Match Report :: BSC beat Lochar in emphatic Cup win

BSC Glasgow 6-0 Lochar Thistle
South Challenge Cup, Round One
Saturday, 25 October, 2014

In what manager Iain King aptly described as a ‘terrific result’, BSC Glasgow comfortably overcame their South of Scotland League opponents Lochar Thistle by six goals to nil.

A brace from Aiden Ferris, coupled with goals from Tony Wallace, Ross McKinnon, Gerry O’Donnell and Gerry O’Connell, saw the home side complete an emphatic win and progress to the second round of the South Challenge Cup, despite horrendous conditions.

Going into this match on the back of a 3-1 defeat at Vale of Leithen last week, manager Iain Kings’ side kicked off in search of a win.

Looking to dominate from the first whistle, the home side immediately pressed high, getting behind the Lochar defence in the first minute, only for the resulting goal to be whistled for offside.

Broomhill continued to control the game and had all of the chances, with set pieces causing havoc in the difficult conditions. This trend continued, with a magnificent 30 yard free kick by Ross McKinnon swerving and smacking off the crossbar just before the half hour mark.

This encouraged the team, and 5 minutes later BSC broke the deadlock. Aiden Malone dropped deep, before finding an unmarked Kieran O'Hear on the left hand side of the box. The left midfielder took his time, looked up and found Aiden Ferris, who easily slotted home to put his team 1-0 up.

BSC Glasgow had a scare shortly after when a quick counter attack allowed Shaun Handling a bit of space to sprint into the box, but a great recovering tackle from full back Aaron Murdoch prevented any shot on goal.

Despite numerous opportunities, BSC were unable to find a second before half time. The rain, which led to disorder in both defences in the first half, subsided after the break, but the pitch began to suffer, as tackles flew in on the slippery pitch.

The home side continued to have chances from corners, and it didn't take long for them to double their lead. In the 52nd minute, Malone slipped in Ferris after a poor clearance. Taking a touch around the onrushing goalkeeper, the striker on loan from Morton slotted the ball home for his second of the game.

Just three minutes later, BSC found their third of the afternoon, as a Lochar defender slipped on the drenched pitch. The ball dropped right to Malone, who played a smart pass to Tony Wallace, who showed good stamina to join the attack, before taking a touch and driving an unstoppable shot high into the roof of the net.

With the result seemingly settled, BSC made multiple substitutions and the match began to slow down. Despite this slight lull, BSC didn't stop scoring. Only 10 minutes after coming on, striker Gerry O'Donnell swerved a shot from the right hand side of the box that rebounded perfectly to central midfielder Ross McKinnon, who controlled his shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.

It didn't take O'Donnell long to get another chance, and this time he made no mistake, curving in a shot from the left hand side of the box, leaving the keeper helpless. The final goal came late, with

the manager's smart substitutions proving lethal. Ally Morgan, driving past the Lochar full back on the left, played a neat cross to fellow sub Gerry O'Connell, who knocked it home.

The final whistle saw BSC Glasgow progress to the next round of the South Challenge Cup, with manager Iain King more than happy to give praise to his side for their emphatic result.

“Yeah, I was delighted” King stated after the match. “I think we’ve been training all week... we had a good report on them [Lochar], and the things we worked on in training worked really well. It was a terrific result”

King, who joined the club in September, has had previous success in the Challenge Cup, clinching the trophy the year before while at East Kilbride, and believes the squad this year have the ability to do just as well.

“This team that I’ve got now is actually a better squad than I had at the start at East Kilbride. Some of the players in this team were with me at East Kilbride; Stewart, Murdoch, Tierney, Duncan, Bronsky, McDougall. There’s six players who know what it’s like to win this competitions, and this team is every bit as talented. I’m quite confident that they could make a real mark in this tournament.”

Despite only having worked with the side for a month, the manager had already been impressed, not just by the day’s win, but also by the attitude shown by his players.

“I’m delighted. I think we’ve tried to change the training regime a bit, and they’ve really bought into it. They’re a really good squad of boys, and they’ve been terrific that way in training.”

“They’ve done really well in training, and I’ve been really pleased with the effort they’ve put in. It’s great they got their reward at the end of the week. When you win 6-0, it makes your Saturday night great!”

BSC will hope to take confidence from the result into their next match as they travel to Edinburgh to take on Edinburgh University at Peffermill Park. Sitting four points above the University side, Broomhill will look to take all three points from a match that, if they win, could move them up to seventh in the Lowland League.

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