Bo’ness Athletic v Newburgh (League)



Seven goals in the first half and three in the second with seven players all on target, marked a fine home performance in League Match No. 4 of the East Of Scotland Second Division against Newburgh Juniors FC.

New boy Calum Simpson was thrown straight into the starting line up at left back for a memorable debut with Shanks and Woodburn still out injured

The game got off to a flyer on 5 minutes when Newburgh gave the ball away in their own box on the right hand side to set up a simple pass to MacDonald who stuck a sweet shot from just outside the D of the 18 yard box into the top right hand corner of the goal.

McDonald was on hand again on 18 minutes to run onto a back heeled lay-off from R. Weir to guide a left footed shot beyond the keeper into the bottom left hand corner.

A goal through the middle of the pitch , this time, came on 27 minutes when Robertson threaded a great through ball to split the defence, M. Weir lost his runner and tucked the ball under the keeper.
35 minutes gone and M. Weir grabbed his second of the game when another loose pass from the Newburgh defence found R. Weir who was tackled but the ball ran onto M. Weir to angle a left foot shot into the bottom right hand corner leaving the keeper helpless.

Goal of the game, for now, came on 39 minutes which started with a free kick. Ryan Robertson guided a bouncing ball into the box which the keeper could only palm away straight to R. Weir. His shot was saved by the keeper but straight to Sharples this time, who acrobatically turned a volleyed it home into the opposite corner.

Goal number 6 from debutant Simpson was scored on 41 minutes when a through ball by M. Weir landed at the feet of MacDonald who cut the ball back to Simpson to fire in from 2 yards.

The final goal of the half was scored by Bo’ness top scorer, so far this season, Ryan Robertson on 43 minutes. He played a one-two down the right hand side with M. Weir and slotted home a ferocious low shot under the goalkeeper.

Willie Irvine turned to his bench for a half time substitution which saw Main make way for Turnbull then a double substitution half way through the second half allowed McInnes and Ogilvie to replace Robertson and and MacDonald. Something special followed on 69 minute with the goal of the game when MacKay from inside the centre circle in his own half from a free kick, spotted the keeper on the edge of his own 18 yard box, walking back to the goal line. He thundered a shot goalwards straight over the keeper and into the net for his second halfway line goal of the season.

A low shot across goal beat the keeper and smashed off the right hand post and into the path of M. Weir who only only had to tap it home for the easiest goal of his hat-trick.
McAteer replaced R. Weir on 77mins

McInnes scored the tenth and final goal of the game with a run into the box to collect a pass, glide past a defender and roll the ball in the bottom left hand corner to complete a 10 goal rout.

Newburgh really struggled to offer anything in tonight’s games as rampant Bo’ness emulated  a score line of last season.

Final Score: Bo’ness Athletic 10 – 0 Newburgh
The East of Scotland Second Division League Match No. 4


Date Time League Season
25/08/2023 19:45 East of Scotland Second Division 2023/24


Newtown Park
Newtown Park Stadium, 104 Jamieson Ave, Bo'ness EH51 0JX


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Bo’ness Athletic7310

Bo’ness Athletic

1Kyle Wilson Goalkeeper
2Jonny Mitchell Defender 58'
4Warren Paterson Defender
5Jack Sharples Defender 39'
6Jason Mackay Midfielder 69'
9Michael Weir Midfielder 27', 35', 75'
10Callum MacDonald 14 Midfielder 5', 18'
11Ryan Robertson 13 Forward 43'
14Chris Ogilvie 10 Midfielder
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

KO 5 18 27 35 39 41 43 45 58 67 67 69 75 77 79 FT