Johnston At The Double Brings Home All 3 For BSC

Ciaran Johnston’s second half double :: Whitehill Welfare 1 – 2 BSC Glasgow

Whitehill Welfare 1 – 2 BSC Glasgow :: Ferguson Park :: 12th August 2015 :: Scottish Sun Lowland League

Written by Sam Jenkinson

BSC Glasgow again fought back from a goal down to come back and take all 3 points from Whitehill Welfare. It was Broomhill’s first return to Ferguson Park after their SFA Challenge Cup triumph in May, and Ciaran Johnston’s second half double ensured this visit ended similarly.

The BSC starting 11 had to be rejigged shortly before kick off due to traffic delays, but the away side still started brightly, with Johnston and Gerry O’Connell both having chances to get an early goal.

Welfare full back Kevin Keane created the best chance of the opening half hour, finding himself through on goal and dinking the ball over an onrushing Iain Stewart, only to see O’Connell rush back and hook the ball off the line.

But the host’s got their opener seven minutes from the break. Opposite full back Steven Togneri played a lovely cross from deep and Whitehill captain Callum Connelly headed home past Stewart. BSC couldn’t find an equaliser before the half and went in a goal down.

A quiet opening to the second period was brought to life with the introduction of David Cameron and Chris McDougall off the bench. Four minutes after the double sub, a good chance was created for Johnston, who shot low. It looked comfortable for Connor Easton, but the goalkeeper spilled it and it rolled agonisingly wide.

From the resultant corner, however, the striker got his goal. A near post corner was whipped in by Ross McKinnon, and Johnston found himself completely unmarked to glance home.

Johnston had another chance after he dribbled past Easton heading away from goal but the ball bobbled before he had an opportunity to shoot and it rolled wide.

He came incredibly close once more, with some excellent combination play from Cameron, McDougall and Jordan McKechnie, with the winger finding Johnston unmarked in the area. His shot went under Easton, who just about managed to recover and catch off his line.

But Johnston won it for BSC with 13 minutes to go. Another McKinnon corner from the left this time went deep, all the way to the back post and McKechnie. He cushioned it back across goal, and Johnston found himself in the same spot as his first goal to nod home with Easton helpless.

Glasgow played the rest of the game out professionally, holding a lot of possession and restricting the home side to long balls in the closing stages. Jamie Devlin came closest for Welfare, but Stephen Bronsky was well placed to clear his strike away, and BSC saw closing stages out well.

Interim boss Craig Young was pleased with the second half improvement –

“Character’s one of the words we used in the dressing room there. At half time we had to get into them a little bit after the first half performance – I didn’t think they were that bad, but I did think that we’re a better side than them and we didn’t show it. We asked for a bit of commitment because at this stage of the season you can’t fall points behind.”

“The changes in the second half helped to change the game. Davie Cameron  would have started but ended up on the bench because of traffic problems, and his arrival made a big difference in the middle of the park.”

“We passed it better in the second half, got it up to Ciaran Johnston who was absolutely terrific, and caused all sorts of problems.”

Young also spoke of the significance of Saturday’s local derby at Lochburn against Lowland League new boys Cumbernauld Colts.

“Saturday’s a vital game now. There’s only 3 games on due to other cup ties, so it’s important we get our 3 points on the board, keep our home form going and put ourselves in a very strong position.”


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