BSC thrash City to book spot in Challenge Cup Finals

BSC thrash City to book spot in Challenge Cup FinalsBSC Glasgow 5-0 Edinburgh City :: 4th April, 2015 ::
South Challenge Cup Semi-Final

An Aiden Malone hat-trick and two red cards saw BSC Glasgow thrash nine-man Edinburgh City 5-0 as the Glasgow side confirmed their place in the South Challenge Cup Final.

Along with goals from Callum Home and Kieran O’Hear on each side of the Malone hat-trick, and despite injury concerns with Aaron Murdoch and David Cameron, there was reason to smile on the afternoon.

After two forced substitutions saw BSC bring on Jamie Brophy and Darren Moffat, City found themselves down to 10 men minutes later. After Tony Wallace broke free, Joseph M’Bu sprang forward in an attempt to win the ball. The Broomhill midfielder got there first, as the high tackle left referee Craig Napier with no choice but to send the defender off.

BSC capitalised on the man advantage and took the lead just eight minutes later. Ross McKinnon’s drilled corner found Callum Home unmarked at the back post, as the defender smashed the header home, giving Glasgow the lead.

Right on the stroke of half time, the home side doubled their lead. After Shaun Harrison failed to clear a searching ball for O’Hear, Malone pounced to poach his first of the afternoon, slotting it into the corner leaving keeper Andrew Stobie helpless.

Broomhill’s dominance began show as chances began to pour in. Malone saw his half volley fly over the bar before Tony Wallace’s glancing header from a Kris Gebbie free kick floated narrowly over the bar.

The pick of the goals came soon after, as a sweeping play from back to front saw Malone grab his second of the game. Stephen Bronsky won the ball well in the BSC penalty area, before it fell to McKinnon. The midfielder played a sweeping cross field ball to Livingston loanee Moffat, who beat full back Vanson, before crossing to Malone, who comfortably tapped home, cementing the win for Broomhill.

Just two minutes later it was four. After Tony Wallace was fouled inside the area, Malone stepped up to slot the penalty home, finishing off his hat trick and a brilliant afternoon for the striker.

With half an hour remaining, BSC used their final substitution to bring on Gary Graham for fellow striker Ciaran Johnston. Graham looked to get in on the goals, as the striker saw a rasping half volley sneak wide minutes after coming on.  

Broomhill hit City with one final blow, as O’Hear notched his first of the season. After Malone’s cross missed Moffat, the winger finished past Stobie, rounding of an impressive  result for the home side in their inaugural season.

There was still time for some late drama, as Vanson was sent off for a late challenge on Home, before an altercation between the two benches saw a temporary pause in play.

The final whistle was met with celebrations, as BSC took their place in the final alongside Civil Service Strollers who had defeated Whitehill Welfare in the other semi-final.

Iain King was understandably ecstatic after his sides outstanding performance.

“It’s terrific in the club’s first season to get to a final. It’s fitting we could do it after the 14’s reached their final, what a week it’s been for the club!”

“I’m absolutely overjoyed for the boys. We showed them a video of the best bits of the season before the match, and I think it’s worked!”

“We kept our discipline well, passed the ball well and deserved the win.”

“I don’t think much changed performance wise, the level we’ve been playing at the last few weeks has been amazing.  Maybe we got a wee slice of luck we haven’t had, but the overall performances the last few months have been terrific.”

Hat-trick hero Aiden Malone felt that a result of this kind had been coming for BSC.

“We were raring to go for this game for weeks and it’s showed in our performances. I thought we should have won all three of our last games and we’ve only come away with two points.

“Somebody was going to get battered, the chances were there and it’s all went to plan today. The whole team is oozing in confidence now. That’s why we’re all working so hard, getting performances, getting results.”

“We’re all playing well and the gaffer’s buzzing with us; all the hard work himself and everyone else in the club is putting in is all paying off.”

BSC will take on Civil Service in the final on the 23rd of May, as King and AM Craig Young will look to win the trophy for a second consecutive season.

Next up however, Broomhill will welcome the Champions once again to Lochburn Park on Wednesday night, as the two sides will meet for the fourth time this season in their rescheduled Lowland League Cup match. Kickoff is 7.45pm.

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