Rovers fail to spook BSC
Threave Rovers 0-3 BSC Glasgow | Ferrari Packaging Lowland League | Meadow Park, Castle Douglas | 31st October 2015
Written by Sam Jenkinson
First half goals from Ross McKinnon and Aaron Connolly put BSC Glasgow on their way to a convincing victory over Threave Rovers. Gerard Traynor's early second half goal put the icing on the cake for Craig Young's side, who extended their unbeaten run to three games.
Jamie Cunningham dropped to the bench due to injury, with Mark Dryden, McKinnon and Ciaran Johnston coming into the starting 11 for BSC’s Halloween trip to Castle Douglas.
After an exciting first half hour where both sides had chances to find the opener, it was McKinnon, returning to the side after missing the last two games, who got it. BSC won the ball high up the park and the midfielder, a constant goal threat, saw his effort deflect off of a Threave defender and past Martin McCauley to give his side the lead.
It was only three minutes later when BSC doubled their lead. A long ball forward found Aidan Ferris at the back post, who cushioned a cut back towards Connolly trailing in behind. The striker didn’t need an extra touch to knock home past the keeper, and made it four goals in his last three games.
And straight after the break Traynor gave BSC an unassailable three goal cushion. A menacing Connolly got down the right hand side and swung in a ball towards Johnston, standing near the penalty spot. It missed the striker, but instead went all the way through to the back post. Unmarked, ex-Clyde man Traynor side footed a composed finish into the roof of the net.
The winger could have had another moments later after David Gray's early cross found him unmarked again - but this time he shot wide, allowing the home side some reprieve.
BSC kept hunting as the second half continued, with Stephen Bronsky and Callum Home able to deal with most of what the home side threw forward. Drew Ramsay came close for BSC, his effort finding the side netting after an excellent through ball by McKinnon.
Glasgow saw out the final period and claimed all three points and their first clean sheet since August, and manager Young was unsurprisingly pleased:
“It was fantastic. We set the players a target of not conceding and getting our goal difference up. We felt we were due a performance like that with a couple of goals.”
“We knew we had to be coming down to Threave looking to take maximum points, but it was still a hard game and the guys had to work to get it and I was delighted with their attitude.”
Young was also complimentary of the way his side played with the ball:
“We knew the park was good so we wanted to play with the ball on the ground, and bringing Ross (McKinnon) helps us do that, and I thought he was terrific. We passed the ball a lot better than we had done for a number of weeks.”
“We had a bad month full of tough fixtures, so we had a meeting with the players and put a challenge to them to see if we could pick up 12 points from this run. We’ve got 7 so far with one game to go, and I’ll be absolutely delighted if we could finish with 10.”
BSC face another away day next Saturday at Gala Fairydean Rovers, before the club's defence of the South Of Scotland Challenge Cup begins with a trip to Upper Annandale.
Starting XI: Moore, Dryden, Bronsky, Home, Ramsay, Ferris (Carnwath 81), Gray, McKinnon, Traynor, Connolly (Cameron 74), Johnston (Richford 66)
MOTM: Drew Ramsay
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