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