BSC put a comfortable three past a Vale of Leithen side who were looking to continue on from a fantastic weekend victory, but it wasn’t to be as the boys in yellow kept second place within their grasp.
There were unsurprisingly a couple of changes from Stephen Swift for the starting line-up in this mid-week fixture at Pennypit Park; Joe Irvine came in for Jamie McCormack, Jordan Marshall and Thomas Collins made their first starts for the club, meanwhile Carlo Pignatiello and Ross Lindsay started and Declan Hughes and Martin Grehan took the bench. Two U20s faces also saw a chance on the bench in Connor Smith and Bruce McGarvey.
The opening minutes of the game saw both sides getting a feel for the pitch and neither managing to really break through. One of the first chances of the game for either side came thirteen minutes in and saw the opening goal simultaneously. Thanks to a short corner catching the Innerleithen men off guard, a looping cross from Euan O’Reilly found the head of skipper, Ross McMillan, and if this season has taught us anything, it’s that very few keepers manage to save the big man’s headers.
Vale almost found an equaliser thanks to their star striker Sean Stewart but his low strike whistled past the left post. In this opening half hour, BSC could’ve put a number past their mid-table opposition but they couldn’t seem to capitalise; Vale’s Ross Gilpin fumbled the ball in the box after a corner but their defenders were able to scramble the ball away before a yellow shirt could tap it in. Tom Orr also got himself an open goal from a tight angle after rounding the keeper but his low shot bobbled just inches wide of the post.
Just before the break, Chris Anderson’s’ men showed the talent they had in their locker when a powerful and accurate header seemed destined to smash the top corner but Jamie Mills was there to clear the ball off the line.
HALF TIME | VALE OF LEITHEN 0 – 1 BSC GLASGOW
The fight for second place in the Lowland League table must’ve been on our minds as the second half commenced because BSC came flying out the gate eager to get more. Our patience was rewarded come the hour mark – after Thomas Collins’ strike was expertly saved by Ross Gilpin, Tom Orr was there to grab the rebound and cross the ball back into Collins’ feet for the new striker to convert the tap in.
It was only six minutes later and the game was wrapped up nicely. In-form St Johnstone loanee Euan O’Reilly made a tremendous run up the wing that seemingly came out of nowhere, fought past defenders and picked out a great pass to Thomas Collins who curled in a lovely shot to the top right corner. Euan O’Reilly and Ross McMillan came off the pitch shortly after allowing Declan Hughes a run-out and Bruce McGarvey to make his debut for the first team.
Mysteriously, Tom Orr went into the referee’s book along with Vale’s Jack Smith due to an altercation after a tangle of legs brought both men down. The Vale defender then seemed to slap Orr in the face and somehow the referee let it slide. Orr came off a few minutes later making way for Martin Grehan.
In the last ten minutes, BSC went searching for a fourth and on the 82nd minute appeared to have found one thanks to a tap in after a stramash in the Vale box, however the referee disallowed the goal claiming in was offside despite the linesman flag never going up. The confusion for the linesman seemed to continue until the final whistle unsure as to whether he was giving goal kicks or corners at many occasions.