United boss heaps praise on players who ‘didn’t want a replay’

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ONE of the finest moments he has experienced in football – that was Allan McGonigal’s verdict on the electrifying junior cup win over Kirkintilloch.

The Bo’ness United boss has won every honour in junior football but was still savouring his side’s 3-2 triumph yesterday (Thursday).

“You are judged on results and performances and it worked out in the end.

“I went there thinking a draw would have been an absolute fantastic result for us, and hopefully we could have got some players back in a replay.

“But these boys didn’t want a replay and all credit to them.”

McGonigal heaped praise on the ‘spirit and never-say-die attitude’ of his young squad, which has surpassed his expectations, and hailed the massive travelling support which ‘never lost faith’.

“It was all just a blur when we scored the final goal. I didn’t celebrate but walked up the touchline and thought ‘is this actually happening?’ The smile on my face was huge!

“The whole place just erupted and the roof just about came off.

“It doesn’t really matter what happens now in the cup, Saturday there was our cup final. The boys can go about with their chests puffed out.”

United face Linlithgow Rose away in the quarter finals on March 16, an ‘el clasico’ tie that McGonigal was sure neither team wanted.

“All I worry about, when playing away from home is what the place is like and the conditions - I know it like the back of my hand,” he said.

Having likened the Kirkintilloch trip to going ‘out of the frying pan into the fire’, the visit to Prestonfield was ‘into the lion’s den’, he said.

He is not viewing tomorrow’s league derby in Linlithgow as a cup game trial run. The Rose were ‘arguably one of the finest junior teams’, but he said: “Would I rule my team out? No I wouldn’t.”

They would run their socks off and give their all, he added.

With Will Snowdon and Craig Donaldson injury doubts, signings could be made ahead of tomorrow.

Joe Prince Wright (ex-Arbroath) and forward Alex Lurinsky (ex East Stirling) made their United debuts last Saturday.