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BSC Glasgow 2 – 0 Gretna 2008 :: Ferrari Packaging Lowland League :: Indodrill Stadium, Alloa :: 10th December 2016

Written by Sam Jenkinson

Matthew Beckett’s first ever goal for the BSC first team topped off a victory against Lowland League rivals Gretna 2008.

Gary Redpath put BSC on their way with a sliding back post effort before youth product Beckett finished it off towards the end of the 90 minutes.

Manager Mark Adams brought in Gerard Traynor for the injured Paul Keys, but otherwise named an unchanged side to that which beat Preston Athletic last time out.

After a frantic start from BSC which saw both a penalty appeal turned down and a shot cleared off the line, they took the lead. Driving midfielder Redpath got on the end of a deep cross from the right and slid in to beat Daniel Armstrong at his near post.

As the first half continued, both sides struggled to create a clear cut chance. Redpath impressed, getting down the left well and causing problems for the Gretna back four.

Joe Wilton was called into action as Gretna created their best chance of the half. Working the ball quickly from left to right, Jack Brannan found himself in space on the right, but the BSC keeper punched behind his shot for a corner.

After two good pieces of defending by skipper Mark Toner, clearing a ball into the box before thwarting the run of Rob McCartney into the area, BSC went in at the break a goal to the good.

BSC started the second half well, but had a bit of defending to do after Brannan got forward during a counter attack. His cross across goal was defended well by Robbie Duncan, who nicked the ball away from Liam Studholme before Jamie Cunningham completed the clearance.

Wilton then had to be alert again to stop McCartney’s effort from 12 yards after some strong running down the right by Hunter.

The Gretna striker had their best chance shortly after. Another good run down the right, by Connor Murray this time, gave the midfielder time to pick out his man. McCartney, eight yards out, couldn’t connect with his header properly and the ball fell harmlessly wide.

As Gretna dominated possession towards the end, BSC held firm and restricted the visitors of any clear cut chances.

With the away side high up the park, BSC and substitute Beckett looked to get in behind. The youngster slipped at the crucial moment after a great driving run forward from Riccardo Corrieri, but when given his next opportunity he was there to take it.

The pacy forward peeled off into the space on the right, and was left completely through on goal following a smart pass through before slotting into the bottom corner past Armstrong.

BSC held out against a now deflated Gretna side and picked up their second win on the bounce.

Adams’ side now look forward to travelling to Ainslie Park to take on Spartans as they look to continue good recent form before a Christmas break. The visitors were victorious at the Indodrill earlier this season, coming from behind after Ferris had put BSC ahead from the spot.

Team: Wilton; Bowers (Bembo 45), Bell, Toner, Traynor; Duncan, Cunningham, Redpath; Corrieri; Ferris (Woods 65), Lyons (Beckett 74)

Not Used: Barr (GK), Holms

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