BSC share spoils as Malone strikes early

BSC Glasgow 1-1 Gala Fairydean Rovers :: 28th April 2015 :: Lochburn Park

BSC and Gala Fairydean played out their second draw of the season in this midweek clash at Maryhill. Aiden Malone’s fourth minute opener was cancelled out by Callum Jardine, but both sides could easily have come away with three points. 

Manager Iain King brought Gary Graham and Bruno Maltoni back into the side as he continues to make full use of his squad during a hectic 7-game month for BSC. With a potential five matches still to play, the Glasgow side looked to continue their unbeaten run into the business end of the season, as a tough game against a Gala side directly above them in the Lowland League table the next challenge.

Malone and company got off to the perfect start. Kieran O’Hear forced a BSC throw in high up the pitch after some good pressure. Callum Home’s throw was worked in to the striker, who spun and sweetly struck a half-volley across John Dodds to give BSC a reward for their quick start.

Glasgow largely restricted the visitors to set piece opportunities in the opening half hour as they looked for a second goal. Both Gary Graham and Malone had good strikes saved by Dodds after two good counter attacks in a matter of minutes.

With ten to go until half time, Jamie Gibson’s movement saw him break free inside the area and strike low, only for Maltoni to save with his legs. With the BSC defence still reorganising, Jardine broke down the outside and struck across goal and Maltoni was equal to it again, punching behind for a corner. Ross McKinnon also had two long distance strikes saved as both keepers looked to outperform each other.

After a hectic end to the first half, the second began a lot slower. It took until after the hour mark for either side to create a chance, and Rovers took theirs when it came. Jardine picked up on a slack pass, used his pace to get inside the danger area and looked to slide the ball past Maltoni. The BSC keeper saved, but it bounced kindly for the winger and he knocked it into the empty net.

Graham’s header from a McKinnon corner crept over the bar immediately after the equaliser as BSC looked to regain the lead. Malone had a shot tipped wide by Dodds, and the keeper continued to frustrate the attackers after he saved another headed attempt by Graham, who got on the end of an excellent Darren Moffat cross.

Gala substitutes Sean Paliczka and Billy Miller combined to create the game’s best chance in the final minute. Miller found shooting space and struck ferociously, only to see it smack off the inside of the post and into the grateful hands of Maltoni. Glasgow went straight up the other end and won a free kick, but it wasn’t to be and referee Martin McCarthy blew to end proceedings.

The draw leaves BSC in ninth, with a win against Vale of Leithen a week on Saturday ensuring that’s where they will end their inaugural Lowland League season.

“The first half was again excellent and back at the intensity we want the team to play at,” commented King after the match. “Aiden’s goal was great and we played some good football.”

“We dropped off a bit in the second. Gala are a good side, they passed the ball really well in the second half and we got a bit lucky with the one that came off the inside of the post.”

“Gary Graham had an excellent game up top and it was good to get 45 minutes out of Aaron Murdoch after his injury. There were definite positives to take and there has been every game on this run. We’re going into the game on Monday in good shape.”

Ross McKinnon also looked ahead to Monday’s quarter final against East Kilbride at Lochburn, and the midfielder was hoping to get back on the score sheet –

“I was a bit disappointed with set pieces tonight but I’m really hoping I can get one next week!” 

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