The new-look Newtown Park couldn’t have had a more stern test.  First home match and against Max Christie’s former side and current league leaders Tranent.

As the match started to settle both sides were looking to make the first goal on the new G surface. United went close after Fraser Keast and Chris Donnelly having a crack on goal.

Andy Murphy in the Bo’ness goal had to be alert as the visitors came forward.

It was all to change midway through the first half when Donnelly fired a shot on the Tranent goal and a wicked deflection carried the ball over the line for the opener.

Bo’ness 1 Tranent 0

Tranent looked like this was a wake-up call and started to put more pressure on the BU goal and make the defence work under Murphy and a half-chance for the visitors

Donnelly was next to have a go on the visitor’s goal but with no support, it ended with a weak shot.

Tranent were determined to get this equaliser before the half time break but again the defence carried out their duties. And this took us to the interval

HT Bo’ness 1 Tranent 0

A slow start to the second half and just after the hour Donnelly must have been looking for the first official home goal at the new home ground as he was causing the bother before the ball was sent blazing to Fisons and the Fair ladies day which will be a great event after the match,

almost midway through the second period and Craig Henderson come on to replace Grant on the front line.

Bo’ness were now beginning to feel the pressure as again the home goal remained a fortress holding the Garden County side to a frustrating  time

Heading towards the business end with Tranent making the home side camp deeper in and it finally paid off with only two minutes remaining when a shot rifled into the back of the BU net.  Another late goal conceded.

Bo’ness 1 Tranent 1

Another twist in the tail was to follow as Tranent went in search of a winner but the defence still stood strong.  Bo’ness were up the park and already four minutes of an added time gone when Donnelly struck gold and the visitors very hard done by as they controlled the bigger part of this match but it is the BU’s who now sit top of the league.

Full Time: Bo’ness 2 Tranent 1

Grant off Henderson on
Keast off Nimmo on



Date Time League Season
September 28, 2019 2:30 pm East of Scotland Premier League 2019/20



Bo’ness United

Andrew Murphy Goalkeeper
Ryan Stevenson Midfielder
Iain Syme Defender
Ross Campbell Defender
Stuart Hunter Defender
Tom Grant Midfielder
Fraser Keast Midfielder
Craig Comrie Midfielder
Devon Jacobs Defender
Brian Morgan Midfielder
Chris Donnelly Midfielder
Craig Henderson Forward
Mark Mooney Midfielder
Ian Nimmo Midfielder
Trialist **
Terry Hewitt Defender
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