United Win In Last Minute

BU leave local rivals still in relegation trouble with a deserved victory. The BU went into their penultimate league game against local rivals Linlithgow on a high after recent results with our opponents struggling near the bottom of the league but with plenty games in hand it has to be said. The form of late was telling early on as the BU started the better side forcing two good saves back to back from the Rose keeper.

A VIEW FROM THE TERRACE
BO’NESS UNITED 2 LINLITHGOW ROSE 0

BU starting 11
Murphy. Gemmell, Snowdon, Gibb & Campbell. Ruari MacLennan, Donnelly & Keast. Sloan, Wright, Strickland. Subs. Al Zubadi, Roddy MacLennan & Scullion. Tierney, Smith & Ritchie.

It was a lot of possession for the home side but with no goals to show for it and we were almost punished when Rose had a good break ending with a good cross into the box and a shot followed by another brilliantly double save by Andy Murphy in the BU goal.
The home side were next to come close when a good cross into the box was well smothered by the Rose keeper before anyone could get on the end of it. And again with good play on the far side a quick 1-2 between Marty Wright and Robert Sloan saw a promising cross into the box and for a moment it looked to be going direct to the net but bounced just over the bar.
The last chances of the half came with a free kick into the home sides box but no one on the end of it for Linlithgow and an easy take for Murphy, then at the other end a good cross in gave Bo’ness an effort on goal but it was easy for the visiting keeper to save. Overall the home side had very much the best of the first half and could possibly  have been goals up but the half ended.
Bo’ness 0 Linlithgow 0

Into the second half and it began with the visitors having most of the game and they almost went a goal up when a shot came back off the BU crossbar. The first BU sub came when Marty Wright went off for Roddy MacLennan. The home side weren’t long getting back into the game with good play down the far left forcing a corner. It was taken quickly and short to Roddy who came inside beating two men but the cutback was too much for any advancing BU players and Linlithgow cleared.
The next attack came from the visitors but in the end was a very tame cross easy for Murphy in the BU goal. Straight away was a BU counter attack and inside the box down went Roddy to the major appeals for a penalty waved away as the ref pointed for a corner. Even although the second half was more even than the first the feeling among the home support was Rose were still there for the taking. A second sub followed when Chris Donnelly was replaced by Ross Tierney and as the game continued controversy surrounded a tackle where the ball was clearly won but Tommy Coyne for Rose hit the deck like he’d been pole axed. The ref gave the foul to major appeals from the support and players alike. There was yet more controversy when a shocking tackle came in on Michael Gemmell and although the ref gave a free kick no card where one was clearly warranted.
On with the game and the ball was swung in from the free kick but easily defended and out for a throw in on the far side. The throw came directly into the box but a good defensive header away cleared the danger. The clearance went only as far as Roddy who ran in on goal but just too much of a heavy touch allowed the Rose keeper to come out and clear the danger.
The final sub for BU came when Fraser Keast was replaced by Conor Scullion. Into the final five minutes and the BU support were urging the team forward desperate for a winner as BU again had most of the play. It paid off as a corner was swung in by Robert Sloan, met by Roddy who slammed the ball onto the underside of the bar and it bounced down clearly over the line for 1-0.
Into added time and more BU dominance paid off when Scullion done brilliantly down the left and picked out Roddy who sent a beautiful curling shot into the top far corner for 2-0.
The Rose fans began to leave as the game went deeper into injury time and the ref blew for time up with the BU taking much deserved adulation from the fans. A superb result and overall the better side with a fully deserved victory.
Full time Bo’ness 2 Linlithgow 0.
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