BSC Show Strength against Edinburgh University

Edinburgh University 0-2 BSC Glasgow
November 1, 2014
Peffermill Playfield, Scottish Sun Lowland League

After last weeks convincing performance against Lochar Thistle, BSC Glasgow were looking to get their second win on the bounce, as they traveled to Edinburgh to take on Edinburgh University. A side whom BSC had encountered in their first ever game of this Scottish Lowland League season, the two clubs fought out a 1-1 draw in that game, with a late goal salvaging a draw for BSC.

The great pitch at Peffermill encouraged both teams to keep the ball on the ground, as the two sides looked to play in the early stages of the game. Both had early chances, with striker Aidan Ferris going close for the away side. As the first half continued, however, neither team could really take control of the game. Battles were fought in the midfield, with Edinburgh clearly having done their homework on the successful striking partnership of Aidan Malone and Ferris, who struggled to create the chances that were so deadly last week.

BSC had a penalty shout turned away by the referee, and the visiting side defended resolutely at the other end of the pitch. Corners and set pieces proved ineffective for both sides, and the ongoing clash between the two midfields continued up until the breakthrough three minutes from half time. A brilliant flick on by Malone found Ferris' feet, who slotted it under the keeper to give BSC Glasgow the narrow lead going into half time.

Conceding the late seemed to kick the home team into life, as Edinburgh came out firing at the start of the second half. A close offside denied them a goalscoring opportunity early on, as the home side looked to build into the match. BSC endured the pressure, as the excellent centre back partnership of Stephen Bronsky and Stephen Brophy did well to deal with any threats posed to the defensive line. With his side looking for their second goal, Manager Iain King brought on Ally Morgan for Kieran O’Hear, who made his intentions clear as the midfielder shot from 25 yards marked BSC's first attack of the half.

Edinburgh kept possession well, but couldn't craft a real opportunities. BSC continued to press, as a left footed cross by Morgan was tipped away by the Edinburgh keeper at the feet of the onrushing Ferris. The ball was quickly cleared by the home team, as Edinburgh looked to break on the counter. Finding their left winger, the student cut inside, hitting a deflected shot which was brilliantly saved by Iain Stewart. The resulting corner was cleared, and Morgan used his substantial pace to get in behind the defence and square a ball to Ferris. The striker, however, was again thwarted by the University goalkeeper.

As Edinburgh pressed BSC further into their half, the pace of Ferris proved their undoing as Broomhill found their second of the night. After centre defender Bronsky found Ferris down the channel, the striker sped through the students defence, before squaring the ball for substitute Gerry O'Connell who knocked it home from close range. BSC were able to maintain the two goal lead as the Glasgow side returned home with three points, pushing themselves up to eighth in the Scottish Lowland League.

“I think the game plan worked today,” commented Iain King after the match. “They have trained well all week and we always thought Aidan Ferris’ pace would cause problems. It did exactly that, and this allowed the loanee to score his 5th goal in 4 games.”

The manager, who had recently introduced an array of new talent to the side, was quite complimentary of his sides’ continual improvement as well.

“If you look at our results with Dalbeattie Star, they beat us 5-1 at the start of the season and then we got a 4-4 draw the next time. It’s our first season in the league so we are going to look to continue to improve, get up the league as high as possible, and push on in the cup competitions.”

BSC Glasgow will be hoping to continue their recent good form, as they return home this weekend, welcoming Whitehill Welfare to Maryhill, kick off scheduled for 3pm. Whitehill, who beat BSC 4-1 in September, will prove a tough test for the side, as the Rosewell side currently third in the table, 6 points ahead of Broomhill.

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