Civil Service Strollers were left heartbroken despite a spirited display against Lowland League side BSC Glasgow in the final of the SFA South Challenge Cup at Ferguson Park.
Iain King’s side secured their first piece of silverware with a 2-0 win – the first goal from Gerry O’Connell, a stunning 30-yard half-volley which gave Stuart Burnside no chance.
But Civil refused to back down and only the absence of a killer touch in the final third prevented them from gaining a foothold back in the game.
The absence of strikers Kieran McGachie and Dayne Robertson was a blow for Civil manager Ross McNeil, but it was Strollers who created the first opportunity after three minutes when James Guy screwed his shot wide from inside the area.
But it was BSC who took the lead on 27 minutes when the ball dropped for O’Connell and he struck it sweetly from 30 yards that dipped over Strollers’ No.1.
The second half saw a similar display with Civil taking the game to BSC from the start, Guy once again went close with an effort that went wide before a Murray Christie free-kick was tipped over by Stewart.
McNeil introduced former Bonnyrigg Rose right-back Brian Murray and Ross McWilliams into the play to shore up the midfield and although BSC’s only notable chance was an Aiden Malone strike which was held at the near post, the killer second goal arrived on 85 minutes when Kieran O’Hear’s cross to the back post was finished off by substitute Ciaran Johnstone.
McNeil felt his side played the better football and reflected on another encouraging display against Lowland opposition.
“I thought there was a bit of a clash of styles,” he said. “We tried to get the ball down and play whilst they are a very strong side with a more direct style and we knew it was important not to concede many set pieces.
“We needed that little bit of luck which we didn’t get and James Guy and Paul Greenhill had the chances in the first half that could’ve made the game different, we just have to learn from it.”
Civil Service Strollers: Burnside, Moyes (Murray), Christie (McWilliams), Campbell, Moffat, Greenhill, Newall, Ritchie, Moncur, Tobin, Guy. Subs; Pettigrew, Downie.
BSC Glasgow: Stewart, Murdoch, McKechnie, Home, Bronsky, Cameron (Johnson), O’Connell (Graham), Wallace, Malone, McKinnon (Brophy), O’Hear. Subs; Gebbie, Malton.