run through the defence, the striker was unable to keep his shot on target.

BSC defended resolutely, doing well to largely restrict the visitors to set piece chances, with Iain Stewart seemingly unstoppable in between the sticks. Spartans’ Willie Bremner saw his shot palmed away by Stewart on the half hour mark, as BSC stayed strong. 

Glasgow had chances of their own as Jordan McKechnie linked up neatly with Graham before debutant McKechnie fired over after linking on to a partially cleared corner kick.

Right on the stroke of half time, BSC were given an opportunity to break the deadlock after midfielder Wallace won a free kick on the edge of the box. Up stepped McKinnon, who smashed an unstoppable strike into the top left corner. Seconds later, the referee’s whistle blew as the visitors took the narrow lead into the break.

BSC didn’t let up after the break, taking only six minutes to double their lead. Another McKinnon free kick, this time from the corner of the box, was chipped in deep towards the back post. Headed back across goal by David Cameron, Spartans’ keeper Kevin Swain made a low reaction save, before the ball fell to Graham, who had the easiest of finishes.

Spartans still struggled to create chances from open play, despite holding the large part of possession. Last year’s Lowland League Champions wouldn’t stop searching though, as Gary Cennerazzo hit a warning shot that flew high from the edge of the box.

As the match wore on, both sides made changes, with Gerry O’Connell replacing McKechnie after a solid debut. Soon after, Ciaran Johnston came on to make his BSC debut, replacing goalscorer Graham. 

Manager Iain King was given a slight concern, when forced to replace McKinnon with Gerry O’Donnell as the midfielder limped off after a strong challenge. O’Donnell proved a brilliant addition in the final minutes, playing a huge part in the third and final goal. 

After another Spartans’ corner was comfortably cleared to Wallace, the midfielder drove down the park, choosing to play the ball to O’Donnell. The striker turned and elected to shoot, only to see his shot rebound off of the post. BSCs’ work rate paid off, as Wallace followed in, emphatically hitting it home to complete the sides’ performance.

Manager King was understandably ecstatic with the performance after the game, and waxed lyrical about his team.

“I told the boys this is a Spartans team in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, not to mention reigning champions. And for us to come here and beat them 3-0… It’s superb, our best result ever!!”

“We just came with a game plan, made some changes, and it worked great.”

BSC will hope to push on from Saturday’s victory as they travel to Pennypit Park to take on Preston Athletic. Despite it being over three months since their 3-1 victory against the Prestonpans side in August, Glasgow will be looking to take home a similar result again this Saturday.

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