Edinburgh University Report: 5-Star BSC Glasgow Smash Students

With this fixture described as a potential banana skin for Stephen Swift’s side, the manager would have been delighted to see the boys put in a stellar performance to brush the University side away.

A few changes from the impressive team that challenged Forfar the previous weekend; Ross Sinclair returned between the posts, Robbie McNab replaced John Mitchell and David Verlaque came in for David Winters as the gaffer changed the formation. The bench also saw the first appearance for Shaun Struthers, the young striker has joined us on loan from St. Johnstone until the end of the season.

After a slightly delayed kick-off, the game began and it was spotted that one of the linesmen was wearing a pair of Edinburgh Uni’s home shorts. Laundry Basket 1 – 0 Assistant Referee.

Despite the final score line, the first half had very little to report other than the opening goals. Cammy Ballantyne was in tremendous form as he seemed to have the Uni defence in the palm of his hand, easily getting beyond them to square the ball to Tom Orr for a cheeky tap-in and the first goal of the evening.

A few minutes later, Edinburgh University looked to be through on goal but out of nowhere, David Verlaque made an inch-perfect tackle to keep them out.

Once again, Ballantyne managed to burst into the box just after the half-hour mark but was brought down by Finn Daniels-Yeoman and the man-in-charge pointed straight to the spot. Of course, it was that man Tom Orr to step up as he has many times before and slot the penalty away despite Mark Tait getting a hand to it.

Just before the half-time whistle, Tait did manage a couple of fantastic saves when Orr continued his momentum and slide past the Uni defence only for his shot so be palmed over. Carlo Pignatiello looked a certainty to get on the score sheet when he made a fantastic run into the box but his shot was impressively saved by Tait.

HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 2 – 0 EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

It was Edinburgh University who came flying out the gate as the second half commenced. Ross Sinclair was finally called into action when he made a brilliant save from a powerful Daniels-Yeoman strike, clawing the ball out of the top corner when all hope looked to be lost.

A few minutes later, BSC grabbed the third from a Declan Hughes corner. It was our vice-captain, Ross Smith who leapt for a great header into the back of the net. It just seemed written in the stars that this was to be BSC Glasgow’s night, especially when Sinclair was pulling off saves that would make an Olympic gymnast proud.

We were 56 minutes in when Tom Orr became the hat-trick hero after capitalising on a mistake from Uni centre back, Stuart MacFarlane to knock the ball into the bottom right corner. Despite obviously being hungry for more, Tom Orr came off the pitch making way for Davie Winters and Declan Hughes was replaced by debutant Shaun Struthers.

We didn’t have to wait long for our fifth when some great link-up play with Struthers and Pignatiello led to a perfect pass to Martin Grehan who converted his first-time strike at the edge of the six-yard box.

As the game drew to a close, Edinburgh Uni were adamant they were getting a consolation goal and seemed to have it sewn up, but Ross Sinclair was having none of it. A great strike from Patrick Baird was palmed away by Sinclair, however the ball dropped to Abdul Yusuf who shot into an almost-open goal but Sinclair somehow managed to palm it off the line before punching the ball clear, looking more like a volleyball champion than a goalkeeper.

Three minutes to go and we almost saw a sixth but unfortunately Carlo Pigniatello continued to be denied, this time by the post.

FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 5 – 0 EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

MAN OF THE MATCH | THOMAS ORR (I mean, it had to be.)