Match Preview 2018 2019
Musselburgh Athletic, League Cup Final, Penicuik Park, Penicuik, Sunday 12 May 2019
Bo’ness United’s recent good form saw them beat Bonnyrigg Rose for the second time in a month to win a place in the final of the League Cup against Musselburgh Athletic.
Once again Bo’ness won the semi final the hard way, the tie against Bonnyrigg going all the way to penalty kicks. Bo’ness lost a goal just after the break but Brian Morgan equalised with fifteen minutes remaining. Despite creating chances Bo’ness were unable to finish Bonnyrigg off and the game went to extra time. Two minutes in Bo’ness were reduced to ten men, Devon Jacobs receiving a controversial second yellow card, and worked hard to hold out until the end. Into the shoot-out taken with the streetlights of Camelon glowing in the background and, although they missed their first spot kick, two great saves from Andy Murphy allowed Michael Gemmell to convert the decisive strike for the BUs.
The win against Bonnyrigg came close on the heels of the epic victory at Tranent Juniors. In the earlier rounds it took extra time to beat Tynecastle and all the way to penalties to win at Newtongrange Star. In their section Bo’ness lost to Jeanfield before beating Leith Athletic and Oakley United.
Musselburgh’s journey to the final has been more straight forward easing through their section with Preston Athletic, Burntisland Shipyard and Dunipace. They then had wins against Hill of Beath Hawthorn and Camelon Juniors before narrowly beating Jeanfield Swifts in the semi final.
Bo’ness last played Musselburgh just over two years ago in a league match at Newtown Park. Strikes by Robert Sloan, Marty Wright, Fraser Keast, Ruari MacLennan and a Michael Moffat own goal gave the BUs an easy win with only a single Mattu King response. Earlier that season Musselburgh won their home game, Connor Spowart coming off the bench to get the winner.
Going back to June 2008, Bo’ness and Musselburgh met in the final of the Brown Cup at Albyn Park, Broxburn. The game proved a disappointment and more so for Bo’ness as Musselburgh won the trophy after a penalty kick shootout. It’s interesting to note that Will Snowdon and Mattu King both played that day and likely also to turn out for their respective clubs this weekend.
Four years before that the sides met at Sauchie, again in the Brown Cup Final. This time it was a convincing victory for Musselburgh scoring four goals, Bo’ness only managing a solitary Kevin Donnelly strike.
Interesting as these past games might be, they are irrelevant to the here and now where both teams would love to win their first trophy in the new East of Scotland adventure. Bo’ness and Musselburgh have achieved their first goal of the season each having qualified for the Premier Division next season. Either side would see winning some silverware as a good way to round off their season.
A difficult game is in prospect and Bo’ness will once again have to bring all the qualities demonstrated over the last few months to overcome their opponents. The manager is determined, the players motivated, and the fans expectant. Everyone associated with the BUs, including the Faithful, have their role to play on Sunday and hopefully the outcome will be Bo’ness United winning the League Cup.
09 May 2019