United boss rages at cup draw bungle

220912 Boness united v victoria whittlets
220912 Boness united v victoria whittlets
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A bungled Scottish Junior Cup draw left BU boss Alan McGonigal raging this week.

The SJFA miscalculated the required number of first round ties needed and held a second ‘‘mini-draw’’ after the official draw, in which the last two teams out of the hat were Bo’ness United and Bonnyrigg Rose.

McGonigal was still furious when he spoke to the Journal and Gazette yesterday (Thursday).

The BU boss said: ‘‘We’ll play anybody, anywhere, anytime - that is not an issue. But I only learned about this fiasco when the Camelon Juniors secretary phoned me up and told me what had happened.

‘‘This doesn’t help the reputation of junior football in Scotland.

‘‘The names should all have gone back in the hat and the ties redrawn.”

Tom Johnston, SJFA secretary, later told reporters: ‘‘It was an honest mistake and we have to hold our hands up to that. The oversight came as we had forgotten to factor in the four teams competing in the senior Scottish Cup who get byes into the second round of our competition.’’

Meanwhile the Newtown Park squad, bouyed up by a fifth win on the spin at the weekend are geared up to face Camelon at Carmuirs Park.

The coach said: ‘‘Last season we could never have come back from two goals down and win 4-2 as we did on Saturday.

‘‘We go to Camelon full of confidence but it is not an easy place to get a result.’’

Over at Prestonfield, Rose boss Mark Bradley said his team has to be more “ruthless” in front of goal after a disappointing 0-0 draw at home against Kelty last weekend.

Bradley said: “We have to be more clinical, it’s no use creating good opportunities and then not putting them away. We are expected to win at home as do the fans, we have to get back to winning ways.

‘‘There was a bit of slackness in the side against Kelty and although we created enough chances we did not put the game to bed. Teams are coming to Prestonfield with a game plan to stop us playing but we have the players with ability to open defences up and create chances.’’

Tomorrow (Saturday), Linlithgow travel to Sauchie, kick off 2.30pm, with a full squad.