There were a few changes to the squad that only managed a draw over Edinburgh Uni last weekend; David Verlaque came back to the starting eleven replacing Jamie McCormack, Robbie McNab returned after suspension, meanwhile St Johnstone loanee Euan O’Reilly made his debut in yellow. Tom Orr and Robbie Duncan started the match on the bench.
In the opening minutes, Euan O’Reilly showed he was going to be a quality addition to the BSC squad when he rose unopposed in the Gretna box, seeing his header sail just over the bar. The attempts continued however when O’Reilly put a curving cross into Carlo Pignatiello whose powerful strike was palmed away by Gretna’s Jim Atkinson.
The first goal came in the thirteenth minute when Jamie Mills ripped the defence apart up the left side to square the ball to O’Reilly who finished low past Atkinson. O’Reilly almost grabbed a second soon after, thanks to a sweet little lay off by Declan Hughes, but his strike ricocheted off the post.
A second goal seemed inevitable in the first half, but an O’Reilly volley went inches over the bar and a fantastic run by Carlo Pignatiello into Martin Grehan couldn’t be converted as Gretna’s Atkinson proved a determined foe in the Gretna goal.
As the first half came to a close, Gretna’s frustration began to seep through as Daniel Wadge’s frustration at being regularly beaten in the air began to seep through. However, it was Cammy Ballantyne that was on the end of the tackle that saw the Gretna centre back go into the book just before the break.
HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 1 – 0 GRETNA 2008
The second half kicked off and in the opening ten minutes it looked as though BSC were playing to defend their 1-0 lead, especially as the challenges certainly weren’t few and far between. Jake Smith went into the book for a rough tackle on O’Reilly, as did Dean Watson. BSC were lucky to avoid the book themselves on a couple of occasions.
Pignatiello kept his great performance going when he managed to confuse the Gretna back line and almost capitalise by slipping through but a quick recovery from the defence to squeeze him out saw his shot fire just wide of the post.
Only a minute later and Jamie Mills was there to make another inch-perfect cross to the feet of Grehan who turned and hit a beautiful strike from just inside the box to find the back of the net. BSC certainly made the post of a few minutes where Gretna looked down and out. Tom Orr came off for goal scorer Martin Grehan and thirty seconds later was involved in the third goal. Yet another gorgeous cross from Jamie Mills found the head of Orr but the strike was palmed away by Atkinson only for Cammy Ballantyne to react quickly and knock in the rebound.
Verlaque came off for debutant St Johnstone loanee Ben Quigley before Wadge saw red for Gretna, picking up a second yellow for a rough challenge on Euan O’Reilly,
O’Reilly’s fantastic debut performance came to an end on the 80th minute when Davie Winters came on hoping to get on the score sheet. That seemed inevitable when a great through ball confused the defence and allowed the striker to burst clean through on goal with just the keeper to beat. Winters was unable to hit the target.