East Stirlingshire Report: The Final League Game Finishes on a High
Unsurprisingly, very few changes in the line-up after the win over East Kilbride; Jordan Marshall started on the bench with last weekend’s goalscorer Jamie McCormack starting, meanwhile Robbie McNab made his return to the squad starting on the bench.
We knew going into this game that there was nothing to really play for, and that kinda showed in the opening half because literally NOTHING happened.
The highlights were Carlo Pignatiello showing off his fantastic footwork and skinning Connor Greene on multiple occasions and a few chats about the insane Alloa heat and what colour is the best ice pole.
Just before the break, the first real chance cropped up when Declan Hughes went for a screamer thirty yards out only for Jamie Barclay to luckily palm it away. The resulting corner saw McCormack’s header go just over.
HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 0 – 0 EAST STIRLINGSHIRE
Fortunately for the spectators sweating under the sun, the game managed to come to life for the second half beginning with Shire coach Andy Rodgers receiving a talking to by the referee, also leaving our very own Michael Moore in astonishment that he wasn’t the first man in the dugout to catch the man in charge’s attention.
Robbie McNab got a run out replacing Euan O’Reilly just before the first goal finally came. Martin Grehan picked out a perfect pass to Ross Lindsay who found some space in the box and hit it first time to slide under Jamie Barclay. Ten minutes later, a second looked clear when Thomas Collins found space and went for a strike that seemed certain to go in but Connor Greene came out of nowhere to get a crucial block in.
Tom Orr replaced Martin Grehan hoping to up the tally of incredible goals the forward has scored this season. Shire talisman Ross Allum found his name in the ref’s book after leaving something (quite a lot) in skipper Ross McMillan.
79 minutes in and what we all knew was coming eventually did – a fantastic run from Jamie McCormack up the wing led to a perfect little lay-off to Carlo Pignatiello who controlled the ball and hit a curling strike into the certain of the net to double the lead. Joe Irvine came on for Thomas Collins in the closing ten while Shire’s Chris McKee went into the book for yet another foul on the BSC skipper in the dying moments of a much more entertaining second half.