MATCH REPORT :: EK K.O. BSC
BSC Glasgow 0-1 East Kilbride :: Scottish Sun Lowland League Cup Quarter Finals :: 4th May 2015 :: Lochburn Park
BSC Glasgow were knocked out by rivals East Kilbride in the Lowland League Cup quarter finals on Wednesday night, as a lone Joao Victoria goal gave Billy Ogilvies’ side the narrow win.
It was a huge match for both sides as they looked to continue their cup runs after coming through a difficult group campaign. For BSC, Aaron Murdoch made his first start since injury, starting in place of Jamie Brophy with Callum Home slotting in at centre half.
After an even 25 minutes without a notable chance for either side, East Kilbride took their first. A cross from the right hand side made it’s way through to Vitoria, and the clinical striker took his chance to slot home into the bottom left corner to open the scoring.
Aiden Malone and Ross McKinnon both had shots cleared behind as BSC looked to get back into the game before half time, but the away side went in at the break a goal ahead.
EK started the second half brighter, with Martin McBride bringing out an excellent one-handed save from Stewart after he broke free down the inside right. Michael Morris’ header from the resultant corner was gathered and BSC survived.
David Cameron’s header back across goal couldn’t be finished by Graham or Malone in what would have been a sure goal, before McKinnon and Malone’s free kicks were blocked as BSC began to keep East Kilbride penned into their own half.
Just after the hour mark, BSC had their best chance so far. A quick Kieran O’Hear run down the left hand side won his side a corner. McKinnon swung it in, but Glasgow somehow didn’t score with the ball bouncing around inside the 6 yard box.
Anthony Brady had a chance of his own soon after, but volleyed over the bar from outside the six yard box after the ball smacked off the bar.
Murdoch had to be replaced with 15 remaining after he stayed down injured. Kris Gebbie and Ciaran Johnston also came on to replace Jordan McKechnie and Malone as BSC looked for the elusive equaliser.
Another smart Stewart stop was required to deny Craig Hastings after he broke free as the goalkeeper looks to stake his claim for a place in the side for the cup final.
With six minutes remaining, some good work by Ciaran Johnston down the right gave him an opportunity to hit across goal, but no one followed in for BSC and it went out for a throw in on the other side.
That proved to be BSC’s last chance and the away side scraped through to face Spartans after a evenly-matched game. Afterwards, manager Iain King was disappointed his side lost out.
“When you’re playing against the side second in the table you can’t afford to only play for 45 minutes, and that’s what we did. We were timid and second to every ball and never pressed the way that we can.”
“The second half was 100% better.”
“We’ve come a long way as a squad and we’ve got this cup final to look forward to. Tonight is disappointing because I viewed it as a real opportunity, but we’re in the big cup final and if you’d said that when we’d taken over we’d certainly have taken it.”
Keeper Iain Stewart shared a similar sentiment as his manager -
“We dominated the full second half but we had a very poor start to the game, we just couldn’t seem to get a rhythm going in the first half.”
“We’ve just got to kick on from here, get this out our systems and prepare for the cup final.”
BSC’s last Lowland League fixture comes on Wednesday in a chance to immediately get right back to winning ways. Vale of Leithen visit Lochburn as BSC look to confirm their place in ninth.