Kelty Hearts Report: BSC Glasgow Heartbreakers As League Leaders Suffer Attack

Manager Stephen Swift was delighted with his charges after beating Lowland League form side Kelty Hearts at New Central Park on Saturday.

“We went to toe-to-toe with them.” Swifty told us after the match in audio that was as swept by the bitter Fife wind as the match was. “We matched them physically and tactically. I feel that we were the better team and I’m delighted with the boys.”

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Bonnyrigg Rose Report: BSC Glasgow Stumble & Fall Out of South Challenge Cup

Bonnyrigg Rose made the trip from Midlothian to Clacks and left the Indodrill with a place in the next round of the South Challenge Cup

The only change from the BSC squad who thumped Vale of Leithen 4-0 a fortnight ago was Joe Irvine coming in to replace the injured Robbie Duncan on the wing.

The opening fifteen minutes showcased a few attempts from both sides including a Bonnyrigg header from Keiran McGachie header that was just over the bar, as well as another McGachie chance that was halted in its tracks thanks to a brilliant tackle from skipper Ross Smith proving our back line could be just as menacing as their attack.

However, there was only so much our defence could do as Rose grabbed two goals in three minutes. 20 minutes in, a bit of mix up between John Mitchell and Ross Sinclair, allowed McGachie, who is in tremendous form at the moment, to capitalise on the error and tap it into the net. The second goal came from the head of Dean Hoskins who managed to just get the ball over the head of Sinclair.

Not long after, Ross Smith put himself in the referee’s book after bringing down McGachie outside the box. Luckily, the free kick couldn’t be converted. BSC attempted a counter attack which built up to a Martin Grehan effort that almost powered past Michael Andrews. The rebound fell to Jamie Mills; but he couldn’t connect at the right point. The only other attempt from the home side came from a trademark Hughes free kick which went inches over the crossbar.

HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 0-2 BONNYRIGG ROSE

Usually, BSC would be the ones to come flying out the gate, however, Bonnyrigg seemed to be the experts and dominated the first twenty minutes. To combat this, Tom Orr came on to replace Davie Winters.

If anyone looked to be the man to spark a BSC comeback, it was The Flash – Jamie Mills – as he made it look easy to get past his men on the wing and into the box, however there was no yellow shirt on the receiving end. Minutes later, you would’ve sworn Bonnyrigg had guaranteed it when Jonny Stewart’s strike went post to post, sliding across the line on the way.

Another BSC man got a booking in Tom Orr who went into a harsh challenge with Dean Brett and it was a challenge that had the traveling Rose support shouting for a red. With only eight minutes remaining, BSC grabbed a consolation goal through Declan Hughes who made the most of a brilliant pass from Jamie Mills who connected sweetly with a low shot that slid under Andrews.

Unfortunately, the goal never frightened the away team in any form as only two minutes later, they secured their victory when Ewan Moyes found the back of the net from close range.

FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 1-3 BONNYRIGG ROSE

MAN OF THE MATCH | JOE IRVINE

Vale of Leithen Report: BSC Glasgow Move On Up

BSC Glasgow dominated mid-table Vale on Friday night to move up the Lowland League table, putting four goals past them in the process.

The only change from the team who beat Cumbernauld Colts in the Scottish Cup, was the return of St Johnstone loanee Ross Sinclair between the sticks replacing Stephen Barr.

Martin Grehan wins a header against Vale right back Ryan Currie.

BSC kicked things off with a goal six minutes in – a great long ball from the skipper, Ross Smith, floated over the Vale defence and landed at the feet of Declan Hughes who knocked a beautiful lob over Ross Gilpin.

The first 20 minutes were full of chances that could have made the score line even greater. Declan Hughes attempted a few decent crosses to no avail and Davie Winters shot just wide of the post after being marked out by the Vale defence. Just before the half hour mark, Martin Grehan slotted one under Gilpin to find the back of the net with a nice little assist from Winters.

Vale were unfortunately forced to make two substitutions just after the second goal as Ross Gilpin went down and David Bonnar went off with a bad limp. BSC wish them the best and hope it’s not too serious as we know all about how hard injuries can be on a side at this point in the season.

Just before the half-time whistle, Grehan found himself through following immense pass from Hughes, however, Vale managed to clear the ball off the line just in time. It didn’t matter as seconds later, a powerful shot from Cammy Ballantyne bounced of Vale skipper, Jack Blaikie for an own goal.

HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 3 – 0 VALE OF LEITHEN

Vale’s biggest chance came not long after the break when the league’s top goal scorer, Sean Stewart fought past the BSC back line and came one on one with Ross Sinclair who rushed outside the box and made a fantastic tackle the game at 3-0.

Davie Winters nearly got his name on the scoresheet when Ballantyne played a great pass, allowing Winters to go for a power shot just outside the box but Beveridge made a decent save. Martin Grehan came off at the hour mark for Ryan McStay.

Winters couldn’t capitalise on another chance when Beveridge denied him once again just before Carlo Pignatiello and Robbie Duncan came off from Joe Irvine and Spencer Brown.

The second half remained slow until the 88th minute when Dec Hughes grabbed his second of the game from a perfect pass from Winters to slide the ball just under Beveridge to really hammer in the victory.

FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 4 – 0 VALE OF LEITHEN

MAN OF THE MATCH | DECLAN HUGHES