IN THE DUGOUT | April 8th | NEW club, rookie season in the senior ranks...
By IAIN KING, Head Coach, BSC Lowland League brought to you in association with Sport Careers
NEW club, rookie season in the senior ranks, SFA Challenge Cup Final at the first attempt.
Something tells me Craig Young and I have been in this movie before!
Seriously, in the wake of Saturday’s thrilling 5-0 semi-final defeat of Scottish Sun Lowland League champions Edinburgh City that thought lingered in my mind.
We do know the route to this game and what it takes to win it.
So do our former EKFC players Ian Stewart, Aaron Murdoch, Stephen Bronsky, Gary Graham and Chris McDougall.
That won’t be the key to this year’s Final between BSC Glasgow and Civil Service Strollers on Saturday May 23 but it DOES give us an edge.
One notion that needs to be dispelled from the outset is that we are somehow the favourites for this trophy against our East of Scotland rivals.
They have just dispatched both Dalbeattie Star and Whitehill Welfare and that tell you enough about their pedigree.
As I said on Saturday I was happiest for the players and those behind BSC from the chairman Steve Prince and Kenny Moyes to the football staff.
I know what it means to people like our tireless General Manager George Fraser, to physio Katrina Dunn, media guru Zoe Birkbeck, kit manager Davie Wilson.
They give up so much time to make sure our team is prepared properly for 3pm on a Saturday and I got a huge kick seeing the smiles on their faces at time-up.
We watched a brilliant motivational BSC movie Zoe had pieced together before the match and the players loved it.
I told them afterwards in they wanted any more motivation they should think of those unsung heroes who help them every week – they delivered the goods.
On the field we got what we deserved, what the intensity we have shown over the past four games EARNED us.
Joe Mbu’s red card was seen by many as pivotal but I felt we were winning the battle in any case, we looked the hungrier side.
You get enough setbacks in football not to enjoy the great days and that was one to savour in the short history of our football club.
Now though? Heads back on it against a proud side who will be smarting from Saturday’s experience.
The red cards City saw brandished means they will be weakened in this crucial Scottish Sun Plus Lowland League Cup tie but so will we.
Key midfielder Tony Wallace serves a one-match suspension for bookings picked up throughout the season and right-back Aaron Murdoch has ankle and knee knocks from the weekend and won’t be risked.
Jordan McKechnie’s damaged hand tendons keep him out again and the recent loss of Paul Tierney and Grant Mosson from the roster means we are down to the bare bones.
That happens at this time of the season, though, we have at least eight more games in the final six weeks of the season and we will relish that, not walk in fear of it.
It has been a thrilling spell for the club with the 2001s making the Scottish Cup Final and now the top team following suit to the SFA Challenge Final.
A final word has to go to our brilliant Fun Fours kids who made such a racket backing the team on Saturday.
Well done kids, the team fed off your enthusiasm and you were a huge part of the result.
Enjoy the game,