BO’NESS UNITED 3 KILWINNING RANGERS 0
BU Starting 11. Murphy, Gibb, Campbell & Hunter. Snowdon,.Gemmell Jacobs & Shirra. Keast, Kelly & Scott
Subs : Batchelor, Gillespie, Lemetti, Miller & Marshall
As the game got started the fairly big visiting support were in good voice with a fair sized Home support out in the bitter cold as well. Both sides seemed to be just sizing each other up in the early stages with the only chance coming firstly for the visitors but ended in a yellow card for hand ball from their attacker.
The BU got forward with Will Snowdon doing well on the far left of the box but delayed crossing enough to allow a clearance. The breakthrough came approaching the quarter hour when Marc Kelly played a brilliant ball through to Calum Scott who put the ball away with a brilliant finish for 1-0 BU.
It could and should have been 2-0 when Scott Gibb had a golden opportunity when it looked easier to score from yards out but he put the ball over the bar. The pressure from the Home side continued to shouts of encouragement from all round the park where the Bo’ness side were now playing really well. A corner resulted in more pressure with a good ball in headed goal wards by Stuart Hunter but cleared away for another corner.
The visitors then had a counter attack but a brilliant interception stopped any danger as the ball rolled away for a corner. In it came but good defending saw the ball roll out for a goal kick. The BU were on the front foot quickly again with another cross well defended shortly followed by a great ball in which Hunter rose up and headed goal wards only to be denied by the visiting keeper making a great save. Hunter headed the rebound as well this time narrowly past the far post.
On the counter the visitors looked dangerous again but as before a superb tackle cleared away any danger. The visiting keeper was called into action again this time for a straightforward stop from a shot on the edge of the visitors box. The Gers were getting heavy in the tackles lunging in and giving away free kicks some of which arguably deserved yellow cards but the referee kept them in his pocket. Another great chance came and went as Fraser Keast had a good overhead kick blocked followed by a Drive goal wards that was blocked and cleared. By this time the BU deserved to have more than a one goal lead and again the pressure was put on with another corner that the Visiting defence could and should have prevented. The visitors however broke away quickly from it and soon had a chance of there own well cleared for a corner which in return was well saved by Murphy in the BU goal.
As the BU once again played the ball out well more heavy tackles flew in this time to shouts around the ground for cards to be shown to calm the visitors down but still free kicks were awarded and cards stayed in the referees pocket. The visitors got a free kick of their own right on half time and it was struck towards goal by Andy Murphy made an easy save. With the home side looking by far the better team in the day so far.
Half time BU 1 – 0 Kilwinning.
Into the second half and the BU were still on the front foot with good pressure forcing a corner. In it came and Campbell managed to snatch a shot towards goal only to see it cleared off the line by the visiting defence. The home side were still well on the front foot and being encouraged forward by the support all the time. The pressure possession and good play was all rewarded with a second goal when the scorer of the first goal Scott played a brilliant ball over into the path of Keast who struck a sublime shot into the net for 2-0 BU.
The visitors then did get a short spell of knocking the ball about but ended safely in the hands of Murphy. And soon the game was back how it had been all along with Home side pressing forward. Corner followed by corner came and chances came and went. The only danger from the visitors was they were quick at breaking out but brilliant tackles and defending prevented the ball even making it into the home sides box.
The home side were pressing forward fully encouraged by a buoyant support and eventually the referee found his cards as he produced a yellow for a terrible tackle on Andy Shirra. Seconds later it was red for the visitors central defender as he lunged into a tackle and was shown a second yellow and walked off the pitch. Now playing ten men the BU continued forward and Kelly done well beating his man and getting a shot away from an acute angle that went narrowly past the post. Another effort soon followed with Snowdon on the end of a good ball in followed by Hunter.
Kilwinning now looked totally rattled as the home side dominated and dictated the game. All the possession play and chances were rewarded as yet again the Home side presses forward creating chances and another great goal this time Keast was the provider as he set up Scott for another sublime finish 3-0 BU.
It has to be said I’m not sure the Home support imagined this before the game but the encouragement from the fans was astonishing as was the performance from the BU. Manager Allan McGonigal made his first change as Keast was replaced by Ryan Millar. Soon followed by Gibb being replaced by Conor Gillespie.
Into the final five minutes and it looked like the buses back to Kilwinning had been started as gaping holes in the visiting end became clear there wasn’t a BU fan going anywhere however as yet again the Home side pushed forward and Millar was on the end of a good cross, his shot going narrowly past the post. Right on the ninety minutes the home keeper was called into action and he was ready producing a brilliant save to keep the visitors out.
Into injury time and again the visitors were forward with a free kick again superbly saved by Murphy. The final sub for the BU came as Snowdon was replaced by Ryan Batchelor. That was to be the final action as a brilliant team performance was well rewarded and a huge roar echoed around the ground as the referee blew the full time whistle at BU 3 – 0 Kilwinning