Category: Match Report

East Kilbride Report: BSC Glasgow are K Park Party Poopers

The boys in yellow crashed EK’s title party after two goals in injury time to end Kilby’s undefeated home record and land our first ever victory at K Park.

Only a few minor changes from Stephen Swift to the squad that put three past Vale of Leithen on Wednesday night; Tom Orr and Joe Irvine start on the bench allowing Martin Grehan and Declan Hughes to take up spots in the starting eleven.

It was a strong start for both teams right off the bat with neither looking to edge out the other but no big chances came in the first ten minutes. Kilby’s Craig Howie went into the referee’s book five minutes in for an obvious handball a few yards outside the box but Declan Hughes couldn’t convert the free kick.

BSC proved they were a match for the champions with numerous half chances creating problems for Willie Muir in the Kilby goal – a great ball from Thomas Collins found an onrushing Euan O’Reilly whose cross bounced off the post for EK to clear. Collins seemed destined to score in the first half giving a lot for Kilby’s back line to think about. Shortly after forcing Muir to frantically clear the ball out for a throw-in, Collins was in perfect position to get the strike away but Craig Howie was there was make a fantastic block.

The Champions gave their capacity crowd at K Park more reason to celebrate just before the half hour mark – Chris Humphrey smashed home a low powerful free kick which slid through the BSC wall to put the home side ahead. Thomas Collins almost found an equaliser five minutes later but his lob found the fingertips of Muir and ended up on the top of the net.

HALF TIME | EAST KILBRIDE 1 – 0 BSC GLASGOW

An important substitution at half time for the away side – Jordan Marshall made way for Jamie McCormack. Despite the strong start by BSC, it was East Kilbride who found the first major chance of the second half. A great run by Scott Stevenson found its way into the box breaking through defenders but his one-on-one strike forced Ryan Marshall to make a brilliant save and tip the ball over.

54 minutes in, EK’s David Proctor looked to land hard on on his head after leaping for a header and colliding with a teammate, forcing the physios to get the stretcher and also force Stuart Malcolm to make Kilby’s first substitution of the afternoon. Just after the hour mark, Ross McMillan went for it with another immense header a free kick from Declan Hughes but the ball could only once again smack off the bar.

With fifteen minutes remaining, it seemed only fitting for BSC’s top goal scorer, Tom Orr to make his way onto the pitch replacing Ross Lindsay. Jamie McCormack and Declan Hughes find their names in the referee’s book after a couple of much needed tackles on the EK strikers bursting forward.

As we began injury time, it seemed like nothing was going to fall our way, and the champions would be enjoying a double celebration. BSC never gave up though and threw everything forward, especially during a flurry of corners. Finally one of the set pieces came off and Jamie McCormack powered in a header from Declan Hughes’ delivery to find the equaliser we had long searched for.

Just as fans began to accept the draw – which would probably have been a fair result – Tom Orr refused to allow the ball out for a corner, kept it in and found an onrushing Jamie Mills whose strike cannoned off the underside of the bar, crossing the line in the process. 

The win means that second place in the GeoSonic Lowland League is secured as we head into the last home game of the season against East Stirlingshire.

FULL TIME | EAST KILBRIDE 1 – 2 BSC GLASGOW

MAN OF THE MATCH | CARLO PIGNATIELLO

Vale of Leithen Report: BSC Glasgow Claim Crucial Three Points

BSC put a comfortable three past a Vale of Leithen side who were looking to continue on from a fantastic weekend victory, but it wasn’t to be as the boys in yellow kept second place within their grasp.

There were unsurprisingly a couple of changes from Stephen Swift for the starting line-up in this mid-week fixture at Pennypit Park; Joe Irvine came in for Jamie McCormack, Jordan Marshall and Thomas Collins made their first starts for the club, meanwhile Carlo Pignatiello and Ross Lindsay started and Declan Hughes and Martin Grehan took the bench. Two U20s faces also saw a chance on the bench in Connor Smith and Bruce McGarvey.

The opening minutes of the game saw both sides getting a feel for the pitch and neither managing to really break through. One of the first chances of the game for either side came thirteen minutes in and saw the opening goal simultaneously. Thanks to a short corner catching the Innerleithen men off guard, a looping cross from Euan O’Reilly found the head of skipper, Ross McMillan, and if this season has taught us anything, it’s that very few keepers manage to save the big man’s headers.

Vale almost found an equaliser thanks to their star striker Sean Stewart but his low strike whistled past the left post. In this opening half hour, BSC could’ve put a number past their mid-table opposition but they couldn’t seem to capitalise; Vale’s Ross Gilpin fumbled the ball in the box after a corner but their defenders were able to scramble the ball away before a yellow shirt could tap it in. Tom Orr also got himself an open goal from a tight angle after rounding the keeper but his low shot bobbled just inches wide of the post.

Just before the break, Chris Anderson’s’ men showed the talent they had in their locker when a powerful and accurate header seemed destined to smash the top corner but Jamie Mills was there to clear the ball off the line.

HALF TIME | VALE OF LEITHEN 0 – 1 BSC GLASGOW

The fight for second place in the Lowland League table must’ve been on our minds as the second half commenced because BSC came flying out the gate eager to get more. Our patience was rewarded come the hour mark – after Thomas Collins’ strike was expertly saved by Ross Gilpin, Tom Orr was there to grab the rebound and cross the ball back into Collins’ feet for the new striker to convert the tap in.

It was only six minutes later and the game was wrapped up nicely. In-form St Johnstone loanee Euan O’Reilly made a tremendous run up the wing that seemingly came out of nowhere, fought past defenders and picked out a great pass to Thomas Collins who curled in a lovely shot to the top right corner. Euan O’Reilly and Ross McMillan came off the pitch shortly after allowing Declan Hughes a run-out and Bruce McGarvey to make his debut for the first team.

Mysteriously, Tom Orr went into the referee’s book along with Vale’s Jack Smith due to an altercation after a tangle of legs brought both men down. The Vale defender then seemed to slap Orr in the face and somehow the referee let it slide. Orr came off a few minutes later making way for Martin Grehan.

In the last ten minutes, BSC went searching for a fourth and on the 82nd minute appeared to have found one thanks to a tap in after a stramash in the Vale box, however the referee disallowed the goal claiming in was offside despite the linesman flag never going up. The confusion for the linesman seemed to continue until the final whistle unsure as to whether he was giving goal kicks or corners at many occasions.

FULL TIME | VALE OF LEITHEN 0 – 3 BSC GLASGOW

MAN OF THE MATCH | EUAN O’REILLY

BSC Glasgow Slump to Defeat as Away Record Ends

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

Dalbeattie Star Report: BSC Go Supernova As Star Avoid Second Half Collapse

Despite going up against a team they had not faced this season, it was the home side that dominated the majority of the game putting 4 past a Dalbeattie side fighting relegation.

A couple of changes the starting eleven that beat Gretna 2008 a few weeks back; Jamie McCormack replaced David Verlaque and Tom Orr starts replacing injured Cammy Ballantyne. Meanwhile, two Under-20s players started on the bench in Connor Smith and goalkeeper Liam Running who replaced Stephen Barr who recently went out on loan to Pollok.

BSC Glasgow’s first chance came immediately in the opening minute when Declan Hughes put a good cross into the box and the head of Ross Smith but his strike was cleared off the line by Star’s defence.

The few fans that braved the weather didn’t have to wait long for the first goal. Sixteen minutes in, Jamie Mills flew up the left wing and floated a great ball for Orr who smashed it home in the top right corner.

Despite the final score line, there really wasn’t much to write home about during the ninety minutes. Unfortunately Star’s Lewis Sloan suffered an injury just before the half hour mark and Dalbeattie were forced to make the early substitution.

The early opener didn’t stop our boys in yellow continuing to attack and capitalise on defensive errors. A brilliant run by Jamie McCormack and broke through the right side of the box led to a high cross somehow finding the diving header of Star defender, Hugh Cameron who turned the ball into his own net.

It only took three minutes for BSC to turn the double into three when a tap-in from Martin Grehan found the back of the net after a stramash in the box following another cross from Mills and an attempted strike by Orr.

HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 3 – 0 DALBEATTIE STAR

The three goal deficit didn’t stop Star searching trying to spark a comeback as the second half commenced. After a few attempts to break into the box, the ball fell for Calvin Cowie who put home a fantastic strike into the bottom left to pull one back.

Ross Lindsay bounced onto the pitch for Declan Hughes just before BSC found their fourth and Orr found his second. Martin Grehan went on a terrific run dribbling past three defenders and into the box; however his shot could only be palmed away by Vinnie Parker. Not to worry though, as that man Tom Orr was there to slice the rebound into the bottom corner.

The rest of the second half seemingly came and went; McCormack found himself in the referee’s book adding to his tally for the season, as did Star’s Ross Thomson for introducing Euan O’Reilly’s face to his forearm. Meanwhile, Davie Winters and Joe Irvine got a run out, replacing Tom Orr and The Ginger Bear, Robbie McNab.

FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 4 – 1 DALBEATTIE STAR

MAN OF THE MATCH | THOMAS ORR

Photos in this report were by Thomas Brown.

Gretna 2008 Report: Back to Winning Ways after Dominant Performance

There were a few changes to the squad that only managed a draw over Edinburgh Uni last weekend; David Verlaque came back to the starting eleven replacing Jamie McCormack, Robbie McNab returned after suspension, meanwhile St Johnstone loanee Euan O’Reilly made his debut in yellow. Tom Orr and Robbie Duncan started the match on the bench.

In the opening minutes, Euan O’Reilly showed he was going to be a quality addition to the BSC squad when he rose unopposed in the Gretna box, seeing his header sail just over the bar. The attempts continued however when O’Reilly put a curving cross into Carlo Pignatiello whose powerful strike was palmed away by Gretna’s Jim Atkinson.

The first goal came in the thirteenth minute when Jamie Mills ripped the defence apart up the left side to square the ball to O’Reilly who finished low past Atkinson. O’Reilly almost grabbed a second soon after, thanks to a sweet little lay off by Declan Hughes, but his strike ricocheted off the post.

A second goal seemed inevitable in the first half, but an O’Reilly volley went inches over the bar and a fantastic run by Carlo Pignatiello into Martin Grehan couldn’t be converted as Gretna’s Atkinson proved a determined foe in the Gretna goal.

As the first half came to a close, Gretna’s frustration began to seep through as Daniel Wadge’s frustration at being regularly beaten in the air began to seep through. However, it was Cammy Ballantyne that was on the end of the tackle that saw the Gretna centre back go into the book just before the break.

HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 1 – 0 GRETNA 2008

The second half kicked off and in the opening ten minutes it looked as though BSC were playing to defend their 1-0 lead, especially as the challenges certainly weren’t few and far between. Jake Smith went into the book for a rough tackle on O’Reilly, as did Dean Watson. BSC were lucky to avoid the book themselves on a couple of occasions.

Pignatiello kept his great performance going when he managed to confuse the Gretna back line and almost capitalise by slipping through but a quick recovery from the defence to squeeze him out saw his shot fire just wide of the post.

Only a minute later and Jamie Mills was there to make another inch-perfect cross to the feet of Grehan who turned and hit a beautiful strike from just inside the box to find the back of the net. BSC certainly made the post of a few minutes where Gretna looked down and out. Tom Orr came off for goal scorer Martin Grehan and thirty seconds later was involved in the third goal. Yet another gorgeous cross from Jamie Mills found the head of Orr but the strike was palmed away by Atkinson only for Cammy Ballantyne to react quickly and knock in the rebound.

Verlaque came off for debutant St Johnstone loanee Ben Quigley before Wadge saw red for Gretna, picking up a second yellow for a rough challenge on Euan O’Reilly,

O’Reilly’s fantastic debut performance came to an end on the 80th minute when Davie Winters came on hoping to get on the score sheet. That seemed inevitable when a great through ball confused the defence and allowed the striker to burst clean through on goal with just the keeper to beat. Winters was unable to hit the target.

FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 3 – 0 GRETNA 2008

MAN OF THE MATCH | JAMIE MILLS

Gala Fairydean Rovers Report: Vital 3 Points Keep Unbeaten Streak Going

Despite not being at home for a home match, BSC Glasgow dominated but could only manage a 1-0 victory despite a penalty and red card apiece.

There were a few changes to the team which started the draw with Edusport Academy last week; trialist Jamie McCormack made his first start for the club replacing David Verlaque, Robbie McNab and Robbie Duncan returned to the starting eleven. Cammy Ballantyne started, while Declan Hughes was out this week and Shaun Struthers was on the bench.

The first half kicked off at Broadwood in freezing, windy conditions and BSC looked to be the stronger side. An early attempt at a lob from Cammy Ballantyne went wide as well as a few long shots from Gala, however the wind played a little bit of a factor in the fact that each sailed metres over the crossbar.

Robbie Duncan showed his footwork skill, slicing apart Gala’s defence with a perfect through ball to Tom Orr but the striker just couldn’t catch it. Another great ball in the box from Duncan found Martin Grehan but his header went just over.

Jamie Mills found himself a yellow card after a tangle with Gala’s Craig O’Reilly just before the break, although we think this might have been a case of mistaken identity.

HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 0 – 0 GALA FAIRYDEAN ROVERS

Another chance came for Tom Orr just after the restart when he made space for himself in the box and committed to the shot only for Patrick Martin to palm it away.

Martin Grehan came off for David Winters just before Robbie McNab went caught the referee’s attention and received a yellow card for a collision with Alex Cunningham. I think size played a factor but the ref clearly didn’t agree.

On the 63rd minute, BSC at Broadwood finally paid off when a fantastic low ball into the box found that man Tom Orr whose strike went just under Patrick Martin and found the back of the net.

Only four minutes later and Gala went for a counter attack; however it was BSC who nearly caused their own demise. A ball into the box from Gala smashed off Jamie McCormack then hit Ross McMillan’s head and looked to be a certain own goal but Ryan Marshall made an incredible diving save to tip the ball out for a corner.

With just over ten minutes to go, frustration began to set in for both teams. BSC searched for another goal to put the game to bed and a lovely wee back heel from Winters found substitute Shaun Struthers who was fouled in the box by Reece Donaldson. The ref not only deemed a penalty but gave a second yellow to Donaldson bringing Gala down to ten men. Struthers got himself a booking due to pushing Donaldson in the aftermath.

Tom Orr stepped up for the penalty and, given that he hadn’t missed one this season, seemed certain to score, however, the ball smashed off the post and back out for Gala to clear.

The Fairydean searched for a successful counter attack as the last five minutes closed up. Their big chance came when McCormack handballed it in the box to give Gala a penalty and a lifeline. McCormack received a booking for the hand and McNab got himself a second yellow due to something he said in the aftermath, marking BSC’s first red card of the season.

Luckily for us, the drama may have affected Gala because Darren Smith’s penalty fired well wide and kept the three points on BSC’s side.

FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 1 – 0 GALA FAIRYDEAN ROVERS

MAN OF THE MATCH | CARLO PIGNATIELLO

Edusport Academy Report: Late Goal Secures Point in Disappointing Draw

Vice-captain Ross Smith hit a fantastic strike in injury time to get a consolation point in an otherwise poor game.

There were a few changes to the squad that beat Spartans three weeks ago – Shaun Struthers was in the starting eleven while fellow St Johnstone loanee Ben Quigley was on the bench joined by trialist Jamie McCormack.

Only seconds after the whistle was blew, Tom Orr fired straight into the box determined to grab an early goal only to be brought down. The man in charge deemed it fair play and, unfortunately for BSC, waved play on.

All of a sudden, Edusport burst forward and capitalised on a BSC defence that didn’t expect it – Andy Dowie slipped past and managed a low ball to Ross McNeil, on-loan from East Kilbride, who simply tapped in to open the scoring only six minutes in.

Orr continued to fight for BSC’s first goal hitting the post on the 21st minute. Shaun Struthers attempted to a low strike seconds later but the ball whistled by the right post. The equaliser finally came when Declan Hughes put forward a fantastic ball that landed at the feet of Martin Grehan whose first shot was initially saved but he was there to put in the rebound.

There was almost an immediate second for BSC when Struthers attempted another low strike that was only inches off target.  

HALF TIME | EDUSPORT ACADEMY 1 – 1 BSC GLASGOW

Edusport’s frustration was evident minutes after the restart when Theo Couve went in the referee’s book due to a rough challenge on Declan Hughes. The resultant free kick went just over the bar.

Despite BSC looking the stronger team, they conceded another just before the hour mark. A terrific cross into the box found the head of Jean Guy Lucas who in turn found the back of the net.

David Winters and Jamie McCormack came on the pitch for David Verlaque and Shaun Struthers in hopes to fight an unexpected upset.

With fifteen minutes to go, Edusport went for a third only for the flag to go up. The resultant profane scream from Ross McNeil was deemed unacceptable by the referee who showed him a red card. The Edusport striker could probably have counted himself a little unlucky to see red.

In the final ten minutes, Ross Lindsay replaced Jamie Mills, joining the team in throwing everything forward to salvage the game. The all-attack mode didn’t work in BSC’s favour for a good portion of the final minutes when Edusport’s Hugo Catrine got the ball to Jean Guy Lucas on the counter attack whose strike smashed off the crossbar.

We never lost hope though as finally, after a few desperate crosses into the box, the ball fell to Ross Smith who slotted in a perfect strike to keep BSC Glasgow’s undefeated streak alive.

FULL TIME | EDUSPORT ACADEMY 2 – 2 BSC GLASGOW

MAN OF THE MATCH | MARTIN GREHAN

Spartans Report: BSC Do the Double over the Champions

A late lob from Tom Orr secured another vital three points over the defending title holders and helped cement his side in second place.

The only change in the squad from last weekend was the return of Ross Smith allowing David Verlaque to revert to right-back, meaning Carlo Pignatiello could head back out to the right wing. On-loan St Johnstone forward Shaun Struthers was on the bench for this one.

Despite Martin Grehan attempting a sweet lob on the keeper inside the first minute, it was Spartans who looked the most likely to grab an early goal. Captain Michael Herd played a number of near-perfect crosses into the box. We were lucky Jack Smith, making his first start since the return fixture – in for the dropped Stephen MacDonald, couldn’t convert.

It wouldn’t be a Spartans vs BSC match without a bit of controversy. A corner from Declan Hughes looked to have been handled by a Spartans defender, however the ref seemed disinterested in the shouts and gave another corner after having a word with BSC coach Michael Moore.

Ross Smith and Alan Brown went up for the same ball and suffered a head knock. Luckily both players didn’t seem to have suffered too much, but Alan Brown seemed to have picked up a separate injury to his leg and was replaced by Aaron Scott. In either event, we wish Alan a quick recovery.

The rest of the first half was a real stalemate with the wind being more dominant on the ball than either team. Declan Hughes almost found the top corner from a free-kick just before the break, however the weather really worked against us as the ball squeaked inches wide.

HALF TIME | SPARTANS 0 – 0 BSC GLASGOW

It seemed certain that if BSC were to score, it would most likely come from a Hughes free-kick as another attempt went just wide of the post.

Just after the hour mark, Robbie McNab came off making way for Shaun Struthers, marking a fifteen minute period where basically nothing happened. This came to the first bit of noise from the fans as Hughes’ put in a strong standing tackle on a Spartans man, but the referee didn’t go for his pocket.

The reaction, or possibly some kind of adjustment from the bench, seemed to spur Spartans on as they flooded forward, playing some nice one touch football to set up a number of half chances (and a couple of full ones). Jack Smith fought through the defence and cut back to Blair Atkinson. The Spartans forward should have converted to put his team one up but Ryan Marshall – who seemed beaten – managed to pull off a stunning save to deny him.

Spartans were determined to grab the late goal and kept pushing players forward, working their way around the box, As the defending champions pushed forward, many would have thought we would be lucky to escape Ainslie Park with a point. Jamie Dishington fired just wide after some great play but Spartans kept pushing. Atkinson looked to be through far too easily but Jamie Mills appeared out of nowhere to make a brilliant tackle, win the ball and kick-start a BSC counter attack.

Davie Winters picked up the ball in a pocket just advanced of the halfway line, and played a gorgeous lob forward which Martin Grehan flicked on into the path of Tom Orr who outmuscled the Spartans defender and lobbed the onrushing Blair Carswell to break the deadlock in the 83rd minute.

The goal sent the BSC bench into raptures and in the melee the referee saw fit to send manager Stephen Swift to the stand for encroachment onto the field, but ultimately it didn’t matter as BSC held on throughout a nervy ten minutes where Spartans threw everything they had at us to secure a memorable smash and grab victory.

FULL TIME | SPARTANS 0 – 1 BSC GLASGOW

MAN OF THE MATCH | RYAN MARSHALL

Civil Service Strollers Report: BSC’s Winning Streak Comes to a Halt

BSC Glasgow couldn’t find a seventh consecutive victory had to salvage a point as two late goals saw Stephen Swift’s side dig out a 1-1 draw with Civil Service Strollers.

There were no changes to the starting line-up with the gaffer opting for the same squad that took the points at Rosewell last weekend. Mitchell Taylor came in to make it seven men on the bench.

It was BSC who dominated the opening minutes of the game with Tom Orr proving willing and able to break through the Strollers defence when he chose, however he couldn’t manage to slide the ball past Strollers’ on-loan ‘keeper Josh Donaldson.

Orr seemed destined to grab a goal in the first half. Some great footwork from Carlo Pignatiello allowed him to break away from his marker and play the ball to Orr whose shot was off-target thanks to Civil’s defensive pressure.

It was Civil with the biggest chance just before the break when a challenge on Martin Grehan went unnoticed by the referee allowing Strollers to break into a counter attack. Scott Clapperton hit a rasping shot from the edge of the box, but Ryan Marshall made a fantastic save keeping it even as the half-time whistle blew.

HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 0 – 0 CIVIL SERVICE STROLLERS

Both teams continued to struggle in the second half with both keepers proving difficult to catch off-guard. Shaun Struthers made a tremendous run into the box but Donaldson made a great save to deny the forward. Robbie McNab got a booking for a tackle during a Civil attack, meanwhile, Shaun Struthers came off for David Winters.

Once again, Orr looked a favourite to break the deadlock when he got a one-on-one with Donaldson, tried to round the keeper but put too much on the touch allowing the ball to get away from him and firing his strike over the bar.

With ten minutes to go, a volley from Winters went only inches outside the post. It was one of those days for BSC and Strollers finally got the opening goal on the 83rd minute as Ian Ballantyne turned the ball home from close range, sparking wild celebrations on the pitch.

It looked like it was to be our first defeat since Kelty Hearts at the end of August, but that man Declan Hughes stepped up, leapt up, and met Martin Grehan’s header back across goal, sending the ball beyond Donaldson and sparking wild celebrations on the other side.

“It was a difficult one to take today.” Manager Stephen Swift told us after the match. “I knew straight away when I saw their set up that they were here to frustrate us and nick something on the break. They did us on a set piece down the side and at one down I think it would have been robbery for them to come away with all three points.”

“Fair play to the boys, they kept going till the last. We grabbed one with five minutes to go and it looked like we could have grabbed another to win it in the last seconds. Strollers are a good side – they’re well organised and well coached and we’ve just got to take the positives from the performance and move onto next week against Spartans.”

FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 1 – 1 CIVIL SERVICE STROLLERS

MAN OF THE MATCH | DAVID VERLAQUE

Whitehill Welfare Report: BSC Glasgow Do The Comeback Business

Despite Whitehill Welfare putting up a fight, it was BSC Glasgow who took the three points on a cold festive day in Rosewell.

The only change to the side that took the points from Colts last weekend was Shaun Struthers starting, with Ross Smith being out this weekend through injury.

Despite the fixture being a battle between a top of the table side against a side fighting relegation, the game was even and if anything, Whitehill had more chances in the first half. Kyle Mitchell managed break through BSC’s defence 10 minutes in and almost gained a one-on-one with Ryan Marshall, however the pitch was his enemy as he tripped over a rough patch in the surface and lost the opportunity. Mitchell almost got his revenge a few minutes later but a great save from Marshall denied him.

The game never seemed to have a solid five minutes of continuous play as the referee made a bundle of bizarre calls that most players seemed to disagree with including last week’s Man of the Match, Ross McMillan who picked up an early yellow for dissent.

The unexpected turns continued as Whitehill dominated the rest of the first half and found an opener that had the Welfare faithful ecstatic. The ball fell to James McPartlin at the edge of the box who lobbed the ball over Marshall who couldn’t do anything about it. Whether it was an intentional lob or a lucky catch on the pitch, we’ll never know. Unless we ask him… which we won’t. 

The referee also added David Verlaque into his book in the last minute of the first half.

HALF TIME | WHITEHILL WELFARE 1 – 0 BSC GLASGOW

The second half kicked off and Welfare were the ones who seemed destined for another goal when Kieran Somerville’s attempt when just across the face of goal. On the 58th minute, it looked certain that BSC were about to equalise when a Declan Hughes free-kick found the head of McMillan but Welfare’s Paul Grant made a fantastic save to deny the Skipper.

Finally, just after the hour mark, we got our equaliser. A long ball up field by Marshall took a hit off a Whitehill defender to land at the feet or Tom Orr who sweetly slotted the ball home through the narrow channel to get us closer to a point.

Robbie McNab came off for Joe Irvine just before a winning goal looked inevitable when Martin Grehan did a beautiful pirouette to escape the clutches of Nicky Faulds but his strike sailed over the crossbar.

The last 15 minutes at Ferguson Park was incredibly tense for both sets of fans; Welfare were desperate for another crucial point to keep their chances in the Lowland League alive, while BSC were determined to continue their winning streak to stay ahead of Kelty Hearts in the top three.

David Winters replaced Carlo Pignatiello to help lend a foot in hopefully grabbing a late winner. With eight minutes to go, Tom Orr found space at the edge of the box and held the ball before a low pass picked out Shaun Struthers who hit a low sweet shot into the bottom left corner, despite the ball taking an eternity to bounce across the line when it seemed to be heading wide.

The last few minutes saw Tom Orr come off the field for Ross Lindsay, Shaun Struthers went the book for a tackle that needed to be made and Welfare fortunately never found the equaliser despite a solid performance.

FULL TIME | WHITEHILL WELFARE 1 – 2 BSC GLASGOW

MAN OF THE MATCH | ROSS MCMILLAN (again)