Peebles Rovers v Bo’ness Athletic (League)

Bo’ness Athletic emerged victorious from a hard-fought battle against Peebles Rovers, securing a vital three points in a thrilling encounter at Peebles Rovers’ ground. Despite conceding an early goal, Bo’ness showcased their resilience and attacking prowess, netting three goals in quick succession to seize control of the match. However, a spirited fightback from the home side set up a tense finale, with Bo’ness ultimately holding firm to clinch a crucial victory as the top three sides in the league all secured wins.

From the outset, both teams grappled with challenging conditions as the wind swept across the pitch and rain came down for periods of the first half. The opening exchanges were fiercely contested, with chances few and far between in the windy conditions. In the 10th minute, Robertson came close to breaking the deadlock with a snap shot from outside the box, but the Peebles goalkeeper was equal to the task, denying him at his near post.

Bo’ness continued to press forward, with Robertson turning provider to deliver a low cross into the box for MacDonald, only for the latter to sky his shot over the bar. Moments later, Mitchell unleashed a low-driven effort narrowly wide of the left-hand post, before MacDonald rattled the woodwork with a powerful header that left the Peebles defence scrambling to clear their lines.

However, it was Peebles who struck first blood in the 33rd minute, capitalising on a positive run down the left flank to take the lead. Despite a magnificent reaction save from Currid, the home side pounced on the rebound to bundle the ball over the line, sending the home crowd into raptures.

As the first half drew to a close, Bo’ness launched a spirited fightback, with MacDonald conjuring a moment of brilliance to restore parity in the dying minutes of the half. A delightful one-two between MacDonald and Weir set the former through on goal, and he unleashed a magnificent curling effort into the corner of the net to level the scores.

Yet, if fans thought MacDonald’s strike was a thing of beauty, they were treated to an even greater spectacle just minutes later. Robertson, displaying sublime skill and technique, cut inside from the left flank before unleashing an unstoppable shot from 25 yards out, nestling into the top corner to give Bo’ness the lead in emphatic fashion.

The second half saw Peebles come out with renewed vigour, as they sought to claw their way back into the contest. Despite a series of close calls and near misses, it was Bo’ness who extended their lead in the 69th minute, courtesy of a debut goal from Cunningham. The new signing crashed a shot off the bar before showcasing his predatory instincts to convert a rebound with a stunning bicycle kick, much to the delight of the travelling fans.

Although Cunningham came close to adding to his tally with two more efforts, Peebles refused to back down and found a lifeline in the 76th minute, with a spectacular strike reminiscent of MacDonald’s earlier effort. However, Bo’ness held on resolutely in the closing stages to secure a hard-fought victory.

While Peebles Rovers may currently languish in 12th place in the league, their spirited performance belied their position in the table, giving Bo’ness a stern test throughout the match. Despite the 33-point gap between the two sides, Peebles’ resilience ensured a tense and closely contested affair, leaving Bo’ness grateful for the crucial three points as they prepare for a brief hiatus from league action as cup duty beckons.

Final Score: Peebles Rovers 2 – 3 Bo’ness Athletic
The East of Scotland Second Division League Match No. 18

Sandy Cunningham

Newburgh v Bo’ness Athletic (League)

In an exhibition of footballing supremacy, Bo’ness Athletic showcased their relentless prowess by trouncing Newburgh 9-0 at East Shore Park. This latest encounter marks yet another chapter in Bo’ness’s unrelenting pursuit of consecutive promotions, leaving Newburgh battered and bruised in their wake. With an astounding 26 goals scored in their last three encounters this season, Bo’ness Athletic asserted their dominance in a manner that has become synonymous with their style of play.

From the opening whistle, it was evident that Bo’ness had no intentions of taking their foot off the gas. A lightning-quick run into the Newburgh territory set the stage for a clinical finish by Callum MacDonald in the 2nd minute, leaving the keeper with little chance.

The 4th minute witnessed a beautifully executed one-two between Weir and Robertson, resulting in an inch-perfect cross across the goal from Robertson, comfortably slotted home by MacDonald. The visitors continued to exploit their attacking prowess, leaving Newburgh’s defence in disarray.

MacDonald continued his goal-scoring spree, completing his hat-trick on the 20th minute. A rapidly taken free-kick caught the Newburgh defence off guard, allowing MacDonald to showcase his composure and finesse in rolling the ball into the corner of the net.

The 38th minute saw the scoreboard ticking over to 4-0. Bo’ness capitalized on a mistake, orchestrating a swift break, with Weir’s incisive pass finding MacDonald in a prime position to add to his tally.

In the 40th minute, a deftly taken free-kick and a deep cross from Shanks found Godwin, who controlled the ball well and had the luxury of time to navigate across the box and pick his spot past the keeper. Bo’ness confidently entered the halftime break with an imposing 5-0 lead.

Half time substitutions saw Robertson Godwin and MacKay replaced by Binnie, Duncan and Shearer and the second half commenced with no respite for Newburgh, as Bo’ness extended their lead just 7 minutes in. In a move started by Weir on he left, with a combination of passes between himself and MacDonald who, turned provider this time, delivering a precise cross for Weir to powerfully head home from close range.

On the 55th minute, goal number 7 unfolded with a swift pass originating from Bo’ness’ own area. A forward ball to Binnie down the left ebat the offside trap and he execute a well taken shot , deceiving the keeper and into the far corner of the net for a clinical finish. The Newburgh defence seemed helpless against the Bo’ness onslaught.

Trialist Connolly replaced Weir straight after the goal then moments later, it was 8-0, as another incisive pass split the defence, and Shearer’s cross-shot ended up diverting into the net off an unfortunate Newburgh defender but Shearer claimed the goal.

Bo’ness’s dominance and comfort on the ball around the opposition penalty area persisted, culminating in Duncan finding the back of the net to secure a resounding 9-0 victory.

It was another high scoring game for Bo’ness against what seemed like a young Newburgh side, which sees them having scored an amazing 84 goals so far in the league having played just over half their fixture.

Final Score: Newburgh 0 – 9 Bo’ness Athletic
The East of Scotland Second Division League Match No. 17

Reece Duncan

Scott Cameron

Bo’ness Athletic v Stirling University (League)

In a pulsating display of football prowess, Bo’ness orchestrated a sensational comeback to defy the odds and emerge triumphant against Stirling in a heart-stopping 3-4 victory. The game unfolded like a gripping drama, with Bo’ness going behind three times, only to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with an extraordinary 90th-minute winner from the talismanic Ogilvie.

The picturesque setting for this thrilling encounter saw the sun casting its glow on the pitch, creating the perfect atmosphere for a football spectacle. Despite the biting cold, the conditions only heightened the intensity of the clash. Bo’ness introduced new faces into the fold, with Scott Cameron, recently acquired from Kelty Hearts, thrown into the starting lineup. Meanwhile, Reece Duncan, a promising signing from Camelon Juniors, waited eagerly on the bench for his potential debut.

The initial half-hour of the game was a whirlwind of chances for both sides. Early opportunities fell to Shearer and Paterson, with MacDonald threatening the opposition’s goal on two occasions. In the 21st minute, Currid exhibited his shot-stopping prowess with a great foot block, denying Stirling’s attempt to open the scoring. Weir later breached the offside trap, but as the keeper rushed out, the shot was well thwarted. Shearer persisted, testing the keeper from a tight angle, only to be denied once again.

However, in the 36th minute, Stirling managed to break the deadlock with a well-executed shot from the heart of the 18-yard box, leaving Currid visibly disappointed. Bo’ness retaliated before the halftime whistle, with Robertson’s ambitious shot sailing high over the bar. In the dying moments of the first half, Shearer was tripped inside the box, earning a penalty. Robertson confidently stepped up, slotting the ball into the right-hand corner, making it 1-1 at the interval.

The second half kicked off with a game-changing substitution, as Ogilvie replaced Shearer. Despite Bo’ness’s early shouts for a penalty, Stirling struck again, regaining the lead. Yet, within eight minutes, Bo’ness demonstrated resilience, pulling one back with Weir orchestrating an assist for Ogilvie’s clinical finish.

The see-saw battle continued when Stirling once again took the lead in the 68th minute, leaving the home crowd anxious. However, Bo’ness showcased their fighting spirit, levelling the score just three minutes later through MacDonald’s composed finish. With the game hanging in the balance, Bo’ness seized control of the narrative, dominating the chances in search of a decisive winner.

New signing Cameron had a shot inside the box, but the keeper’s quick reactions ensured the ball was cleared to safety. In the 68th minute, the unthinkable happened as Bo’ness found themselves trailing for the third time in the match. A sublime cross from the left-hand side landed perfectly between Cameron and Shanks, setting up the Stirling No. 9 to calmly guide the ball into the net, silencing the home crowd.

However, signs of despair quickly turned to hope as Bo’ness, with unwavering determination, levelled the score once again within three minutes. A precise ball through the middle found MacDonald, who, in a one-on-one with the keeper, showcased composure, taking a right-foot touch past the stopper and firing a left-foot shot into the empty net, from a narrow angle.

With the game hanging in the balance, all the chances in the dying moments fell Bo’ness’s way as they relentlessly pushed for a winner. Weir went agonizingly close, Robertson tested the keeper with a lofted shot, but a strong hand tipped the ball to safety. Sneddon fired a shot high over the bar, adding to the suspense of the climax.

Substitute Mansouri entered the fray, with Robertson making way, as Bo’ness sought the elusive winner. Deep into added time, a low cross from Sneddon into the box found Weir, who intelligently tapped it back to Ogilvie. As the defence rushed out to close down the play, Ogilvie unleashed a sweetly struck shot through the crowd of players. The ball ascended majestically, arrowing straight into the far top right-hand corner of the net.

Ogilvie’s spectacular goal, a true contender for goal of the season, triggered jubilant celebrations among the players and fans alike. As Ogilvie wheeled away with his teammates, the home crowd struggled to comprehend the extraordinary scenes they had just witnessed. The final whistle blew, and Bo’ness emerged victorious with the crucial three points in the bag.

This enthralling victory ensures Bo’ness maintains their impressive 10-point lead over second-placed Armadale Thistle in the league standings. The game will undoubtedly be etched Bo’ness Athletic history as one of the most remarkable comebacks, showcasing Bo’ness’s indomitable spirit and ability to rise to the occasion. For the fans, it was an unforgettable rollercoaster of emotions, and Bo’ness emerged as the deserving victors in this pulsating clash.

Final Score: Bo’ness Athletic 4 – 3 Stirling University
The East of Scotland Second Division League Match No. 16

Edinburgh College v Bo’ness Athletic (League)

Bo’ness Athletic kicked off the new year in style, securing a spectacular 4-1 triumph on the road against Edinburgh College. Shearer netted twice, supported by MacDonald and Weir, as they clinched three crucial points despite conceding an early goal to the hosts.

The action unfolded at the magnificent Oriam Sports Complex, where the biting cold failed to dampen the spirits for this mid-winter showdown. Bo’ness adorned their all-red away kit, and from the outset, it was clear this encounter would be nothing short of intense.

The match burst into life with fierce challenges echoing through the stadium. In the 10th minute, Shanks exhibited his defensive prowess with a sharp header to clear a dangerous cross into the box. However, the ensuing corner proved troublesome, as Currid could only parry the ball into the path of Edinburgh’s No. 3. Paterson’s deflection found the foot of Edinburgh’s forward and a simple tap in, leaving the hosts in an early lead.

Undeterred, Bo’ness responded relentlessly, and their efforts bore fruit in the 19th minute. Mitchell initiated the play by winning the ball about 25 yards from goal, setting the stage for a delightful passing sequence between MacDonald and Weir. Ultimately, it was Shearer who unleashed a sublime shot into the net, leveling the score.

In the 22nd minute, MacDonald showcased his prowess with a powerful free-kick, met with a diving save from the Edinburgh goalkeeper. However, his persistence paid off three minutes later when he expertly redirected another free-kick into the corner of the net, eluding the keeper’s grasp.

Edinburgh’s custodian continued to impress, denying Robertson’s free-kick outside the box. Weir had a couple of opportunities before halftime, but Edinburgh’s defense held firm, preventing any further breakthroughs.

The first half concluded with Bo’ness holding a slender lead, appearing formidable. The second half commenced with a bang as Bo’ness wasted no time extending their advantage. Snedden orchestrated a move down the left, setting up Robertson, whose low-driven shot tested the keeper. Weir pounced on the rebound, guiding the ball into the net to make it 3-1.

The game settled into a brief lull, interrupted only by Robertson’s 62nd-minute attempt from the edge of the box, deflected out for a corner. Edinburgh sought to mount a comeback, with a long-range effort requiring Currid’s acrobatics to keep the advancing striker at bay.

Bo’ness dominated proceedings, with Weir, Robertson, and Simpson all testing the Edinburgh defense. A red card was brandished in the 75th minute, with Leon Graham receiving his marching orders (second yellow) after a clash involving Bo’ness’ halted Currid, who, displeased with the challenge, received a yellow card for his part in the altercation.

In the 84th minute, the match was effectively put to bed as Simpson surged down the left wing, linking up with Shearer in a one-two. Shearer’s exquisite curling shot struck the far post before nestling in the net, securing his second goal of the match.

The final whistle confirmed Bo’ness Athletic’s dominance, coupled with other weekend results, extending their lead at the summit to a commanding 10 points, with a game in hand over second-placed Armadale Thistle. A resounding victory that cements Bo’ness’s status as the team to beat in the league.

Final Score: Edinburgh College 1 – 4 Bo’ness Athletic
The East of Scotland Second Division League Match No. 15

Bo’ness Athletic v Armadale Thistle (League)

Adam Mansouri

Bo’ness Athletic v Coldstream (League)

Bo’ness Athletic Football Club electrified the field in their penultimate league clash of 2023, orchestrating an awe-inspiring spectacle that saw them decimate Coldstream with an emphatic 7-0 triumph. There was a air of excitement as Bo’ness unleashed a barrage of goals, leaving their opponents floundering in the wake of an offensive masterclass. The line-up, led by the likes of Godwin, Mitchell, and the virtuoso M. Weir with an astonishing four-goal spree, showcased an unparalleled performance that set the stadium alight.

From the opening whistle, Bo’ness surged forward with unyielding determination, launching wave after wave of relentless attacks that pinned Coldstream within their own half. The crowd barely had time to settle into the game before MacDonald unleashed a thunderous strike from the edge of the area, testing the reflexes of the Coldstream custodian, who managed to parry the ball to safety, conceding a corner in the process.

However, it didn’t take long for Bo’ness to impose their dominance. A mere five minutes into the action, Robertson’s lightning-paced run down the left flank evaded the opposing defence, culminating in a pinpoint cross finding Godwin lurking in the box. With the goalkeeper already beaten, it was a mere formality for the talented forward to slot home with finesse, igniting a roaring eruption of cheers from the home faithfull.

Coldstream, attempting to weather the storm, sought to retaliate with a speculative long-range effort, but Currid watched it sail harmlessly wide, ensuring his clean sheet remained unblemished.

The 13th minute witnessed MacDonald orchestrating a mesmerising sequence, receiving the ball centrally within the 18-yard area before expertly laying it off for Mitchell. The latter deftly maneuverer past his marker, setting up a left-footed strike that nestled perfectly into the corner of the net, leaving the Coldstream shot-stopper rooted to the spot.

Bo’ness continued to lay siege to their opponent’s goal, creating a flurry of chances that tantalisingly skirted the precipice of extending their lead. MacDonald’s venomous strike ricocheted off the post from distance, while Robertson’s close-range effort forced a commendable save from the Coldstream goalkeeper. Moments of anguish ensued for both sides as the woodwork denied one team and Currid’s acrobatics thwarted the other.

However, the game swiftly transformed into the Michael Weir show, a display of footballing virtuosity that left spectators in sheer awe. The maestro delivered a staggering trio of goals within a mere five-minute whirlwind, stamping his authority on the match with each sublime finish.

The first of his majestic goals unfolded as he deftly received a threaded pass, deftly gliding past the goalkeeper to slot the ball home. The second showcased MacDonald’s industriousness down the right flank, resulting in a rebound that found Weir’s poised left foot, dispatching the ball into the corner of the net with grace. Completing his scintillating hat-trick, Weir exhibited a touch of sheer brilliance, receiving a pass inside the box, pirouetting past his marker, and dispatching a venomous strike into the heart of the goal.

Nevertheless, fortune danced tantalisingly close for Weir as he sought to add more goals to his tally before the halftime whistle. Two audacious attempts from acute angles teased the spectators but ultimately missed the target, one deflected for a corner and the other blazing wide of the mark.

As the first half drew to a close, Godwin embarked on a dazzling run down the right flank, penetrating into the box with intent. However, despite his best efforts, he was unable to unleash a shot, and the subsequent opportunity fell to Robertson, whose effort sailed agonizingly high over the crossbar from a mere eight yards out.

The resumption of play in the second half bore witness to Bo’ness maintaining their stranglehold on the proceedings. Robertson, continuing his relentless pursuit of a goal, forced the Coldstream custodian into a low save, denying what seemed an imminent addition to the scoreline.

Minutes later, MacKay stepped up to take a free-kick from 30 yards out. The audacious attempt kissed the left-hand post before falling invitingly to MacDonald, who calmly slotted the ball into the net. However, jubilation turned to dismay as the referee controversially adjudged MacDonald to be in an offside position, disallowing the goal much to the player’s annoyance.

Refusing to be disheartened, M. Weir continued his sensational run, extending Bo’ness’ lead to an imposing six goals. A darting run from MacDonald into the box resulted in a cleverly poked pass towards Weir, who exhibited exquisite footwork to outfox the goalkeeper before dispatching the ball into the vacant net, sending the crowd into raptures.

Manager Irvine seized the opportunity to infuse fresh impetus into the game, orchestrating a flurry of substitutions. Shanks, MacKay, M. Weir, and Robertson made way for Simpson, Ogilvie, R. Weir, and Shearer, injecting renewed vigour into the Bo’ness line-up.

The impact was immediate, as within a mere four minutes, Shearer etched his name onto the scoresheet, with the final goal of the encounter. A scintillating defense-splitting pass dissected the Coldstream rearguard, finding Ogilvie in a prime position inside the box. With impeccable composure, he calmly rolled the ball across the goalmouth for Shearer to gleefully tap in, sealing Bo’ness’ emphatic triumph.

As the match entered its final phase, Irvine made his last substitution, ushering in Meechan in place of MacDonald.

Yet, credit must be accorded to Coldstream, who valiantly sought to claw back pride in the dying embers of the game. Their persistence culminated in a net-bound effort, only to be cruelly denied by the raised flag of the linesman, ruling out the goal for offside.

The match wasn’t merely a showcase of Bo’ness’s prowess on the field but also marked an emotional farewell to Ryan Weir, bidding adieu to the club before embarking on a new chapter in Australia. Ryan, who graced the club with his presence since June, amassed 22 appearances, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of fans. As he ventures forth, the club extends its heartfelt wishes for success in his endeavours Down Under.

Final Score: Bo’ness Athletic 7 – 0 Coldstream
The East of Scotland Second Division League Match No. 14