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Bonnyrigg first half hat-trick enough to overcome a spirited Spartans

Bonnyrigg Rose FC 3

Jay Scott (11, 12, 31)

Spartans FC Colts 0

A dominant first half performance from Bonnyrigg secured all three points against Spartans with a first half hat-trick from trialist Scott which proved enough on the day.

A spirited and better second half performance from Spartans did not let the home side have it all their own way and if not for some great saves from the Bonnyrigg keeper it may have been a different scoreline at full time.

The home side got the game underway at King George V Park and the first chance came three minutes in when after a good run down the right Jack Clelland cut inside but his shot from eight yards out was blocked by Mateusz Lenart in the Spartans goal.

Daniel Maposa created the first chance for the visitors with a delightful ball over the top but Kadin Boak was quick of his line to collect before Alex McLaughlan could reach it.

Clelland was causing problems down the right side and he was off again on his travels and played a nice ball into Sean Hancock but his goal bound shot was deflected over the bar by Josh Wood.

The resulting corner was cleared as far as Jay Scott but his effort was blocked and Spartans cleared their lines.

Bonnyrigg were in control and opened the scoring on eleven minutes after Scott picked up the ball outside the box and from the right side drove into the box, rounded the keeper and found the far corner from close range.

The home side doubled their lead only a minute later when they won the ball from the restart and Scott was found on the right again and he like his first goal drove into the box and fired home with a fine finish to leave Lenart with no chance.

Spartans even though two down still stuck to their remit of playing nice give and goes and passing the ball even though it would have been easy to just look to play the long ball.

Clelland was on his bike again for the home side but Josh Wood was on hand to mop up but was on the end of a rather rash tackle after the ball hand been cleared.

Bonnyrigg created another few chances through Clelland firstly when he played a good ball into the box but Eosaph Caimbeul reacted quickly to clear and then Lenart came to Spartans rescue when he bravely saved at Clelland's feet and then from the left this time Clelland saw his strike go just wide of the upright.

Spartans first real chance came when Liam Clark played in McLaughlan but his firm shot was well saved by Boak.

With five minute remaining in the half Bonnyrigg increased their lead when Scott claimed his hat-trick with a great finish as he drew out Lenart in the opposition goal and played a deft little dink over him from eight yards out to put Bonnyrigg in charge going into half time.

 

Spartans kicked off the second half and the hat-trick man Scott was looking for more goals and the first chance of the second half came his way after Samuel Davis played him in but Lenart did brilliantly to smother the ball at the strikers feet fifteen yards out.

Spartans Jude Mathieson played a well timed ball through to Clark but his shot was cleared then Clark produced the visitor's best chance of the game so far when he found himself ten yards out but Boak saved well to keep his clean sheet intact.

Spartans looked a better side in the second half after a formation change at half time and were now competing with their opposition and created another chance after good play from Clark and Mathieson set up the chance for Rafael Ramirez but his shot held up in the wind and Boak picked the ball out of the air.

Another doggy poo stoppage and all that can be said is the Spartans coach did well to improvise with two coffee cups from a well known hot drinks supplier.

Lenart in the visitors goal again came to his teams rescue when he got down well to save at Scott's feet to deny him increasing his goal tally for the day after being played in by Muir.

The lads from Ainslie Park must have though they had reduced the deficit when Clark met a superb ball in from the right with his head at the near post but Boak pulled off a top class save to deny the Spartans man who must have been getting ready to celebrate.

A free kick awarded to the visitors just inside the Bonnyrigg half was floated in by Ramirez which was met by Ethan Russell but Boak saved at the second attempt.

Spartans were right back in this game and were having a real go but Bonnyrigg still looked dangerous and they came close when Clelland fired a powerful shot in from the right which Lenart could only palm out as far as Ethan Hermiston but he put the rebound straight back at the keeper.

Scott had the ball in the net again for the home side but his and their celebrations were quickly halted as the referee deemed the front man was offside.

Spartans were back on the attack and a lovely ball played in by Hugo Henzell was snatched out of the air by Boak just as Mathieson was ready to pounce then Clark moments later saw his shot on target deflected wide.

The next opportunity came the home sides way when McNulty saw his effort put up in the air by Lenart and when the ball dropped Hancock somehow managed to put his shot wide from two yards out.

It was end to end stuff and McNulty picked up the ball and drove towards the visitor's goal but Spartans rock at the back Maposa put in a great challenge to clear the ball.

Bonnyrigg were on the attack again with Hancock showing good skill to evade a few challenges and drive into the box but Lenart not for the first time in the game rescued his team with a terrific save.

It was the Clarke's turn to test Boak in the Bonnyrigg goal when he picked up the ball on the right but the keeper proved to be up to the challenge as he pulled of a good stop to deny the Spartans man.

Spartans seemed to be denied a great chance when a great ball from Maposa was latched onto by McLaughlan who looked to have timed his run perfectly but the referee deemed he had gone to soon and blew for offside.

Spartans who had gave everything in the second half was emphasized when in the last minute Clark who had worked so hard somehow still found the energy to run half the length of the park with the ball to win his side a corner. The resulting corner played in by Clark was cleared and the ref blew for full time. 

Newcraighall Leith Vics vs Bonnyrigg Rose FC
Newcraighall Leith Vics vs Bonnyrigg Rose FC

Bonnyrigg Rose Fc are away to Newcraighall Leith Vics whilst Spartans Fc Colts are away to Tynecastle FC Colts in the league next week.

Lineups

Bonnyrigg Rose FC
Spartans FC Colts
1. Kadin Boak
2. Ethan Hermiston
3. Ethan Thompson
4. Jack Clelland
5. Craig Charters
6. Dylan Waugh
7. Sean Hancock
8. Jay Cormack
9. Samuel Davis
10. Mark McNulty
12. Aaman Butt
14. Jay Scott
16. Alex Muir
18 Thomas Muir
1. Mateusz Lenart
2. Daniel Maposa
3. Ethan Russell
5. Eosaph Caimbeul
6. Rafael Ramirez
7. Liam clark
9. Brodie McNab
10. Josh Wood
11. Hugo Henzell
12. Hamish Munn
13. Bayley Glasgow
14. Alex McLauchlan
15. Murray Wilson
16. Jude Mathieson
Star Player
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
Spartans FC Colts
Jay Scott - A tenacious player who looked like scoring every time he was on the ball near goal and showed this was the case by collecting a first half hat-trick that secured his team the win.
Daniel Maposa - A rock for his team in midfield but especially at the back in the second half where he was strong in the challenge and single handedly denied goal scoring chances for the opposition on numerous occasions by winning the ball in the tackle and breaking up the attack.
Magic Moment
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
Spartans FC Colts
Jay Scott's third goal to complete his hat-trick which he finished superbly with a dink over the keeper.
Liam Clarke's great run half the length of the park with the ball down the left side in the last minute.

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