BSC UNLUCKY AGAINST LEAGUE LEADERS CITY
BSC Glasgow 0-1 Edinburgh City :: 18 March, 2015 :: Scottish Sun Lowland League
BSC succumbed to a narrow 1-0 home defeat at the hands of League leaders Edinburgh City on Wednesday evening, as an own goal and a missed penalty proved the only difference.
After an unfortunate Gerry O’Connell own goal, and a second half Ross McKinnon penalty cannoning back off the post, the visitors took all three points away from Lochburn Park on a night where BSC did everything but score.
Manager Iain King was looking for an improved performance from that of his sides’ 3-0 defeat in the reverse fixture early last month, and Broomhill did their best to oblige. Aiden Malone was agonisingly close to finding a driving Tony Wallace after the striker picked up on a loose pass by Jordan Caddow in the first minute.
Glasgow continued to force Edinburgh into mistakes on the ball, but were unable to capitalise and find the opener. The visitors were a continual worry as they created chances of their own. Striker Ross Allum miscued his volley after a clearance fell to him unmarked inside the box.
City began to control the possession a bit more comfortably as the half wore on, but BSC dealt with everything that was thrown at them, only allowing one real opportunity right before the break. A low cross was whipped in from the right hand side, but striker Ortega Deniran saw his volley punched away by a diving Bruno Maltoni.
Edinburgh broke the deadlock less than five minutes into the second half. After some confusion between the referee, his assistant and the BSC players over an offside decision, the ball was chipped into the back post area. Despite the best efforts of O’Connell, the defender could only divert his header goal-wards, with a scrambling Maltoni unable to stop it.
BSC felt aggrieved and immediately upped the tempo as they looked to get back into the game. Malone’s headed effort had ‘keeper Andrew Stobie worried, as he was forced to help the ball over the bar.
The resultant corner saw pandemonium ensue inside the box, before Malone was brought down and tthe referee pointed to the penalty spot. McKinnon stepped up, but saw his fizzing effort rattle off the post.
The home side pressed forwards, bringing on substitutes and moving to only three in defense as City dropped deeper and deeper into their own half. The opportunity didn’t fall for BSC however, and after an extended injury time in which two Edinburgh players were booked for time wasting, the referee blew the final whistle.
King was very pleased with the squad’s efforts, a result which left them sitting 10th with games in hand over the teams above.
“I thought we were absolutely excellent… it was night and day to the performance at their ground. The passion and commitment was different class and I think we’ve been very unlucky to not win tonight.”
“I think if the penalty goes in we go on to win the game. To be honest, the decision on the goal has really hurt us as well.”
BSC had been drawn against Edinburgh City in the semi-finals of the South Challenge Cup, a game the manager is more than looking forward to.
“I don’t think we have to do too much differently, just take our chances. We’ve put down a marker here and they will know it’s not going to be easy next time.”
With league matches being off this weekend, Broomhill will look to turn effort into results this Wednesday as they welcome Whitehill Welfare to Lochburn Park in another rearranged league fixture.