BSC Glasgow progressed to the next round of the South Challenge Cup after edging out the former Junior side in extra time.
by Martin Fleming
Only one change from the eleven that handed Bonnyrigg Rose their first loss of the season last weekend – Ross McMillan dropped out with Jordan Marshall coming in to the heart of the defence. Meanwhile new signing Marc Smith, who joined on loan from Livingston on Friday, started on the bench.
Despite the final score line, the majority of the action took place in extra time. Bo’ness controlled most of the possession in the opening half but couldn’t break through the BSC defence resulting in a lot of back and forth football.
A lot of chances came Bo’ness’ way but they just couldn’t capitalise. Former Lowland League man, Ian Nimmo was handed an opportunity on a plate – a long ball gifted him a one-on-one with Ryan Marshall but his lob went inches wide.
A first proper chance came for BSC when Jamie Hamilton evaded the defence and picked out Thomas Collins in the box but his outside-foot strike was easily gathered by Andrew Murphy.
Bo’ness almost broke the deadlock when a tremendous long range strike fired through defenders but Ryan Marshall was there to palm it away. Jamie McCormack found his name the referee’s (soon to be filled) book simply just because.
Tom Orr almost found the net when, after great control, got a shot away from a tight angle but Murphy was able to put it out for a corner. Bo’ness’ Brian Morgan also found himself booked after a high tackle on Ross Smith.
HALF TIME | BO’NESS UNITED 0 – 0 BSC GLASGOW
Immediately after the restart, a rocket run by Jamie Hamilton proved dangerous, but the East of Scotland men grabbed at the counter-attack and only another great save from Ryan Marshall kept it goalless.
Next up to make the list of bookings was Jamie Hamilton and to be honest, I can’t even tell you if it was a tackle or dissent because the ref had his cards out that often.
To say the pace of the game slowed would be an understatement. Even at the hour mark, extra time seemed inevitable as Ross Lindsay made his way onto the pitch replacing Jamie Hamilton. The game was getting more frustrating and scrappier for both sides as neither could make use of definite chances. The best opportunity came courtesy of a great pass from Thomas Collins to find Ross Lindsay but his shot was well saved. The resultant corner gave Jamie McCormack a free header but it went just over.
Next up for a booking was Collins for apparent simulation but to be honest, given the number of times that Nimmo et al hit the deck, he could be forgiven for thinking it was the only way to get a decision.
The afore-mentioned Ian Nimmo had a brilliant chance to grab a late goal but another great stop from Marshall kept us in it. Marc Smith made his debut with five minutes of regular time to go, replacing Robbie McNab.
To extra time we went after what was surely not the most enjoyable game of football for anyone in the ground.
Four minutes in and FINALLY the deadlock was broken courtesy of birthday boy, Declan Hughes. After being gifted a corner, Hughes put the ball into the net directly from it to give BSC a goal advantage.
Bo’ness tried desperately to get back into it but just after the second period of extra time began, Ross Lindsay sealed it. After lifting the ball over himself, he got onto it and defying a oncoming Andrew Murphy lobbed him to make it 2-0.
Tom Orr came off after a terrific game to make way for James Stokes. Chance after chance fell for Bo’ness United – the ball fell perfectly in the box for Ryan Stevenson but he mis-kicked it and played right into Marshall’s hands, who shortly after received a booking for time wasting.
A consolation came for Bo’ness in the dying minutes when, following a free kick, Jordan Marshall’s clearance found Mark Mooney who was able to put it in the back of the net.
Just to finish it off, James Stokes got a booking because just to make sure we remembered the ref was there.