Coco Strickland Hits Hat Trick

BU hit 6 in a dominant excellent performance to set up a quarter final against local rivals Linlithgow Rose. A boost for the BU before the start of the game with news Ross Campbell was eligible after a red card being rescinded on appeal meaning no two match ban and on a bright sunny night at Newtown Park the home side were very bright and alert creating all the play early on with the visitors never in the game and barely over the half way line.

A VIEW FROM THE TERRACE

BO’NESS UNITED 6 FAULDHOUSE UNITED 1

BU Starting 11
Murphy. Donnelly, Snowdon, Campbell & Gemmell. Ruari  MacLennan, Philp &Sloan Keast, Wright & Strickland. Subs. Gibb, Roddy MacLennan, Scullion, Tierney & Smith.

BU hit 6 in a dominant excellent performance to set up a quarter final against local rivals Linlithgow Rose. A boost for the BU before the start of the game with news Ross Campbell was eligible after a red card being rescinded on appeal meaning no two match ban and on a bright sunny night at Newtown Park the home side were very bright and alert creating all the play early on with the visitors never in the game and barely over the half way line.

Soon the chances started to come and the first effort was very close just scraping past the post. The first goal wasn’t long in coming though with good play from the BU forcing a corner. Marty Wright took it short to Robert Sloan who crossed quickly and accurately and Captain Chris Donnelly was there to rise above everyone and head the ball home well. The second followed soon after with a brilliant exquisite chip over the oncoming keeper from the edge of the box by Colin Strickland. There was no let up from the home side as the pressure continued to be piled on and the away side never in the game. It was close to three when Fraser Keast had a chance but got his foot under the ball and lifted it high and wide. A good cross from Sloan followed soon after but Ross Philp just missed getting on the end of it and the ball went behind for a goal kick.

Bo’ness continued to push forward and just as it looked like Michael Gemmell was getting a cross in from the left he was brought down with a late tackle (no malice intended). Sloan swung in the resulting free kick brilliantly and as it looked to be a goal the keeper was alert to punch the ball away and out for a corner. Sloan swung it in again and another corner resulted. Again it was Sloan but this time the keeper held the ball well before anyone could get on the end of it.

It was wave after wave of Bo’ness attack and a quick 1-2 between Wright and Ruari MacLennan saw the ball again crossed into the box and the Fauldhouse keeper called into action coming off his line to save. Forward again came the BU with Philp as he took on and beat two men, then just over hit slightly giving the third defender the chance to win the ball. It was cleared only as far as Gemmell and with players screaming for a cross he decided to have a go but saw his effort go over the bar.

The next chance came with a good weighted long ball from Sloan. Fauldhouse defended it and tried to head back to the keeper but looped the header almost over and into his own net but he was alert and managed to jump and catch. The keeper only kicked as far as Ruari on the half way line who played the ball towards the box low for Wright, and again was alert rushing off his line and made it to the ball just before Wright did.

A free kick on the edge of the box well within shooting range for the BU, Sloan took but blasted against the wall, the rebound however was quickly crossed in and Will Snowdon was there to put the ball home and make it 3-0. Half time Bo’ness 3 – 0 Fauldhouse.

Into the second half and before we got going a sub for the BU as Roddy MacLennan replaced Keast. Onto the action and it was much the same as the first to begin with as an early shot flashed wide of the away keepers post. Then the fourth goal came good play saw Wright get in the box and was brought down. The ref pointed to the spot and up stepped Colin Strickland to smash the ball home from 12 yards.

A slight change followed as for the first time in the whole match the visitors made it to the Bo’ness box and got a cross in. But was easily cleared for a corner which was taken well and resulted in a good shot that took a deflection causing Andrew Murphy to be alert in the BU goal as he palmed the ball away for another corner. This time it was easily defended and cleared and the BU were back on the front foot quickly taking the ball up the field.

The second sub came as Donnelly was replaced by Scott Gibb. BU were on the attack again and another penalty came with Strickland again the man to step up. This time he went the other way as he smashed the ball home for 5. From the kick off the home side won the ball back and with it a free kick on the edge of the box. A slight melle ensued and ended surprisingly with the Fauldhouse keeper being red carded having already been booked. However the sub keeper was readied and brought on and his first action was the free kick taken by Sloan, slightly too much curl however saw the ball go wide of the post. The third and final sub came when hat-trick man Strickland to a rousing reception was replaced by Calum Smith.It was

n’t long before the replacement keeper was called into action again and made a brilliant save from Wright who blasted the ball from close range towards goal. The resulting corner was swung in by Sloan and Gibb met it with a header only to see it cleared away by the defender near the goal line. The visitors did make it up the field again eventually and surprised everyone with a superb finish to pull a goal back and the best of the night. Although with all the BU play it has to be said it was just a consolation but very well taken and gave the BU keeper no chance to save.

No panic for the home side however and quickly the five goal lead was restored as Wright finished well to make it 6-1. More pressure was piled on the visitors but no more goals as the match ended
Full time. Bo’ness 6 – 1 Fauldhouse.

Linlithgow at home is next up for the BU in the quarter finals on a date yet to be announced. Next match for the BU is against local rivals Linlithgow in the league this coming Saturday 14:30 kick off.

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