Last Second Sickener Projects BSC Into Semis

BSC Glasgow 3 – 2 Edinburgh University :: Lowland League Cup Quarter Final :: The Indodrill Stadium :: Saturday 6th May 2017

Written by Sam Jenkinson

An incredible last ditch comeback from BSC Glasgow took down Edinburgh University and propelled Stephen Swift’s side into the Lowland League Cup semi finals.

Goals early in each half from Callum Irvine and Robert Collins had put the new coaching team’s 100% winning record in doubt, before Aidan Ferris immediately halved the deficit with a neat finish.

With BSC dominant in possession and chances, it took until the 89th minute for the equaliser to come through an own goal, giving BSC the chance to take the tie to extra time.

But then, with only seconds remaining, Gary Redpath slammed past the impressive Mark Tait to cap a superb second half performance and send the BSC fans into raptures.

After last week’s excellent victory at Broadwood, Swift brought goalkeeper Joe Wilton back between the sticks but otherwise kept everything the same as BSC looked to reach the last four in this tournament for the first time.

Ferris, Riccardo Corrieri and Gerard Traynor had shots saved by the Uni ‘keeper Tait in the first 10 minutes as BSC started brightly. They found themselves in some difficulty though as Irvine rose at the back post to put the ball into the top right from a floated corner.

As BSC looked to get back into the game, Arnult Bembo showed determination to steal the ball in midfield before immediately releasing Ferris. The striker beat Tait to the ball, but was off balance and saw his shot fire wide.

Tait came to the rescue with a smart stop from BSC’s next attack, after Wilton’s laser-guided quick ball upfield went right through to Blair Lyons.

BSC couldn’t take advantage from numerous corners as Irvine and centre back partner Max Verkaik swept up in the penalty area. Collins looked to double the Uni lead with a powerful run from midfield but Wilton was alert to save.

The striker won their next duel seconds after the break. He poked home under the keeper after a smart ball through the middle to double the Students' lead.

Ferris grabbed his 18th of the season just minutes later, after great work in the box from Lyons created space for his strike partner, before he unselfishly laid across for BSC’s top scorer to knock home.

Traynor and Robbie Duncan nearly combined to produce an equaliser seconds after BSC’s first, with the full back putting in a deep cross towards the back post, just too high for the midfield dynamo.

Irvine denied Lyons and Ferris combining again inside the box with a last-ditch challenge as Swift’s side continued to dominate the ball.

Time was running out for BSC as Duncan and substitute Robert Jones were stopped by Tait with low shots inside the box. Redpath was the recipient of a nice ball through by Jones after the striker dropped deep, but his left foot shot flew over the bar.

Bruce Scott nearly ruined BSC’s day after a long clearance forward fell to the sub, but his chipped attempt inched wide.

With only seconds left of the 90 minutes, BSC finally drew level. Aidan Ferris refused to give up on a loose ball before hitting the ball back across goal and under pressure from Robert Jones, full back David Smith put the ball into his own net.

Rejuvenated, BSC grabbed the ball straight back and threw bodies forward. Gary Redpath came in from the left to get free in the box, but just missed his header at an awkward height.

BSC didn’t give up on the chance, however, and got the ball back in to a similar area. Redpath, still free, this time didn’t made no mistake and left Tait with no chance, miraculously sending BSC through in 90 minutes.

Civil Service Strollers will be the opponents next week as BSC return to Christie Gillies Park. An impressive 6-2 win over Preston Athletic on Saturday set up the semi-final for Alex Cunningham’s side, who beat BSC when the sides met last month.

Swift and his management team will be looking to continue their perfect start and qualify for BSC’s first final since they beat Saturday’s opponents two years ago in the South Challenge Cup Final.

Team: Wilton; Bowers, Bell, Toner, Traynor; Corrieri, Duncan, Bembo (Woods 83), Brown (Redpath 52); Ferris, Lyons (Jones 67)

Not Used: Barr, Niven, Mansoor, Keys


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