The Easter Road side were the clear favourites in this tie and came into this expected to win by a landslide. A few meaty challenges early on from BSC though showed the Lowland League side weren’t going to go down quietly.
12 minutes in and Hibs had their first goal. McNulty slotted calmly into the corner after breaking through on goal, his first since returning to the club. Thomas Orr came close to getting a shock leveller for BSC, with his half-volley well saved by Ofir Marciano.
Despite the Lowland League side’s tenacious performance, Hibs looked to have all but ended it after the half-hour mark. McNulty struck again from ten yards to put the Hibees on easy street, despite their hosts putting in a decent shift.
There was hope to be had for them yet, however. From a BSC free kick, Ross Smith rose highest to get a goal back for the home side. It set the stage for a potentially momentous second half as BSC gained some momentum.
38. GOAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! A towering header from Ross Smith at the back post meets a Declan Hughes free kick and it beats Marciano!!!
— BSC Glasgow FC (@BSCGlasgow) February 9, 2020
A loose pass at the back almost allowed BSC in to score a memorable equaliser but eventually the danger passed before Thomas Collins put an effort wide. A goal was required from Hibs to make sure this tie was a done deal.
Greg Docherty’s lovely pass to McNulty made sure that was the case. The Reading loanee was calm with his finish, slotting home to secure the win and a hat-trick. He then turned provider as he slotted in Docherty to make it 4-1.
After a heroic performance from BSC, Hibs eventually showed their strength and have progressed to the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup. Here are three things we learned.
Hibs get professional job over the line
With how far apart these sides are in almost every department, it would have been easy for Hibs to take their eye off the ball. They were expected to win this easily but any sort of adversity would have been heavily scrutinised.
Alas, Jack Ross’ men made sure there were no shocks at the Indodrill. BSC were throwing everything they had at Hibs, giving them a goal scare too.
The Premiership side remained composed, however, and struck with a clinical edge when required.
Having arrived from Reading nine days ago, McNulty may have eyed this fixture up as a chance to get off the mark in his second Leith spell. He gave himself a big confidence boost with a fine hat-trick.
When presented with an opportunity to score, the Royals loanee took his chances. It came with a hat-trick reward and Ross will hope it’s a sign of things to come from the forward.
Long-term benefits the key for BSC
Their cup fairytale might be over but BSC will feel the effects of this tie for years to come. Having only formed in 2016, this is the Lowland League club’s first massive match.
With it has come exposure, a test against some of the best, and perhaps most importantly, finances. It’s funds that may be used to place roots back in Glasgow as they’ve had to groundshare with Alloa whilst looking for a permanent home.
They’re out of the cup, but this game will provide huge benefits to BSC going forward.