BSC Glasgow beat Vale to reach Semi-Finals

BSC Glasgow 2-1 Vale of Leithen ::  SFA South Challenge Cup :: 7th March, 2015

An Aiden Malone goal in stoppage time sent BSC into delirium as they booked their place in the South of Scotland Challenge Cup semi-final after a tough encounter at the home of Lowland League rivals Vale of Leithen FC.

Coming off a three week break after a convincing victory against Wigtown and Bladnoch last time out, Broomhill looked to continue from where they left off, pressing high and fast immediately from kick off.

BSC controlled the first period of play, signified by their large numbers of attempts on goal. Ciaran Johnston, fresh off his first goal for the side in the previous round, looked to continue that run of form, but saw his shot stopped low by Vale keeper Mark Wilson.

Minutes later, Gerry O’Connell outpaced his opponent comfortably, but unfortunately left fellow BSC attackers behind as well, as his low cross evaded Johnson and Malone.

The Innerleithen side first ventured forward after a quick counter attack led by full back Ross Brady. Aaron Murdoch brought him down after a mistimed challenge, and the BSC full back was booked for his troubles.

The resultant free kick was swung in, but was sent flying over the bar as debutant goalkeeper Bruno Maltoni was left mainly a spectator between the posts.

BSC found the breakthrough soon after. Ross McKinnon’s corner was swung into the near post, deflecting off the Vale of Leithen defender and leaving keeper Wilson helpless and defender Stephen Bronsky looking to claim the final touch.

After the interval, the home side changed their game and made some substitutions. Hard working striker Alan Flanagan replaced Sean Elliot, and proved to be a pest to the BSC defenders.

Vale’s pressure eventually paid off, as the ball fell to centre back Grant McNicoll after a well worked corner, who was on hand to knock home the equaliser.

The sides remained deadlocked for the remaining half an hour, with manager Iain King introducing Gary Graham and Kieran O’Hear in the hopes to introduce an added attacking force.

It wasn’t until the 94th minute that BSC finally found the elusive winner.

After winning a corner in the final minute, Broomhill pushed Bronsky and Murdoch forward, but it was Malone who knocked home from six yards, sprinting to the corner flag ecstatically, as he booked his sides’ place in the final four.

“It’s a great achievement for us in our first year,” manager King commented after the match.”

“To be honest, I thought we should have put the game to bed in the first half. We were dominant and it should have been more than one. However, to get the winner in the last minute is a great feeling.”

King also made sure to praise his opponents, who had done well to thwart his sides’ advances.

“We knew they (Vale) would have a spell in the game, and they did as we fell out of it a bit. It was difficult conditions on a difficult park, and Mark Lamb is a really good coach with good players.”

Next month, BSC will welcome league leaders Edinburgh City to Lochburn Park to compete for a place in the final. However, Kingy and the boys will turn their focus to the Lowland League Cup, as they welcome Whitehall Welfare to Maryhill this Wednesday, kick off 7.45pm.

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