Bo’ness get there in the end

Allan McGonigal
Allan McGonigal
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Scottish Junior 
Cup Round 2

After the tension and drama in the previous round against Bonnyrigg this Scottish Junior Cup tie at Dundee North End looked to be going without any fuss.

Bo’ness went in at the break two goals ahead, fully in control of the match and it seemed they were well on the way to

progressing in the national tournament.

However North End had other ideas and the second half was all about the home side who almost caused an upset.

North End pushed Bo’ness back, scored, and only stout defending and good goalkeeping ensured that the BUs edged through.

It is unclear whether the turnaround was due to Bo’ness complacency or an inspired tactic change by North End. Certainly the home side deserve a lot of credit for the way they set about their Super League visitors and must be considered unlucky not to get at least a replay.

Bo’ness were forced to make two changes from the side who defeated Bonnyrigg as Will Snowdon was injured and Stewart Devine unavailable. Steven Hislop returned after suspension and Chic Connelly made his first start in a number of weeks.

After an even start Bo’ness took control and went ahead after 17 minutes. Smart fouled Hislop just inside the box and it was Hislop himself who dispatched the resulting penalty kick.

Bo’ness created opportunities to go further ahead and did so in 25 minutes when Donnelly headed home at the near post from a Gribben cross. North End threatened little and apart from a couple of efforts they never looked dangerous.

North End gave notice of their second half intentions with three good shots on goal in the first few minutes. In 57 minutes they did get a goal but it resulted from a Bo’ness mistake. Connolly was short with a pass back, allowing MacLeod to nip in and slot past the exposed Peat. Bo’ness were now far from the slick outfit that dominated the first half although they recovered to create a couple of opportunities to regain the two goal lead.

However North End had their tails up and Hunter blocked twice in the Bo’ness box and Peat got down to stop MacLeod getting his and North End’s second.

Just before the end Walker saw a shot on the North End goal blocked but deep into time added on a final North End corner had Hunter heading off the goal line to ensure the BU place in the third round.

BU man of the match: Stuart Hunter

BUs: Peat, Hislop (C Scott 78), Connolly, Murphy (T Jaconelli 76), Hunter, Nimmo, Walker, Sloan, A Scott, Donnelly, Gribben (Miller 67)

Subs: Gardner, SG Wallace.