It was a very quiet weekend in the Scottish Lowland Football League as only four teams took to the field to compete for points. That doesn’t mean that the SLFL Roundup stops though, even though it usually does. Don’t call it a bonus edition…
Cumbernauld colts vs edusport academy
Cumbernauld Colts would have been annoyed not to have a third league match in a row against BSC Glasgow. They took four points from those two matches and with a limited card in the league were going to find themselves in sixth by the end of the match. Edusport Academy took the short trip to Broadwood from their base in Glasgow looking to put some daylight between themselves and Vale of Leithen in the bottom six.
Colts are getting a taste for an early goal and Sean Brown muscled his way through the Edusport defence and slotted in for his 10th goal of the Lowland League season. Edusport’s Mikey Hewitt capitalised on a parry from Colts goalkeeping legend Chris Fahey to put Edusport level just before half time and then a revelatory Louis Babel put the Academy ahead just after the restart, sending them home with a 1-2 win.
Edusport moved three points clear of Vale of Leithen, taking advantage of their game in hand, and Colts remained in sixth. Unfortunately for co-managers Craig McKinlay and James Orr, resurgent East Stirlingshire and an always menacing University of Stirling side are two and three points behind respectively and each have two games in hand.
bsc glasgow vs dalbeattie star
Friday night under the lights at Broadwood was one thing but Dalbeattie Star hit the road to Alloa with the chance of beating BSC Glasgow who had endured a rotten couple of weeks in the league, losing 4-1 to Colts before drawing 2-2 with them, allowing The Spartans and East Kilbride back into contention. Star were fresh from a postponement but took three points in their last action against Vale of Leithen.
BSC Glasgow rested top scorer Jack Smith and his strike partner Martin Grehan was suspended, meaning that they kicked off with a very 2016/17 strike force of Robert Jones and all-time top scorer Aidan Ferris. It took until the 42nd minute for the deadlock to be broken, former Partick Thistle midfielder Ryan McStay opened the scoring just before half time.
It had been an encouraging opening period for Darren Kerr’s side who have endured a tough first half of the season but BSC came out for the second half having tasted blood; Aidan Ferris scored his first goal for the club since rejoining from East Kilbride on 53 minutes. Stevie Murray added a third five minutes later before McStay cropped up again to seal a 4-0 home win for Stephen Swift’s side.
The result means that Dalbeattie Star stay in 15th place in the Scottish Lowland Football League, two points behind nearest rivals Vale of Leithen but with two games in hand. BSC Glasgow moved three points clear of East Kilbride but Billy Stark’s side have two games in hand over the men in yellow.