Last-gasp Wallace wins it for BSC
BSC Glasgow 3-2 Selkirk :: 25th April 2015 :: Netherdale Stadium, Scottish Sun Lowland League
A late Tony Wallace goal gave BSC the last laugh on Saturday after opponents Selkirk FC came back from two early Glasgow strikes.
Goals from Stephen Bronsky and an own goal by Souters defender Sean Guiney gave BSC the lead, but a quick comeback after the break levelled the affair. Kayde Reynolds was sent off with ten minutes to go and BSC took advantage with a minute to spare to jump up to ninth in the table.
Bronsky’s opener came after 15 minutes. Aiden Malone was hauled down by Guiney, and Ross McKinnon whipped in the resultant free kick towards the near post. The centre half’s flick had enough to take the ball past keeper Jamie Newman and past the defender on the line.
BSC doubled their lead five minutes later. Chris McDougall, starting for the first time since returning from injury, came deep to collect the ball with his back to goal. The striker played a reverse pass to Kieran O’Hear, who drove down the line, playing a low cross into the area. Guiney stuck a foot out to prevent it from getting to Malone, but unfortunately for the Selkirk centre back, saw it nestle in the back of the net.
The astro turf pitch at Netherdale allowed BSC to keep the ball on the deck and chances came from this style of play. After a driving O’Hear run from the centre circle, the winger found McDougall wide, who had time to chip a cross into the danger zone. It was slightly behind strike partner Malone, however, and his acrobatic header was comfortably saved.
BSC had numerous chances to put the game to bed but couldn’t find a third goal. Manager Iain King made a triple substitution at half time, with Gerry O’Connell, Darren Moffat and Kris Gebbie replacing Malone, O’Hear and Callum Home respectively.
It was Selkirk who got the all-important next goal eight minutes after the break. With Gebbie in an attacking position, striker Ouzy See pulled wide into the full back’s channel and collected a pass in the space. He drove in, but Jamie Brophy did enough to prevent him from scoring. Iain Stewart saved his shot but it rebounded right to the feet of Jordan Finnie and the away side were back into the game.
Selkirk completed their comeback 20 minutes later. Gebbie, facing his own goal, shielded the ball from substitute Phil Addison as he looked to play it back to Stewart. The full back then fell over, with influence from the Selkirk player, but referee Chris McTiernan gave no foul and Addison was left to chip it over Stewart under no pressure.
Selkirk saw their hopes of a comeback shot down as the visitors were reduced to ten after O’Connell used his pace to get in behind. Reynolds, attempting to recover, brought down the striker through on goal and the red was given.
With only a minute remaining, Wallace gave BSC all three points. Some tenacious work by McDougall won the ball high up the pitch, and he found David Cameron ten yards out. Showing great composure, the tall midfielder took an extra touch before playing in Wallace, who side footed across Newman and into the back of the net.
Manager Iain King was pleased with the result but a bit disappointed with some of his side’s finishing -
“It was a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde performance. We played some great football in the first half, but the number of chances we missed was ridiculous. I’ve never coached a game where I’ve seen a team create so many clear cut chances and miss them.”
“It’s a good result but we’re leaving with a bit of a strange feeling because of those missed chances.”
“The change in venue wasn’t ideal, and it was a bit of a late decision, but I’d like to thank Gala for letting us use the park and get the game played. It’s a great stadium and a good pitch – and I’ve never lost here as a coach!”
BSC’s last two Lowland League fixtures come in the next week, with the first on Tuesday night. Gala Fairydean Rovers visit Lochburn in a mid-table clash, with a win leaving Glasgow only a point behind eighth place before taking on East Kilbride in the League Cup Semi-Finals on Monday.