It was a tough night in North Edinburgh as ten-man BSC Glasgow were able to escape with an important point against Civil Service Strollers.
Grant Rose and Lewis Bell were in the starting eleven replacing Michael Anderson and Ryan Tierney while up from the development squad was Cammy MacNair who started on the bench as did the returning Conor McBrearty.
It was a slow start for both teams with the strong winds at Christie Gillies Park taking precedence and forcing either side to struggle to maintain possession. Not dissimilar to Saturday’s game against Dalbeattie Star, Alfie Agyeman found himself constantly harassed by defenders as shown when he was chopped down by Kyle Fee, the first of many decisions which didn’t go BSC Glasgow’s way.
The first major chance came for Gary Jardine’s men – Matthew Shaw went for a strike from just outside the box that sailed just inches over Lyle Avci’s bar. Some good passing could’ve led to a scoring opportunity for BSC but Agyeman just couldn’t evade the Strollers defence and saw his chances quickly dealt with.
Neither side were able to make the most of any opportunities and spent more time fighting against the wind in the first half.
HALF TIME | CIVIL SERVICE STROLLERS 0 – 0 BSC GLASGOW
It was BSC Glasgow who came out the gate on the front foot winning more balls in the air and maintaining more possession. Andy Geggan did well to hold off Civil shirts and find Ross Lyon whose curling strike could only land in the hands of the goalkeeper.
The first major slice of controversy for BSC arrived in the 50th minute – Declan Hughes was shown a red card for a challenge not many Strollers players appealed. After a few headers, he went for the ball and the referee deemed it a dangerous challenge. Only minutes later, captain Jamie McCormack went into the book after reacting to yet another foul of Agyeman.
Just to top off an infuriating ten minutes, after a BSC free-kick, huge screams for a handball in the box rang out but the referee waved it away and then Jamie Hamilton found his name in the book.
A huge opportunity almost paid off for BSC just after the hour mark when Agyeman made a darting run into the box from the right channel but his powerful strike could only find side netting.
Eventually, after what felt like an array of fouls on Alfie Agyeman, Kyle Fee received the first booking for Strollers. Although just to sum up the way the game was going for us, Agyeman then also received a booking for apparently blocking the goalkeeper despite the ball being in play.
The last ten minutes got even scrappier – a cross into the box to Andy Geggan saw the midfielder go down under a Civil player in the box. Everyone on the BSC side of the pitch was screaming for penalty but, having looked back at the video, we’ll admit it probably wasn’t!
In the closing moments, a Strollers player saw red after bringing down Alfie Agyeman as he was through on goal but the resultant free-kick wasn’t enough to steal the three points.
FULL TIME | CIVIL SERVICE STROLLERS 0 – 0 BSC GLASGOW
|13th October 2020||7:45 pm||Lowland League||2020/21|
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Civil Service Strollers
|Grant Rose 10||0||0||0||0|
|Michael Anderson 17||0||0||0||0|
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