BSC Glasgow Record Historic Scottish Cup Victory
BSC Glasgow 3 - 1 Rothes FC :: William Hill Scottish Cup 1st Round :: Indodrill Stadium :: 24th September 2016
Report by Sam Jenkinson
A lightning quick start put BSC Glasgow on their way to the club’s first ever Scottish Cup victory and ensured their name was in the hat for Monday’s second round draw.
Mark Adams’ side struck twice in eight minutes through Shaun Bowers’ first for the club and yet another goal for the red-hot Aidan Ferris, before Ryan Stuart pulled the visitors back into the game.
Neither side could find the next goal, with BSC having the ball in the net only for the linesman’s flag to deny them three times, until Tom Woods found the energy in the very last minute to drive forward and confirm the victory.
Adams’ named an unchanged side from last week’s impressive victory over Heriot Watt University, and that looked to be the right decision within minutes of kick off.
A powerful run down the right by Bowers left gaps in the Rothes defence as he cut inside and found Mark Dryden in an advanced position. Dryden laid it back in to the Celtic loanee to smash home into the roof of the net and give BSC an early lead.
And they doubled their lead less than a minute later. From kick off, Rothes went backwards, allowing BSC to push up and regain possession. Woods had space 20 yards out, and slipped in Ferris who finished well past McIntosh.
Stuart got his side back in the game in the 18th minute with an impressive solo goal. Picking the ball up just in the BSC final third, the winger drove into the area, coming in from the right before slotting his shot into the corner to send the Rothes fans behind the goal wild.
Just before the half hour mark, captain Dryden again found himself inside the box, before turning and curling a shot perfectly beyond McIntosh, only to be denied his first goal of the season by the offside flag.
BSC kept the pressure on, and Tom Woods came within inches of scoring with a superb swerving effort which smacked off the inside of the post and out.
The second half started well for the visitors, but BSC held strong and didn’t give up many big opportunities. Some incredible last-ditch recovery defending by Lewis Bell denied David McNamara after the substitute had been played through by a ball down the middle.
Influential midfielder Gary Redpath had to be replaced just after the hour mark after going down holding his shoulder, with Robbie Duncan making his return to the team.
Bell again impressed with his work going forward, picking up the ball in his own half before driving forward through the Rothes midfield and into the box. However, his left-footed effort could only find the side netting.
Ferris had the second of BSC’s disallowed goals with 15 minutes to go. A nice pass from Robert Jones left him through to finish low, only for offside to again be given.
McNamara had the host’s best chance in the closing stages, finding a bit of space in the box after a run from Sean Jennings, but he fired wide of Joe Wilton’s left post.
With five minutes to go, Wilton showed good awareness to punch away a Scott Davidson free kick before getting across to save the rebound well.
BSC were stunned as a third goal was disallowed for offside in the last minute. Woods cut a corner back to an unmarked Duncan on the corner of the box, who floated a shot in at the back post, only for the flag to go up once more.
It did not matter in the end, however, as Woods countered again, driving forward with too much speed for the Rothes back line and firing past McIntosh to continue his excellent goalscoring start to the season.
BSC now look forward to Monday’s draw, before all attention goes back to league business with a trip to Selkirk next Saturday. Ferris netted a last minute winner the last time the two sides met at Yarrow Park in March.
Team: Wilton; Bowers, Kasongo, Bell, Keys (Beckett 54); Redpath (Duncan 63), Dryden (Cunningham 72); Ferris, Woods, Traynor; Jones
Not Used: Barr (GK), Niven, Toner