|29th July 2017||15:00||GeoSonic Lowland League||2017-18|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
Shire’s new Lowland League season got off to a disappointing start with an opening day defeat at the hands of BSC Glasgow at Ochilview.
Coach John Sludden added new summer signings Jordan Tapping and Jamie McCormack, but close season arrival Kevin Kelbie failed to make the squad. Despite Shire showing minimal changes from a strong side who finished last season as runners-up, their performance was poor from the start and, with little more than half an hour gone they found themselves three goals behind.
From kick-off it was BSC Glasgow, who signed what amounted to a whole new team in the summer break, who looked keen to make an impression. After just two minutes former Stenhousemuir winger Stevie Murray cut in from the flank and hit a shot from the edge of the box which Jamie Barclay in the Shire goal did well to hold.
Just two minutes later Barclay again had to look smart – diving at the base of his near post to stop a Jack Smith effort from wide inside the penalty box.
But, after 11 minutes, Shire should have taken the lead when Ciaran Donnelly was too short with a backpass to keeper Ryan Marshall. Paul Sludden nipped in and fired a shot which seemed destined for the back of the net, but Marshall made a great fingertip save to push the ball behind for a corner kick.
The visitors got themselves back on to the front foot and took the lead two minutes later. Murray’s cross from the right was met by a weak clearing header from Tapping and Smith launched himself at the loose ball, firing an acrobatic overhead kick past the exposed Barclay and into the net.
BSC Glasgow ought to have increased their lead after 17 minutes. More penalty box confusion saw the ball land at the feet of Robbie Duncan but his shot from just ten yards out hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced back out into play.
Just short of the half hour mark a Kris Faulds cross found Sludden at the back post but he couldn’t get the ball on target.
Shire were just starting to find a toehold in the game but they were caught out after 30 minutes when an attacking move broke down on the edge of the BSC Glasgow box and the visitors launched a quick counter attack.
Smith raced in on goal but was upended by McCormack on the edge of the penalty area. Referee Grant Irvine caused some controversy by awarding a penalty kick but, despite the Shire protests, the decision did not change and Martin Grehan sent Barclay the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Shire responded with a free-kick from wide that flashed across the BSC Glasgow goalmouth without any home player able to get a guiding touch on the ball to send it towards goal.
After 34 minutes the game got further away from Shire. Murray launched a long-range free-kick high into the heart of the Shire box and Grehan was left with the simple task of heading the ball into the net from six yards out after Tapping misjudged his attempted clearance.
After the interval BSC Glasgow set out simply to stop any Shire revival and the game quickly got bogged down in midfield with the home team unable to create anything meaningful and the visitors happy not to commit too many into attack.
Midway through the second period Connor Greene had to head the ball out from under his own crossbar after the defence failed to stop a cross from the left.
At the other end Marshall had to make a great leaping save to turn a Sludden shot over the bar with 17 minutes left but that was the closest Shire came to getting themselves back into things.
East Stirlingshire: 1. Barclay 2. McCormack 3. Grant, 4. Greene 5. Tapping 6. Faulds 7. Rodgers, 8. D. Ure (captain) 9. Brisbane 10. Sludden 11. Ramsay. subs – 12. Allison (for Brisbane 63 mins) 14. White (not used) 15. Peddie (not used) 16. Trialist (Connor Hogg) (not used) 17. Trialist (Iain Ure) (sub gk – not used) 18. Trialist (Chris McLaughlin) (not used) 19. Trialist (Aiden McKeown) (not used)
BSC Glasgow starting lineup: Ryan Marshall, Lloyd Kinnaird, Gerard Traynor, Ciaran Donnelly, Josh McArthur, Robbie McNab, Spencer Brown, Robbie Duncan, Jack Smith, Martin Grehan, Stevie Murray
Ht 0-3 Ft 0-3
BSC Glasgorw Scores: Jack Smith (13 mins), Martin Grehan (30 mins – penalty), Martin Grehan (34 mins)
East Stirlingshire bookings: Grant, McCormack
Referee: Grant Irvine
Assistants: John Armour, Ross Hamill
|East Stirlingshire (Ochilview Park)|
|55 Gladstone Rd, Stenhousemuir, Larbert FK5, UK|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|9||Steven Brisbane 12||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|12||Liam Allison 9||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|