Dalbeattie Star continued their stunning late-season form as BSC Glasgow failed to convert a number of chances on a difficult day in Dumfries & Galloway.
A few changes, and some debuts for the boys in yellow this weekend; Ben Quigley replaced Carlo Pignatiello in a different position, meanwhile debutants Jordan Marshall and Thomas Collins began the match on the bench. The opening fifteen saw neither team really grasp at any genuine opportunity. Our first decent chance came thanks to a gorgeous ball over the top from Declan Hughes to Tom Orr whose strike was defended by Star’s man between the sticks, Vinnie Parker. Minutes later, Ben Irving came close to bagging Dalbeattie’s first when his effort smacked off the bar. Robbie McNab and Ben Irving almost had their names in the book when they seemed to have a mutual disagreement over a run of play, however vice-captain, Ross Smith received a yellow in amongst this for dissent. Also, a Star spectator attempted to catch a run away ball only to fall over a wheelie bin. With only ten minutes to go in the first half, Star’s Liam Park made an impressive run into the box and flicked the ball further forward when Ryan Marshall went for it only to collide with the player. The referee pointed to the spot and Lewis Sloan slotted it home to put the former relegation battlers ahead.
HALF TIME | DALBEATTIE STAR 1 – 0 | BSC GLASGOW
For the second half, Thomas Collins made his debut replacing St Johnstone loanee, Ben Quigley as we moved back to a back four. It was Collins’ first touch that meant the most. After only being on the pitch for ninety seconds, Collins found BSC’s equaliser; a fantastic 30 yard volley forward from Declan Hughes found the head of Martin Grehan which helped Collins tap the ball in to find the equaliser. Ben Irving caught the referee’s attention after a particularly rough challenge on Ross Smith while Declan Hughes made way for Carlo Pignatiello. Five minutes after half time, BSC looked to take the lead, but the referee pulled it back for a foul; after a fantastic tackle by Robbie McNab, the ball found the feet of Euan O’Reilly whose cross-cum-shot found the back of the net only for the ref to blow the whistle milliseconds before the ball hit the net after an offside forward player had touched the ball on the way in. An in-form O’Reilly went into the book for a harsh tackle while Jordan Marshall made his debut and replaced Tom Orr. This didn’t seem to change the tide of the second half as Star grabbed their second when a curving cross found the head of Scott Milligan whose spinning header found the top left corner. BSC took all the advantage they could from the final ten minutes but to no avail. Thomas Collins found a booking for dissent shortly followed by Ross Smith receiving a second yellow for pulling a Dalbeattie striker down. On the day it could have gone either way but Star were well worth their three points.
FULL TIME | DALBEATTIE STAR 2 – 1 BSC GLASGOW
MAN OF THE MATCH | MARTIN GREHAN