Bo’ness United 2
Hislop 27, Morrison 70
Camelon Juniors 2
Allison 78, McCafferty 90
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Bo’ness United have already shown their manager, Paul Ronald, that work needs to be done before the start of the Super League campaign.
This was illustrated again by a first half display against Camelon Juniors where the BUs controlled the game, played some great football and went ahead before the break.
However it was a different story after Camelon were reduced to 10 men early in the second half.
For some reason Bo’ness went to pieces and, although they scored a second goal, it was the visitors who took the initiative to get an unlikely draw.
There were three changes from the side that lined up against Armadale as Bo’ness continued the process of finding the perfect blend.
Steven Bonar, Chris Hamilton and Jamie Hay were in with David Cane, Nicky Walker and Stewart Devine on the bench.
The most significant change was Will Snowdon’s inclusion in the squad for the first time this season.
Bo’ness took the game to Camelon early on and a Hamilton cross was just too high for Donnelly.
It was far from one way traffic though and both defences were kept on their toes.
Graham cleared a low Donnelly cross and in the Bo’ness box Hunter made a good block to stop Knox getting the ball into the danger area.
As the half developed Bo’ness seized control where some of the passing moves were a delight to watch.
It was no surprise therefore that Bo’ness took the lead in 27 minutes.
Cringean only managed a half clearance and Hamilton pounced to get in a cross that Hislop headed across the keeper, the ball finding the net via the far post.
Bo’ness had a couple of opportunities to increase their lead but were well worth their narrow lead at half-time.
In 53 minutes, Camelon were reduced to 10 men when Cringean was booked for a foul and received a second yellow card for arguing the point.
This should have made things easier for the BUs but it was Camelon who started to play.
Bo’ness survived the initial onslaught and managed to score what should have been the decisive goal.
Craig Morrison replaced Hamilton in 69 minutes and with his first touch of the ball he latched onto a Hislop knockdown to slot past Watson from a few yards out.
The home side obviously thought the job was done but Camelon had other ideas.
With twelve minutes remaining Gillespie headed a McCafferty corner towards the Bo’ness goal and Allison knocked the ball in just on the line.
Bo’ness worked to regain the initiative and Camelon cleared a couple of dangerous crosses towards the end of the match.
Into time added on and Camelon silenced the BU faithful with a goal from a throw-in.
McCafferty gathered and jinked past a couple of Bo’ness defenders before finding the far corner of the net with an angled drive.
BU Man of the Match: Chris Donnelly.
BO’NESS: Christie, Bonar (Snowdon 71), McAvoy, Kennedy, Hunter, Nimmo, Hamilton (Morrison 69), Donaldson (Walker 46), Hislop. Hay, Donnelly. Subs (not used): Cane, Devine.