Bo’ness scrape home with a win

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Armadale Thistle 2

Feeney 33, Jack 35

Bo’ness United 3

Hislop 1, Hamilton 68 69

Dechmont Forklift League Cup

BO’NESS United stay at the top of their league cup section after a narrow win at Armadale Thistle but it was a mixed picture for the Newtown Park club.

Having started well with an early goal the BUs faltered allowing their opponents to get back into the game.

The second half saw Bo’ness make changes which put them back on top but overall there is still much work to be done in preparation for the forthcoming Super League campaign.

Bo’ness made two changes from the Falkirk game with new signing David Cane listed at right back.

Declan McAvoy also started meaning Steven Bonar and Jamie Hay were on the bench.

The BUs went ahead after only a minute when Hislop combined with Donaldson and the former side footed past Armadale keeper Walker from 12 yards.

Armadale wasted a couple of free-kick attempts but they came more into the game after the early setback.

Bo’ness’s play became increasingly disjointed as they struggled to get any passing moves going and they also looked shaky in defence.

This was illustrated in 33 minutes when Milton won the ball on the line before cutting back to Feeney who swept the ball past Christie.

Things got worse for the BUs two minutes later when Armadale sub Jack came on and his first touch was a 35-yard free-kick shot which found the bottom corner of the Bo’ness net.

Hay lined up for the start of the second half with Donnelly moving out to the left.

Right away Bo’ness looked a better prospect although a good Armadale break was spoiled by a wayward pass.

Bo’ness got in a couple of shots but it was another substitution that changed the game.

In 67 minutes Chris Hamilton replaced Walker on the right wing. In 68 minutes the Armadale keeper missed a Donnelly cross allowing Hamilton to head home from close in and, a minute later, Hamilton latched onto a Nimmo through ball before firing in off the Armadale post.

The game had swung back in Bo’ness’s favour and, although they missed chances to seal the victory, only a great clearance by Hunter stopped Armadale getting what many at the game would have considered a deserved equaliser.

BU man of the match: Ian Nimmo.

BUs: Christie, Cane, McAvoy, Kennedy, Hunter, Nimmo, Walker (Hamilton 67), Donnelly, Donaldson, Devine (Hay 46), Hislop. Subs (not used): Bonar, Shields.