Dundonald Bluebell, Central Taxis East of Scotland League Conference B, Moorside Park, Saturday 27 October 2018
Bo’ness United’s hope of winning some silverware in their first season in the East of Scotland League was dashed as they were excluded from the final of the Alex Jack Cup having fielded an ineligible player in last weekend’s semi final at Haddington Athletic. The club may appeal the decision but as things stand the BUs will not be facing Camelon in the final and the Carmuirs side have been awarded the trophy by default. On the park Bo’ness merited their place after last week’s game at Millfield. Nicky Prentice headed Bo’ness into an early lead but a sending off for Josh MacDonald made things difficult for the BUs. In the second half Andy McNeil hit a spectacular equaliser for the HI HI’s before they also had a man dismissed with ten minutes remaining. The balance of the game tipped back in favour of Bo’ness and just before the end Kieran Sweeney got onto the end of a Chris Donnelly low cross to score the winner from close in. The semi final also featured the one hundredth appearance of Marty Wright for Bo’ness United.
As difficult as it might be to deal with the disappointment of the situation the team must focus on the main aim of this campaign, to ensure top flight football for next season, starting this weekend at Dundonald Bluebell. Ironically the same fate happened to this week’s opponents who were excluded from the South Challenge Cup for exactly the same reason.
Dundonald share the same aspirations for League success and are happy with their progress to date, including a comprehensive win at Eyemouth last week. They are sitting second in the table only behind Bonnyrigg on goal difference and six points clear of Bo’ness. The BUs have games in hand, enough to edge ahead of their Fife rivals but that is for the future and a win on Saturday is the only thought at this time.
Bo’ness have enjoyed a slight advantage over Dundonald in the last couple of seasons but nothing to counter the fact this will be a very difficult game of football. Last season the BUs won in Fife with goals from Stuart Hunter and Ryan Millar, although the year before were on the end of a hammering, conceding five goals without reply. A brace each from Lewis McKenzie and Barry Sibanda with one from Scott Lawrie did the damage that day.
In previous weeks Dundonald won against Dalkeith Thistle but lost out to Lothian Thistle, both games at home. Bo’ness were due to visit Dundonald two weeks ago for a Football Nation Cup tie but that game was washed out.
It is difficult to judge how the teams have developed since last season and although Saturday may give some indication the likelihood is for a tough game between the sides. The BU Faithful will be there to support the team and the advice is to wrap up warm and hopefully a good Bo’ness display will keep the cold at bay.