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Nonchalant Notre Dame beat Broomhill to progress in the Scottish Cup

Notre Dame SA 4

Crawford 44, Harvie 55, McGeough 66, Rodgers 70

Broomhill SC 0

  • Sunday, 01 October 2017
  • Coatbridge Sports Center
  • Under 14´s
  • Scottish Youth FA Cup - R2

Four goals in the second half were enough to send Notre Dame SA into the third round of the Scottish Cup at the expense of their Glasgow and District Youth Football League Division 2 rivals Broomhill SC.

The game was the second time the two sides have met this season with their previous match in the league ending a 9-1 away win to Notre Dame SA. This confidence showed at the beginning of the match with Notre Dame dominating the early exchanges at a wet Coatbridge Sports Center. 

Their domination soon paid off when they created the first chance of the game, in the 2nd minute,  Jude Carroll had the ball fizzed into him at the edge of the box but his shot was well saved by Arron Purba to keep the scores level. Two minutes later another chance came to Notre Dame this time Shay McKenna got in behind the Broomhill defence but his shot rattled off the crossbar and was eventually cleared.

The Broomhill defence held their line after this and either caught the Notre Dame attack offside or Purba was always quick off his line to clear and play the “sweeper keeper” role. This resulted in the Notre Dame attackers being forced to shoot from distance. A tactic which nearly worked when, in the 10th minute, Joshua Harvie found Ross Condy on the edge of the box but the ever reliable Purba was more than equal to the effort.

It took until the 16th minute from Broomhill to get their first chance of the match when tricky winger Charlie Lawson burst through on goal and rounded Nathan Dawson but his shot was cleared in the box by a back-tracking Notre Dame defender.

A minute later saw arguably the best chance of the half with Carroll rounding Purba and finding Jamie Mulvaney in the box but his shot was cleared off the line. The rest of the half saw each defence cancelling out the other team’s attackers and the first half ended goalless. 

  • Half Time:
  • Notre Dame SA
  • 0-0
  • Broomhill SC

Notre Dame kicked off the second half continuing in the same way as the first half dominating the possession and chances. The majority of which fell to Ross Crawford who showed great feet to manoeuvre chances for himself in the 40th and 41st minute but on both occasions dragged his shot just wide of the post.  However, it was not long until the midfield maestro opened the scoring and in the 44th minute, he again burst through on goal and this time slotted past Purba and into the bottom right hand corner.

Notre Dame continued to push after the opener and in the 50th minute Mulvaney capitalised on a Broomhill defensive mistake to find the ball at his feet in the box. However his shot was cleared off the line to keep the deficit to only one.

Five minutes later the pressure eventually paid off for the home side, when Crawford again broke into the Broomhill box and squared the ball across to Joshua Harvie to sweep home from the penalty spot and double his sides lead.

The 63rd minute saw the moment of the half for Broomhill, Crawford found Carroll in the box with the ball hitting off him and looking destined for the back of the net , but Purba appeared out of nowhere to clear the ball off the line and keep his team in the tie.

Despite his earlier heroics Purba could do nothing to stop his side going three goals down three minutes later. Mulvaney involved again found Sean McGeough in the box who slid into tap the ball into the back of the net.

Despite being three goals up Notre Dame did not ease up and scored their fourth in the 70th minute .Carroll raced through on goal but his shot was well saved at the near post by Purba, the ball then broke to Liam Rodgers at the edge of the box. He beautifully looped the ball into the top left hand corner with the last kick of the game to secure his sides place in the next round.

  • Full Time:
  • Notre Dame SA
  • 4-0
  • Broomhill SC


Notre Dame SA
Broomhill SC
1. Nathan Dawson
2. Jamie Mulvaney
3. Ben Darwin
5. Jude Carroll
6. Ross Crawford
7. Sean McGeough
11. Scott McLuckie
13. Shay McKenna
14. Joshua Harvie
20. Liam Rodgers
99. Ross Condy
1. Arron Purba
2. Christopher Purcell
3. Jack Leahy
4. Guy Bell
5. Neelan Patel
6. Alexander Russell
7. Charlie Lawson
8. Patrick Kenny
9. Rory Davidson
10. Jack Lightbody
11. Ryan Boyce
12. Rory Mullen
Star Player
Notre Dame SA
Broomhill SC
A tough award to give out with so many players performing well for Notre Dame with Jamie Mulvaney, Shay McKenna and Jude Carroll all deserving a mention. However the main man on the day would have to be Ross Crawford who was exceptional all game long, displaying fantastic pace, dribbling, passing and shooting ability. This showed in the stats with one very well taken goal and one excellent assist.
The star player for Broomhill would definitely have to be Arron Purba with the young goalkeeper fantastic all game. Despite conceding four goals, he made a countless number of fantastic saves to keep the scoreline down. He also showed great pace in the sweeper keeper role to get out to the ball before the pacy Notre Dame attackers.
Magic Moment
Notre Dame SA
Broomhill SC
The magic moment for the home team would have to be Liam Rodgers goal in the last minute. He showed fantastic composure and technique from the Notre Dame man to place the ball into the top left hand corner. Rodgers knew the ball was goal bound before it hit the back of the net and wheeled away in celebration with his jubilant team mates.
The magic moment for Broomhill would have to be Purba's save in the 63rd minute. The ball look destined to end up in the back of the net after hitting off Carroll. However, some fantastic speed from the young shot stopper meant he spectacularly cleared off the line. A fantastic save and the best of many that day from the Broomhill number one.
Club Views
Notre Dame SA
Broomhill SC
A Notre Dame representative said: "I was very impressed how well the Broomhill GK played - handling was excellent.

"I felt we were trying to force openings and didn't show our qualities in the 1st half. It was a typical cup tie with passion, mud and contentious decisions.

"I thought the ref had a great game, allowed it to flow when he could and supported both sets of players.

"Second half we moved a couple of players around to maximise their effect.

"At half time we asked the boys to relax with the ball and be hungry without it.

"Played some great combinations and our players worked hard for each other. Football in second half was fantastic. From goalkeeper to striker, they were brilliant. Very proud for them. Great group of boys."
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