MATCH REPORT :: Second wind salvages point at Threave
Threave Rovers 1 – 1 BSC Glasgow :: 11th April, 2015 :: Scottish Sun Lowland League
A penalty miss and some excellent saves prevented BSC Glasgow from bringing home all three points despite a much-improved second half performance away against Threave Rovers.
After the team’s recent run of home fixtures, BSC found themselves up against a spirited Threave side as they traveled to Meadow Park in their final away fixture of the season. A Stephen Bronsky header cancelled out Jamie Struthers’ deflected opener, with Glasgow continually frustrated by Rovers ‘keeper Vincent Parker who, at times, looked impenetrable.
In a blustery first half, Broomhill never really got going and found themselves behind after half an hour. An excellent sliding clearance from Callum Home was played back into the danger area, before Struthers’ found himself unmarked as a deflection took his shot past Iain Stewart.
Ian Miller’s curling free kick seconds later almost put BSC in further trouble, but midfield man David Cameron was perfectly placed to clear off the line.
BSC did create chances in the opening period. Ciaran Johnston took a second too long to get a shot away on the angle, allowing Andrew Forsyth to get back and sweep up as Broomhill couldn’t find an equaliser before the break.
Jordan McKechnie came on shortly after the break, returning after a period out with a hand injury. The sub, coupled with the half-time team talk, seemed to rejuvenate BSC.
Just before the hour mark, Aiden Malone’s outside of the foot shot was smartly saved by Parker in what proved to be the beginning of a madcap ten minute spell. From the resultant corner, Bronsky saw his header clawed off the line.
The ball was returned to the taker McKinnon, who crossed back in towards the near post. Parker cleared the ball with a punch but was adjudged by the referee to have fouled McKechnie in the process.
Malone stepped up, but the goalie made amends with a first-rate save, stretching low down to his left hand corner to clear the ball behind.
Minutes later BSC finally got their goal. Another McKinnon corner from the left hand side found commanding centre back Bronsky leaping above everyone to head towards goal. The ball was ruled over the line and Glasgow were level.
Manager Iain King looked to freshen things up front after the leveller, with Gary Graham and Chris McDougall coming on to replace the starting strikeforce of Malone and Johnston.
BSC’s best chance came from a swift Gerry O’Connell run down the outside left, but the winger was unlucky to see his shot across the keeper scrape the post and go wide.
BSC could not find a winner but can be encouraged by their second-half improvement in the difficult conditions at Castle Douglas.
Manager Iain King stated after the performance:
“The performance was disappointing in the first 45 minutes, despite us telling the players beforehand to keep the intensity that has been there the last few games. We told them at half time in no uncertain terms that we felt the first half was an embarrassing level of display for what we can produce.”
“The second half was much better, but you can’t come down here and only play for half a game.”
“We had our chances; Aiden’s got through one on one and missed it, we’ve missed a penalty, and we’re all disappointed that we didn’t go on and win it.”
Back home for the rest of the season, BSC will face a high flying Gretna 2008 side next Saturday as the games continue to come thick and fast for Kingy’s boys, with no sign of the season winding down.