BSC Glasgow secured a place in the South Challenge Cup quarter-final after putting six past Preston Athletic. There were a few changes to the side that defeated Gretna in the league last time out; Martin Grehan, Marc Smith, Jordan Marshall, Robbie McNab and Shaun Bowers all came into the starting eleven.
Immediately off the bat, it looked like it could be a game for the home side to really sink their teeth in and grab a fair few goals. Only three minutes in, Jamie Mills put in a lovely floating cross that forced Preston keeper Jack Findlay to attempt to tip it over but could only palm it upwards and the ball bounced on the line before being cleared by a defender.
Thomas Collins’ excellent night began in earnest when a perfectly timed header allowed Martin Grehan a one-on-one with Findlay. His attempted lob went just over. It took 24 minutes for our first goal to come and it was thanks to Thomas Collins – after getting onto a loose header from Grehan, he smashed the ball over Findlay from just outside the six-yard box.
Only four minutes passed before Collins secured his brace – a fantastic long ball from Jamie Mills landed beautifully for the forward to cheekily lob the ball well over Findlay and into the back of the net.
The third goal which came after only another four minutes could be a contender for goal of the season. Thomas Collins’ cross found captain Ross Smith in the box and the defender hit a beautiful first-time side-foot volley into the top corner.
Unfortunately, the clean sheet only lasted until the 38th minute when Preston Athletic scored a tremendous goal themselves – in similar fashion, JohnnyEdmond hit home a great volley after getting on the right end of a cross.
HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 3 – 1 PRESTON ATHLETIC
After the break, it was clear BSC weren’t finished and despite the final score, the second half was punctuated only by the goals.
In the 59th minute, Michael Anderson kept control of the ball from a Martin Grehan cross and converted with a first-time strike high into the goal to secure a three-goal advantage.
Jordan Northcott came off the bench replacing Marc Smith and immediately made an impact. Not long after Jack Findlay made two good saves to prevent Martin Grehan getting his name on the scoresheet, Northcott capitalised on a poor clearance by the Preston defence and stuck a header in to put another passed Findlay.
The final goal came with only three minutes to go and Martin Grehan finally got his thanks to a horrendous blunder from Jack Findlay. A Declan Hughes corner was deemed too much for the goalkeeper who fumbled at what should’ve been an easy save allowing Grehan to arrive at the back post and tap it in.
FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 6 – 1 PRESTON ATHLETIC
MAN OF THE MATCH (in association with Laser Amore) | Thomas Collins
|8th November 2019||8:00 pm||TheSoccerShop Challenge Cup||2019/20|
|Michael Anderson 12||1||0||0||0|
|Ross Lindsay 10||0||0||1||0|