It was Scottish Cup day as BSC made the trip up to Dundee to play junior team Lochee United at Thomson Park. After having a bye in the first round, this was our first taste of Scottish Cup football this season and with Lochee sitting third in the East Region Superleague, this was set up perfectly for an exciting encounter.
Any thoughts of Guardiola-esque football being on display were gone within the first ten minutes as a mixture of a sloped pitch, the weather and Lochee trying to find out which player could punt the ball the furthest (spoiler alert: it was all of them) quickly turned into a very bad game of longies.
The first piece of action came in the 20th minute in the form of a BSC freekick, after the referee remembered that it is in fact illegal to take the man instead of the ball. The set piece was driven in by Jamie Hamilton but just evaded the free head of the leaping Ross McMillan.
A BSC breakaway was crudely stopped by Stephen McNally, which drew the first booking of day. The resulting freekick was met well by the head of Ross McMillan (a phrase I will be using again later), this time forcing Lochee keeper John Sinclair into making a good save.
As the ball was with the Lochee defence, Kevin Milne went down off the ball, after it appeared that he ran straight into the unsuspecting swinging arm of Robbie McNab. After proceeding to plead his innocence, the ref agreed if Nabbers had meant it Milne would have been in the hospital.
The first goal of this fiery contest came in the 38th minute. Following a Lochee freekick, the ball was driven goalwards to be saved brilliantly by Ryan Marshall but after a downhill scramble in the box, the ball was smashed home by Grant Lawson to give Lochee the leading, heading towards half time.
The best chance of the half for the away side came from another set piece. This time it was a corner was swung in from the left which found its way to Tom Orr but from 10 yards out his looping header agonisingly struck the crossbar before being cleared.
HALF TIME | LOCHEE UNITED 1- 1 BSC GLASGOW
The first action of the second half saw Tom Orr booked for bringing down the Lochee midfielder as BSC tried to start the second half on the front foot.
That mentality paid dividends a few minutes later as after another dangerous set piece was met well by the head of Ross McMillan (told you) who powered the ball home, leaving the keeper no chance. This equaliser was more than deserved on the balance of play.
The equaliser however was almost short-lived, as Lochee found themselves in the box with a golden opportunity to take the lead but from point blank range Ryan Marshall was there again to keep the score level.
BSC were reduced to 10 men after Tom Orr was sent off for simulation. The striker brilliantly weaved his way into the box but before he could get the shot away he went down. The referee responded to this by going to his back pocket and showing Orr a red card for the second time in two weeks.
The red card not only stopped the momentum that BSC were building it seem to kill the games intensity.
As the game was reaching the 75th mark it was clear that the next goal would most likely be the winner and but for the body of McMillan it would of been Lochee’s, as the defender did brilliantly yet again to block a goal bound shot.
At the other end of the pitch Thomas Collins’ shot/tackle on the goalkeeper Sinclair dropped agonisingly wide.
The game was stretched open with both sides trying to secure a third round spot. Lochee should have snatched the winner as Milne was put through on goal but somehow the ball stayed out, to the pure disbelief of just about everyone.
With mere seconds of the game to go a back post cross again found Milne six yards out from goal and his free header drew out a save so good that it made Gordon Banks’ Pele save look like catching practice. It was the time of moment so good that it makes you forget that you are meant to be taking the match day photographs and not just sitting there in shock at what you have just seen.
A draw was probably a fair result in the end with both teams having chances to win it and with there being no extra time the game will be replayed, with Lochee making the trip to the Indodrill next weekend.
FULL TIME | LOCHEE UNITED 1- 1 BSC GLASGOW