Students Pay the Penalty as BSC Advance
Heriot Watt University 2 – 4 BSC Glasgow :: South Region Challenge Cup :: Riccarton Campus :: 17th September 2016
Written by Sam Jenkinson
A hectic final 10 minutes, which included three penalties, saw BSC Glasgow advance to the second round of the South Region Challenge Cup on Saturday.
Their hosts, Heriot Watt University, took the lead within two minutes but a much-improved second half performance saw BSC dominate. Robert Jones returned to goalscoring form, picking up a double, with Tom Woods and Aidan Ferris also adding to their tally for their season.
Mark Dryden returned to captain the side, replacing Jamie Cunningham, as BSC looked to get off to a good start in the cup they lifted the trophy in in 2015.
It was a nightmare start for BSC, however, as Elliot Sutherland picked up in a mistake in the Glasgow final third before driving in and finding teammate Christopher Donnelly inside the six yard box to fire home.
The rest of the first half proved to be frustrating for Mark Adams’ side, with a solid block of students proving hard to break down. Jones did look in the mood early, with an excellent effort from an overhead kick well palmed away by impressive goalkeeper Craig Saunders.
Jones and Ferris both had chances to equalise, but the hosts went in ahead.
It didn’t take long in the second half for that to change, however, as Woods netted for the third game in the row with another curling finish. Gary Redpath drove forward into the area, before regaining possession and knocking it back to the youngster to curl it in to the left of Saunders.
And they were ahead just after the hour mark. Jones received a big switch from Gerard Traynor, before cutting inside and smacking a strike across Saunders into the left side of the goal.
BSC, and Jones, could have had another as he struck ambitiously on the volley after a great run and cross by full back Paul Keys.
They did get a golden chance minutes later to improve their lead. With Saunders out of position and Aidan Ferris looking most likely to reach the ball first, centre back Adam Woolven took the striker down as referee Alan MacFadyen pointed to the spot and booked the big defender. Ferris stepped up and calmed sent Saunders the wrong way for yet another goal.
But the hosts looked to make it a nervous final five minutes with a penalty of their own. Substitute Max Allison beat Joe Wilton to a long loose ball and took contact from the BSC keeper. Anton Dowds smashed the ball down the middle to bring the deficit to one.
BSC did well in the closing stages, holding possession at the wrong end of the pitch for the tiring students, before the game was finished off. A neat chipped through ball by defender Lewis Bell was en route to substitute Matt Beckett before he was clipped down by Woolven inside the area. Jones stepped up this time, calmly slotting down the middle in the final action of the game.
BSC now travel to Abbey Vale next month for their second round tie. They faced the juniors two years ago in the early stages of that cup run, with the then on-loan Ferris helping his side to a 3-1 victory.
Before that, next week sees the visit of Highland League side Rothes FC to the Indodrill Stadium as BSC make their second Scottish Cup appearance.
Team: Wilton; Bowers, Kasongo, Bell, Keys; Redpath, Dryden (Cunningham 69); Ferris, Woods (Watupa 89), Traynor (Beckett 66); Jones
Not Used: Toner, Barr