Bo’ness into the semi-finals

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BO’NESS United are through to the last four of the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup after their superb win over Bonnyrigg Rose last weekend.

The victory elevates the BUs to their first junior cup semi-final since April 2003 where they were on the losing end to local rivals Linlithgow Rose at the Almondvale Stadium.

BU boss Willie Newbigging was ecstatic this week after Saturday’s result, saying: “It was a great result, all credit must go to the players as they did everything they were asked. Not one player was a failure. I have nothing but admiration for them all.”

Just weeks prior, the BUs had played out a 2-2 draw with Bonnyrigg in the league but when asked the difference between the two sides in the cup tie, he said: “The difference was in the finishing. We took the game by the scruff of the neck right from the first minute to the very end.”

While Auchinleck are the bookies favourites to lift the trophy, the BU boss is relishing the prospect of meeting them but he is not concerned which team Bo’ness is paired against in the semis.

He said: “We have not won anything yet and will have to keep working hard as we have been doing if we want to succeed. But the way we are playing we are confident we can make it to the final and it would be great to meet Auchinleck.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) it’s back to league business with a visit to Camelon, ko 2.30pm.

Newbigging said: “Despite their league form, 16 points from 17 matches, Camelon will come out fighting for points. It’s always a difficult place to go. We do not take positions in the league for granted and for us it is all about discipline and applying yourself. I tell the players to go out there and do the business and that is all I can ask of them.”

The BUs are on schedule for a possible league and Scottish Junior Cup double, the BU boss said that while it is in his thoughts, he only looks to one game at a time, adding: “We have a big squad and while it is not impossible, it is a very big ask!”