|31st December 2016||15:00||Ferrari Packaging Lowland League||2016-17|
|Team||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
BSC GLASGOW 0 SHIRE 6
Shire struck early to ensure their final match of 2016 ended in another victory.
Two goals inside the opening eight minutes were the key components which extended the team’s unbeaten Lowland League run to nine matches, eight of which have now ended in victory.
Coach John Sludden was forced into one switch – with Michael Oliver returned to Clyde he re-introduced Graeme MacGregor at right-back and moved Andy Grant to fill the central position left vacant by Oliver’s departure.
Steven Brisbane was also introduced to the starting eleven at the expense of David Grant, a move that allowed Jamie Glasgow to assume a more attacking role than he had been accustomed to recently.
And within three minutes those offensive switches paid dividends. Brisbane played a simple but defence-splitting pass into the path of Glasgow who galloped into the penalty area to open the scoring with a low shot.
Brisbane then teed up Paul Sludden but his effort from 20 yards went just wide and moments later Glasgow deflected a Sludden cross just behind at the near post.
Not that a second goal was long in coming. After eight minutes Derek Ure’s pass sent Sludden in behind the home defence wide on the right and his cross was headed powerfully into the net by Andy Rodgers from six yards out.
Sludden then shot wide from long-range as Shire maintained a ferocious pace but they were almost caught out in defence after 14 minutes when Redpath came close to beating Jamie Barclay at the keeper’s near post.
After 23 minutes Brisbane’s pass found Rodgers whose opportunity was closed down by Gordon. But the defender’s clearance was sliced narrowly over his own crossbar and from Ure’s corner kick Connor Greene directed the ball into the back of the net for Shire’s third goal.
A minute later Shire broke from a defensive corner kick and Sludden’s cross set up Rodgers for a header but it went wide.
The home team were always keen to get forward and Duncan’s shot after 33 miuntes went close but sailed just over the bar. Two minutes later, though, Sludden ended a slalom run through the home defence with a low shot which beat Wilton to make the score 4-0.
BSC Glasgow did their best to respond and Bembo hit a powerful shot which Barclay did well to hold on to after 38 minutes. Four minutes before the interval Brisbane picked up the loose ball after Wilton had parried a shot but fired over when well-placed to score.
Two minutes into the second half Glasgow was sent clear by Rodgers’ pass but his effort was palmed over the bar by Wilton while, at the other end, Corrieri came desperately close to scoring with a shot which shaved the outside of the far post.
After 57 minutes it was 5-0. Brisbane started a five man, one touch passing move that was finished off by Sludden’s low shot past the keeper from inside the penalty box. After that coach Sludden started making substitutions with Brisbane, Rodgers, and Kris Faulds all withdrawn and replaced by David Grant, Simon White and Lewis Peddie.
Glasgow was denied a goal after 68 minutes by a brilliant saving challenge on the six yard line but four minutes later the striker scored his second of the game – a glorious strike from distance which found the top corner of the net to make it 6-0.
With six minutes to go Sludden was denied a hat-trick by Wilton’s superb low diving block when the Shire striker looked odds-on to score the team’s seventh goal.
BSC GLASGOW: Wilton, Gordon, Duncan, Toner, Bell, Redpath, Bembo(Irvine 90), Cunningham, Ferris, Corrieri, Lyons(Dryden 73).
SHIRE : Barclay, MacGregor, Ramsay, A.Grant, Greene, Faulds(Peddie 75), Rodgers(White 72), Ure, Brisbane(D.Grant 61), Sludden, Glasgow.
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