Cowan 13, Cairns 21, Jeffrey 39
Bo’ness United 0
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BO’NESS United continued their poor run of results against Super League opposition as they went down heavily in their first league game of the season at Broxburn Athletic.
The final two League Cup matches against Camelon and Sauchie hinted at the problem but after a dire display at Broxburn, Bo’ness look ill prepared for the challenges ahead.
In the first half Bo’ness were well out of touch and although they were better after the break there was never the likelihood of a BU revival.
With keeper Scott Christie signing for Hamilton a young keeper in the form of Connor Wallace made his debut for Bo’ness.
Other changes saw David Cane, Nicky Walker and Craig Morrison on from the start and it was hoped Bo’ness could make an early impact in the Super League.
As things turned out it was the Super League debutants who went ahead in only 13 minutes.
This was after Bo’ness had made a promising start with a decent Cane cross and a Morrison lob that almost caught out Broxburn keeper Clark.
Ironically it was another good Bo’ness move that led to the Broxburn opener.
The play broke down at the edge of the Broxburn box and Pittman took advantage, running forward unchallenged before passing to Cowan who shot low past Wallace from twelve yards.
The Broxburn goal seemed to kill the Bo’ness spirit and eight minutes later they lost another.
Fairbairn put over a corner from the right and it landed nicely for Cairns just inside the box and his volley zipped low into the back of the BU net.
Bo’ness didn’t have an answer to the Broxburn play and the home side scored again six minutes before the break. BU keeper Wallace cleared only as far as P Millar whose cross was nodded in from close in by Jeffrey.
BU coach Paul Ronald made two changes for the start of the second half as he tried to get back into the game.
The alterations seemed to steady the ship and Bo’ness managed to mount a few assaults on the Broxburn goal.
However the Broxburn defence was solid and were not in the mood for giving anything away.
The closest Bo’ness came to scoring was in 74 minutes when Gibson cleared a Hamilton header off the goal line but there was to be no BU fightback.
Bo’ness must now seriously consider where they go from here because they appear to be a shadow of the side who achieved the back-to-back Super League wins only a couple of seasons before.
BU Man of the Match: Chris Donnelly.
BO’NESS: Wallace, Cane (Devine 46), McAvoy (Devine 46), Kennedy, Hunter, Nimmo, Walker, Bonar, Morrison (Donaldson 69), Donnelly, Hislop. Subs (not used): Snowdon, Shields.