BSC Glasgow advance on Penalties
It was the first of two fixtures against Kelty Hearts this week at the Indodrill and, against the odds, BSC Glasgow walked away with a place in the South Challenge Cup semi-final.
Lewis Bell came in to the starting eleven replacing Jordan Marshall while Martin Grehan and Michael Anderson returned following minor injuries.
It certainly was a game of two halves as BSC seemed to control the game early on. A chance came for Thomas Orr only four minutes in when he almost capitalised on a defensive mix-up from the Kelty defence – striking on the edge of the box and forcing former BSC keeper Ross Sinclair into action. It went just wide of the post. Only minutes later, that man Ross Smith goes for a signature volley after a corner from Declan Hughes failed to be cleared by the Hearts defence. Ross Sinclair just barely managed to palm it away for a corner.
The perfect start continued as in the 11th minute, BSC Glasgow went ahead. Evan Galasso attempted a strike on the edge of the box which ricocheted off a Kelty shirt and landed perfectly for Robbie McNab in front of Ross Sinclair. His initial shot was saved but only for the ball to fall back to his feet and strike it home.
The rest of the first half went real 50/50 as neither side could take advantage of a real opportunity. Kelty’s biggest chance came from a Scott Linton free kick that was struck well but not well enough as Ryan Marshall was able to gather comfortably.
There was almost a second for BSC just before the break – Jamie Hamilton’s excellent footwork followed by a lovely feint gave him plenty of space to get away a low shot forcing Ross Sinclair to parry away and quickly clear before Evan Galasso could get onto the rebound.
HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 1 – 0 KELTY HEARTS
As the second half commenced, it was Kelty Hearts who came out on the front foot immediately taking control of possession. Dylan Easton toyed with the BSC defence wriggling through and firing a strike at Ryan Marshall who done well to get down and block it. To try and help put the game to bed; Evan Galasso made way for Martin Grehan.
An equaliser looked certain when Dylan Easton broke through into the box once again and got a close range shot, however, Declan Hughes’ fantastic block prevented the forward from getting anywhere near the net.
A few minutes later, a similar chance for Kelty, only this time there was no defender to block the shot forcing Ryan Marshall to make one of the saves of the season to deny Ross Philip from point blank range.
Barry Ferguson’s men continued dominating the second half as Jamie McCormack gained himself a booking after a foul on Dylan Easton while Michael Anderson came off the bench replacing Jamie Hamilton.
A few minor chances came BSC’s way but the pressure was beginning to show as Kelty’s counterattacks seemed more dangerous than ever. With only five minutes remaining, the inevitable occurred. Jamie McCormack made what many thought was a perfect tackle on Ross Philip in the box winning the ball.
However, the referee deemed otherwise and not only pointed to the spot but showed a second yellow to McCormack reducing BSC Glasgow to ten men for the remainder. Scott Linton stepped up and converted the penalty to all but confirm extra time. In the closing moments of regular time, Thomas Reilly drove a good effort from outside the box but it sailed just over giving BSC a lifeline.
END OF 90 MINUTES | BSC GLASGOW 1 – 1 KELTY HEARTS
It was nerve wracking stuff for any BSC fan in the Indodrill during extra time as once again; Kelty Hearts dominated possession and seemed destined to grab a late winner. Sean McKirdy had almost cemented it after heading into an empty net but the linesman had already deemed the ball out of the play. Fresh legs were brought on with Ross Lindsay and Jordan Marshall replacing Robbie McNab and Thomas Orr, respectively.
As extra time came to a close, BSC were forced to play for penalties as they couldn’t get much of a chance to get anywhere near Kelty’s defence.
With penalties confirmed, the Indodrill held their breath hoping to win the lottery – Thomas Collins, Declan Hughes, Ross Lindsay, Martin Grehan and Lewis Bell all converted the first five penalties with Kelty’s Thomas Reilly, Danny Ashe, Ross Philip, Scott Linton and Dylan Easton all repeating the feat.
It came down to sudden death and Captain Ross Smith stepped up to the plate and continued to find the back of the net. Chris Humphrey went for Kelty and Ryan Marshall got down well to give BSC Glasgow the victory and a place in the South Challenge Cup semi-final!
FULL TIME (AET) | BSC GLASGOW 1 – 1 KELTY HEARTS (Penalties 6-5)
MAN OF THE MATCH (IN ASSOCIATION WITH LASER AMORE)
|6th March 2020||7:45 pm||South Challenge Cup||2019/20|