Dalbeattie Déjà vu for BSC
BSC Glasgow 2 – 3 Dalbeattie Star :: Ferrari Packaging Lowland League :: Indodrill Stadium :: 12th November 2016
Written by Sam Jenkinson
Dalbeattie Star’s 15-minute goal rush was enough for them to take all three points back to the Borders in an almost carbon copy of the side’s first meeting this season at Islecroft.
A double for Joe Slattery was topped off by a Lewis Sloan effort after Gary Redpath had opened the scoring against his hometown club.
Riccardo Corrieri gave BSC a chance in the final stages, but the Star held on for their first win in five, and condemned BSC to their second defeat on the bounce.
Manager Mark Adams’ again named an unchanged side after impressive performances against Whitehill Welfare and East Kilbride. Gerard Traynor returned to the bench after missing out on the last two games.
The game started with chances for both sides, with Corrieri looking confident before playing in Ferris, before the striker was denied by the consistently impressive Vinnie Parker.
At the other end, Lewis Sloan nearly benefitted from a Tommy Muir knockdown but his volley went over.
BSC were ahead just minutes later. Ferris got into space down the right, before putting in a dangerous cross towards the back post. Redpath was there to header in at Parker’s near post to give his side an early lead.
Joe Wilton was called into action as the visitors looked to come back into the game, with the keeper alert to tip over Stephen Degnan’s long range effort before Arnault Bembo cleared the corner.
Bembo then had a strike go just wide at the other end as BSC looked to extend their lead before the break.
It was the visitors who would provide a preview of things to come, however, as Ritchie Maxwell saw his header smack off the bar after a Sloan corner found him on the penalty spot.
It was only a minute after the interval that the scores were level. A dinked ball across from Sloan found Slattery to header in, before the midfielder got his second less than ten minutes into the second half.
A good run by Muir led to a cut back, with Slattery in space just outside the area. He made no mistake and finished to the left of Wilton to turn the game on it’s head.
BSC could have been further behind were it not for a super stop from Wilton, denying Muir from point blank range as the ball bounced off the keeper and onto the bar.
Wilton and his side were left with a mountain to climb, however, after Sloan slammed into an empty net after another impressive bit of play by Muir.
Mark Toner had a chance as BSC looked to get back in the game through a set piece, but his effort went wide after Lewis Bell’s downward header.
Traynor made his return to action as a sub with 25 minutes remaining, and had a decent strike saved by Parker as time began to run out for BSC.
Corrieri halved the deficit after pouncing on an error inside the Star penalty area, and was close to bringing the sides level as full time approached but Parker was there again.
Robbie Duncan came literal inches away from that equaliser in stoppage time. The ball broke to him inside the area, only for his shot to deflect off a Star defender and curl past the post.
BSC look to bounce back from a disappointing defeat as they return to the Indodrill Stadium next Saturday with the visit of Cumbernauld Colts. Duncan, an ex-Colts player, will be looking to help get one over his old side and push BSC back up the Lowland League.
Team: Wilton; Duncan, Bell, Toner, Keys; Bembo (Traynor 64), Cunningham (Holms 82), Redpath; Woods; Corrieri, Ferris
Not Used: Barr (GK), Jones, Beckett, Bowers, Mansoor