Report: History Repeats in Shire Stalemate

Our first game of the season and once again, it was East Stirlingshire who graced us with their presence. Our opening fixture of the last three Lowland League campaigns have come against Shire.  

All four of Swifty’s close-season signings made the matchday squad with Jamie Hamilton starting in midfield, while Michael Anderson, Simon White and Ricky Miller were on the bench. 

Despite the excitement in the Indodrill, the opening ten minutes were somewhat slow – the only half chance coming from some beautiful footwork from Jamie Hamilton to allow Jamie McCormack an attempt at a low shot that went just wide of the post. 

Tempers gradually flared in the dugouts with both managers airing their grievances with the referee. Shire debutant Matty Flynn committed a rough tackle on Jamie Hamilton sparking outrage from the BSC dugout when no yellow was brandished. 

The travelling Shire faithful didn’t have to wait too long for their side to break the deadlock. The 25th minute saw Derek Ure’s men win a corner which they managed to convert thanks to a near-post header from Jordan Tapping. 

BSC attempted to grab an equaliser straight away but to no avail. It was Jamie McCormack yet again who connected with a decent header from a corner but it sailed a good few inches by the post. Five minutes later and the last major chance of the half from either team – a signature Declan Hughes free kick caught the head of Martin Grehan but it couldn’t go anywhere but over. 

HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 0 – 1 EAST STIRLINGSHIRE 

As the second half commenced, BSC attempted to fly out the gate with some good footwork. Tom Orr, Ross Lindsay and Jamie Hamilton proved some fantastic link-up play that slipped through the Shire defence but Hamilton’s shot was easily saved by Jamie Barclay. 

Tempers flared again, especially with the Shire fans’ belief that decisions were not going their way and this only worsened when the referee pointed to the spot after Orr was brought down by Adam Murray. The Shire faithful and their Twitterer were outraged but Assistant Coach Andy Rodgers told Shire TV after the match that they could have no complaints.  It was last season’s top scorer Orr who stepped up and found the equaliser slotting the ball into the bottom right corner, escaping Barclay’s fingers by mere millimetres.  

The scoreline matched up with the action for the next twenty minutes as both teams failed to break through the other’s back line. As the time ran out, it wasn’t just the spectators that were getting riled up – both Robbie McNab and Declan Hughes went into the book for a reckless tackle and a shirt pull. With ten minutes to go, Ross Smith went into the book for dissent just before almost finding a winner when his looping header from a Hughes corner went just over the bar and landed on the top of the net. 

The final moments of the game saw many players reach their limit as frustration showed; Ross McMillan went into the book after knocking heads with a Shire player resulting in a crowd of players having what we’re going to call ‘a heated debate’ and seeing Jamie McCormack’s name enter the book. 

FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 1-1 EAST STIRLINGSHIRE 

LASER AMORE MAN OF THE MATCH | ROSS SMITH