It’s been a long seven months. We are finally back for Lowland League football! It feels like an eternity since our last competitive game but the 2020/21 campaign has begun and our first opponents were Dalbeattie Star.
A huge number of changes in the BSC line-up with a multitude of new faces – Lyle Avci began between the sticks; Jamie McCormack took the captain’s armband while Andy Geggan, Ryan Tierney, Alfie Agyeman, Declan Fitzpatrick and Ross Lyon all made their competitive debuts for the club, while Jamie Ballantyne, Grant Rose and Andy Monk began on the bench.
There wasn’t much in the opening fifteen minutes as it appeared both teams had to just find their feet and shake off any rust, because, let’s be honest, it’s been seven months. A couple of corners came BSC’s way with Andy Geggan going for an ambitious volley but a Star defence were there to clear the danger.
Against the run of play, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock – a lack of a proper clearance from the BSC back line allowed Connor Graham to control the ball and get a shot away. Lyle Avci made a decent first save but the rebound was found by Liam Park who slotted it into the back of the net.
A touch of controversy only two minutes later when Jamie Mills played the ball back to Avci with his knee leading to an onslaught of Star players claiming for a back pass. Despite the official seemingly unsure, he awarded an indirect free kick to Ritchie Maxwell’s men. Fortunately, Dean Brotherston’s shot was well blocked a yellow wall.
An equaliser was almost on the cards immediately after – a Michael Anderson header curved over Darren Malley and bounced onto the crossbar. Ryan Tierney attempted to header the rebound but it went a mere few inches over.
A signature Declan Hughes free kick in the 28th minute forced Darren Malley into action once again. He made an impressive stop, but collided with the post headfirst – luckily, no injury. Alfie Agyeman found himself hounded by Star defenders who evaluated early that he was a threat to be dealt with and struggled to dribble past four players to get a shot away.
He did do three though…
HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 0 – 1 DALBEATTIE STAR
Our half time subs saw Andy Monk make his debut replacing Michael Anderson and the returning Lewis Bell took the place of Ryan Tierney.
Almost immediately, Lewis Bell made an impact. A fantastic ball into the box eventually found Jamie Hamilton who played a one-two with Andy Geggan and allowed Hamilton to find the back of the net via a Star defender who tried to block to no avail.
Giving a prime example of why Star’s defenders deemed him a threat, Agyeman, just before the hour mark somehow held off three defenders and with precision dribbling was able to get a nice strike away only for it to crack off the post and quickly cleared by Star defence. Not even a minute later, Agyeman came agonisingly close again when a good cross from Lewis Bell allowed a free header but it sailed just wide.
In the 68th minute of the match, finally some nerves were settled. Another fantastic ball from Lewis Bell found Jamie Hamilton and the midfielder was able to control the ball well and slip it passed Darren Malley to secure a brace and put BSC Glasgow in the lead.
The last ten minutes were nothing short of dramatic. Grant Rose made his debut replacing Alfie Agyeman. Dalbeattie Star dominated possession for the first time in the second half and looked for the elusive equaliser.
Unfortunately, Andy Monk looked to have pulled his hamstring and was forced to be subbed for Ross Lindsay. Deep into injury time, a last gasp Star attack led to Jamie McCormack taking a hard ball in the face and Dalbeattie players desperately appealed for a handball. McCormack seemed to be out cold but luckily was back on his feet moments before the final whistle to secure BSC Glasgow’s first game and first victory.
FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 2 – 1 DALBEATTIE STAR
|10th October 2020||3:00 pm||Lowland League||2020/21|
|Ross Lyon 22||0||0||0||0|
|Alfie Agyeman 17||0||0||0||0|
|Ryan Tierney 25||0||0||0||0|
|Andy Monk 12||0||0||0||0|
|Lewis Bell 20||0||1||0||0|
|Grant Rose 11||0||0||0||0|
|Ross Lindsay 25||0||0||0||0|