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.