by Martin Fleming
There were a fair few changes to the BSC side that put three past Gala Fairydean Rovers last weekend at Netherdale; firstly, Stephen Barr started between the sticks with Ryan Marshall dropping out, Shaun Bowers replaced Jamie McCormack, Jamie Mills returned to the starting eleven after injury, Robbie McNab, Michael Anderson and Thomas Collins began on the bench with Martin Grehan and Ross Lindsay in the starting line-up.
Right from the start, it was clear Gala Fairydean Rovers had worked on their errors from last weeks league clash. Mendes Yafa was able to pick out Phil Addison in the box only 3 minutes in and his header clipped off the upright.
Martin Grehan was the first one to find the back of the net on the 9th minute, however the linesman raised the flag. Thomas Orr saw the first legitimate chance for the home side when he grabbed a ball from Jamie Mills and found himself one-on-one with Fraser Morton but his strike went straight at the Gala keeper.
The Galashiels men were forced to make an early substitution when Ryan Mayer went down after a challenge from Lewis Bell. Kieran Ainslie replaced him. Rovers continued to slightly dominate the early stages and saw their efforts prevail on the 24th minute – Niall Kelly was able to capitalise on an opportunity and put the ball beyond Stephen Barr to break the deadlock.
Not long before the break, Dave McKay laid off Tom Orr who was able to wriggle through defence and get a fantastic shot away. An even better save from Fraser Morton only gifted BSC a corner.
A bit of luck fell BSC’s way from the resultant corner – somehow, Kieran Ainslie headed the ball into his own net giving Stephen Swift’s men the equaliser.
Ainslie found himself in the referees book only a minute after along side Tom Orr – Ainslie for pulling back the forward while Orr received the booking for the retaliation.
HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 1 – 1 GALA FAIRYDEAN ROVERS
A half time substitution saw Jamie McCormack take the place of Shaun Bowers. McCormack almost found BSC’s second after only being on the pitch for 9 minutes when Tom Orr was able to pick him out in the box, however his header went just over the crossbar.
Thomas Collins came on the pitch to replace Ross Lindsay just minutes before the men in yellow were able to take the lead. Tom Orr went for a powerful strike at an awkward angle which forced Fraser Morton to palm away, but the ball fell straight into the path of Dave McKay who reacted quickly and fired the ball into the top right corner.
Jamie McCormack quickly found himself a yellow card after a collision with Jacob Campbell while Jamie Hamilton made way for Michael Anderson.
Lewis Bell done well to control the ball down the left flank and put a lovely ball into the box. Thomas Collins rose for the header before Martin Grehan but it went well wide. Bell also went into the book shortly after for a late challenge.
Fraser Morton prevented his side from conceding another goal, the Gala man between the sticks made a tremendous save when Grehan put a good header towards the net but he was able to punch it away for a corner.
Tom Orr went searching for a goal and during a run into the box, went down under the pressure of Kieran Ainslie. The referee deemed his actions as simulation and gave Orr his second yellow of the game forcing the home side down to ten men.
In the closing moments, Lewis Bell found himself in a one-on-one with Morton and just when it seemed to be overplayed, Bell put the ball through Morton’s legs and put the game to bed sealing BSC Glasgow’s place in the next round of the South Challenge Cup.
FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 3 – 1 GALA FAIRYDEAN ROVERS
MAN OF THE MATCH IN ASSOCIATION WITH LASER AMORE | DAVE MCKAY
|12th October 2019||3:00 pm||South Challenge Cup||2019/20|
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