MATCH REPORT :: BSC beat Wigtown to reach Quarter Finals

BSC Glasgow 4-0 Wigtown and Bladnoch
South Challenge Cup, Round of 16
14th February, 2015

BSC returned to Lochburn Park and to winning ways after a convincing performance against Wigtown and Bladnoch saw the Glasgow side move on to the quarter finals of the South Challenge Cup.

Broomhill pressed forward straight from the first whistle, as a chipped cross was looped over goalkeeper Martin McCaulay by Aiden Malone. BSC’s early celebrations were cut short though due to an offside flag.

This didn’t discourage the determined striker, and it took only 10 minutes to find another. After Aaron Murdoch sent a Wigtown clearance back into the penalty box, Malone found space before placing the ball into the bottom left corner.

BSC continued to dominate for the rest of the half. Malone had a penalty appeal turned down, before strike partner Ciaran Johnston looked to get in on the act as his head went just wide after some good work from winger Kieran O’Hear.  

When the visitors did foray forward, BSC looked to counter quickly. Murdoch played a searching ball to Malone, who outpaced one defender and brushed off another but his finish was blocked low by McCaulay, denying what would have been an excellent solo effort.

Despite having had the lion’s share of possession, BSC only went in at the break one goal to the good. Looking to cement their advantage, Broomhill came out of the blocks with intent after the interval, and it didn’t take long for Malone to find his, and BSC’s, second goal of the afternoon. Picking up the ball on the inside left, the in-form striker cut inside before smashing an emphatic finish across the Wigtown goal.

BSC made it three just seven minutes later, as Ciaran Johnston found his first goal for the club. The ball broke to the striker after a good advantage played by the referee, as Johnston had the confidence to feint past his defender, striking his shot in at the near post.

With a half hour to play, manager Iain King made three subs as O’Hear, Tony Wallace and Malone were replaced by Gerry O’Connell, Ross McKinnon and Gary Graham.

Wigtown continued to battle, forcing successive corners as they looked to get back into the game. BSC defended resolutely though as they continued to create chances at the other end.

Centre back Stephen Bronsky was unlucky to see his header fly over after an excellent cross from O’Connell, before Graham linked well with Johnston, but his left foot effort was comfortably saved.

With two minutes to go, however, he did get his goal, as he connected with a cross inside the six yard box to complete BSC’s performance.

After the game, King was understandably delighted with his sides performance.

“I thought we were terrific and dominated the game from start to finish. It was important to get our focus back after last weeks result, and we’ve done that really well.”

King was also pleased to see three different names on the scoresheet.

“Aiden Malone was terrific up the top end of the park… He’s scored two great goals but he didn’t give the defenders a minutes peace, they couldn’t handle him.”

“He’s reacted the right way to being out of the team and now he’s come back in, battled hard last week against Edinburgh City, and on the scoresheet today.”

“Gary’s had a chest infection, whilst Ciaran’s come from amateur football… so it was great to see him get his first goal for the club.”
After only conceding one goal so far in the Cup, King, who won the Cup last year with East Kilbride, is looking to go all the way to the final.

“We want to win it. We did so last year and have great memories of the final at Palmerston.  I think we’ve got a real chance, particularly as Spartans have lost today… and we owe Vale of Leithen, who we’ve got in the quarter finals after our performance down there in the league.”

“If we win that, we’re one game away from a final and that would be great in the club’s first year.”

It’s now three home games in a row for BSC, with the first being a return to league action against Whitehill Welfare on Wednesday night. KO 7.45pm, at Lochburn Park.

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