It was a Lowland League classic in Bo’ness! This match had everything – eight goals, two red cards, an incredible Stephen Barr save and truthfully, I don’t think my heart has recovered.
A mild night in Bo’ness began with both teams finding their feet at Newtown Park. Ten minutes in, a great chance fell for Bo’ness but it was struck over the bar. A similar chance came for BSC a few minutes later when Jamie Hamilton played a lovely ball to Jamie Glasgow but an attempt at a lob was an easy save for the Bo’ness keeper.
BSC began properly dominating possession and despite chance after chance, no yellow shirts could find a way past Andy Murphy.
The opener finally came in the 25th minute – Jamie Glasgow beat the defenders after a nice ball from Darren Christie and his low strike hit the post and hit the back of the net.
However, this wasn’t a game that allowed you to catch your breath. After a Bo’ness attack, an error by David Wilson allowed Zander Miller to charge at a pass back. Despite Wilson seemingly getting two hands on the ball, he brought down Miller in the process and subjected to a barrage of appeals by certain Bo’ness players; the referee showed Wilson the red card.
Stephen Barr went between the sticks as Jamie Mills was forced to come off early. The resultant penalty sent Barr the wrong way and Ryan Stevenson celebrated Bo’ness’ first equaliser of the evening.
As it seemed destined to head into half time all square, BSC Glasgow pushed forward. A terrific cross from Darren Christie found an unmarked Jamie Glasgow and his header was timed perfectly to beat Murphy and put the visitors ahead for the break.
HALF TIME | BO’NESS UNITED 1 – 2 BSC GLASGOW
Usually, at this time in the report, I hit you with the usual “we came firing out the gate”, unfortunately, it’s the other way round this week. Bo’ness immediately seemed to dominate and were rewarded within two minutes – a cross into the box went over Jamie McCormack and landed at the feet of Zander Miller who fired home.
There was barely any time to digest the equaliser before BSC were back on the front foot. It was ten minutes later and once again, BSC were ahead. A pin point ball out from Stephen Barr found Jamie Glasgow on the left flank, a lovely one-two with Michael Anderson allowed Glasgow to slot the ball into the box and despite the onrushing defence, Darren Christie was able to tap it in.
BSC continued to attack but struggled to break through the defence this time around. In the 69th minute, it seemed that with the flow of the game, Bo’ness would find another equaliser. Zander Miller found space in the box and fired in to secure a brace.
Even at 3-3, you know the game wasn’t over and Bo’ness went ahead in the game for the first time only seven minutes after their last goal. A free-kick on the edge of the box forced Stephen Barr to make a great save after a deflection but Zander Miller was there again to strike home the rebound. There were some… shall we say insistent? calls for offside by the BSC men which saw Jamie McCormack’s name go in the book.
Only two minutes later and it could’ve easily been 5-3 – a nice cross into the box found Miller unmarked again and it seemed he only had to head into an empty net but somehow Barr leapt from nowhere to palm it away and keep us in the game.
As the disappointment started to seep in that this may end our undefeated streak, Jamie McCormack decided he was having none of it. In signature fashion, he was on the end of a Declan Hughes corner to find the crucial equaliser that could secure a vital point.
It took almost all the second half but in the 83rd minute, it became 10v10. Ross Campbell pulled down Jamie Glasgow on the edge of the box and received his second yellow of the match.
You’d think the game would’ve died out by now but there was no chance. There were massive shouts for a penalty after Jamie Hamilton was brought down in the box but keeping with consistency, nothing came from it.
In the closing minutes, it was heart in mouth stuff as Bo’ness went deep and BSC went full on attack. Numerous corners, crosses and a Hughes free kick unfortunately weren’t enough to grab a last minute winner. Both teams take a point apiece and more importantly, both teams remain undefeated.
FULL TIME | BO’NESS UNITED 4 – 4 BSC GLASGOW
|11th November 2020||7:45 pm||Lowland League||2020/21|
|Jamie Mills 21||0||0||0||0|
|Stephen Barr 3||0||0||0||0|