It was our first visit to Victoria Park for a number of seasons and what a return it was as BSC Glasgow put six past the Innerleithen men but Vale fought and grabbed four goals in reply, in what is easily an early contender for game of the season. Michael Anderson and Ryan Tierney returned to the starting eleven while Darren Christie made his debut after the club secured a loan deal from Pollok.
In a similar fashion to last week’s Dalbeattie game, the sides that finished in the bottom four last season are out to prove a point this year. Vale of Leithen looked dangerous in the opening fifteen minutes but it was a penalty in the 18th minute that really kick-started their momentum. Declan Fitzpatrick brought down a Vale defender during a set piece and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Jonathan Grotlin stepped up and converted.
Only a mere two minutes later, Vale got their second – some nice passing allowed Vale into a three-on-two position and get a solid strike away. Despite Lyle Avci making the initial save, Arran Laidlaw was there to fire home the rebound.
Fortunately it didn’t take long for Stephen Swift’s men to fire back into the game. Ryan Tierney opened his account for the club, becoming the first of a few. Slick control in the box allowed him to get a low strike away that went under Ben McGinley.
As half-time fast approached, it was clear BSC weren’t going into the break without an equaliser. Following numerous chances, the goal to make it level came through Darren Christie and Alfie Agyeman – a terrific run from Christie forced McGinley to commit and go for the ball but he was caught out as Christie squared it for Agyeman who hit the back of the net.
HALF TIME | VALE OF LEITHEN 2 – 2 BSC GLASGOW
Again, just like last week, whatever Swifty said during the break worked because BSC Glasgow came flying out on the front foot. Following a strike from Ryan Tierney that forced McGinley into action, the rebound fell for Ross Lyon but it somehow only cracked the post.
Not to worry though because only minutes later, Andy Geggan was fouled in the box and BSC were awarded the penalty. Ross Lyon stepped up the spot and bagged his first goal for the club.
The nerves were temporarily settled in the 56th minute – a lovely ball from Geggan found Darren Christie on the edge of the box who sets up Ross Lyon to fire into the back of the net and give BSC a two goal advantage.
When I said the nerves were only temporarily settled, I meant it. It only took a further five minutes for BSC to make it FIVE. A strike from Agyeman bounced off the post but just before Vale could clear it, Ross Lyon won himself the match ball and made it a hat trick by sending home the rebound. Immediately following the restart, it was blink and you’ll miss it football because Arran Laidlaw scored for Vale to make it 5-3.
It became apparent that Vale of Leithen were not going to be swept aside so easily. While BSC looked for another goal to shake off the nerves, Vale were dangerous on each and every counter attack and made it 5-4 in the 69th minute. Arran Laidlaw was there again to get his hat trick and slot home past Lyle Avci.
As the game came to a close, it became one of those matches that if you tell people half of it, they wouldn’t believe you. Ross McMillan, Ross Lindsay and Conor McBrearty all came on in an attempt to put the game to bed. It was a tense and terrifying final few minutes especially after Vale of Leithen defied physics – a free-kick just outside the box smashed off the crossbar and on its way back soon bounced off again causing a stramash in the box.
BSC Glasgow used it as a chance to go for the counter attack – a terrific run from Darren Christie allowed him to shake off the defenders, get in the box and smash it home putting the finishing touches on a ten goal thriller!
FULL TIME | VALE OF LEITHEN 4 – 6 BSC GLASGOW
|17th October 2020||3:00 pm||Lowland League||2020/21|
|Vale of Leithen||4|
Vale of Leithen
|Declan Fitzpatrick 6||0||0||0||0|
|Andy Geggan 16||0||0||0||0|
|Ryan Tierney 12||1||0||0||0|
|Ross McMillan 15||0||0||0||0|
|Conor McBrearty 4||0||0||0||0|
|Ross Lindsay 9||0||0||0||0|