BSC Defeated In Controversial Cup Tie
Gretna FC 2008 2 - 1 BSC Glasgow :: Scottish Lowland League Cup :: Raydale Park :: 23rd April 2016
Two early goals from Connor Graham were enough for home side Gretna to advance to the quarter finals of the Lowland League Cup on Saturday. Gerard Traynor got BSC back into the game before a second half which saw BSC dominate and Gretna player Sam Aitchison sent off for foul and abusive language as the atmosphere at Raydale turned nasty.
BSC manager Mark Adams made only a single change from last Saturday’s win over Preston, with Robert Jones not fit enough to start and Traynor replacing him. Aiden Ferris moved up front.
The home side were ahead after ten minutes. A BSC throw in was won high up the pitch, before the ball was played in to Graham in the middle of the BSC half. The striker fired a volley into the left of Derick Moore, with the goalkeeper’s vision obstructed.
And Graham doubled his goal tally minutes later. A chipped ball forward sent the pacy forward through, before he evaded a BSC challenge and prodded the ball home.
BSC came back into the game after that, with Woods and Dryden having efforts into the area cleared. And, just after Graham had a chance for his hat-trick, Arnault Bembo won the ball high up the park and played in Traynor, who got in between two defenders and chipped the ball over the advancing goalkeeper to half the deficit before the break.
BSC came out a different side after break, buoyed by that goal, and controlled the second half. Ferris and Bembo had shots from just outside the area go wide.
With 23 minutes to go, Ferris won the ball high up in the Gretna half. He got the wrong side of centre half Dean Rea, who then chopped him down outside the area. The defender was booked, before Tom Woods swung in the free kick, which was flicked away from Toner just before the young defender could get a touch on it.
The timewasting began, with multiple Gretna players booked for cynical challenges on Woods and Bembo. With 11 minutes to go, Traynor fouled a Gretna player on the corner of the box before some handbags which saw a player from each side go in the referee’s book.
With the crowd and Gretna management remarkably disagreeing with every decision referee Steven Strang, the atmosphere translated onto the pitch, with seven minutes eventually added on at the end of regulation. Aitchison was sent off after another off the ball incident involving BSC midfielder Bembo.
BSC could not find the all-important second goal, however, and Gretna advance to take on Selkirk for a place in the semi finals.
And it leaves BSC with only two games to go in their second season in the Ferrari Packaging Lowland League, with home ties against Threave Rovers and Stirling University to come. Two victories could see BSC finish the season as high as sixth if other results go their way.