SMOOTH AND ROUGH AT THE BUFFS
BSC GLASGOW travelled to Ayrshire at the weekend to compete in the Kilwinning Rangers tournament and there were many positives to bring home - and some lessons learned.
Here’s our look back at two narrow defeats as the preparations for the new season were completed.
KILWINNING RANGERS 3 BSC GLASGOW 2
JEKYLL AND HYDE BSC lost the plot for 20 mad minutes and with it any chance of making the Final against the big-spending Ayrshire junior side.
The new-look team started superbly and for 25 minutes bossed possession but then the more streetwise Buffs took control and used the pace of Brian Boylan to roar into a three-goal half-time lead.
Harsh words were spoken at half-time and it was a transformed side who controlled the second-half and pulled one back when former Morecambe teenager Tom Woods was felled in the box and Ross McKinnon cheekily rolled home his third goal of the season from the spot.
Then a terrific move involving Evariste Bembo and Ciaran Johnston freed Aidan Ferris to round the keeper and cut the deficit to just one and Buffs ended the match hanging on for the semi-final win.
TEAM: Stewart; Home, A.Bembo, Bronsky, Ramsay; Cameron; Gray, McKinnon, McKechnie; Ferris, Connolly SUBS: Ferris, Murdoch, E.Bembo, Woods, Carnwath.
BOCADILLO MAN OF THE MATCH: Jordan McKechnie
AYR UNITED XI 2 BSC GLASGOW 1
SUNDAY saw BSC miss a string of chances after a dominant first-half and live to pay the price.
Yet there were encouraging signs with seven top team players missing through work commitments or injury.
BSC moved ahead in the first-half when superb work from Ferris on the right saw him flash the ball across goal for Aaron Connolly to guide home his second of the season on the stretch.
Slack defending and a hugely questionable offside decision saw BSC lose the game after a tired second-half performance.
Yet the first 45 was excellent and there were encouraging signs too in the return to the top team of Under-20s midfielder Gerry O’Donnell who was terrific in that first-half.
And once more in pre-season 18-year-old back-up keeper Joe Wilton showed his growing promise with a calm and assured display.
Summer signing Drew Ramsay also turned in his best 90 minutes yet at left-back as he grows into life at the club.
TEAM: Wilton; Murdoch, Home, Bronsky, Ramsay; Cameron, Carnwath, McKechnie; O’Donnell; Ferris, Connolly.
SUBS: McDougall, Johnston.
BOCADILLO MAN OF THE MATCH: Drew Ramsay
Both game's "Man of the Match" are in association with Bocadillo Matchday Food Sponsor