Well Ladies and Gentlemen, hopefully the hangovers aren’t too bad but even if they are, you should just keep celebrating because BSC GLASGOW ARE IN THE FOURTH ROUND OF THE SCOTTISH CUP!
by Martin Fleming
Immediately off the bat at the Locality Hub Bayview Stadium, BSC flew out of the blocks. In only the opening minute, Jamie McCormack attempted a strike just inside the box but it sailed over keeper Jordan Hart.
Then in the fifth minute, the dream start for BSC was there – Robbie McNab played a lovely through ball to Thomas Orr who rounded the keeper and slotted into the back of the net leaving East Fife fans stunned.
Unfortunately, despite some even football between the sides, the League One outfit found an equaliser ten minutes later. Anton Dowds was able to convert a long ball forward and put the game back on level terms.
Stephen Swift’s men continued to play some good football in the remainder of the first half and could’ve easily found the back of the net once again. Some perfect footwork from Thomas Orr after a half-volleyed pass from Jamie McCormack gifted him a one-on-one with Jordan Hart but an East Fife defender was quickly there to clear it.
After a slip from Declan Hughes released Danny Denholm, a couple of desperate last-ditch tackles from Jamie McCormack and Ross Smith gave them both a place in the referee’s book.
Just before the break, there was a real sickener for BSC and it could’ve been one of the most controversial of the Third Round had the game gone another way. An East Fife corner curled its way into Ryan Marshall’s hands and he cleared it off the line. The linesman gave absolutely nothing and just as Marshall went to kick the ball back out, the referee, who was nowhere near, decided to give a goal to East Fife, adjudging that the ball had crossed the line. Liam Watt took the credit.
HALF TIME | EAST FIFE 2 – 1 BSC GLASGOW
As the second half commenced, the North Sea wind picked up turning Bayview into an ice station. Both teams came firing out the gate with BSC still very much in it. You could be forgiven, however, for thinking we were very much out of it in the 53rd minute.
The referee brandished the yellow card towards Jamie Hamilton for a very soft foul on the edge of the box. The resultant low free-kick allowed Craig Watson to turn it in at the far post giving the home side a two-goal advantage.
And that’s how many expected the game to finish. HOWEVER…
…only three minutes later, the ball dropped for Thomas Collins in the box who stood unmarked behind substitute Martin Grehan and he fired home a volley to pull one back for BSC.
Frustration was creeping in for everyone at Bayview as the referee and linesman were seemingly on another planet at times. A great save from Ryan Marshall denied a fourth for East Fife after Liam Watt’s curving strike was palmed away.
In the 75th minute, the best thing that could’ve happened happened. Frustration turned to gut-wrenching nerves as Thomas Collins was brought down in the box and BSC were awarded a penalty. It was Declan Hughes who stepped up and buried it causing chaos in the BSC section of Bayview and pure disbelief everywhere else.
It seemed like a replay was on the cards as BSC Glasgow rampaged through East Fife defence in the hopes of claiming a famous upset. The panic was setting in for the Fifers and with only three minutes remaining, a Declan Hughes free kick found Ross McMillan whose header sailed across the face of goal and went only inches past the post.
In the dying embers of easily one of the most entertaining games of Scottish Cup football, East Fife would’ve clearly settled for a draw. Somehow, in amongst a sea of yellow and blue shirts, the ball fell to Thomas Orr who thundered a magnificent strike into the left corner!
East Fife fans headed for the exit during the final seconds while the BSC dugout had to compose itself. You can imagine the scenes at the final whistle.
FULL TIME | EAST FIFE 3 – 4 BSC GLASGOW
Allow me to repeat.