Second Half Storms BSC into Quarter Final
BSC Glasgow 3 -0 Whitehill Welfare :: 22nd April 2015 :: Scottish Sun Lowland League Cup Group Stage
BSC Glasgow overpowered Whitehill Welfare on Wednesday night with a wonderful second half performance to set up a Lowland League Cup quarter final clash with East Kilbride.
Second half goals from Aiden Malone and Chris McDougall either side of a stunning Ross McKinnon free kick propelled Broomhill past Welfare, ensuring they were the side to go through as runners up to Spartans in Central Section B.
With a win the only way to go through on the night, Broomhill came out with guns blazing. An early chance for Tony Wallace, back in the side after suspension and illness, sailed wide as both sides settled into the match.
Lowland League top scorer Aaron Somerville saw a poor touch allow Jamie Brophy to clear when he had a chance to strike, as Whitehill looked to threaten early.
Malone, looking to get back on the scoresheet, then saw his angled volley tipped over by Bryan Young after an excellent spin to get past his defender.
Immediately after, Welfare had a penalty claim denied by referee Colin McDonald as an evenly fought first half drew to a close.
The second half could not have contrasted more. With the half time music still playing at Lochburn, BSC found the opener. Gary Graham drifted to the right hand side, before receiving the ball, cutting inside and attempting a chip over Young. Strike partner Malone was on hand to ensure it was goal-bound, as BSC took an early lead.
As the hour mark approached, some quick link up play between Malone and Callum Home was close to creating a chance, but John Hall was there to clear for Welfare. BSC continued to push, and the home side doubled their lead only three minutes later.
Wallace cut in from the left hand side before being pulled down 25 yards out. Up stepped McKinnon, and the midfielder almost effortlessly curled the ball into the top corner, leaving the wall and keeper Young as spectators as the ball sailed past.
Whitehill were unable to cope with BSC’s pressure and ability to win the ball back, and the home side continued to create chances in the final half hour. Kieran O’Hear, Gary Graham and substitute Chris McDougall all had opportunities before the big striker made it three and easy in the last minute of the match.
Graham won a flick on inside the centre circle which left McDougall totally unmarked. The super-sub made no mistake, side-footing past Young into the bottom corner.
Iain King was again left buzzing with his side’s second half performance:
“Second half the boys were different class, played some great football and scored three great goals.”
Kingy was also delighted with the other side of the pitch:
“Our defence has been magnificent, no matter who’s been on the pitch - we’ve only conceded seven goals in ten. Jordan McKechnie’s come in at left back and now there’s six players there competing for four spots, but whatever four we put in have been giving us great displays.
McKechnie, who has shown his versatility in these last two games slotting into defence, was optimistic about the next few months:
“It’d be amazing to do the double. It’s obviously going to be a hard, tough game and a bit of a derby against East Kilbride in the quarters.”
“I think that gave us a bit of an extra edge tonight, knowing we would have them in the next round if we won.”
The ex-EK manager also looked ahead to the quarter finals:
“There’s always something a wee bit extra because it is my old club and because of what happened there. I don’t think anybody is going to be welcoming the idea of coming to Maryhill now, looking at the results we’ve had and the way we’ve performed.
“We’re just desperate now to get into another semi-final at home and we’re all looking forward to it.”
BSC will look to keep their momentum in their remaining Scottish Sun Lowland League games, with two home matches against Selkirk and Gala Fairydean Rovers rounding out the club’s inaugural league season.