BSC share spoils after Stirling University test

Stirling University FC 1-1 BSC Glasgow :: Forthbank Stadium, 28th March 2015 :: Scottish Sun Lowland League

BSC were again left to rue missed chances after another good performance saw the Glasgow side return home with only a point from Stirling University on Saturday.

After taking an early lead through Aiden Malone, the students side quickly fought back to level the score as neither neither side could find a winner.

On a clear day at Forthbank Stadium, Broomhill set the tempo early as they took the lead in the first 10 minutes. After a cheeky back-heel from Ciaran Johnston Ross McKinnon hit a ferocious shot low, forcing Stirling keeper Ryan Marshall to parry the ball into the path of Aiden Malone, who knocked home the rebound.

BSC didn’t let up there, as a floated McKinnon free kick had to be defended well, before Johnston was adjudged offside when he would have been through on goal.

It was the home side who struck next. Chris Geddes found himself inside full back Euan Ramsay before squaring the ball to Owen Kelly whose side-footed effort slipped past Bruno Maltoni to take them leve.

The following 20 minutes saw chances few and far between. It took until the 36th minute for either side to create a chance, as Tony Wallace saw his shot fly over after a quick counter attack by the midfielder and McKinnon.

Stirling held the majority of possession for the remaining time, but BSC restricted them to ambitious long range attempts as the sides went in with the score the same at the break.

BSC started the second half strong, as the visitors began to hold a larger influence on the match. Kris Gebbie who had replaced debutant Ramsay, was booked after a tackle which forced off University captain Calum Burns.

Goalscorer Kelly then had a shot blocked inside the area, as Stirling put the pressure on, trying to keep their hopes for a second place finish alive.

 A long clearance by centre back Stephen Bronsky had Malone in a bit of space as he managed to connect with the breaking Wallace, who's shot went well over.

BSC saw their penalty appeals waved down minutes later by referee Steven Reid after a Ben Cuff challenge on Darren Moffat saw the loanee go down inside the box.

The game remained tight as both sides began to make substitutes. Gerry O’Connell and Gary Graham, fresh from his goal against Whitehill Welfare midweek, replaced McKinnon and Malone.

Glasgow’s best two chances fell one after another as the game entered the final ten minutes. Johnston broke free after captain Jamie Brophy chipped a ball through, but the striker’s second touch let him down and Marshall gathered.

Gerry O’Connell then found himself in a bit of space inside the box but his shot on the turn was well defended.  

Kelly had a chance in the last opportunity of the game, but shot wide as the referee called time on the affair.

After the game, assistant manager Craig Young  was pleased with the performance but disappointed with his sides finishing.

“I thought we played pretty well against a very good Stirling side who are very good on the ball. But right now the dressing room is full of guys who are pretty disappointed we didn’t take all three points.”

“Iain and myself are disappointed with the missed chances. We can accept it if it’s a one off, but it’s been hurting us the last few games, and we want make all our good play count.”

“I’m sure it will come and we’ll start firing in the goals.”

BSC see themselves sitting 10th for yet another week, as they welcome Edinburgh City to Lochburn Park on Saturday in their South Challenge Cup semi-final showdown.

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