IT’S back to league business for the Rose and Bo’ness tomorrow (Saturday) after the pain and elation of the cup football last weekend.
There was pain for the Rose and their supporters as they saw their Scottish Cup dream come to a halt with a defeat at home to Deveronvale despite taking an early lead.
At Newtown Park, however, there was celebrating all round as the BUs dumped Bonnyrigg Rose out of the Scottish Junior Cup to march onto the second round and a tie against Dundee North End next Saturday. October 26.
BU boss Allan McGonigal said his side deserved to go through win after watching his side overun the Midlothian team on both occasions.
He said: ‘‘Over the two games, I think we merited the result. Playing against a team like Bonnyrigg, one goal is never enough and after we had missed a number of goalscoring opportunities, I was apprehensive right up until Chris Donnelly scored.’’
McGonigal added: “We’re absolutely ecstatic at getting through but it is only the second round and we will face a stiff test against Dundee North End.
Tomorrow, the BUs are away to former Rose and Bo’ness manager Dave Baikie’s Tayport side in the league.
The BU boss: ‘‘We are full of confidence going into this match but I’m sure their manager will have different thoughts on the possible outcome.’’
At Prestonfield, Rose boss Mark Bradley was disappointed to see his side fail in the senior Scottish Cup despite taking the lead in both matches.
He said: ‘‘The result was tough to take but we only had ourselves to blame. We missed our chances in the first game. when were two-nil up late on and were unable to see it out. It was similar on Saturday, we started well and got in front again but we never got a grip of the tie as they came with a gameplan and it worked for them.’’
The Rose return to league business against St Andrews at Prestonfield, kick off 2.30pm.
Bradley said: ‘‘The St Andrews match is a chance for us to bounce back and put things right.’’