Despite not being at home for a home match, BSC Glasgow dominated but could only manage a 1-0 victory despite a penalty and red card apiece.
There were a few changes to the team which started the draw with Edusport Academy last week; trialist Jamie McCormack made his first start for the club replacing David Verlaque, Robbie McNab and Robbie Duncan returned to the starting eleven. Cammy Ballantyne started, while Declan Hughes was out this week and Shaun Struthers was on the bench.
The first half kicked off at Broadwood in freezing, windy conditions and BSC looked to be the stronger side. An early attempt at a lob from Cammy Ballantyne went wide as well as a few long shots from Gala, however the wind played a little bit of a factor in the fact that each sailed metres over the crossbar.
Robbie Duncan showed his footwork skill, slicing apart Gala’s defence with a perfect through ball to Tom Orr but the striker just couldn’t catch it. Another great ball in the box from Duncan found Martin Grehan but his header went just over.
Jamie Mills found himself a yellow card after a tangle with Gala’s Craig O’Reilly just before the break, although we think this might have been a case of mistaken identity.
HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 0 – 0 GALA FAIRYDEAN ROVERS
Another chance came for Tom Orr just after the restart when he made space for himself in the box and committed to the shot only for Patrick Martin to palm it away.
Martin Grehan came off for David Winters just before Robbie McNab went caught the referee’s attention and received a yellow card for a collision with Alex Cunningham. I think size played a factor but the ref clearly didn’t agree.
On the 63rd minute, BSC at Broadwood finally paid off when a fantastic low ball into the box found that man Tom Orr whose strike went just under Patrick Martin and found the back of the net.
Only four minutes later and Gala went for a counter attack; however it was BSC who nearly caused their own demise. A ball into the box from Gala smashed off Jamie McCormack then hit Ross McMillan’s head and looked to be a certain own goal but Ryan Marshall made an incredible diving save to tip the ball out for a corner.
With just over ten minutes to go, frustration began to set in for both teams. BSC searched for another goal to put the game to bed and a lovely wee back heel from Winters found substitute Shaun Struthers who was fouled in the box by Reece Donaldson. The ref not only deemed a penalty but gave a second yellow to Donaldson bringing Gala down to ten men. Struthers got himself a booking due to pushing Donaldson in the aftermath.
Tom Orr stepped up for the penalty and, given that he hadn’t missed one this season, seemed certain to score, however, the ball smashed off the post and back out for Gala to clear.
The Fairydean searched for a successful counter attack as the last five minutes closed up. Their big chance came when McCormack handballed it in the box to give Gala a penalty and a lifeline. McCormack received a booking for the hand and McNab got himself a second yellow due to something he said in the aftermath, marking BSC’s first red card of the season.
Luckily for us, the drama may have affected Gala because Darren Smith’s penalty fired well wide and kept the three points on BSC’s side.