Match Report : : Boxing Day Blues for BSC Glasgow :: 26th December, 2014
Spartans 2-1 BSC Glasgow :: Scottish Sun Lowland League Cup :: 27th December, 2014
Despite a Matt McGinley penalty save, and an Aiden Malone second half strike, Broomhill were unable to overcome Spartans on Saturday. In what was the visiting sides first competitive match since the end of November, BSC were unable to match their Edinburgh opponents, who carved out the 2-1 win.
After a minutes silence following the recent tragedy in George Square, Ainslie Park saw both sides look to play early, doing their best to keep the ball on the pristine park.
BSC looked to control possession early, as the visitors showed little sign of any rustiness from their long period off. Spartans defended well though, as the home side looked to build their way into the match.
Making their possession count, Spartans took the lead after a cleared corner fell to Jack Beesley. The ensuing cross fell to Errol Douglas, who expertly flicked his header backwards, beyond the reach of goalkeeper McGinley.
Minutes later, life went from bad to worse for BSC, as Aaron Murdoch was deemed to have fouled Beesley inside the box. Kevin Motion stepped up, but a superb save from McGinley saw the ex-Albion Rovers stopper keep the game within reach for his side.
BSC appeared to have weathered the storm, as they began to venture forward more often. Aiden Malone found himself with a delightful opportunity, but was unable to find the finish as his inventive lob flew a yard over the bar.
Playing mostly on the counter, BSC were denied a glorious chance, after Murdoch was judged offside, leaving the visitors a goal down going into half-time.
As the second half kicked off, it didn't take long for BSC to find the equaliser. Striker Malone, who had his effort saved by Spartans keeper Blair Carswell just minutes before, finally found a way on the scoresheet.
Finding space inside the box, Malone headed home from the resulting corner, bringing BSC level with plenty of time to play.
The match began to heat up, as tackles began to fly in from both sides. Tony Wallace looked to lead his side forward, craftily creating some space for himself just outside the box. After twisting and turning, the midfielder saw his shot easily gathered by Carswell.
Malone saw an ambitious acrobatic effort sail over the bar, before manager Iain King brought on recent signing Gary Graham, in the hopes to find the equaliser.
It seemed an inspirational substitution, as minutes later the ball fell to Graham right in front of the Spartans goal. Fans were left if disbelief though, as the striker’s shot could only find the relieved gloves of the Spartans’ keeper.
Graham’s miss proved pivotal, as the home side took the lead just a minute later.
From the resulting possession, Douglas, cutting in from the left, saw his ferocious shot saved well by McGinley. Broomhill were caught watching though, as Beesley reacted first, racing in to knock the loose ball into the empty net.
BSC threw everything forward, but were unable to find the equaliser as the match ended 2-1 for the home side. Spartans, unbeaten in the group stage, advanced to the next round of the Lowland League Cup. For BSC, they face an uphill battle, as they now must beat both Edinburgh City and Whitehill Welfare to progress.
BSC will look to start the new year in winning ways as they make the short trip across town, to take on manager Iain King's old club East Kilbride FC. The two sides fought out a 1-1 draw before Christmas, but both King and assistant manager Craig Young will be looking to take all three points away from their old hunting ground.
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