Spartans boss full of praise for vanquished visitors

Spartans manager Dougie Samuel

Spartans manager Dougie Samuel

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Spartans manager Dougie Samuel credited the work ethic of BSC Glasgow despite watching his side secure their passage into the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

After last weekend’s narrow victory over Whitehill Welfare, Spartans were looking to make it three group wins from three knowing at least a point would be enough to secure promotion from Central Group B.

The visitors were first to threaten however when Aiden Malone’s turn and shot from inside the area went over the bar, before Davey Stewart’s header from an Errol Douglas cross was palmed behind by Matt McGinley at the opposite end. From the resultant corner, Jack Beesley floated in a teasing cross and Douglas was on hand to head the ball into the bottom corner on 17 minutes.

Five minutes later, Kevin Motion had the chance to increase Spartans’ lead from the penalty spot after Aaron Murdoch was adjudged to have fouled Beesley, but McGinley got down well to save.

Malone went close for BSC moments later as the visitors remained a threat on the counter attack and they grabbed a deserved equaliser five minutes into the second half through Malone.

Substitute Gary Graham missed a golden opportunity for the Glasgow men on 72 minutes following good wing play from Keiren O’Hear, but Spartans did restore their lead a minute later when Beesley tapped into an empty net after McGinley parried a Douglas shot.

Kris Gebbie and Aiden Ferris had chances to grab a share of the spoils but Spartans held on for the hard earned win.

“It was a hugely competitive game,” said Samuel. “BSC are a very tough team to play against, they’ve improved significantly from when we last played them in the league.”

Samuel can now look forward to 2015 with growing optimism with the focus very much on catching rivals Edinburgh City at the top of the Lowland League, and February’s much anticipated William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round clash with League Two opponents Berwick Rangers.

Spartans: Carswell, Nixon, Cennerazzo, Brown, MacKinnon, Stewart (McLeod), Beesley, Grant, Douglas, Bremner, Motion (Stevenson). Unused Subs: Atkinson, Swain.

BSC Glasgow: McGinley, Murdoch (Tierney), Gebbie, Brophy, Bronsky, Cameron, O’Hear, Malone (Graham), Ferris, Wallace, McKinnon (O’Donnell). Unused Subs: Mosson, Home, Ramsay, Stewart.