Harsh Cup Exit For BSC

BSC Glasgow 0 - 1 Beith Juniors :: William Hill Scottish Cup :: Indodrill Stadium :: 22nd October 2016

Written by Sam Jenkinson

BSC Glasgow were left heartbroken after a last minute Beith Juniors goal put the Scottish Junior Cup holders through to the third round of the Scottish Cup after a replay was looming for the majority of Saturday’s tie.

It looked like it would be BSC’s day, with an incredible defensive effort being topped off by a super Joe Wilton penalty save with 10 minutes to go. But Mark McLaughlin had other ideas after he smashed home in the 94th minute to leave Mark Adams’ side with nothing to show for their considerable efforts.

Aidan Ferris and Mark Dryden returned to the side as Beith on the counter attack. The scorer of BSC Glasgow’s first ever league goal, Ryan Holms, was also named in the matchday squad, in contention to make his “second debut” for the club.

Beith set up in a back three and looked to get the ball from back to front quickly. Kenneth McLean had the ball in the net within three minutes, but he was clearly offside after knocking in Paul Frize’s wayward shot.

Tom Woods had BSC’s first real chance with 20 minutes gone, after a great bit of skill by Gerard Traynor down the left. Woods shot first time from 12 yards, but his goalbound shot was blocked.

Darren Christie and Conner McGlinchey swung great crosses in all game long, but McLean couldn’t take advantage after one particular cross halfway through the opening period.

McLaughlin had a chance from a corner but didn’t threaten Wilton, before another corner brought controversy as the plentiful Beith fans were upset when they deemed the ball to be over the line after a scramble inside the six yard box.

The sides went out goalless before the visitors came out and dominated possession in the early stages of the second half. BSC stood strong, and prevented any real chances from forming.

McLean had a big chance after McLaughlin stole the ball on the half way line and laid the striker in, but he toepoked wide.

Lewis Bell had to be alert to stop substitute Thomas Collins after a long ball forward, with the teenager getting back to defend well and prevent a chance from forming.

Collins had another chance from a similar ball forward, but was thwarted by an excellent stop by Wilton, rushing out to clear with his legs. Wilton had to be alert twice more in the next few minutes as Beith threatened from set pieces, but BSC and their keeper stood strong.

Wilton then looked to be a match saver for his side as he stopped Collins’ penalty. An excellent run into the area by Christie was stopped by a Mark Toner challenge, and referee Lorraine Clark immediately pointed to the spot.

After a great stop down to his right, Wilton got back up to block the rebound and then jump on the ball to keep the scores level.

BSC came inches away from finding a winner of their own. Traynor swung a free kick in from the right and substitute Holms was so close to poking the ball in as it bounced around in the six yard box before eventually being hooked away.

As full time approached, the visitors couldn’t find a clear opening in the BSC backline until the last kick of the game. McLaughlin picked up the ball in the penalty area after a punt forward from Stephen Grindlay, before dribbling past the injured Lewis Bell, down in the area, and hammering home.

It was tough to take for BSC after an excellent all-around performance. Adams’, his coaching staff and players will now look to take encouragement from this game as they return to league action with a trip to Whitehill Welfare. It will be the manager’s first return to Rosewell since he spent time as their assistant manager before joining BSC as under-20’s manager at the beginning of last season. Adams’ and his side defeated Welfare the last time the sides met in February, with forward Ferris netting that day.

Team: Wilton; Duncan, Bell, Toner, Keys (Jones, 64); Cunningham, Dryden (Corrieri, 76), Redpath; Woods, Ferris (Holms, 82), Traynor
Not Used: Barr (GK), Bembo, Beckett, Kasongo

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