Bo’ness United 2
Walker 5, Hislop 58 (pen)
Camelon Juniors 1
McBookie.com East Region Super League
BO’NESS United continued their rehabilitation with a hard fought Super League victory against Camelon Juniors.
In a game where the strong wind made football difficult, the BU dug in and got the result they deserved. Bo’ness were the better side in the first half although they had to work hard after the break.
With only a single goal to show for their efforts, an early second half penalty gave Bo’ness some breathing space.
Camelon pushed them hard with a goal that made the final 15 minutes uncomfortable for the home side.
In spite of this, Bo’ness held out and again showed character to get the result.
Recent good results have given the team stability and there was only one change with Ryan Kennedy returning from injury to replace David Cane.
In the initial stages Camelon put together a couple of nice moves but after five minutes it was United who went ahead.
The ball found Walker at the edge of the Camelon box and the BU player was strong, holding off a Camelon defender before firing a shot into the bottom corner.
Five minutes later a Devine free- kick shot from 20 yards just cleared the Camelon bar and Bo’ness had clearly taken heart from the early strike.
Indeed, in 23 minutes, Bo’ness thought they had extended their lead but Hislop’s far post header into the Camelon net was ruled out for offside.
Camelon hadn’t threatened but as half time approached Ure fired a shot over the Bo’ness bar and just on the whistle Camelon sub Kelly lobbed just over.
It was Bo’ness’s turn to face into the stiff breeze and, while pinned back initially, Hunter broke forward but McAvoy’s cross overshot the Camelon box.
Undeterred, in 52 minutes Bo’ness extended their lead from the spot after Walker was downed in the box by Kelly. Hislop fired home the penalty.
Camelon started to impose themselves on the game with the BU defence sitting deep into their own territory. In 76 minutes Camelon were rewarded with a goal as Kelbie benefitted from a Cringean cross to fire in from just inside the box.
Spurred on by the goal, Camelon pushed for an equaliser although the closest they came was a Sheering shot from close in that just went over the Bo’ness bar.
In the final minute, a Camelon corner bounced around the Bo’ness box but was cleared and the BUs celebrated their three points.
After a poor start to the campaign, Bo’ness United appear to be on track and, in the right hands, they could yet make an impact in the weeks and months to come.
BU man of the match: Stuart Hunter
Bo’ness: Wallace, Snowdon, Devine, Kennedy, Hunter (Cane 80), Hay, Walker, Donnelly, Hislop, McAvoy, Hamilton (Nimmo 82). Subs noty used: Bonar, Morrison.