MATCH REPORT :: EAST KILBRIDE FC 2 BSC GLASGOW 1
EAST KILBRIDE FC 2 BSC GLASGOW 1
BSC fell to a heartbreaking and ill-deserved opening day defeat after an excellent display at K Park that saw them reduced to nine men after a dramatic spell in stoppage time.
The SFA Challenge Cup holders got off to an excellent start and almost grabbed the lead through Aidan Ferris from distance before slack defending at an 11th minute corner saw Jack Smith grab a debut opener for Kilby.
BSC, however, shrugged off that setback and should have levelled when a brilliantly worked setpiece saw Ross McKinnon find Davie Gray for the cross and Stephen Bronsky headed over from close range.
David Cameron missed another gilt-edged chance and Iain King’s side went in one down at the break cursing their failure in front of goal.
It took them just three minutes after the interval to get level, though, as McKinnon muscled clear in midfield and teed up Connolly to rifle home his third goal since his summer move from Glenafton.
BSC then had the lion’s share of possession and chances before a sickening end for them sparked by a needless second caution for Drew Ramsay for dissent that saw him sent packing.
Kilby sub Craig Hastings won a penalty that was converted by Martin McBride and to rub salt in the wounds Jordan McKechnie then became the second BSC player to see red for a tame jersey tug that earned him his second booking of the day.
TEAM: Stewart; Home, A.Bembo, Bronsky, Ramsay; Cameron, Gray, McKinnon, McKechnie; Ferris, Connolly. SUBS: GK: Wilton; Carnwath, E.Bembo, Johnston, McDougall, O’Connell, O’Hear.
BOCADILLO MAN OF THE MATCH: Arnault Bembo
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