Bo’ness United notched up their first win of 2017 with a comprehensive thrashing of their opponents from Perth on yet another bitterly cold day at Newtown Park.

Bo’ness had the better of the opening stages and could have taken the lead when good play from Jack Simpson and Fraser Keast resulted in Ruari MacLennan having a shot well saved.  It wasn’t long before the hosts went ahead and on twelve minutes Michael Gemmell crossed for Marty Wright who finished well at the back post despite calls from offside from the visitors.

United were knocking the ball about well on a difficult surface and Keast headed wide before Wright brought out a good save from Mark Mitchell from distance.  The second goal was to come just before the half hour after Keast had been fouled, Sloan swung in a free kick that Will Snowdon forced over the line.  Bo’ness were totally dominant and Wright almost scored direct from a corner with the keeper pushing the ball onto the bar and from the rebound Colin Strickland hooked it over.  Just before the break the game was almost put out of sight when Keast’s drive whistled inches past the post.

Immediately after the break the visitors forced a save from Andy Murphy from a decent Chris Scott drive but the pattern of the game was to remain similar to the first half.

United could have made it three after good play from Strickland and Simpson saw Keast bring out another good save from Mitchell.  The keeper was again responsible for keeping his side in it with further good stops from Sloan and Wright.

On the hour mark it looked like Wright had scored but his left footed curling effort hit the post and from the rebound Keast shot wide.  The third goal finally came on seventy five minutes after Simpson had been fouled.  Sloan’s free kick came to substitute Calum Smith who drilled the ball into the net with his first touch, as he notched his first goal for the club after a long term injury.

It wasn’t long before it was four with Ross Philp scoring a cracking volley from an excellent Fraser Eddington cross.  With time running out United managed a fifth after Philp played the ball into Smith who turned and finished well.

In injury time the visitors got a consolation when Scott Sutherland pulled one back.

Bo’ness United

1Andrew Murphy
2Michael Gemmell
3Jack Simpson
4Will Snowdon
5Stuart Hunter
6Ruari MacLennan
7Fraser Keast 14
8Ross Philp
9Colin Strickland 15
10Robert Sloan
11Marty Wright 16
12Chris Donnelly
14Fraser Eddington 7
15Conor Scullion ** 9
16Calum Smith ** 11
17Ross Tierney


February 11, 20172:15 pmEast Region Super League2016/17