Blairwood Park

The first away trip for the BU saw us visit Oakley in the last of the 3 EOS Qualifying League Cup games and a win would see the BU guaranteed at least second place with Jeanfield Swifts expected to win against Leith Athletic however a slip up from Jeanfield could still see us take the top spot. On the other hand a slip up from the BU could mean the end of the road in the competition with Oakley still also looking to qualify.

Into the game and a good away support was there to cheer on the BU as the action got underway. The first of the chances came the way of the visitors when Fraser Keast had a good shot on the Home goal. A couple of corners in quick succession followed for the visitors as they kept the home side penned into their own half.
A good ball into the Oakley box from Brian Morgan found Stuart Hunter rising up and his header skimmed off the post as the fans behind the goal thought it was goal bound as it passed the home keeper.
The game fell into a bit of a lull with not a lot of action from either side the only chance to note being just before the half hour when Marc Kelly had a header saved by the Oakley keeper. The next effort on goal again came from the visitors firstly Wright done well cutting inside and having a shot blocked,  Michael Gemmell picked up the loose ball and was fouled giving a free kick. Morgan crossed the ball into the box and Marty Wright got his head to it, unfortunately it was over the bar causing no problems for the home defence. The goal mouth action was all coming for the BU with crosses coming in unfortunately however no goals as yet to show for it as the game entered the final 5 mins of the first half. Good play down the left between Wright and Gemmell gained the BU another corner but this time it was poor and didn’t beat the first man in defence.. The final two chances of the half again fell to the visiting BU Keast had a header straight at the keeper and Morgan hit a free kick high and wide.
Half time Oakley 0 – 0 BU

Into the second half and it was an early lift for the visiting BU team and support as Ross Campbell found the net to make it Oakley 0 – 1 BU.
After the goal the game continued much in the same vein with very little goal mouth action but the visiting BU still had most of the possession. With 25 minutes remaining the game looked to be put beyond doubt as Marty Wright finished well to make it Oakley 0 – 2 BU.
A free kick from the home side caused no trouble what so ever with 23 minutes remaining as Andy Murphy in the BU goal stepped off his line and caught the shot. With 17 minutes remaining BU manager Kerrigan made a change as Wright went off for Chris Donnelly. A free kick for the visitors was swung into the box and headed clear only for it to be swung back in from the other side, this time the home keeper was alert and off his line to catch well and take any threat on goal away.
With 10 mins to play the 2nd change for the BU saw Keast replaced by James Rintoul. Up until 3 minutes to play there was very little action again to report other than one shot on the home sides goal from the edge of the box that went wide. Will Snowdon picked up a yellow card for a foul with two minutes remaining. Into injury time and two minutes in Marc Kelly returning today completed a good day for the visiting BU tucking the ball home to make it Oakley 0 – 3 BU.
The ball was centred as the referee blew for full time
Full Time Oakley 0 – 3 BU.

With Jeanfield winning to give them 9 points from a possible 9 they finish top of the group with the BU 2nd on 6 points with a defeat and 2 wins meaning Jeanfield automatically qualify for the next round with the BU taking a play off spot to progress in the competition.


Date Time League Season
August 4, 2018 2:30 pm EOS Qualifying League 2018/19



Bo’ness United

Andrew Murphy Goalkeeper
Iain Syme Defender
Stuart Hunter Defender
Ross Campbell Defender
Will Snowdon Defender
Michael Gemmell Midfielder
Brian Morgan Midfielder
Devon Jacobs Defender
Marty Wright Forward
Fraser Keast Midfielder
Marc Kelly Forward
James Rintoul* Forward
Chris Donnelly Midfielder
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