By: Hibernian Media on 09 Feb, 2020 17:21
Marc McNulty hit a hat-trick as Hibernian eased into the quarter-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a 4-1 victory over BSC Glasgow.
The Lowland League side did themselves proud and made Hibs work hard for their victory, with Ross Smith notching a deserved goal for the hosts.
McNulty’s three-goal haul will rightly earn him plenty of plaudits – on a day when the playing conditions were ‘challenging’ at best – but the poacher also turned provider after laying on Greg Docherty’s first goal for Hibs.
Head Coach Jack Ross made three changes on his return to the Indodrill Stadium, with Daryl Horgan McNulty and Docherty replacing Adam Jackson, Scott Allan and Joe Newell in the starting line-up.
The Easter Road men started brightly and a Lewis Stevenson dink over the BSC defence in the opening seconds of the match almost released Horgan, however the pass was slightly overplayed and goalkeeper Ryan Marshall was able to collect.
Whilst Storm Ciara was making playing conditions very difficult, Hibs continued to press their opponents in the early exchanges and when Robbie McNab cynically took out Horgan as the visitors broke down the left, the BSC player picked up an early caution.
It was not all one way and BSC striker Martin Grehan will feel he should have done better in the ninth minute when he collected Thomas Orr’s flick-on and failed to make a clean connection with his shot that Ofir Marciano gathered comfortably.
The deadlock was broken in the 10th minute when McNulty ran onto a pass from Martin Boyle.
His first touch took him away from Smith before clinically finishing through the legs of Marshall.
Hibernian had a couple of quick-fire opportunities to extend their lead through Christian Doidge and Docherty, however the yellow-shirted BSC defence bravely put their bodies on the line to block both.
The Easter Road men continued to press and won a series of corner kicks from which Boyle saw an effort deflected wide before Marshall saved comfortably from Steven Whittaker.
At the other end a terrific reverse-pass from Orr played Thomas Collins in behind the Hibs defence on the left and from his cut back McNabb was poised to slot home had it not been for the timely interception of Horgan.
Stephen Swift’s side were growing in confidence and Orr – the BSC hero from their victory over East Fife earlier in the competition – almost levelled with a fine shot on the turn that was kept out by an equally impressive save from Marciano at his near post.
It would prove to be a significant moment because almost immediately Hibs increased their advantage when Docherty’s low cross was hooked into the top corner of the net by McNulty on the turn.
Yet, just eight minutes later, BSC reduced the deficit when Declan Hughes’ floated free-kick delivery was headed in at the back post by Smith, who looped his finish over Marciano having evaded the clutches of marker Stevenson.
The BSC goal appeared to shake Hibs into action and McNulty had a big opportunity to claim his hat-trick when he raced through on goal, however Marshall stood tall to save the striker’s attempted lob.
Marshall was in action against seconds later when he beat away a powerful effort on the angle from Paul McGinn as Hibs finished the first half strongly.
After the break the windy conditions worsened. In the opening moments a Paul Hanlon back-pass to Marciano held up in the wind and McNab slid in to almost steal it away from the Israeli goalkeeper.
The Lowland League side then missed a terrific opportunity to restore parity when a cross from the right was missed by Hanlon and Collins dragged his shot wide from eight yards with the goal at his mercy.
It would prove a costly miss as Hibernian put the game beyond their opponents when Docherty’s diagonal through-ball released McNulty, who drew the goalkeeper before producing a composed finish for his hat-trick.
McNulty went close to grabbing a fourth goal of the afternoon with an angled drive that flashed wide of the far post with Marshall beaten.
It had been a quiet day for Christian Doidge, however, with 12 minutes remaining, he pounced on a poor back pass from McNab to round Marshall but could only find the side netting from a tight angle when Boyle was free in the middle for a tap-in.
Substitute Jamie Gullan then had a powerful shot beaten away by Marshall before Hibs finally notched their fourth goal McNulty drew the goalkeeper before finding Docherty to score from close range.
It was Docherty’s first goal since joining Hibs and having created two goals for McNulty this afternoon it was nice to see the favour returned by the striker.
BSC Glasgow: R. Marshall, McCormack, Mills, McNab (McKay 80), Smith, McMillan, Anderson, Hughes, Orr, Grehan (Hamilton 88), Collins. Unused substitutes: Lindsay, J. Marshall, Bell, Bowers, Barr.
Hibernian: Marciano, McGinn, Hanlon, Stevenson, Horgan (Murray 59), Boyle (Gullan 79), Whittaker, Omeonga (Hallberg 70), Docherty, Doidge, McNulty. Unused substitutes: Bogdan, McGregor, James, Slivka.
Referee: Alan Newlands.
Image: Alan Rennie.
Report: Rick Payne.