Lyons Roars For BSC
BSC Glasgow 1 – 1 Cumbernauld Colts :: Ferrari Packaging Lowland League :: Indodrill Stadium :: 19th November 2016
Written by Sam Jenkinson
Blair Lyons marked his BSC Glasgow debut on Saturday with a well-deserved late equaliser against a spirited Cumbernauld Colts side.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men with the vast majority of the second half still to play, and held on to their slender lead as BSC dominated until substitute Lyons slotted home to give himself the perfect start in a yellow and blue jersey.
Shaun Bowers returned to the starting line up as Robbie Duncan moved forward into midfield for the battle against his old side. The pacy duo of Aidan Ferris and Riccardo Corrieri continued up front as BSC looked to pick up their first win in three games.
That task looked a lot harder within 10 minutes after the Colts galloped into an early lead. BSC failed to deal with a Stephen O’Neill corner into the area, and Sean Brown took advantage, poking into the bottom corner from 12 yards.
O’Neill was impressive in the early stages, and nearly had a goal of his own after a knock down found him inside the area, but it was deflected wide.
BSC’s first chance came from a set piece after Mark Batchelor received his first yellow for taking down Paul Keys.
Tom Woods put in a good delivery, and captain Mark Toner won the header, but Lewis Bell’s strike from the second ball was saved by Chris Fahey.
Andrew Selkirk then came inches away from doubling the visitors lead, but his strike cannoned off the bar after he won the ball back in the final third.
BSC’s best chance of the first half fell to Ferris after a good bit of play by Corrieri was followed by a dinked ball in, but the onrushing striker’s header went over the bar.
Batchelor then handed BSC a lifeline, picking up his second yellow of the day after a foul on the half way line with 40 minutes to go in the game.
Immediately, Mark Adams’ side were on top. Duncan came close after a nice run, but his shot went wide. Corrieri was next to strike wide, after the impressive Duncan played him in following a powerful run forward.
Joe Wilton still had to be alert up the other end, however, making a super one-handed stop from Jeff Fergus’ back post header to send it round the post.
Shaun Bowers was next to miss in front of goal, with some good play from Lyons out on the right creating space for the Celtic loanee in the box only for his shot to go off target once again.
And it was two substitutes who combined to finally get past Fahey. Gerard Traynor, on for Jamie Cunningham, was given space to cross from 25 yards out on the left, and found Lyons peeling off towards the back post to place past the Colts keeper.
BSC continued to dominate in the final 10 minutes, and had one final massive chance in the dying seconds. Colts skipper Richard Kirwin fouled Lyons 25 yards out, giving Traynor a chance to strike. His excellent effort came off the post, before the rebound fell to Bowers at speed who fired over.
BSC look to turn those chances into goals next week as Preston Athletic visit the Indodrill Stadium for BSC’s third consecutive home fixture. The two sides drew at the start of the season, with Joe Wilton earning the point with a great penalty save.
Team: Wilton; Bowers, Bell, Toner, Keys (Holms, 80); Cunningham (Traynor 70), Redpath, Duncan; Woods (Lyons 45); Corrieri, Ferris
Not Used: Barr (GK)