Sunday 21 May 2017, 15.00, Ainslie Park
The Lowland League Cup Final between BSC Glasgow and Spartans.
With Spartans home ground the one selected to host the final, it turned into a home match for them when they reached the deciding game in the tournament.
It was our first look of the season at BSC Glasgow. Broomhill Sports Club, to give them their full name, was founded in Broomhill, Glasgow, in June 2004 as a multi-sports club for children. Ten years later the club had hundreds of children taking part in several sports.
The senior football club was launched in 2014 and joined the Lowland League for the 2014-15 season. In that inaugural year, they won the South Challenge Cup. They’ve finished tenth, seventh and seventh in their 3 seasons in the Lowland League.
For their first two seasons in the Lowland League, they had shared Lochburn Park with Maryhill Juniors. This season has seen them play their home games on Alloa Athletic’s plastic pitch. They intend to move to their own facility in Glasgow as soon as they can.
It’s our fifth viewing of Spartans this season. They finished third in the Lowland League although a long way behind second placed East Stirlingshire and champions East Kilbride. In the other four seasons of the league’s existence they’ve finished first, fifth and second.
Spartans have already won the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup this season, which we saw them win at Oriam in March.
BSC had beaten Cumbernauld Colts, Edinburgh University and Civil Service Strollers to reach the final.
Spartans dispatched East Kilbride, East Stirlingshire and Gretna 2008 to get there.
In the two league games between the sides this season, Spartans have won them both by the odd goal in three.
The programmes for the game had apparently been left “in the shop”, but those at the gate were taking names, addresses and £2 with the promise to send them out at a later date.
The first piece of action of note took place in 3 minutes when Spartans’ Maxwell chipped the ball forward for Allum whose low shot was parried by Barr, but the flag was up for offside.
Beesley took a Spartans corner in 7 minutes which Niven headed over his own bar.
With 10 minutes gone, BSC defender Niven completely miskicked the ball and Allum was through on goal. Barr came out, but the striker placed the ball past him and into the net to give Spartans an early lead.
Jones turned well on the right of the Spartans box in 15 minutes and hammered the ball into the area. Ferris diverted the ball into the net, but he was flagged offside.
A poor pass back by Spartans forced Carswell to kick the ball out for a BSC throw in. After receiving the throw, Jones twisted and turned into the box, but his low shot was saved by Carswell.
Beesley’s corner in 18 minutes was juggled by Barr in the BSC goal, but he managed to hang on.
Some nice passing from Spartans in 20 minutes between Brown, Maxwell and Allum saw Brown running into the box, but Bowers managed to get the ball away and was caught by Brown as he did so, resulting in a BSC free kick.
A mistake by Townsley in 25 minutes gave BSC a corner. Traynor’s corner was met by the head of Bell, but it drifted wide.
The game developed into a midfield battle as the half wore on, with little in the way of chances for either side.
Allum ran into the BSC box in 41 minutes, but he waited too long and the defence managed to get the ball away.
A high ball to the back post in 42 minutes found Allum and he tried a first time volley before the BSC defenders could get across, but it was a comfortable save for Barr.
Allum was prominent again in 43 minutes when he half volleyed at goal from 20 yards, but it was straight at Barr.
Still just the solitary goal at half time in a game that hadn’t really caught the imagination in the first half.
In 47 minutes BSC’s Ferris received a pass on the edge of the box. He turned well and saw his shot take a nick as it flew over the bar.
Maxwell picked up the game’s first booking in 50 minutes, for a late tackle on BSC’s Bowers.
Jones put a dangerous low ball into the Spartans box in 58 minutes, but Townsley was there to clear.
Some good skill by Dishington in 66 minutes released Allum on the left for Spartans. He cut inside and had a shot from the edge of the box, but Barr was there to save.
Ferris turned just outside the Spartans box in 67 minutes and was hauled down by Townsley. The defender was booked and also had to go off temporarily with a blood injury. Duncan hit the defensive wall with his free kick.
BSC’s Keys was the next player to pick up a caution in 70 minutes after bringing down Beesley. Almost immediately he fouled the same player again and was treading a tightrope in terms of staying on the pitch.
Maxwell took the free kick and curled the ball goalwards and Allum tried to get a touch on it, but it looked like Tolmie who got the decisive contact to take the ball into the net to make it 2-0.
A great run forward by Brown in 73 minutes saw him eventually tackled at the edge of the BSC box.
Lyons was booked for BSC in 74 minutes for a late tackle.
In 77 minutes, Lyons found Keys in the Spartans box but he didn’t get his shot away and was eventually dispossessed.
A fine ball by Spartans’ Dishington in 86 minutes was played inside the defender and Beesley ran onto it and beat a defender before squaring the ball to Stevenson who tapped home to make it three.
In the final minute of the 90, Bowers burst into the Spartans box. His shot was blocked, but it hit him which saw him get the break of the ball, however he sent it over the bar.
In injury time, Greenhill pulled back BSC’s Duncan by the shorts and Duncan retaliated, earning them both a booking. Yellow cards were then shown to Spartans’ Hay and BSC’s Bell for pushing.
The final whistle went soon after.
A bad tempered end to a game that had been played in the right spirit throughout. There wasn’t a huge amount between the teams, but Spartans created more clear cut chances and were convincing winners in the end.
For BSC, Bowers, Bembo and Jones stood out while Spartans’ best were Greenhill, Dishington and Brown.
A second trophy of the season for Spartans and a decent haul for them.
Full Time: BSC Glasgow 0 Spartans 3
BSC Glasgow: 1 Stephen Barr, 2 Shaun Bowers, 4 Lewis Bell, 20 Matt Niven, 3 Paul Keys (Toner 76), 7 Riccardo Corrieri (Lyons 62), 6 Arnult Bembo (Woods 83), 8 Robbie Duncan, 11 Gerard Traynor, 10 Aidan Ferris, 9 Robert Jones. Subs: 12 Blair Lyons, 14 Mark Toner, 15 Fraser Malcolm, 16 Ayden Nicol, 17 Tom Woods, 18 Matthew Beckett, 21 Joe Wilton.
Spartans: 1 Blair Carswell, 2 Michael Herd, 19 Christopher Townsley, 5 Blair Tolmie, 10 Craig Stevenson, 6 David Greenhill, 7 Jack Beesley, 8 Jamie Dishington (Hay 88), 11 Alan Brown, 3 Scott Maxwell (Corbett 84), 9 Ross Allum (Saunderson 88). Subs: 4 Paul Thomson, 12 Adam Corbett, 14 Craig Comrie, 15 Jack Hay, 16 Euan Saunderson, 21 Ross Gilpin.
Referee: Barry Cook
Programme: £1 (which did arrive)