A crucial win at the Indodrill with BSC Glasgow putting four past Civil Service Strollers who were hot on their heels in the Lowland League table. Ross McMillan, Jamie Hamilton, Thomas Orr and Jamie McCormack all returned to the starting eleven and put in some shift to secure a huge victory.
Only six minutes in, BSC were awarded a penalty – Thomas Orr squared the ball for Thomas Collins who edged into the six-yard box just ahead of Strollers keeper Josh Donaldson and was pulled down. Declan Hughes stepped up to the spot but Donaldson guessed correctly, however Robbie McNab who was there to smash home the rebound.
It only took five minutes before Thomas Collins was down in the box again and the referee immediately pointed to the spot for a second time. After having been pulled down by Andy Mair, it was clear the entire Civil squad didn’t agree with the decision, and looking back it’s easy to see why.
The reactions that followed saw Alieu Faye and John Dunn receive yellow cards as well as one of the Edinburgh sides’ coaches see red and forced to watch the remainder of the game from the stands. Declan Hughes went to the spot again and this time found the back of the net slicing it into the bottom right corner.
The confidence was clearly high after the early goals as BSC played some liquid football – Jamie McCormack ruined a Civil defender by chipping it cleanly over him and almost picking out Thomas Collins in the box for a tap-in. Afterwards, some beautiful footwork allowed Declan Hughes to skip through four players and lay it off for Collins but his shot was straight at Josh Donaldson.
It was nearly a comfortable 3-0 in only the 20th minute – after a corner, the ball fell to Michael Anderson to head it cleanly into the path of Thomas Orr whose resulting header was cleared off the line by Craig Newall.
The Edinburgh side could’ve pulled one back through a defensive error between Jamie McCormack and Ryan Marshall. McCormack’s header back to Marshall was wrongly timed as Marshall was nowhere near. McCormack did well though to get ahead of the onrushing Civil striker and clear the ball before it could find the back of the net.
Ryan Marshall made a tremendous save after a sweet low strike from Cammy Muirhead. John Dunn was there to immediately take a shot at the rebound but somehow his attempt at the open goal went well over.
The third goal eventually came just before the break – Thomas Orr took advantage of… an advantage after Jamie Hamilton was wiped out. Orr was able to get a one-on-one with Donaldson and slip the ball under the keeper.
HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 3 – 0 CIVIL SERVICE STROLLERS
The second half had a tough time matching up with the entertainment of the first as the game fizzled out rather quickly.
In the 53rd minute, Gary Jardine’s men pulled one back as Andy Mair took advantage of a defensive mix-up and put the ball beyond Ryan Marshall.
Not to worry though as BSC’s fourth was secured seven minutes later. A set-piece right off the training ground as Declan Hughes picked out Thomas Collins who hit it first time and found the back of the net.
Just before the full-time whistle, Strollers could’ve had a second goal in a controversial way – John Dunn had pulled up just outside the box and was about to capitalise on a pass back to Ryan Marshall from Ross McMillan but he wasn’t quick enough and passed to the only other Strollers shirt who was in a very clear offside position.
FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 4 – 1 CIVIL SERVICE STROLLERS
MAN OF THE MATCH | MICHAEL ANDERSON
|16th November 2019||3:00 pm||Lowland League||2019/20|
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