BSC Glasgow and Cumbernauld Colts In Four Goal Thriller

Cumbernauld Colts 2 - 2  :: BSC Glasgow Ferrari Packaging Lowland League :: 25th November, 2017

Broadwood played host to a four goal thriller on Saturday as Lowland League leaders, BSC Glasgow, managed to hold Cumbernauld Colts to a 2-2 draw in what was a highly intense 90 minutes of football.

BSC showed their resolve, levelling from two down in a whirlwind ten minute period either side of half time. This was to be tested, though, with Ryan Marshall saving a penalty before a contentious red card for Martin Grehan threw the game into a slight sense of disarray. It really was a game that had it all on a bitterly cold afternoon in North Lanarkshire.

After being on the end of a 4-1 drubbing at home to the Colts last week, BSC were keen to erase that memory with a good performance and result at Broadwood. However, a goal inside five minutes from Sean Brown made this task ever harder. There was a sense of ease about the Cumbernauld striker as he burst away from Ryan McStay and bounced a volley beyond Marshall.

The goal rocked BSC’s confidence as many of their attempts to draw level throughout the first half were unimaginative and easy pickings for a well organised Colts defence. Though they were happy to absorb the BSC pressure, this was translating to chances at the other end for Cumbernauld. Michael Wallace would’ve perhaps been a touch disappointed to see his glancing header dribble just wide after an excellent delivery from Gavin Lachlan.

As half time approached, Colts managed to double their lead after Stephen O’Neill caught Lloyd Kinnaird on the ball in his own penalty area before squaring it for Jamie Waddell who couldn’t miss. It left BSC looking dejected, praying for the half time whistle.

They kept the pressure on throughout the closing minutes, though, and with the last action of the first half came the pivotal goal. Colts failed to deal with a Stephen Murray free kick with the ball bouncing around the area before eventually landing at the feet of Ciaran Donnelly who slid home to half the deficit.

The BSC side that came out for the second half were a far cry from that of the first half. Stephen Swift changed the system, bringing on Robbie McNab and John Tennent in what would prove to be a decisive change. Good work from the pair down the right hand side gave Murray space on the edge of box to strike a low drive down to the keeper’s left. And just like that, the league leaders were back at 2-2 in a game that, for much of the first half, had looked beyond them. The mark of champions, some might say.

With their tails up, the Glasgow side pressed hard for a third with their attack finally looking like that of the Lowland League top scorers. The midfield of McNab, McStay and Robbie Duncan worked well to open up the space for the likes of Murray. His link-up play with Martin Grehan was causing the Colts defence problems.

However, a lull in the BSC attack brought about a more aggressive edge to the game. Tackles were coming in hard as both sides vied to brake the deadlock. Colts began to claw their way back into the half and were given a golden opportunity inside the last 15 minutes when BSC captain, Ross McMillan, brought down Lachlan in the box. The Colts midfielder stepped up only to be denied by a fantastic save from Marshall to keep the scores level. During the attempts of the Glasgow side to break up the other end, though, O’Neill went down after what had looked like an off-the-ball incident with Grehan. After long deliberation with his linesman, the referee opted to show the BSC striker a second yellow card and give him his marching orders in what was a highly contentious decision.

Cumbernauld desperately threw whatever they could at the Lowland League leaders to steal a winner but the BSC defence held firm. They managed to grind out the draw in what had been a thrilling advert for Lowland League football.

With rivals, East Kilbride, drawing level on points after a 3-2 win at Hawick Royal Albert, its perhaps never been more important that BSC return to winning ways next weekend. A home game against second-bottom Dalbeattie Star will hopefully see that this dip in form is resolved as the Christmas period draws nearer.

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