United Burn’t Out

Bo’ness United ended their season on a low note as they crashed out of the competition in what was long serving defender Stuart Hunter’s final game prior to his retirement.

United were immediately onto the front foot having early efforts from Ross Philp and Marty Wright.  The opener almost came on six minutes when a neat Fraser Keast lay off came to Roddy MacLennan but Connor Wallace made a good save.  On seventeen minutes there was a moment of real controversy, Darren Cole hit a short back pass that Roddy MacLennan collected before rounding Wallace who pulled him down.  The ball fell to Keast who netted but referee Colin Whyte did not award the goal, instead pointing to the spot which infuriated the home team.  From the resultant penalty Wright saw his effort well saved by Wallace.  Worse was the to follow for the hosts with Broxburn taking the lead on twenty four minutes through Darren Cole after the defender picked up a loose ball and curled an effort from distance in off the post leaving Andy Murphy helpless.  United tried to get back on level terms and Ross Campbell went close with a header that was cleared off the line by Ryan Baptie.  Just before the break United were reduced to ten men when Michael Gemmell received a second yellow for a needless challenge that gave officious referee Whyte an opportunity to send him off, leaving United an uphill battle.

 

Broxburn started the second half well and Murphy did well to save from firstly Zander Miller and then Baptie.  On fifty five minutes the visitors looked like they had extended their lead when a Gribben shot hit the bar and bounced out despite appeals that it had crossed the line.  Bo’ness had a free kick saved from Keast but the visitors were looking dangerous with the game becoming more stretched and Craig Scott had a shot go just wide.  The killer second goal came on sixty three minutes when Keiran Anderson outpaced the defence, rounded Murphy and finished well from an acute angle. United tried to rally with Calum Smith having a couple of efforts but there was big gaps for the visitors to exploit and Murphy saved well from Miller.  The third came on eighty two minutes following an excellent passing move that culminated in Miller finishing well as United’s season drew to a close with a whimper

 

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