It was a terrific start to the game for Bo’ness as MacDonald opened the scoring on 7 minutes with a superbly dispatched goal, cannoning in off the post.
Only a few minutes later McAteer clinically completed a well worked goal at the keeper’s near post on 15 mins.
A David Taylor powerful header on 21 minutes put Bo’ness three up and MacDonald completed his brace on 33 mins to give Bo’ness a huge lead going in at half time.
Into the second half and a confident Bo’ness team made a substitution on 50 minutes with Ally McInnes making his debut replacing McAteer.
Two further substitutions on 63 minutes saw Main , also making his debut for the club, replace MacDonald and Turnbull replaced Sharples.
Defender Shanks blasted home from the left hand side on 78 minutes to score the final goal for Bo’ness.
On 89 minutes , debutant Main, curled a wicked shot from the right, about 22 yards out, only to see his shot come crashing off the keeper’s far post. It wasn’t to be for young Main but both McInnes and Main already look to be valuable additions to the Bo’ness squad.
Final Score: Edinburgh South 0 – 5 Bo’ness Athletic
Bo’ness saw their East of Scotland Qualifying Cup dreams shattered tonight at Newtown Park in a heart-stopping clash against Championship pace-setters Broxburn. The rollercoaster encounter culminated in a devastating turn of events, witnessing the hosts concede three gut-wrenching goals in the dying moments.
The night kicked off with early promise as MacDonald tested the waters with a sharp-angled shot merely two minutes into the match. However, Broxburn swiftly seized the initiative, breaking the deadlock in the 11th minute. A precise cross from the wing found its mark with their no.11 slipping past Paterson and Woodburn to slot a left-footed strike past the vigilant keeper.
Yet, in a spectacular turn, Bo’ness retaliated just two minutes later in jaw-dropping style. Godwin, the recent acquisition, orchestrated a sublime equalizer after winning possession outside the Broxburn box. MacDonald played the provider, nudging the ball for Godwin to calmly slot it into the far corner. However, his celebration was marred by a contentious stamp by a Broxburn defender, earning him a yellow card.
The match continued to surge with energy. Currid faced a distant shot from Broxburn, followed by a 25-yard attempt, from MacDonald, that saw the Broxburn custodian tip the ball over the crossbar, keeping the hom team at bay.
Bo’ness began their dominance, netting three before the break. Godwin’s flair down the flanks proved menacing, almost adding to the tally with a tantalizing run and shot, narrowly missing the mark. Meanwhile, M. Weir and Robertson left their imprints, showcasing skill and precision with each goal.
The second half echoed with near-misses and opportunities. Godwin’s blistering pace and Mitchell’s crosses teased the Broxburn defence, but the execution faltered at crucial moments. Ogilvie had his chances too, but Bo’ness failed to capitalize, leaving the door open for a Broxburn comeback.
As the minutes dwindled, Bo’ness appeared poised for victory, seeking to run down the clock. Yet, Broxburn stunned everyone in the 86th minute, clawing back with a well-saved shot that rebounded to their no. 10, who made no mistake blasting it home. The equalizer followed suit just moments later, a deceptive cross-shot that eluded Currid’s grasp, sending the match into a nail-biting deadlock.
Then, in an unthinkable twist, Bo’ness fell prey to Broxburn’s relentless pursuit in added time. The no. 14 for Broxburn, narrowly escaping Woodburn’s challenge, drove a precision strike into the far corner, sealing a devastating victory.
The crushing defeat leaves Bo’ness reeling, their cup aspirations dashed. However, the team remains resolute, shifting their focus to upcoming league duties against Thornton Hibs in their quest for redemption.
Final Score: Bo’ness Athletic 3 – 4 Broxburn
East of Scotland Qualifying Cup Fourth Round
Bo’ness set Newtown Park ablaze in a scintillating clash that saw them dominate the 1st Division league leaders Whitburn, kicking off their triumphant march through a series of various Cup clashes with a thunderous 6-2 victory. Goals rained down from the heavens, courtesy of M. Weir (twice), Ogilvie (also twice), Woodburn, and Paterson, propelling them into the next round of the King Cup on a rain-drenched afternoon.
The home side exuded confidence from the get-go, riding high on their recent triumph over Lowland League Linlithgow just over a week prior. Their swagger was unmistakable, evident as early as the 3rd minute when M. Weir ignited the scoreboard, seizing an opportunity created by a shaky pass-back between Whitburn’s No. 8 and their goalkeeper. Weir took advantage of a bobble and effortlessly tapped in, setting the tone for Bo’ness’s dominance.
Barely three minutes later, Ogilvie stretched their advantage. A masterful diagonal delivery from Shanks found Ogilvie’s chest, from which the striker’s first-time shot, taken at an acute angle, pierced the net on the opposite side, leaving the keeper grasping at thin air.
Robertson nearly buried Whitburn on the 12th minute, his unmarked strike hammering the left-hand upright, much to the visitors’ relief.
Although Bo’ness crafted numerous opportunities, they failed to capitalize until the 36th minute. MacDonald’s precise pass found Ogilvie, who cleverly evaded the offside trap, outmaneuvered the keeper, and expertly buried the ball into the left corner, solidifying Bo’ness’s commanding 3-0 lead at the break.
The second half saw Whitburn struggling to find their footing. Despite a player limping off in the first half, due to injury, they attempted to rally, but Bo’ness continued their relentless onslaught. Woodburn’s towering header off a corner in the 57th minute soared over the keeper, effectively sealing the fate of the match.
Whitburn fought back, clawing a goal through a well-executed reverse pass, but Bo’ness swiftly replied. M. Weir’s run into the box resulted in a shot deflecting off a Whitburn player, sending their keeper the wrong way and further extending Bo’ness’s lead.
Despite Robertson’s persistent attempts, luck eluded him, denying him another goal-scoring opportunity.
Whitburn managed to notch another goal in the 66th minute, leaving Currid helpless with a clinical strike. Both Weirs came agonizingly close to adding to the tally, but near-misses kept the scoreline unchanged.
A final flourish came from Paterson’s emphatic header off a perfectly delivered corner by Robertson, sealing the deal. In the dying moments, Whitburn’s No. 7 received a second yellow, sealing their fate as Bo’ness basked in a well-deserved triumph.
This resounding 6-2 victory over a higher division rival sets the stage for Bo’ness to embrace any challenge in the next round of the King Cup. Their display of prowess has cemented their status as formidable contenders, ready to take on any adversary that dares to cross their path.
Final Score: Bo’ness Athletic 6 – 2 Whitburn
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