Multiple changes to Swifty’s men for this midweek fixture; Ross McMillan and Ross Smith returned, as well as Robbie McNab and Declan Hughes while Shaun Bowers, David McKay, Lewis Bell started on the bench.
The first half had nothing on the second with very little actually occurring outside the goals. Well, with the exception of a fair few tackles. It took twenty minutes before a half chance presented itself thanks to a good run from Thomas Collins leading to a great ball in the box but last year’s East Kilbride scorer, Jamie McCormack couldn’t get a head to it.
Michael Anderson found himself in the referee’s book after a rough tackle and it was the beginning of a few.
Shortly after, East Kilbride found the first goal through Graeme Holmes. After a cross in and a few attempts at clearances, Holmes managed a tap in at the six-yard box which rolled painfully slow past Ryan Marshall, hit the post and despite last gasp attempts to clear it off the line.
Only two minutes later and BSC were back on level terms after a massive defensive error by BJ Coll – the defender attempted to header it back to EK keeper Alan Martin but the header was hugely under hit and allowed Tom Orr to rush onto the loose ball, round Martin and put the ball into an empty net.
HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 1 – 1 EAST KILBRIDE
The immense frustration set in quick for both sides after the restart and a trigger for it was a head knock between BJ Coll and Thomas Collins. Coll went up for the ball a bit too aggressively leading to another yellow for Kilby.
The first in a series of chances for BSC – Orr made a terrific run up the left and tried to find Martin Grehan just before the ball went out, but before Grehan could tap it in, EK’s Holmes slid in and blocked the striker from getting the shot away. A bit of a stramash couldn’t lead to any yellow shirt sticking a toe on it and Kilby cleared before the ball could settle.
It was Jamie McCormack’s turn to dash up the flank as he skipped past two defenders, nutmegs one to find Tom Orr, play a 1-2 and get into the box but Martin was there to quickly fizzle out the onrushing attack.
Just after the hour, there was an incredibly confusing moment when an East Kilbride man went down in the box and the referee didn’t stop play, so obviously BSC continue to attack while EK appeal to the ref. The linesman then flagged for offside despite the blue and gold shirt on the deck playing everyone on. Somehow, a drop ball was decided as the best course of action.
A big chance followed for East Kilbride – a good ball into the box found Craig Malcolm unmarked just outside the six yard box but his attempt went agonisingly wide. Then, a good ball forward and a few good passes between midfield found Michael Anderson just outside the box but his shot also went beyond the post.
What could’ve been a game changing moment was prevented thanks to quick reactions from Robbie McNab – after a high EK cross, a shot was stabbed in and was well beyond Ryan Marshall but McNab was there on the line to clear it well and keep the home side alive.
Both sides of players, fans and dugouts were growing increasingly annoyed at the lack of chances actually being capitalised on. Thomas Collins was next up for a chance when he picked up the ball from a cross and got a good strike away but it went across face of goal and out by inches of the post.
Kieran Gibbons went for a similar strike two minutes later when he caught the ball on a bounce and smashed it 30 yards out but the good effort went just over for EK. A lot of long balls saw the chances begin to die out for both sides; Orr got onto one and was able to lay off Jamie Hamilton but the strike was unfortunately straight into Martin’s hands.
In the dying minutes, Jamie McCormack got onto yet another header but it went well over. EK quickly got onto the counterattack and many in The Indodrill believed this could be a winner but a game saving tackle from Michael Anderson prevented what would’ve been a one-on-one with Ryan Marshall. Our last opportunity came thanks to fantastic control and footwork from Tom Orr who, with two defenders on him, got away a terrific shot just inside the box and was only inches from smashing the crossbar.
FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 1 – 1 EAST KILBRIDE
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|2nd October 2019||7:45 pm||Lowland League||2019/20|