BSC Glasgow went ahead twice at The Indodrill, however, Colts came back in the last ten minutes with stunning equaliser, making it difficult to be too annoyed at the result.
There was a few changes to the side that played Whitehill midweek, obviously due to some unfortunate injuries; John Mitchell comes in to replace skipper, Ross McMillan who suffered an ankle injury, Martin Grehan and David Winters are the two men up front to replace Tam Orr and Adam Strachan as well as two u20s on the bench in Mitchell Taylor and Kyle MacDonald.
A few chances came fell to BSC Glasgow in the first twenty minutes, mainly involving Livingston loanee Carlo Pignatiello who had a couple of blocked efforts as well as header just wide of the post. The attacking side was rewarded five minutes later starting from a Martin Grehan throw-in. The ball landed at Jamie Mills’ feet who tried to set up Robbie Duncan, however despite a skewed effort from the midfielder, it landed perfectly for Declan Hughes who smashed the ball home into the top right corner.
BSC followed this display of comedic attacking skill with great defence with David Verlaque making an important tackle to stop a Colts breakaway, just before being booked. Colts searched for an equaliser before half time but just couldn’t seem to break through Ross Smith and John Mitchell in central defence.
HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 1-0 CUMBERNAULD COLTS
Colts continued to search for a goal as the second half kicked off and even tried a few cheeky attempts. Sean Brown managed to get into the six yard box but under pressure from the defence had no choice but to try a back heel which was grabbed impressively by Ross Sinclair. BSC alumni Arni Bembo also tried a shot from 35 yards out only to see it skew wide.
Our first sub proved to be an important one with Davie Winters coming off for Joe Irvine. Within his first few minutes on the pitch, Joe was already creating chances. His fantastic run up the wing, slaloming through the Colts defence to set up Carlo whose strike was cleared only as far as Joe, who then provided more driving pace, almost setting up Grehan.
73 minutes into a highly entertaining fixture, Cumbernauld snatched their slightly controversial equaliser. Ross Sinclair went down after a corner came in, presumably colliding with someone in the box, although despite it appearing to be a head knock, the ref continued play and the appeals of the BSC players were ignored as Sinclair managed to stumble to his feet – looking pretty groggy – and almost managed to get something on Greg Pascazio’s tap in at the far post.
Ross Smith received a yellow card for dissent, something nobody saw coming.
Three minutes later, a defensive mix up in the Colts back line allowed Joe Irvine to sneak in and score a delightful lob to put the home side up with fifteen minutes to go.
Unfortunately, even introducing Spencer Brown and Callum McKenzie couldn’t maintain the lead as, in the 85th minute, Craig Holmes caught the ball perfectly and unleashed an absolutely stunning strike from about 35 yards into the top corner.
A rare example of a goal being so good, it’s hard to be too disappointed about conceding.
Stephen Swift had hoped for a better result, but wasn’t too disheartened by the performance:
“I thought we started the first half well. We were the better team and got our reward. The last fifteen of the half, they [Colts] crept into it and we warned the boys they were obviously going to change something, to give them an injection because they had a very poor first half.
They brought that boy Pedram [Ardalani] on and that gave them that injection. We never really played second half, they got back to 1-1 and we thought there was a foul on the goalkeeper but the referees waved play on so we’re not getting the rub of the green just now.
On top of that, we then got a lifeline with wee Joe going 2-1 up and you’re thinking, maybe this is our day and maybe we can hold on but losing a goal from 35 yards out in the top corner, there’s not much you can do about that.”
FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 2-2 CUMBERNAULD COLTS
MAN OF THE MATCH | JOE IRVINE
I thought I did well when I came on – I was just happy to get game time. I’m disappointed about the result but I just enjoyed playing on the pitch.
“[The second Colts goal] It’s one in a million. We were just unlucky; it’s the way this season’s been going. We’ve had a lot of bad luck this season.”