No Christmas Cheer For BSC

The Spartans 2 – 1 BSC Glasgow :: Ferrari Packaging Lowland League :: Ainslie Park, Edinburgh :: 17th December 2016

Written by Sam Jenkinson

BSC Glasgow suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of former Lowland League champions Spartans, who held off a spirited late comeback from Mark Adams’ side.

Goals from Scott Maxwell and Dan Ward gave the home side a two-goal cushion, but BSC fought back in the closing stages, eventually finding the back of the net through Shaun Bowers.

Tom Woods returned to the starting line-up for BSC as the manager once again named a similar starting eleven to the previous game.

Both sides had good chances from their first attacks. With less than three minutes on the clock, the impressive Andy Mair got down the left and into the area, but his shot flashed across the face of goal and out.

BSC countered within a minute, with Aidan Ferris on the end of a neat pass before shooting with his left foot. It beat Blair Carswell in the Spartans goals, but came back off the post.

Bowers had the next chance, driving into the area before having his powerful strike denied by Carswell’s left hand.

Jamie Dishington and Keith Murray both had chances for the home side, but couldn’t find the opener on a cold and windy day in Edinburgh.

The sides went in level, but Spartans were ahead right after the break.

Keith Murray got in behind the BSC defence, before having an effort saved by Joe Wilton. The rebound fell out to Maxwell inside the area, who just about got the ball over the line and gave his side the lead.

BSC dominated the ball in the second half, with Bowers hitting the frame of the goal after a dinked ball in.

The home side were the next to take a chance, however. A suspiciously offside looking Murray ran through, before taking the ball past Wilton and shooting. His effort was blocked by Traynor inside the six yard box, but fell right to substitute Ward who knocked home.

Spartans sat deep in the closing stages to defend against the BSC onslaught, with Aidan Ferris, Matt Beckett and Blair Lyons all having efforts blocked inside the area.

It took until the 90th minute for BSC to break the strong defence down. A ball into the box fell to Lyons, who had a shot blocked. This time, however, it fell to Bowers who slammed home to give BSC a chance.

BSC came right back and attacked again as the game entered added time. With time about to run out, Riccardo Corrieri had time at the edge of the box and struck low – only for Carswell to claw the shot wide. The corner was swung in with everyone forward but it wasn’t to be.

It’s another week off for BSC before they return to the Indodrill Stadium on Hogmanay. East Stirlingshire are the visitors for BSC’s final game of 2016. The Lowland League new boys were victorious over BSC in the first ever meeting between the sides earlier this year.

Team: Wilton; Bowers, Bell, Toner, Traynor; Cunningham (Lyons 61), Redpath, Duncan (Bembo 78); Corrieri, Ferris, Woods (Beckett 78)

Not Used: Barr (GK), Jones

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