Recreation Park, Scottish Cup 5th Round, 9/2/20
Broomhill Sports Club Glasgow Football Club
Founded – 2014
Nickname – None
Honours – Lowland League Cup 2018/19
Current Division – Lowland Football League
Random Fact – The club have been in the LFL for five full seasons and improved every year, 10th(30 points) , 7th (41 points), 7th (42 points), 3rd (60 points) , 2nd (61 points) and are currently on 47 points this season with eleven games to play. They are on course to keep the trend up
The start of getting Wee Man up to a full centurian. To be honest it was a stroke of luck. With the Scottish Cup draw and already heading to Sauchie on the Saturday a double header and staying in Stirling was too good to turn down.
As we got to the hotel yesterday Sportsound was saying todays games at Recreation Park and Broadwood were up in the air because of incoming Storm Ciara. It was all scare mongering because Ciara wasnt even as powerful as a fart in Alloa. Game on.
In terms of the weather I was quite happy to have tickets for the Main Stand as if it was to pour or blow a hoolie we would be well sheltered. But within five minutes in typical Wee Man fashion he decided he wanted to stand so out we went (still took our free flags though). As we parked ourselves behind the goal Hibs were attacking first half I was sure we would see an onslaught. I was way off the mark.
BSC had an early game plan and they carried it out very well. Basically to get wired into the Premier League team. A few niggly fouls and in their face. I am no management genius but I would have set up to do the same as all the pressure is on the big team. But on top of this they were solid in defence. They were never going to win, but as long as the score didnt get riddiculous and they could hold their heads up at FT. This is exactly how it panned out. A very courageous and organised performance and the 4-1 didnt really reflect the game.
The first goal came through McNulty who took a great touch to leave the defender in last week and open space to slot home. A good effort and start for the Hibs forward. BSC wasted a good change not long after. They then had Marciano in the Hibs goal at full stretch to parry an effort past the post. It was clear this game wasnt going to be an exhibition match like these top flight v lower league games can sometimes turn out. The lead was doubled by that man McNulty again giving Hibs more comfort. It wasnt to last as from a freekick Ross Smith rose head and shoulders above anyone else to put the ball past Marciano sending the BSC fans into raptures.(This also meaning BSC have scored more against top flight opposition than Aberdeen this decade). To be fair to the band of BSC fans behind the goal they didnt need livening up and were great all game. Very good backing from this lot.
The wind fairly picked up during the break but it didnt really affect the game thankfully. BSC still tried the in your face approach but I wondering how long this could last before the fitness gulf opened up. The biggest moments in opening stages of the half were for the home side. The first being a potential penalty. The incident was right in front of Wee Man and me and I would have been claiming for it. If the barge from Stevenson(i think) was anywhere else on the pitch it was a foul. But because it was in the box it suddenly became legal or the ref just plapped it. If the home support thought that was a potential chance to equalise then what happened moments later must have broke their hearts. After some fine work on the right from McCormack, he fired a pin point cross and found Collins ten yards out, but he fluffed it when he absolutley should have been celebrating with the “young team” infront of him. The forward will see this miss in his sleep for a few weeks. The game was soon buried by that man McNulty who bagged his hatrick. This was the daylight Hibs needed and it came as tiredness was clearly starting to take its toll on BSC. It should have been four when Marsh in the Home goal had a rush of blood and was found wandering but to be fair the poor back pass didn’t help the stranded keeper. Doige rounded him and greedily took on the opportunity himself and hit the side netting. The square ball was indefinatley the better option. BSC were out on their feet and Docherty finished off a good passing move to make it four. The big boys head into the hat and the last eight. They weren’t at their best but a professional job none the less.
BSC Glasgow can be proud of their game. They gave a very credible account of themselves taking on Hibs and refused to sit back like some teams would in their position. Two of the goals conceded were once the difference in pro fitness and part time fitness reared its head. They can hold their heads high after this seasons run. They are not out of the LFL title race either. Definatley a team on the up and good luck to them
Me still 177, Wee Man 51