BSC Lose Out in Seven Goal Thriller
Gala Fairydean Rover 4-3 BSC Glasgow | Ferrari Packaging Lowland League | Netherdale Stadium, Galashiels | 7th November 2015
By: Sam Jenkinson
BSC Glasgow took the lead twice away at Netherdale on Saturday, but a late penalty for the home side gave Gala Fairydean Rovers all three points.
Aiden Ferris put BSC on top after just three minutes, but Ryan Clapperton’s double put Rovers 2-1 up at the break. Ciaran Johnston and David Gray both scored to take Broomhill 3-2 up, but Stuart Noble equalised and then won a penalty as Jamie Gibson converted to give 10-man Gala the win.
Kyle Richford came in for Johnston as Craig Young otherwise kept the same side that was victorious at Threave a week previous. However, the Airdriedonians striker had to be replaced after suffering a rib injury in the first half.
BSC continued their form from last week as Ferris’ found the back of the net early. Gray swung in a corner from the left, with Callum Home winning the header inside the six yard box. Ferris, unmarked at the near post, stabbed at the ball and it slipped past the goalkeeper into the back of the net.
Not long after though, Gala were back in the game. Clapperton, snatching his first of the day after his shot deflected off of a BSC defender, taking it past Derick Moore.
The match continued in hectic form as Gala went again before 15 minutes had passed. A Moore goal kick was won in the midfield by David Bonnar. Clapperton then seized on a poor clearance, took a touch and fired powerfully into the top right corner from 20 yards.
Ferris came inches away from his second before the half hour mark. A through ball was only partially cleared by an onrushing Mark Wilson in the Rovers goals, and fell to the ex-Morton forward. He volleyed first time with his left, only to see the ball clip the post and bounce out of play.
Richford went down ten minutes before half time, and had to be replaced by Johnston. He nearly had an instant impact, but a late flag prevented him from getting the all-important fourth goal.
It didn’t take Johnston long to take his chance after the break. Some high pressing forced an error from Colin Galbraith, and the striker stole the ball and smashed a shot into the roof of the net from just outside the area.
The game swung again in BSC’s favour through Captain Gray’s stunning free kick. Dean McColm fouled Ross McKinnon 25 yards from goal, and the skipper made no mistake as his curling effort left Wilson no chance as it swung into the top left corner.
With less than half an hour remaining, BSC were given a huge boost as McColm was given his marching orders after a another late tackle on McKinnon. As Gala piled forward, Glasgow looked to counter, with Drew Ramsay seeing his header glance wide after being gifted a great chance to put the game out of sight.
Gala punished the visitors for not taking their chances. Noble notched his second goal against BSC in two games, as he broke down the inside left of the box, firing low and under Derick Moore.
There was still time left for the home side to get the winner. A penalty was awarded after Stephen Bronsky was said to have fouled Noble inside the box. Gibson showed some composure to give his side all three points after what proved a wild encounter.
Despite the disappointing result, it’s a return to Cup action next week, as BSC travel to Upper Annandale in the South Of Scotland Challenge Cup. Glasgow won the trophy last year, taking out Lochar Thistle at this round with a convincing 6-0 victory. Ferris got two that day and will be hoping to get a few more against the South of Scotland side.
Team: Moore, Dryden, Home, Bronsky, Ramsay, Ferris (Carnwath 87), McKinnon, Gray, Traynor, Connolly (McDougall 87), Richford (Johnston 38)
Unused: Wilton, Cameron
MOTM: Ross McKinnon
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