A welcome return to winning ways last night at the Indodrill Stadium as BSC Glasgow secured a 3-1 win over Cumbernauld Colts, shaking off last weekend’s 4-0 defeat to East Kilbride. Evan Galasso made his first start for the club; meanwhile Jordan Marshall and Robbie McNab were in the starting eleven replacing the suspended Ross Smith and the rested Michael Anderson.
Only three minutes in and it seemed safe to say the defeat last weekend was the kick that BSC needed to get back into the swing of things. Great control by Thomas Collins allowed him to quickly turn and go for a powerful half-volley – it was straight at Jonathan Grier between the sticks but he fumbled the catch and had to react quickly to gather the ball before Thomas Orr reached the rebound.
A good counter attack broke the deadlock in only the fifth minute and it wasn’t in BSC’s favour. Willie Mortimer got onto a decent cross and struck the ball perfectly on the volley, over Ryan Marshall into the top corner.
Unlike last weekend, the heads of Stephen Swift’s squad stayed up and they went searching for an immediate equaliser. It only took six minutes as a lovely long ball forward from Thomas Collins found Thomas Orr. Controlling it well and capitalising on a slip from the Colts defence, Orr slotted the ball under Grier to even the score.
In the 23rd minute, it seemed as if BSC had taken the lead but to the surprise of the home fans, the referee pulled play back for a foul only seconds before a cross evaded the Colts defence and allowed Jordan Marshall to head into an empty net. The goal was immediately chopped off.
An entertaining first half continued and it was only helped by a fantastic strike by Evan Galasso – from almost 30 yards out, Galasso put the power behind this one but it could only smash off the crossbar and go over.
Luck eventually came our way when Ross McMillan went down in the box under a heavy push from a Colts defender. A penalty was awarded but unfortunately, despite a good strike from Declan Hughes, Grier did well to dive the right way and put it away for a corner.
Colts went for another counter attack following the penalty miss – a stramash in the box led to Ryan Marshall being caught up in a sea of bodies while the cross came in. Colts managed to get a header that was heading over the line but it was Jordan Marshall who was there to clear it inches from going over and keep us in the game.
The crossbar once again was our enemy just before the break. Some liquid football allowed a free pass to an unmarked Thomas Orr who hit it first time and it smacked off the bar and was quickly cleared by Colts.
HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 1 – 1 CUMBERNAULD COLTS
Lewis Bell replaced Ross McMillan after the break instigating a mix-up in formation. BSC really controlled the match in the first half hour of the second half. Good football between Thomas Orr and Thomas Collins created many opportunities but it was tough to break through the well organised Colts defence.
Galasso made way for Ross Lindsay shortly before Orr once again forced Grier into action. A good run up the channel from Jamie Mills picked out Thomas Orr who went for a strike just outside the box forcing the Colts keeper down low as the onrushing yellow shirts hoped for another fumble.
The goal finally came in the 78th minute thanks to an otherworldly strike from Declan Hughes (he assures us it was indeed a shot, not a cross). Ross Lindsay played a pass out to Hughes who hit it first time and the ball sailed over the entire Colts defence, went over Grier, hit the post and bounced over the line on the other side.
Despite the late goal, it didn’t mean BSC Glasgow could relax. Cameron Dickson’s superb tackle in the box prevented Jamie Hamilton from getting a close-range shot away which could’ve killed the game.
Frustration was clearly setting in for Colts when fouls came few and far between – a free-kick on the edge of the box by Ross Lindsay forced Grier to palm the ball away straight into the path of Thomas Collins, however, his quick strike went inches wide. Two minutes later, Ross Kavanagh wiped out Lewis Bell in the box following a beautiful pass forward from Lindsay. The referee awarded BSC the second penalty of the match. This time Thomas Collins sent Grier the wrong way and finally BSC Glasgow and the fans inside the Indodrill could breathe a sigh of relief.
In the dying embers, Marty Wright looked certain to grab Colts a consolation when he gained a one-on-one with Ryan Marshall but a great block cemented the two goal advantage.
FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 3 – 1 CUMBERNAULD COLTS
MAN OF THE MATCH (in association with Laser Amore)
|28th February 2020||7:45 pm||Lowland League||2019/20|
|Ross McMillan 22||0||0||0||0|
|Evan Galasso 12||0||0||0||0|
|Lewis Bell 6||0||0||0||0|