BSC Glasgow welcomed Vale of Leithen to the Indodrill with only one change to the side that put a combined eleven goals past Dalbeattie and Caledonian Braves with Jamie McCormack suspended. Michael Anderson came into the team with Robbie McNab moving into the right back berth.
A chance presented itself only four minutes in for the home side when Vale of Leithen keeper Andrew McQueen fumbled a cross from Declan Hughes and allowed Martin Grehan a stab at goal but his shot went wide.
Only minutes later, the Innerleithen men almost found the back of the net when Liam Ireland took advantage of a leaky BSC defence; however his shot was fired into the side netting. It seemed inevitable that BSC would break the deadlock rather quickly but the post denied a massive chance after Michael Anderson picked out Jamie Hamilton and the midfielder’s powerful strike smacked off the upright.
Not to worry though because on the 20th minute, a chance finally paid off. Tom Orr caught onto a ball over the top, found Jamie Mills whose square pass trickled through the Vale defence and found Thomas Collins at the back post to slot home.
An entire seven minutes later and spectators were in for a treat when Captain Ross McMillan got onto the end of a Declan Hughes corner. His header bounced onto the line and Vale man Calum Hall attempted to clear it but he simply kicked the ball upwards against the bar and into the back of the net.
At the half-hour mark, another chance rolled our way thanks to a sweet little lay-off by Tom Orr to Declan Hughes who went for a shot from outside the box. Andrew McQueen was able to get down though despite another fumble.
Just before half time and the best chance for Vale was served to them on a plate. An error in communication between Ryan Marshall and Ross Smith allowed Liall Smith a one-on-one with the BSC keeper but his strike went a fair few inches wide.
HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 2 – 0 VALE OF LEITHEN
To say the second half lacked the intensity of the first would be an understatement but chances still came frequently to Stephen Swift’s men.
Jamie Hamilton wormed his way through a multitude of Vale players and got a decent low strike away but McQueen was able to get down low and save. Robbie McNab received a booking for a soft tackle before being substituted for Robbie Duncan while Martin Grehan was replaced by Ross Lindsay.
Michael Anderson cemented a good performance by putting in a tremendous run up the right channel and fought through Vale players to take a decent shot on goal but it could only sting the palms of McQueen who was able to gather the ball before a yellow shirt attacked.
With fifteen minutes remaining, Thomas Collins grabbed a brace – it seemed as if the Vale back line attempted an offside trap but Collins timed it perfectly and took advantage of a one-on-one to slot the ball home from a tight angle after a fantastic ball from Declan Hughes.
Jamie Hamilton made way for James Stokes in the closing ten, who received a yellow for simulation after only minutes on the pitch.
Another chance fell Vale’s way in the dying moments but that man Ross McMillan was there to make a fantastic tackle to save the clean sheet. It was almost made four when a good cross from Robbie Duncan allowed Tom Orr a free header but it unfortunately skewed wide.
FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 3 – 0 VALE OF LEITHEN
MAN OF THE MATCH IN ASSOCIATION WITH LASER AMORE | THOMAS COLLINS
|31st August 2019||3:00 pm||Lowland League||2019/20|
|Vale of Leithen||0|
|Martin Grehan 12||0||0||0||0|
|James Stokes 7||0||0||1||0|
|Ross Lindsay 14||0||0||0||0|
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