Ross Allum’s decision to cut short a trip to Barcelona in time for Spartans’ Lowland League Cup final against BSC Glasgow proved a good one as the striker netted the opener, putting his side on their way to a 3-0 victory at Ainslie Park.
Second-half strikers from Blair Tolmie and Craig Stevenson ensured a comfortable afternoon for Dougie Samuel’s team as they lifted their second trophy of the season to go with the Football Nation Qualifying Cup.
“I was hoping the game was going to be the Sunday rather than the Saturday,” Allum explained. “I don’t know if I’d have made it back in time otherwise. It was good trip but I’m glad I came back!
“You can’t really argue with two goals in two cup finals. Big Blair is claiming the second one goal but I‘m going to as well, so we’ll see what happens.”
It’s been a successful half-season at Ainslie Park for Allum since making the move from capital rivals Edinburgh City. “Things weren’t going as well at City as I’d planned,” he said. “That’s football. I’m happy with the move, it’s worked out well for me and for the club so I’m just looking forward to next season.
“Although we’ve won two cups, we really wanted to be challenging for the league later than we did, so the main aim next year is to win it.”
It was a perfect start for Samuel’s men, taking the lead within ten minutes as Allum pounced on a misjudgment from Matt Niven and fired left-footed past Stephen Barr.
Aiden Ferris thought he had levelled three minutes later, but his back post tap-in was ruled out for offside.
There wasn’t much in the way of incident in what was something of a low-key game for a cup final. Despite some early second-half pressure from BSC, Spartans doubled their advantage midway through he second half. Scott Maxwell’s free-kick was flicked on by Allum, and Blair Tolmie got the final touch to turn the ball home.
They added some gloss to the scoreline late on after some good feet in the box by Jack Beesley, who squared, leaving Stevenson with the simplest of tasks to tap in a third.
This season has seen Spartans win their first silverware since becoming the inaugural Lowland League Champions three years ago, although Samuel is keen to stress the comparisons to the club’s trophy-laden East of Scotland days are unfair. “We’ve got this challenge that people keep wanting to compare the current era to the East of Scotland era and I keep telling people they’re two different things,” said the Spartans boss.
“For the players to win two trophies is an excellent achievement. When I think back to how everybody felt when we lost to Tynecastle in November, we probably didn’t think we’d end up with two trophies so I’m really pleased for everybody.
“You want to try and cultivate and develop a winning mindset in your group and the best way to do that is to win trophies. The next challenge for us is can we go on and win one of the big two, those being the league title or South Challenge Cup. We haven’t won the South Challenge cup in my time at the club and the Lowland League is getting more difficult to win. Next year that’ll certainly be our number one priority, but it won’t be easy to overhaul East Kilbride.”
Spartans: Carswell, Herd, Maxwell (Thomson 82), Tolmie, Greenhill, Beesley, Dishington, Allum (Hay 88), Stevenson (Saunderson 88), Brown, Townsley.
BSC Glasgow: Barr, Bowers, Keys (Toner 75), Bell, Bembo (Woods 82), Corrieri (Lyons 59), Duncan, Jones, Ferris, Traynor, Niven.
Referee: Barry Cook.