East of Scotland Premier League


The last match of 2019 and the BU take a 7pt lead into today’s match against a young Broxburn Athletic who have some young players who didn’t feature during the last reign of Allan McGonigal and they have developed under none other than Stevie Hislop who became the man and #thegoalsdontmove.

Broxburn opened up fast and keeping the BU defence awake with Andy Murphy halting the threats the visitors would make and certainly kept the home side in the match. It took almost twenty minutes before Bo’ness really had any chance, but the BU screaming for a goal it adjusted that the ball didn’t cross the goal line.

The rally from the BU was quickly extinguished with the fast break from the youngsters and once again Murphy saved the skin with a great save. Again Broxburn saw Murphy keep them at bay once again.

The referee had enough of the hefty tackles and the cards were starting to hit the frustrated home defence.

As the BU sent a parachute ball in the referee pointed to the spot for which didn’t make out if it was a handball or not. Brian Ritchie was delegated the job of taking the spot-kick and gave the keeper no chance as he coolly put the ball into the net and sent the home support wild as they had been quiet so far.

Bo’ness 1 Broxburn 0

The match was still played at a fast pace and a free kick could have made it two but the ball dropped on the wrong side of the bar.  It took the wind out of the visitors sails for a short time and soon they were back on the front foot.

With everyone looking at the watch up popped former BU forward Zander Miller taking his chance as the referee called time before the ink was dry.

HT Bo’ness 1 Broxburn 1

Bo’ness were back at the heels of the visitors and a fingertip save to keep it all square.

A great long one-two saw Jacobs and McKenzie work well but no one at the end of the cross. Chris Donnelly went into another tackle and this time he should have known better with his name already in the book, he saw a second yellow and sent for an early bath leaving his side with only ten and having to readjust the positions.

Murphy was soon called into the fray with a heart-stopping save which he didn’t hold and the second chance from the fumble but it went over the bar.

Bo’ness were playing some of their best play of the game but were to almost suffer from it as they struggled to get back to defend.  As both sides tried hard to get that win but it was to end all square and United take an eight-point lead into the Christmas break.

If you asked before the kick off, United would have possibly took the draw against Broxburn.

FT: Bo’ness 1 Broxburn 1

Morgan on Ritchie off
Keast on McKenzie off
Nimmo on Gemmell off


Date Time League Season
December 21, 2019 2:30 pm East of Scotland Premier League 2019/20



Bo’ness United

Andrew Murphy Goalkeeper
Devon Jacobs Defender
Stuart Hunter Defender
Graeme MacGregor Midfielder
Ross Campbell Defender
Michael Gemmell Midfielder
Craig Comrie Midfielder
Chris Donnelly Midfielder
Mark McKenzie Forward
Tom Grant Midfielder
Brian Ritchie Forward
Brian Morgan Midfielder
Will Snowdon Defender
Fraser Keast Midfielder
Mark Mooney Midfielder
Ian Nimmo Midfielder
Ryan Adamson Goalkeeper
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