MATCH REPORT: BSC Made to Rue Missed Chances by Ruthless Gretna

Photo: BSC defender Arnault Bembo looks on after Gretna score their second of the day.

BSC 2 – 4 Gretna FC 2008 | Lochburn Park | 29th August 2015

By Sam Jenkinson

BSC Glasgow suffered another home defeat on Saturday in a match that could've ended differently for Craig Young’s side after a first half packed with missed opportunities . 

Kieran O’Hear gave Broomhill an early lead, but Iain Anderson’s double put the away side in the drivers seat before Connor Graham and Brandon Longcake finished off BSC. Callum Home saw red for a heavy tackle as Ross McKinnon pulled one back in the dying minutes, but it was not to be.

BSC could have gone ahead even earlier than they did. McKinnon’s free kick from 25 yards was saved by a stretching Vinnie Parker and cleared behind. Arnault Bembo found himself unmarked at the back post only to have his header cleared off the line from the resulting corner.

O’Hear opened the scoring after McKinnon sent a well-weighted ball over the Gretna defence which found the winger, who took his time to knock a composed finish into the bottom corner.

Broomhill were only ahead for six minutes, however. Anderson made himself a bit of space 25 yards out before curling an unstoppable shot in the top right corner past Joe Wilton in the BSC goal.

Aaron Connolly, Ciaran Johnston and Cameron were all played through within minutes of each other as Glasgow looked to go back ahead, but the home side couldn’t beat Parker. 

Gretna took advantage and snatched the lead with five minutes remaining in the first half. Anderson again fired past Wilton, this time a powerful strike paying dividends from a similar area.

Opportunities kept coming for BSC, yet the finish didn’t follow. Cameron hit the bar from a rising header, and Connollys’ effort was saved by Parker after a poor touch let the striker down. Johnston thought he’d found the equaliser after pouncing on a goal kick, but the referee ordered the kick to be re-taken as the ball had not left the area.

Matters only got worse after the break. An unusual error from Wilton gifted Connor Graham an easy finish and with 20 minutes remaining, Longcake finished proceedings for the visitors.

McKinnon & David Gray combined as a powerful strike over Parker saw McKinnon breathe life into his side. Any hope of a late comeback was shattered less than a minute later, as Home saw red after a tackle on Longcake that referee Kevin Graham deemed worthy of a dismissal.

Manager Young was in no doubt of what led to his sides defeat:

“Missed chances hurt us. I couldn’t believe we went in 2-1 down at half time, we should have been three or four goals up. They were guilt edged chances; Davie Cameron hitting the bar from a corner, probably the best header of a ball at the club, and he should be scoring. We were through three or four times with only the keeper to beat yet we’ve somehow not scored.”

“We can’t afford to miss opportunities and give the opposition a chance to get back into the game. We did that today and really shot ourselves in the foot.”

Young did enjoy his sides first half performance, however:

“I thought the first half was really good, and we played very well. The boys passed it, dominated possession and pressed when we didn’t have the ball. We’re capable of that, and we’ve got to recover from adversity better than we’re doing at the moment.”

BSC have a break over the international period, and return to action, and hopefully winning ways, away to Edinburgh University on the 9th of September, a 7:45pm kick off.

Bocadillo Man Of The Match: Stephen Bronsky

Wilton, Bembo (Gray 62), Home (Red), Bronsky, Ramsay, Carnwrath, McKinnon, Cameron, O’Hear (O’Connell 77), Johnston (McDougall 62), Connolly 

Unused: Toner.

Man of the Match in association with Bocadillo Matchday Food Sponsor


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