Preston Athletic 7 – 0 BSC Glasgow
Lowland and East Development League
Preston Athletic secured the Lowland and East Development League title in their first season with a tremendous performance against BSC Glasgow at a very windy and wet Pennypit.
Needing at least a point to make sure of the title the side started well and were ahead within 5 minutes as Jo Baillie’s flick over the BSC keeper found the corner of the net to settle any nerves, It was soon two as a long cross field ball evaded the BSC defence and Gavin Stevenson sneaked in at the back post to side foot home. From a BSC corner the side showed their counter attacking side as a through ball by Baillie found Stevenson again who raced clear to fire under the keeper and into the net.
BSC to their credit had come to the Pennypit to play football and knocked the ball about well on the wet surface and dominated possession at times without the cutting edge to get back into the game, the fourth goal came from a defensive mistake as again trying to pass their way out of defence Stevenson cut out a ball at the edge of the box, a deflection kept the ball out but the attempted clearance hit Connor Brydon and bounced into the net. Baillie nearly added to the total twice, an audacious shot from the half way line and another from close range that was well blocked. Aaran Currie hitting the post also just before the half time whistle.
BSC started the 2nd period well and again kept possession well with a slick passing game, Ryan Forsyth was called into action and Brandon Cameron cleared from his own line also to keep the away side at bay.
The 5th goal came on 70 minutes and was controversial as an Aaran Currie shot squirmed under the keeper’s body but he appeared to recover quickly but referee Steven Wilson was convinced the ball had crossed the line. Sub David Scott scored his third goal in as many games as he raced clear from the defence and eventually found the net after a couple of blocked efforts. Another through ball sent Brydon clear again to slot home and put the gloss on a very impressive performance.
The final whistle brought deserved celebrations as the champagne was popped, Captain Scott Siegel collected the trophy.
The league title comes on the back of an unbelievable 24 game unbeaten sequence in all competitions, with only 1 draw in that time with 23 victories, 84 goals scored in that sequence and only 26 conceded including 10 clean sheets. A punishing schedule of 11 games in 26 days for a small but tight was overcome with 11 straight victories.
Preston now look forward to both the Challenge Cup Final (27th May at Peffermill) and the Knockout Cup Final (31st May at Ainslie Park)
Preston Athletic: Ryan Forsyth(gk), Kayde Reynolds, Brandon Cameron(Stewart Johnston), Aaron Moffat, Scott Siegel(c), Jordan Baillie(Daryl Wilson), Gavin Stevenson(David Scott), Dean Robertson, Connor Brydon, Aaran Currie, Jay Cochrane. Subs: Matthew Campbell(gk)
BSC Glasgow: Stephen Barr (gk), Lee Cruickshanks, George Prince, Andrew Carrell, Matt Niven, Mark Toner, Mark McGowan, Luke Murphy, Vincent Newlands, Joe Irvine, Fraser Malcolm Subs: Douglas Milne, Sean McMillan(T), Lee Larmour(T)