MATCH REPORT :: BSC make it ‘three and 3’ Against Abbey Vale
BSC Glasgow 3-1 Abbey Vale
22 November, 2014
South Regional Cup
BSC Glasgow showed their squads improved strength as the Glasgow side made it three wins on the bounce in the South Regional Cup on Saturday.
After the postponement of the fixture last weekend, the game was switched to be played away at Abbey Vale's home ground. Broomhill ran out comfortable 3-1 winners in the end, but at times, found it difficult for themselves.
The first chance of the game fell to Abbey Vale. After an in-swinging cross from the left was whipped in, Abbey Vale striker Jack Connelly powered a header on goal, only for it to be acrobatically saved by BSC’s goalkeeper Matt McGinley.
After an uneventful first half, Broomhill came out a different side. Straight from kick off, there was a higher tempo and intensity to their play both on and off the ball. They pushed forward right from the whistle, and Kieran O'Hear was unlucky to score with an ambitious header from the penalty spot after seeing Abbey Vale goalkeeper Jack Johnston out of position.
BSC kept up the pressure and it soon paid dividends. A free kick by Grant Mosson was cleared by Abbey Vale straight to Tony Wallace. The midfielder, playing an excellent ball right back in, found centre half Stephen Bronsky, who knocked it home at the near post.
The improvement in performance, and the goal, gave Broomhill great confidence as they continued to create chances. Aidan Ferris came close after spinning off the last defender, but couldn't find the finish. Seconds after, substitute Aiden Malone picked the ball up out wide, but his low cross was stopped before it could reach an unmarked Tony Wallace.
In the 70th minute, Malone and Ferris linked up inside the box but the substitute couldn't convert, whilst the home side did well to find a period of possession. An O’Hear free kick from 30 yards out was floated in, but Bronsky cleared to keep the lead.
BSC found their second just a few minutes later, after a swift counter attack following an Abbey Vale corner. Wallace pulled out left into space, drove down the line and squared the ball to Malone, who opened his body and finished into the bottom right corner.
The two goal cushion only lasted for four minutes though, as BSC failed to clear a seemingly innocuous opportunity. A shot was drilled low from the Abbey Vale right midfielder, which deflected into the top corner, giving McGinley no chance.
An Abbey Vale free kick soon followed, putting pressure on Broomhill who, despite sitting deeper, defended well. The BSC midfield continued to hold the ball well though, and got the third goal they needed soon after.
Super substitute Malone again pulled away from the last defender, slotting a shot under the keeper for his second of the game. The goal proved pivotal, as it killed any momentum the home team had, as BSC Glasgow put themselves into the draw for the last 16.
After the match, Iain King praised his sides second half performance.
“I thought it was frustrating in the first half,” he commented. “We knew how they were going to play - they were going to defend deep after they saw our result in the last round of the cup against Lochar Thistle (6-0). It frustrated us in the first half, but we dominated in the second and got the win.”
King also spoke about the change in venue.
“We were just desperate to play football. Once we adapted, we played well, but we need to be more clinical in front of goal.”
“We had a lot of chances and could have made it easier for ourselves, but we didn't, they got the deflected goal and there's suddenly a bit of pressure on us before the third. Saying that, it's now three wins in a row, we're playing better and getting closer to the style of play we want to see.”
BSC will unfortunately have to wait a week to make it four wins, as this coming weekends’ match versus Selkirk has been postposed, due to the visitors having to play another fixture.