BO’NESS went into last nights match on an unbeaten run since Max Christie took to the helm. Seven matches in and it was ended in extra time on Saturday against Tynecastle and turned up a 3-1 win and sent us on to Tuesday night against Newtongrange Star. The Star from Conference “A” League have also qualified for the new Premier League next season and have only lost once at home so far.

Newtongrange won the toss and decided to bat first on the artificial surface which the BU will have next season.

Bo’ness set about trying to see how the Star were set up and line formation but after it took only ten minutes to open the scoring.  Andy Murphy in between the sticks quickly found a chance and set Chris Donnelly free who done all the work and calmly put the ball away with the defence left on their coat tails chasing him down. An early breakthrough is just what the visitors needed after the quick turnaround from the weekend.

Midway through the half and with the BU in control and goal number two when Nicky Prentice fired home from just outside the area and the BU looked to be sailing into the quarter final already.

.On the half hour the Nitten had a good chance when winning a free kick but it was well taken by Murphy.

Michael Gemmell who is a rock in midfield went down injured and it looked serious as he didn’t get right back up. But shortly afterwards he was replaced by Craig Comrie.

The BU were starting to step back allowing the Nitten to pressure and defending was to be broken when from a corner the referee awarded a penalty and it was put away making it 2-1 to Bo’ness

Newtongrange looked to be controlling the match for a few minutes after they scored but it was short lived as a pass back to their own keeper the referee awarded an indirect free kick in the box which infuriated the coaching staff and the usually laughing match for the neutrals as both dugout and the handbags at ten paces over the decision.  After all that nothing came from the free kick and the time ran out for half time.

HT: Newtongrange 1 Bo’ness 2

Second half started and the BU looked a little edgy still reeling from the penalty making it 1-2 when it could have been 0-3. Murphy in the BU goal reacted well to the first real chance on goal.  And another shortly afterwards was well cleared from on the line defending.

Midway through the half it was all square at 2-2 when the defence was breached and the home side were now on top and full of beans as they were now really laying in to the BU but the defence was standing still like a rock.

The rest of the second period was to play out with both sides committed attacking and any side could have won in normal time  and for me Ross Campbell stood out amongst the BU defence.

FT Newtongrange 2 Bo’ness 2

Gemmell off Comrie on
McKenzie off Wright on
Prentice off Keast on

Extra time

Bo’ness took control of the first half and how goalscorer Marty Wright didn’t score was unreal and before you knew it the first half was over.

With the new rule which came in last season in extra time teams would be allowed a fourth sub and I think this is the first time the BU have used this ruling and John MacDonald came on for Donnelly. .

United looked to be on the ropes as the second half was nearing the end and a relief was coming from the BU faithful as if they got out of jail and on we went to penalties

That was to be the final chance and final kick as the referee blew his whistle Newtongrange and at 2-2 the tie will now be decided on penalties.

FT: Newtongrange 2 Bo’ness 2

Penalties were coming up and the home side stepped up to the plate and fired them up and scored. For the and BU Marty Wright was first up and a miss giving the home side a great advantage then it was 2-0 But Craig Comrie made it 2-1 and Ryan Stevenson and Will Snowdon made it 4-3 now hoping for a home mistake or a Murphy save to get back in this match.  The score went to 4-3 and as the home side were getting ready to celebrate the damp feeling as the BU keeper saved and it was the BU now the more up for it side. Up comes Devon Jacobs and made no mistake to take it to sudden death.  At 7-7 Brian Morgan,  Fraser Keast & John MacDonald made it 7-7.The nightmare for the home side as penalty number 8 was saved and up came my man of the match Ross Campbell and made it 8-7. And you have to say winning on the lottery penalties is just like winning a final.

Bo’ness will now travel to Tranent in the quarter final.





Date Time League Season
April 9, 2019 7:30 pm League Cup 2018/19



Bo’ness United

Andrew Murphy Goalkeeper
Will Snowdon Defender
Iain Syme Defender
Devon Jacobs Defender
Ross Campbell Defender
Nicky Prentice Defender
Brian Morgan Midfielder
Michael Gemmell Midfielder
Ryan Stevenson Midfielder
Chris Donnelly Midfielder
Allan MacKenzie Forward
John MacDonald Defender
Marty Wright Forward
Craig Comrie Midfielder
Fraser Keast Midfielder
Alex Marshall Goalkeeper
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