Youngsters Shine In Confident BSC Win
BSC Glasgow 3 – 1 Preston Athletic :: Saturday 16th April 2016
K-Park, East Kilbride :: Ferrari Packaging Lowland League
Written by Sam Jenkinson
Tom Woods’ first half opener and an Aidan Ferris quickfire double helped BSC Glasgow defeat Preston Athletic for the second time this season and push Mark Adams’ side up to eighth in the Lowland League with two games to go.
After a midweek draw at Spartans, BSC looked to win to give themselves a chance to move up the table once again. Adams’ named a young side, with an average age of just 21 and a half. Craig Gordon was brought in to replace Derick Moore in between the sticks.
BSC started well, holding a lot of the early possession and coming close twice from long distance strikes. And it only took 20 minutes for the opener to come. A long ball forward was knocked down by Robert Jones to the advancing Jamie Cunningham, who split the defence with a pass into Woods. The youngster took a touch before knocking it under Christopher Lockhart to score his first goal for the BSC first team.
Glasgow continued to push forward, and Jones was unlucky not to wrap up the Goal of the Season award with an incredible overhead kick from just inside the area being ruled out for offside.
The striker, performing well recently after coming into the side from the under-20’s squad, had to be replaced after a knee injury ended his game early, with Husnain Mansoor coming on to replace him. Mansoor nearly made an instant impact, winning a corner which Mark Dryden swung in. The winger, another from the under-20’s, had time at the back post, but failed to connect properly and the ball was cleared.
Preston had their first chance of the game through Connor Brydon, who beat the offside trap down the right channel, but opted to go himself when a pass would have been a better option.
BSC went in a goal ahead and were two up 15 minutes after the break. Mansoor found space in the middle of the Preston half, before slotting a ball through between the Preston full back and centre back for Ferris to knock home to the goalkeeper’s left.
And Ferris had his second three minutes later. Cunningham played a ball through right down the middle, and the striker was there first to knock past Lockhart and finish with his left to make it three for BSC.
Ged Traynor continued his comeback from an injury sustained in December, coming on and playing the final 25 minutes, replacing Woods.
Ferris had chances to complete his hat-trick, with a knockdown from Bronsky only just evading him and a clever free kick from Dryden giving him another opportunity to shoot, but the striker’s shot on the angle went wide.
BSC now face a trip to Gretna in the Lowland League Cup. The two sides recently played out a goalless, but entertaining, draw in the Borders. Matches against Threave Rovers, next Tuesday, and Stirling University come next as the league season wraps up with BSC looking to push up into the top half.
Team: Gordon; Home, Bronsky, Toner, Tuohy; Woods (Traynor 65), A. Bembo (Cameron 70), Cunningham, Ferris; Jones (Mansoor 36)
Not Used: Moore, Haji, Cruickshanks