IN THE DUGOUT | April 2nd | A STORY of progress...
By IAIN KING, Head Coach, BSC Lowland League brought to you in association with Sport Careers
A STORY of progress and frustration with a goal we can achieve now in sight.
That’s how I would sum up the last three games BSC Glasgow have played in the run-up to the SFA Challenge Cup semi-final with Edinburgh City.
The 0-1 loss to our last four rivals in the league at Lochburn Park was a hard one to swallow.
For all the class Gary Jardine’s champions possess I remain convinced that if Ross McKinnon’s penalty had flown in instead of crashing off the inside of the post that night we’d have won the match.
Yet the contrast to our meek 3-0 surrender at Meadowbank in the previous clash with the Citizens was stark.
We’re a different animal now and that has been shown in the last three games.
Against Whitehill Welfare in the 1-1 draw? Well, their boss Mickey Lawson confessed in this week’s Lowland Lowdown on Rocksport that we should have walked away with all three points.
At University of Stirling on Saturday in another 1-1 tie we scorned two one on one situations in the closing minutes that should have brought us victory.
The heartening aspect of the build-up has been the level of performance we have had from the squad.
It’s been sad to lose good players and good people in Paul Tierney and Grant Mosson from the roster but I understand their reasons in leaving for more game time.
That is a harsh reality of life at a developing football club and every top team minute you get in a BSC shirt SHOULD be hard-earned.
The introduction of 18-year-old Darren Moffat on loan from Championship side Livingston has given us a fresh option at a crucial time.
I have known Darren since I coached him one on one at 7am on frosty mornings at K Park in East Kilbride as part of a small band of players who just craved time on the pitch to develop their skills.
Of all the players I have been involved with who have moved on to pro youth he was the one I always had the highest hopes for.
His time here can only help to improve him further away from the comfort zone of the Development League.
This semi-final is the biggest game in BSC Glasgow’s short history but we go into it buoyed by the feat of our 2001 side reaching the Scottish Cup Final against Rangers SABC on Sunday May 17 at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium.
Craig Young and I coached four of those players in the SYFA Scotland set-up and it was great to have the whole squad in with the top team for training recently.
We spoke with the Under-14 players, many of whom are being courted by professional sides now, to show them there is another pathway they might follow into the Scottish Sun Lowland League.
I’d certainly love to be around to coach them when they make their top team debuts and prove what a vibrant set-up exists here.
The 14s Final adventure is testament to the work done by Broomhill Sports Club with these boys since they first played Fun Fours. Everyone involved should be proud.
Today we welcome the champions to our house, we congratulate them on a superb league campaign, and then we give every shred we have to knock them out.
One showpiece final for this club this season is a thrill, two would be a dream come true.
Enjoy the game,
IAIN KING, BSC Family