MATCH REPORT :: BSC Glasgow handed defeat at league leaders City

Edinburgh City 3-0 BSC Glasgow :: Scottish Sun Lowland League :: 7th February 2015

BSC Glasgow suffered a tough loss to League leaders Edinburgh City at Meadowbank on Saturday. Three goals from three short corners led to their defeat against the east coast side, who stay undefeated this season.

Edinburgh City came out looking to attack, as they shaped up in a 3-4-3 formation. The decision paid dividends as the home side won a corner within five minutes. Playing the short corner, Dougie Gair played a 1-2 before whipping in a cross which found an unmarked Shaun Harrison who easily headed home.

BSC found it difficult against the altered City formation, and the home side held most of the possession in the opening stages. Aiden Malone, returning to the side with Gary Graham out due to illness, did well to hustle the defenders and provide a bit of relief for the BSC defence.

Malone’s hard work led to a BSC free kick on the right hand side of the box. Stephen Bronsky was unlucky to see his glancing header fly just wide, after a neat near post cross by Ross McKinnon.

However, it was on the half hour mark that the home side doubled their lead. Another corner was taken short, this time being played to the edge of the box. Midfielder Ross Guthrie was given time to take a touch, shooting diagonally across keeper Ian Stewart. Perfectly placed, the strike nestled in the corner of the net, and Edinburgh City went into the break two goals to the good.

Glasgow came out much stronger in the second half, holding the majority of the early possession. When the home side got the opportunity to attack though, they made it count.

Another short corner was taken, this time crossed in early, with Ross Allum providing the finishing touch past Stewart.

City threatened on the counter attack soon after, but were denied after an excellent sliding challenge by Bronsky.

Both sides made substitutions on the hour mark as BSC looked for a way back into the game. McKinnon and Callum Home were replaced by striker Ciaran Johnston and Aaron Murdoch, while goalscorer Guthrie was replaced by Mark Osborne for the home side.

Johnston had an immediate impact, picking the ball up on the left and outpacing City substitute Osborne before whipping the ball into the box. Edinburgh keeper Stobie was up for the task though, as he collected the striker’s cross confidently.

BSC’s best chance of the game came with 15 minutes to play. Gerry O’Donnell, on for Malone, chipped a corner in as centre back Bronsky rose above opposing number Joe Mbu. After aiming his powerful header towards the bottom right corner, Stobie yet again proved worthy of the challenge as the keeper scrambled across to claw it off the line.  

Minutes later the final whistle blew, handing BSC to their first defeat since early 2015.

BSC will have little time to wait for another opportunity against the high flying Edinburgh side, as the leaders travel to Maryhill in two weeks’ time for the return fixture.

Before that though, Wigtown and Bladnoch FC visit Lochburn Park this Saturday in the Southern Challenge Cup. BSC have two wins from two against South of Scotland League teams this season, and will look for their third with kickoff scheduled for 3pm.

Edinburgh City Vs BSC Glasgow, Lowland League.
7th of February 2015 Meadowbank stadium, Edinburgh.
Commentary by Callum Patterson

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