Haddington Athletic, Alex Jack Cup Semi Final, Millfield, Saturday 20 October 2018
With a cup final place at stake Bo’ness United hope they can go one better against Haddington Athletic, this time the Alex Jack Cup Semi Final being played at Millfield, the home of the East Lothian side. The BUs were disappointed to drop points against Haddington two weeks ago. The Hi Hi’s looked dangerous in the first half but after the break Bo’ness dominated and created more than enough chances to win the game. Two quick goals from Andy Jones and Grant Rose overturned the early Brian Morgan strike for Bo’ness before Chris Donnelly restored parity, all this happening in the first half hour
There will be a winner this weekend even if it takes extra time and penalties with the prize, a meeting against Broxburn Athletic or Camelon Juniors, that game also taking place on Saturday. The final is scheduled for Sunday 25 November at a venue to be decided.
Bo’ness have won three games to get this far starting with the ten goal demolition of Tweedmouth in round one. A Ross Campbell hat trick, a brace each from Brian Morgan and Marty Wright and goals from Fraser Keast Chris Donnelly and Allan MacKenzie were countered by two consolation strikes by Jake Rutherford. Two Stuart Hunter goals gave Bo’ness victory at Crossgates Primrose in the next round and then there was the memorable fightback at Tranent. After a goalless first half a spectacular Shaun Rutherford strike put the home ahead only for Chris Donnelly to equalise soon after. With three minutes remaining Tranent thought they had scored the winner through Jamie Devlin but the BUs had other ideas. Brian Morgan fired home and a minute into time added on a Chris Donnelly header put Bo’ness through.
Haddington reached the semi final with a win at Ormiston followed by victory against Edinburgh United. In the third round few expected them to beat Hill of Beath away but they did just that winning by the odd goal in five.
Bo’ness last visited Millfield in 2011 but will want to do better than they did on that day. In an East of Scotland Cup tie Yusif Bernawi and Derek Slight were on target for the home side sandwiching the solitary John Stewart’s counter for Bo’ness.
The Alex Jack Cup is a significant tournament, the winners entering a play off with the South of Scotland tournament winners for the South and East of Scotland Shield and a place in next season’s Scottish Cup.
Heavy rain saw Bo’ness’s Football Nation Cup tie at Dundonald washed out last weekend while Haddington were going down in a League match at Dalkeith. However the weather forecast is good for Saturday and hopefully a large contingent of BU fans will make the journey along the A1 to cheer their favourites into the final.