Hunter’s header sees Spartans comeback to secure draw in downpour

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Spartans came back from being two goals down after a quarter of an hour to earn a point in foul conditions against BSC Glasgow at the Excelsior Stadium.

There were just 90 seconds on the clock when Jones’ cross into the visitor’s penalty box saw Ferris wheel away to celebrate in style after giving BSC the earliest of leads.

A neat flick by Jones in the 13th minute allowed him to round Paul Thomson to find himself with the luxury of time to pick his spot before shooting past Carswell.

Mikey Bruce almost reduced the deficit when his looping header from a Jack Beesley corner narrowly went over the BSC bar.

It was almost a three goal cushion for the home side when Arnault Bembo’s 25 yarder rattled the crossbar, bounced, but thankfully for the visitors, it didn’t breach the whitewash.

Five minutes before the break George Hunter’s pass led to Dean Horribine tormenting the defence before hammering home to narrow the margin.

Hunter was then manhandled in the box which offered the Ref his easiest decision of the evening.  Moore then pulled off a great save from the same player’s spot kick to maintain his side’s lead.

Moments later, the BSC keeper was once again called into action, this time saving from a Jack Beesley free-kick.

HT: BSC Glasgow 2-1 Spartans

The second half got underway with the rain and wind still causing carnage for the players and match officials who deserve collective credit for their efforts on a night that would have seen any grass based pitch turned into a quagmire or worse by the break.

Just before the hour mark, Spartans drew level with a well worked goal. A Horribine cross from out on the flank was bulleted home by the head of Hunter from six yards out.

With twenty minutes left on the clock, Spartans made a double substitution, with Ross Gray replacing Jack Beesley and Scott Maxwell making way for Alan Brown to make his 100th first team appearance.

When Hunter outpaced the BSC defence, the striker raced in on goal before looking on in agony as his shot skimmed away on the wet and fast surface with Moore to beat.

With the game opening up and entering into the final fifteen minutes, both sets of fans inside the stand drew collective applause for one of the moves of the game that didn’t end with a goal.

Hunter dashed down the line, he checked before delivering a pinpoint pass onto the head of Greenhill who didn’t count on the one-handed heroics of Moore to ensure the spoils were shared come the final whistle.

FT: BSC Glasgow 2-2 Spartans

Spartans XI: Carswell, Herd, Thomson, Stevenson, Bruce, Greenhill, Beesley (Gray 70), Dishington, Hunter, Horribine, Maxwell (Brown).  Subs Unused: Girdwood, Saunderson, Gilpin.

Malt and Hops Man of the Match: Mikey Bruce

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