Injuries and suspensions abounded in the BSC Glasgow ranks as Stephen Swift made four changes to the side who took on Bo’ness in the South Challenge Cup. New signings Shaun Bowers, Lewis Bell and David McKay made their starting debuts (or re-debuts), Jamie McCormack took the Captaincy and moved into centre back as Ross McMillan, Ross Smith, Robbie McNab, Declan Hughes and Jamie Mills were all unavailable.
The shots were few and far between in the first half with only a handful coming both teams’ way. One of the best chances for BSC arrived just four minutes in when Jamie Hamilton tested Uni keeper Kevin Walker but his strike was blocked well. The returning Martin Grehan went to catch the rebound with an overhead kick but the attempt was blocked by a Uni defender.
Shaun Bowers then made a good run up the right flank and despite the Stirling Uni back line’s best efforts, he managed to get the shot away from the tightest of angles and Walker got down low to keep it out.
The travelling Stirling Uni faithful were up in arms when Martin Grehan went down under a two-footed challenge by Uni captain Angus Mailer, and Grehan’s reaction (while attempting to untangle himself from Mailer’s legs) was, if you were to listen to the braying of the visiting crowd, worthy of a red card. Both players ended up in the referee’s book.
As the first half came to a close; Lewis Bell and Shaun Bowers both had attempts that went wide, while Stirling Uni had their best chance of the game thanks to a good low cross into the box but Callum Heath couldn’t get close enough to turn it in at the far post..
HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 0 – 0 UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING
BSC broke the deadlock only a minute and a half into the second half. Jamie Hamilton smashed home a low free-kick from 25 yards which Walker had no chance of stopping after a couple of minor deflections carried it in.
Only five minutes later and it was the perfect chance for Stirling Uni to get back into it – after a free kick at the edge of the box stung the palms of Ryan Marshall, at least three Uni players scrambled to reach the rebound but a spectacular block from Marshall somehow prevented a certain goal, allowing Thomas Collins to clear.
There were two controversial decisions in the space of ten minutes which had both sets of fans screaming at the ref; while Tom Orr was through on goal, he was brought down by a Uni defender for what looked like a certain penalty. The referee instead gave Orr a yellow for his frustrated reaction.
Then, Martin Grehan latched onto a terrific long ball forward and found himself pulled back by Uni defender Alex Webb, who had been caught out by the striker’s movement. The referee decided that he had denied a goalscoring opportunity (he had) and brandished the red card. Cue a furious reaction from the Stirling Uni bench which led to manager Chris Geddes receiving a yellow card.
The game seemed to hit a wall after the sending off with BSC desperately trying to kill the game. Ross Lindsay came on for Lewis Bell just as frustration was really seeping through for a University side that found their every attempt at an attack blocked by the much-changed BSC defence.
On 83 minutes, BSC put the game to bed. Tom Orr made an impressive run up the right channel and picked out Martin Grehan with a low cross which allowed the returning striker a well-deserved goal. Exactly a minute later, it was almost a carbon copy with Shaun Bowers taking the place of Orr allowing Grehan to smash the ball high into the net, but the goal was deemed offside.
Grehan was then substituted for Marc Smith, with Spencer Brown coming on for Jamie Hamilton a few moments later.
In the dying embers of injury time, BSC rubbed salt in the wounds when Thomas Orr marauded up the left and fired in a cross which eluded the entire University of Stirling defence to find Thomas Collins who headed it home at the back post with no defender near him.
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FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 3 – 0 UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING
MAN OF THE MATCH in association with Laser Amore
|28th September 2019||3:00 pm||Lowland League||2019/20|
|University of Stirling||0|
|Lewis Bell 12||0||0||0||0|
|Spencer Brown 7||0||0||0||0|
|Marc Smith 14||0||0||0||0|
|Ross Lindsay 22||0||0||0||0|
University of Stirling