MATCH REPORT :: BSC sent packing as East Kilbride run rampant
East Kilbride 4-0 BSC Glasgow :: January 3, 2015
Scottish Sun Lowland League
In their first test of 2015, BSC succumbed to a heavy defeat as an excellent East Kilbride team ran rampant. Coupled with the sending off of full back Aaron Murdoch, East Kilbride’s 4-0 win condemned Broomhill to their second defeat in a row, after last week's narrow loss to Spartans.
The home started well, bringing a high tempo in the midfield which halted any opportunity for BSC to maintain possession.
It was clear that niceties were left at home for the match, as fouls came in the plenty. Midfielder Tony Wallace found himself in the referee's book early on, after being adjudged to have dove just outside the box. BSC had opportunities though, as David Cameron nearly scored after his flicked header was just tipped over the bar by the East Kilbride goalkeeper.
Glasgow couldn't get their foot on the ball in the first half, as East Kilbride kept the lions share of possession. Their dominance paid off as the home side took the lead, courtesy of a Joao Vitoria free kick.
After winning the free kick 25 yards out, the Portuguese striker stepped up, expertly slotting the ball into the bottom right corner past keeper Ian Stewart.
BSC built into the remainder of the half, but were unable to find an equaliser as East Kilbride took a 1-0 lead into the second half.
East Kilbride came out of the break looking for blood, and found themselves feeling hard done by as a possible handball by Kris Gebbie was waved away by the referee. BSC struggled to keep possession, slowly dropping deeper and deeper as East Kilbride surged forward.
BSC found themselves facing an uphill battle, as East Kilbride found their second. After connecting with Vitoria inside the box, substitute Craig Hastings saw his shot deceive Stewart, as it crawled into the back of the net.
The day went from bad to worse for BSC as defender Aaron Murdoch was given his marching orders after an altercation next to the dugouts. East Kilbride. Left with ten men for the remainder of the match, East Kilbride took the initiative, forcing their influence and finding their third. After a defensive error in the back, Vitoria found his second, clinically slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
With the game seemingly over, BSC continued to look for a consolation goal, pressing high up the pitch despite the man advantage. Substitute Gerry O'Donnell did well after coming on, connecting with Ross McKinnon as the two looked for a possible breakthrough
Despite their positive play, East Kilbride would have the last laugh, finding their fourth a few minutes from the end. Using their numerical advantage, East Kilbride found space on the counter, driving forward with numbers, before Hastings found his second, a curling strike into the top corner.
BSC were unable to find any consolation as the match left manager Iain King pondering his side’s second half performance.
“We were possibly a bit unlucky to be down at half time, but Vitoria is probably the best striker in the league and he showed that today. But we just didn't compete enough in the second half, they were the better team and they got what they deserved.”
With ten men for much of the second half, King was understandably disappointed.
“Aaron (Murdoch) has put his hand up and said sorry to the players. We were 2-0 down, and if we hadn’t get that red card, we're probably still in the game. As former East Kilbride player, he was hurting, but he knows he let everyone down.”
BSC will return to regular training this week, as they look to bounce back and prepare for their first home match in over a month, as they welcome Gala Fairydean Rovers to Maryhill Park. Gala, currently sitting seventh in the league, will prove a tough challenge for BSC, who will be in search of winning ways.