Civil Service Strollers Report: Orr At The Double In Controversial Match

BSC Glasgow dominated a large portion of the game at Christie Gillies Park but were slightly lucky to come away with a 2-1 victory despite some questionable decisions.

Ross Sinclair made his BSC Glasgow debut. [Image: Thomas Brown – Civil Service Strollers]
Not many changes from the side that saw out last weekend’s 3-2 victory over Stirling Uni; Ross Sinclair made his debut between the sticks after signing on loan from St Johnstone, Ross Smith returned from his most recent knock replacing John Mitchell while in-form Carlo Pigniatello had to fulfil prior commitments with his parent club side who were busy in Ireland for the Irn-Bru Cup.

Gary Jardine’s men, no doubt, went in as favourites giving their recent string of good results and almost showcased their recent fantastic form in the first two minutes when they broke through the back line forcing Sinclair to make his first save in a BSC shirt, a brilliant low stop. Civil managed to put the rebound in the net; however the linesman flagged for offside.

It was the away team who dominated the first 20 minutes; David Winters grazed the crossbar with a strike from just outside the box and skipper Ross McMillan had a powerful header blocked on the line. This opening control of the game slipped away in the 26th minute when Strollers capitalised on the counter attack and Cammy Muirhead broke free and slipped the ball to Steven Froude past last-man Ross Smith and Froude slotted the ball into the bottom left corner with a lovely finish.

BSC searched for the equaliser but simply couldn’t break through. Their only other chance came just before half-time when a Ross Smith header bounced off keeper Kyle Rankin’s arm and bounced around in the six-yard box. A massive appeal for handball came from every single BSC player, but the referee waved away their protests as Civil player Scott Clapperton went down with an injury. 

Clapperton went to hospital at half time with a gashed head and everyone at BSC Glasgow wishes him the best in his recovery.

Spencer Brown made his first start of the season. [Image: Thomas Brown – Civil Service Strollers]


BSC came out to the best start possible in the second half and on the 52nd minute found the equaliser they’d so desperately needed. A long pass up field from the skipper landed with Civil defender Robbie Laird who was bullied off the ball by Tam Orr who managed to make the most of it and slipped the ball past Kyle Rankin. Only four minutes later, Orr tried to grab another but was brought down in the box. Much to the chagrin of BSC dugout, the referee pulled out a yellow card and flashed it at Orr – the striker was adjudged to have dived.

The official seemed to ignore every one of BSC’s appeals, despite Orr having a target on his back and finding himself the receiver of tough tackles every time he got the ball. Manager Stephen Swift took Spencer Brown and David Winters off and gave Martin Grehan and Ryan McStay the chance to combine and find a winner.

Civil’s frustration began to show and Andy Mair went into the referee’s book when he refused to give the ball back to Robbie Duncan for a throw in. That anguish was only to worsen when, in the 71st minute, they got a penalty after calamity in the box led to Shaun Turnbull going down under a challenge from Ross Smith.

Cammy Muirhead stepped up to take the penalty and slotted it past Ross Sinclair. The referee almost immediately blew the whistle though and Muirhead was astounded – as were most inside Christie Gillies Park – to find himself receiving a yellow card.

Cue a good few minutes of confusion as Civil’s players and coaches protested and BSC Glasgow stood bemused by what this meant to their match. It ended up with an indirect free kick, the result of Muirhead’s pause at the completion of the run-up (whether it was or not, we’ll let you decide).

Adam Strachan capitalised on the frustration of Civil Service Strollers as he sprinted up the left flank and into the box. He slotted a perfect pass to Tam Orr who moved from foot to foot to foot among  the defence and poked the ball home right down the middle.

The final fifteen were intense for both sides as Orr was clipped once again in the box and received nothing and to balance out the bizarre decisions, the referee gave nothing when it appeared the ball hit Robbie Duncan’s hand in the BSC box, much to the fury of the Civil faithful.

It was a cagey final few minutes but BSC managed to see it out for their third win of the season.

Manager Stephen Swift on the match:

“This is a tough tough place to come…they’re a team I really rate highly.

I thought first half we were really poor in the intensity that we started and they were a lot better than us… we had to read the riot act to the boys at half time and I thought it was a better team that came out second half. The guys upped their game; Adam Strachan upped his game, Thomas Orr upped his game and we got the rewards.”