On a blisteringly sunny day in Springburn Park, BSC Glasgow looked to take home a win against St. Peter’s on the first day of league play. There was a strong showing from fans as the club prepared to embark on a new journey in the WOSFL. Kick-off was accompanied by raucous shouts of support as everyone present prepared for 90 minutes of quality football.
BSC Glasgow were put in a tough spot going into the day’s events as they had several notable absences, including a heavily affected defence. Despite this, the side showed admirable adaptability on the day, Liam Weir notably putting in a solid performance out of position at right back. Weir was quick to close down attackers and move the ball up the field after winning challenges, creating space and opportunities for the offence.
Early in the first half BSC showed good composure on set pieces, executing a number of threatening runs, and creating chances towards the goal. However, a brief moment of hesitation in their own half led to a 1-0 score line at the 15-minute mark. Shortly before half time, St. Peter’s were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area. Despite a diving effort by the keeper, an effective dummy run up and bottom corner placement found the ball in the back of the net and the score shifted to 2-0.
The second half saw plenty of chances on goal for both sides, with BSC keeper Iain Gordon repeatedly denying St. Peter’s attempts with confident play. Gordon was especially effective in the air, punching away crosses or pulling them down out of the air before sending the ball back towards St. Peter’s territory. A particularly promising chance for BSC down the wing was halted by a Chiellini-esque foul by St. Peter’s, which resulted in a yellow card being issued. There was considerable stoppage time as both sides suffered multiple injuries, with BSC’s Nick Jennas forced to leave the game following a tough challenge. Ultimately, the consistent pressure applied by the away side and several defensive miscues led to a pair of goals by St. Peter’s striker, Macaulay McArthur, and a 2-0 loss for the home side.
While the final score line leaves something to be desired and there are definite areas in which the team can look to improve, hustle and determination was not an issue on this occasion, which stands the team in good stead as they prepare to face Harmony Row away this Wednesday.
League table for West of Scotland Football League for season 2021/22