MATCH REPORT :: BSC fall short of goals in final League match

BSC Glasgow 0-1 Vale of Leithen ::  Scottish Sun Lowland League :: 13th May, 2015BSC Glasgow 0-1 Vale of Leithen :: Scottish Sun Lowland League :: 13th May, 2015

BSC succumbed to a 1-0 home defeat to Vale of Leithen in their final Scottish Sun Lowland League fixture of the season. An early strike from Vale winger Ross Brady proved to be the only thing to separate the sides, with a BSC penalty miss in the first half their biggest chance.

Manager Iain King made changes to his side as he looked to assess his squad one final time before the Civil Service Strollers tie coming up a week on Saturday. Bruno Maltoni, Kris Gebbie, Gerry O’Connell and Ciaran Johnston all came into the side for their first starts in recent weeks. Due to suspension and illness, Callum Home, Stephen Bronsky and David Cameron all missed out.

Vale took the lead three minutes into the game. A throw in for the away side was won back after being given away. It was worked across to Brady, who fired into the bottom corner with a sweet strike.

Broomhill struggled to create a real clear cut chance throughout the early stages, but were gifted a great opportunity to get back into the game half way through the opening period. A deep Ross McKinnon corner was collected at the back post by O’Connell, who attempted to get the ball back into the danger area, only to see his cross cannon off the hand of a Vale defender.

Tony Wallace stepped up, but his shot towards the keeper’s right hand side was punched away by Andy McQueen. Wallace looked to make amends with two decent attempts before the half, but again was thwarted by McQueen and BSC went in a goal behind.

Top goalscorer Aiden Malone came on with half an hour to go as Glasgow continued to search for that equaliser. He was so close to having an instant impact, playing through Johnston down the inside right flank, but his cross was put behind by a stretching defender.

Gerry O’Donnell also made an appearance from the bench and looked bright after a recent loan spell away.

Malone had his first chance with an excellent spin and half volley from just next to the penalty spot, but it was stopped by McQueen again.

Still the Vale defence stood strong, and no real chances came for BSC in the closing stages. The narrow 1-0 defeat succumbed BSC to their first league defeat in 8 games, and meant Wednesday night’s opponents leapfrogged them into 9th place. A 10th place finish was then confirmed in the club’s inaugural Lowland League season, with a South of Scotland Challenge Cup Final to come.

Manager King was upset with the way his side saw out the league campaign –
“Simply not good enough. There was people who were playing for a place in the cup final and they’ve not made any sort of statement tonight.”

“We’re missing Bronsky, Home and Cameron, who was ill, and they’re a major part of the team. But there should be guys there good enough to come in and they didn’t show that tonight.”

“They’ll be back in for training on Saturday morning and they’ll be told in no uncertain terms that the performance was unacceptable. We’ve lost a stupid goal in the first 3 minutes and then we’re chasing for the rest of the game.”

When asked to sum up that campaign in a single word, Kingy replied –

“Rollercoaster. We’ve had some results the club can be proud of – winning 3-0 at Spartans, the 5-0 semi-final against Edinburgh City, a side who are on the brink of the SPFL, and these were terrific days. But we’ve had some lows as well.”

BSC’s last game of the season comes on Saturday 23rd of May, at Whitehill Welfare’s Rosewell stadium. Civil Service Strollers will be the opponents on that day as the sides battle it out for the Challenge Cup trophy.

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