Midfielder Magic Gives BSC Victory

BSC Glasgow 2  1 Civil Service StrollersBSC Glasgow 2 – 1 Civil Service Strollers :: Ferrari Packaging Lowland League :: Indodrill Stadium :: 9th September 2016

Written by Sam Jenkinson

Mark Adams and his BSC Glasgow side made it two wins on the bounce on Friday night as they took down Lowland League new boys Civil Service Strollers.

Goals from the men in the middle Tom Woods and Gary Redpath were enough to fend off the Strollers, who made it close with minutes remaining through Matthew Cunningham after Gerard Traynor was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Defender Christian Kasongo came back into the side for his second appearance, but had to be replaced halfway through the opening period after limping off.

The visitors had the first big chance of the game after only seven minutes. A quick diagonal pass found tricky winger Jordan Boyle on the right, with enough space to get a shot away. Joe Wilton parried it, but Steven Froude was first to it only to completely fresh air his effort.
In an end to end start, BSC found themselves a chance after an excellent bit of passing play, starting with Lewis Bell at the back and ending in a corner after Shaun Bowers overlapped on the right.

Goalkeeper Stuart Burnside had to be alert to knock over Traynor’s fizzing strike from the corner before the visitors regained possession.
Froude had another chance after turning well and driving in after a quick Strollers counter. His shot was weak though, and was heading wide before Redpath got to it to hook away. The visitors could have had another, as a free header from six yards was thumped straight at Wilton to beat away.

And Woods made the visitors pay for their missed chances. Robert Jones chased down a seemingly innocuous ball down the BSC left, before winning it back and driving in. The big striker got his head up, and cut back to Woods who finished expertly, controlling the ball across Burnside and into the right side of the net.

BSC started the second half strongly, with the Strollers goal being peppered with shots from distance from Traynor and Woods. The second goal came after the latter opted to play in Aidan Ferris down the inside left, whose cross was knocked behind for a corner. The corner made it’s way out to Bowers on the edge, but his strike was deflected away. Redpath picked up the loose ball, made his way across the edge the area before firing with power into the bottom right.

Froude could have halved the deficit with 15 minutes to go, but his header was straight at Wilton after a good run down the right by Cunningham.

Before Cunningham took matters into his own hands, Traynor saw red after what seemed a fair 50/50 in the middle of the park, but referee Liam Butler seemed to insinuate that the defender was off for an accumulation of fouls as he walked off.

Two minutes later, the ball fell to Cunningham inside the six yard box from a set piece to finish past Wilton and make it a potentially nervy final five minutes.

Midfielder Jack Downie had the Strollers best chance to equalise, after the ball sat up nicely for him on the penalty spot on for his shot to limply go wide. BSC saw out the game well, and Butler called for full time to put BSC up to fifth in the Lowland League table on Friday night.

It’s two cup games in a row for BSC up next, with a home Scottish Cup tie with Rothes FC preceded by a visit to Heriot Watt University in the South Challenge Cup next Saturday.

Team: Wilton; Bowers, Kasongo (Corrieri 24), Bowers, Keys; Redpath, Cunningham; Ferris, Woods, Traynor; Jones
Not Used: Newlands, Beckett, Niven, Toner

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