MATCH REPORT :: Goalless draw leaves Cup future in BSC hands

MATCH REPORT :: Goalless draw leaves Cup future in BSC hands :: 8th April, 2015BSC Glasgow 0-0 Edinburgh City :: 8th April, 2015 :: Scottish Sun Lowland League Cup: Group Stage

BSC battled to a goalless draw against champions Edinburgh City Wednesday night, leaving themselves in control of their own destiny in the Scottish Sun Lowland League Cup.

Despite losing to Spartans in a previous group stage match, a victory at home to Whitehill Welfare would see Glasgow qualify for the tournament’s quarter-finals, after a match in which east coast rivals City looked to make amends for Saturday’s emphatic  5-0 BSC win.

It proved to be a much tighter affair than last time out, with neither side able to find many clear cut chances throughout the 90 minutes. Regular starters Tony Wallace and Aaron Murdoch were both missing from the side due to suspension and injury respectively, which meant Callum Home and Darren Moffat continued their run and recent good form in the starting line-up.

Glasgow’s first chance came from a driving Home run as the defender cut inside from full back, before shrugging off a City defender to win a corner. David Cameron saw his header at the back post saved though, after Edinburgh failed to pick up his late run from Ross McKinnon’s whipped delivery.

The visitors looked to strike quickly too, with their best chance of the opening period coming from Ross Guthrie. The striker controlled the ball well, spinning past Cameron with his first touch, before unleasing a strike from 25 yards that flew wide of Iain Stewart’s left hand post. Minutes later, Ross Allum saw a penalty appeal denied after what looked like a clean challenge from Captain Jamie Brophy.

The game continued in similar form, with both sides’ defence holding strong. Guthrie was replaced due to a muscle injury and McKinnon was booked after a late challenge in the City half before referee David Roome blew for half time.

The second half continued in a similar vein, with a few half chances for both sides coming from set pieces, but neither team finding any clear chances to take the lead.

An Aaron James corner caused keeper Stewart, back in the side after injury, a bit of difficulty but he managed to tip the ball over the bar for another corner. BSC countered from the ensuing corner, Cameron clearing up to Gary Graham who dribbled forwards, but City regrouped before the ball found the hands of goalkeeper Andrew Stobie.

Broomhill began to drop deeper as Edinburgh pressed forwards in search of a winner. The home side stayed compact defensively, with Stephen Bronsky doing well to win every aerial challenge, leaving City largely restricted to attempts from outside the area.

Substitute Mark Osborne came closest for the visitors, but BSC hung on until the end, happy with a point and another clean sheet against the league champions.

Manager Iain King was again pleased with his side’s performance.

He said: “I think it was another excellent performance. We had to battle tonight and it was difficult on the surface to get it down and play.

“The really important thing is it leaves the group in our own hands. We’ve got Whitehill Welfare at home and if we beat them we’re through to the quarter final. It keeps the season really bubbling now with the final to look forward to.”

The visitors also impressed King on their third visit to Lochburn in four weeks.

“City came here tonight determined to make up for Saturday. They lost their discipline a wee bit then, but I thought they played really well tonight and showed why they are champions. I hope, on behalf of all of the Lowland League, that they go on and win the playoff.”

BSC next face the long trip to Threave, in what will be their final away fixture of their inaugural Lowland League season. The two sides met back in August when Aiden Malone picked up three of five total scored that day, and Broomhill will look to repeat that form again on Saturday.

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