With Christmas around the corner, it starts a tricky festive period for BSC with the next four games being against other teams battling for top spots.
by Cammy Richardson
Today’s fixture is the reverse of the opening game of the season, as we head to the Falkirk stadium to face East Stirlingshire in what promised to be a feisty contest. Two changes to the win over Gala last week saw Declan Hughes and Dave McKay come into the starting line up to replace Lewis Bell and Thomas Collins.
You got the sense even before the game that both sides knew the importance of this game, with both sides keen to push on and put the pressure on Kelty and it was almost the perfect start. A long ball over the back line put the mercurial Orr through on goal but a mixture of last ditch defending and the big hand of Barclay prevented BSC taking an early lead.
Shire seemed to react to Tam’s chance and had the majority of the ball for the next ten minutes trying to force a way through to Ryan Marshall’s goal. The Falkirk side almost did just that two minutes later with a couple of chances. First, a free kick from a good position saw Nicky Low find the wrong side of the net, before good play for Shire found Sean Brown bearing down on goal but – as he has done so many times this season – Marsh somehow kept the shot destined for the bottom corner out and the defence’s clean sheet intact, a let off for BSC.
With the two teams constantly cancelling each other out and preventing any significant goalmouth action, this is the type of game that pundits would call a ‘good tactical battle’ after hyping it up for weeks on end.
The first booking of the game came in the twentieth minute as Declan Hughes went down under a heavy challenge from Dishington saw Swifty pick up the first yellow of the game. Jamie Hamilton was the next to go into the book, this time for a foul on Nicky Low in the middle of the park.
More good play from Shire found Dishington free on the right hand side of the box but as usual there was no way past Marsh as he palmed the effort out for a corner.
As the half drew to a close, Matty Flynn was the next to see yellow for a foul on Jamie Hamilton.
HALF TIME | EAST STIRLINGSHIRE 0-0 BSC GLASGOW
The second half brought a BSC substitution and tactics change, with Martin Grehan coming on to replace Jordan Marshall.
Any hopes of a more open and free flowing second half disappeared as the only action in the first fifteen minutes saw Thomas Collins come on to replace Declan Hughes.
In the 60th minute however, BSC were given another reminder of the dangers that Shire pose as Nicky Low found space, quickly got the ball out from under his feet and bent a shot that looked destined for the top corner. Thankfully for everyone in Yellow it crashed against the outside of the post.
Taking a step away from football, the home team announced that through donations from everyone involved with the game and with the club itself managed to raise a total of £1,255 for the Forth Valley Sands stillbirth and neonatal death charity, a brilliant effort for a brilliant cause!
Going back to the game itself, as we entered the last ten minutes with the game still even, both teams knew that one goal would win this game. Nicky Low had another chance from a well-positioned free kick, but his effort sailed helplessly over the bar.
With five minutes to go saw the moment that we had all been begging for. Jamie Hamilton picked up the ball before running at the Shire defence, the midfield maestro managed to squeeze a brilliant ball through to Thomas Collins who expertly put the ball under the onrushing keeper, to the pure delight of the home support. Brilliant celebrations, as Collins and just about the whole team sprinted to the sidelines to embrace the gaffer.
After the best type of football moment followed the worse, five minutes of every ball going into the box giving you the biggest fright of your life. BSC held however to secure a brilliant 1-0 win and move up to third for Christmas. The work doesn’t stop as two tough home games follow but with the last game before the winter solstice gave BSC an early Christmas present.
FULL TIME | East stirlingshire 0-1 bsc glasgow
|21st December 2019||3:00 pm||Lowland League||2019/20|
|Jordan Marshall 14||0||0||0||0|
|Thomas Collins 8||1||0||0||0|