BSC Glasgow 2-2 Auchinleck Talbot | William Hill Scottish Cup First Round | Lochburn Park, Maryhill | 26th September 2015
Report by Scott Bradley and Sam Jenkinson
Goals from Aaron Connolly and Chris McDougall ensured it would be a memorable Scottish Cup debut for BSC Glasgow as they forced a replay against West Super League champions Auchinleck Talbot.
Talbot twice took the lead but BSC strikers Connolly and McDougall were there in either half to equalise. Ged Traynor came into the side to make his debut after signing for Craig Young’s side during the week.
BSC had a penalty claim turned down early on as Connolly knocked the ball ahead of Mark Campbell and looked to have been brought to the ground, but referee Graham Beaton waived play on.
It was the visitors that managed to open the scoring at the 26th minute. Keir Milliken managed to get in behind the BSC defence and fired a shot which Moore saved. The Auchinleck striker managed to rescue the ball, get it back across goal, and find Mark Shankland unmarked at the back post who slotted it into the back of the net
The home side responded four minutes later. Captain David Gray pressed White high up the pitch and forced him into a long pass back. Connolly chased it down, nipped in in front of Andy Leishman and knocked home to score BSC Glasgow's first ever goal in the Scottish Cup.
With two minutes to go until half time, the away side retook their lead. A corner caused Broomhill problems and Milliken got the last touch after a goalmouth scramble to give his side the advantage at the break.
The second half started at a frantic tempo, with chances for both sides. Shankland fired a volley over the bar, whilst Ross McKinnon struck twice in quick succession only to be denied by the top of the crossbar and the Bot goalkeeper.
BSC, a much improved team in the second half, pushed further up the park in search of the all-important equaliser as the game neared it’s conclusion. It came from super-sub McDougall with 13 minutes remaining. The striker, who replaced Connolly on 72 minutes, was in the right place at the right time to finish after Callum Home flicked on a Gray corner.
Neither side could create a clear cut chance in the remaining minutes, and so the referee called time on what was an exhilarating cup tie.
Young gave his thoughts on his team’s performance at full time:
"I thought we played very well and that we didn't deserve to go in behind at half time. I was disappointed in the goal that we conceded before at half time."
"It was a game that we could enjoy, I told the players to relax and be themselves as Auchinleck are a good team and I knew it would of been a difficult game and that showed today".
The replay, to be played next Saturday, is a challenge Young is excited about:
"We are really looking forward to it, it will be a different test and a different type of surface. We’ll prepare the team this week so we are ready for what will be another tough game at their ground.”
Connolly also spoke after the game:
“We’re delighted. We dug in, we had to because it was a very tough game and a physical battle.”
“I think we’ve got a good chance next week – we’re as good as them, and with the same kind of effort and performance I don’t see why we can’t go through.
“It’s feels great to get the clubs first goal in the Scottish Cup, that’s a wee bit of personal history for me, and I’m hoping we can go and win next week so I can get another couple!”