First Win, Debut Goal and another Tom Orr Chip at Ainslie Park
BSC Glasgow grabbed their first win of the season on a mild night in Edinburgh.
There were two changes to the side which drew with East Stirlingshire on Saturday; Jordan Marshall came in to replace skipper Ross McMillan after he suffered a knock that match and Stephen Barr also made his first start between the sticks taking over the post of Ryan Marshall.
It would probably be too kind to say that the first half was a little slow. Both teams contained each other in midfield and pretty much cancelled each other out. A minor opportunity for BSC landed 24 minutes in when Jamie Mills set up Martin Grehan but Spartans ‘keeper Blair Carswell was able to get down quickly and smother the ball.
The big chance for Spartans came mainly thanks to a defensive error when an attempted tackle turned into a failed pass back but fortunately, the Spartans frontline were slow on the uptake and Stephen Barr was able to grab the ball before they could capitalise.
Minutes before the half-time whistle, Martin Grehan suffered a knock in the box but managed to recover. Somehow while he was down, our assistant manager Frazer Wright picked up by booking, taking his position as Michael Moore’s replacement very seriously indeed.
HALF TIME | THE SPARTANS 0 – 0 BSC GLASGOW
As the second half commenced, spectators at Ainslie Park could be forgiven for thinking the snooze-fest was set to continue. That was until Jamie Hamilton showed great control to smash the ball into the back of the net from 25 yards just two minutes after the restart. The home side were adamant there was an elbow when Hamilton rose to control the ball but the referee waved away their protests.
Hamilton picked up a knock quickly afterwards and made way for Michael Anderson before Ross Lindsay came off for Thomas Collins shortly afterwards.
The closing quarter of the game certainly made up for the first half with Spartans pressing on looking for an equaliser and BSC looking to extend their slender advantage. Tom Orr made the most of a great pass forward from Robbie McNab into the box but his strike slid across the face of goal and inches from the far post.
With six minutes to go, Stephen Swift’s men looked to have put the game to bed – a mix-up in the Spartans backline allowed Orr to burst forward, hold off the defender, get onto the loose ball, and execute a deft chip over oncoming Carswell.
Simon White made his BSC Glasgow debut replacing Martin Grehan with three minutes to go while the rest of the squad were desperate to kill the game and keep a clean sheet. With Dougie Samuels’ men desperate to grab a consolation, they burst into the box and Ross Smith brought down Jack Smith. The referee deemed it a penalty which Dean Hoskins converted high beyond Stephen Barr giving the Ainslie Park faithful a bit of hope.
The final moments saw Spartans throw everything but the kitchen sink at the BSC defence. The clock seemed to stop dead and when Blair Tolmie went down in the BSC box, the Spartans players erupted into protest, the BSC players looked to get on with it, and when the Assistant Referee called the Ref over, every BSC heart seemed to sink. The linesmen called a foul in the build-up and in the controversial aftermath Tolmie picked up a yellow for dissent.
Another last ditch effort from the hosts saw Stephen Barr to make a fantastic point-blank save before the ball was cleared allowing BSC Glasgow to grab their first three points of the season.
FULL TIME | THE SPARTANS 1 – 2 BSC GLASGOW
|30th July 2019||7:45 pm||Lowland League||2019/20|