BSC Glasgow Fall to Champions
BSC Glasgow 1-3 Edinburgh City | 12th September 2015 | Lochburn Park
BSC Glasgow couldn’t get back to winning ways on Saturday, with last year’s champions and current league leaders Edinburgh City returning to the capital with all three points.
A changed BSC shape saw a back three be deployed by Craig Young, with Kieran O’Hear and Drew Ramsay taking up position as wing-backs looking to provide width. Ross McKinnon and Aidan Ferris came in to replace Ryan Carnwath and Aaron Connolly in the only changes from Wednesday night’s team.
BSC had a decent shout for a penalty inside the opening minute. Chris McDougall and Ferris combined, and when the former was brought down, referee Graham Grainger did not blow his whistle and the chance was gone.
City created their first chance moments later, with Mark Toner having to be well placed on the line to clear from a towering header at the back post.
The visitors took the lead after 15 minutes. Chris McKee dribbled from just inside the BSC half all the way into the penalty area and played a neat one-two with trialist Ouzy See before slotting past Stewart.
Ferris had two left foot strikes narrowly fly over the bar in quick succession as BSC immediately looked to get back in the game, but the lead was soon doubled. Shaun Harrison fired a free kick from wide on the left past the wall and in at the near post to leave Broomhill with a lot of work to do.
Glasgow got the important next goal with five minutes to go in the first half. David Gray played a ball into McDougall, who had come short and drew out two defenders. The big striker flicked the ball into O’Hear down the right, who swung in a perfect low cross and Ferris managed to get a good enough connection to beat Amos and cut the lead.
BSC continued to press for an equaliser, with McDougall coming close after another O’Hear cross before the striker was replaced by Connolly.
Edinburgh City restored their two-goal advantage after a long clearance bounced awkwardly in front of Stewart and See managed to get something on it and watch it roll into the net.
The game petered out in the closing stages, with City comfortable to defend their lead. Substitute Gerry O’Donnell saw red with ten minutes remaining after the referee spotted an incident when the youngster and an opponent attempted to win the ball in the middle of the park. That would prove to be the last meaningful action as BSC fell to a third league defeat in a row.
Young felt the performance was much improved against what he admitted was a very good side -
“I thought in patches of the game we played really well. They’re the reigning champions and top of the league for a reason – they’re a very, very good side.”
“We scored a wonderful goal, had a couple of chances and on another day might have got a slightly different result.”
“We went two down early, though, and made it very difficult for ourselves – you can’t give good sides two goal head starts.”
The manager also spoke about the red card incident -
“I didn’t see the incident, but it seemed strange to everybody, including the guys on the bench, why he got sent off and the referee told me it was for a straight leg challenge on the Edinburgh player, so I’ve got to accept that.”
“I don’t think that turned the game, although at that point we were coming into it a bit and it could have been a little different.”
BSC will again look to get back to winning ways against Spartans, returning to Ainslie Park for the first time since last season’s comprehensive 3-0 win over the Edinburgh side.
Team: Stewart; O’Hear, Bembo (O’Donnell 55), Bronsky, Toner, Ramsay; Cameron, McKinnon, Gray; Ferris (Hopes 68), McDougall (Connolly 53)
Bocadillo Man of the Match: Ross McKinnon