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Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 'A' were crowned John Murphy Trophy champions after annihilating a surprisingly ineffectual Tranent Juniors side at Penicuik Athletic FC's home ground.
The final began at a frantic pace, both teams eager to bag an early goal in the slippery conditions. The earliest of the opportunities came Bonnyrigg's way, with Darrell Young diverting a header from the talented Blair Dickson's cross narrowly over the bar.
A theme that would unfold throughout this final was Bonnyrigg's ability to penetrate deep into the Tranent box. The first of the tie's goals came on ten minutes from Fraser Neave, getting his head on a pacey ball played in by Scott Finlayson. A fantastic cutting delivery into the six yard box with Neave being in a prime position to divert it past stopper Ross McMullen.
Tranent's response was immediate - Craig Wojtowycz grabbing an equaliser after Cameron Reynolds' free kick from the far right was poorly cleared by the Bonnyrigg defence, allowing Wojtowycz to convert on his second attempt inside the six yard box.
The pace was constant with David Gallagher next to get on the scoresheet for Bonnyrigg. Poor goalkeeping from Tranent's McMullen, let to yet another scrappy ball loose in the danger area, which Gallagher was about get first to knock it in.
Bonnyrigg were now steadily dominating the game and converted their third two minutes later. Tranent's failure to defend Bonnyrigg's low corner saw Neave able to nip in and direct his effort past McMullen to grab his second of the tie.
Bonnyrigg continued to entertain their travelling support as Dean Knight made a great individual run from the centre spot to fire a ball into Scott Finlayson who deflected a high awkward ball towards the Tranent goal. The shaky McMullen done well to backtrack and claw the ball off the line.
Tranent's pain was not over as Bonnyrigg added another goal to their tally five minutes from half time; Greig Callaghan flighted a lovely ball from the centre to Finlayson who was clear on the edge of the box, striking a low ball which produced a tremendous bottom hand save by McMullen, however the subsequent loose ball was met by the speedy Gallagher, grabbing his second and Bonnyrigg's fourth going into half time.
Half time: Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 4-1 Tranent Juniors
Tranent began the second half with more gusto than the previous forty five, showing they were still capable of holding Bonnyrigg at bay. Their nearest of chances came from Wojtowycz, after setting himself up for a volley, fired a ball straight down the throat of Bonnyrigg's stopper Andrew McQueen
Just as Tranent were gaining traction, Bonnyrigg effectively killed the final on the fifty minute mark; Dean Knight breaking away from the defence after Neave dinked a neat ball through the centre of the park. McMullen was off his line and out of position, giving the composed Knight all the time required to lob the stranded keeper and bring Bonnyrigg's total to 5.
A quiet spell now prevailed, Tranent still subdued by the superior Bonnyrigg defence. A rare second half attack came the way of Bonnyrigg's Jordan Lister, as he struck twenty yards out, fizzing narrowly wide of of the left hand post. Tranent's closest of attacks saw substitute Anton McKillop push his long range effort off target.
Thirteen minutes from the end of time, Tranent were to grab a consolation goal. Wojtowycz was well positioned to time a run through the Bonnyrigg defence to get himself one-on-one with sedentary McQueen, who could only watch as Wojtowycz rolled the ball into the back of his net. That was to be the last of this final's action as Bonnyrigg proved to be deserved winners in this South East Region.
Full time: Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 5-2 Tranent Juniors