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Bonnyrigg win the battle to defeat Spartans

Spartans FC 1

Wales 21

Bonnyrigg Rose FC 4

Crutcher 16, (pen)58, (pen)75, Gray 39
  • Saturday, 28 February 2015
  • Wardie Playing Fields
  • Under 17´s
  • League Division 2

Bonnyrigg Rose defeated Spartans 4-1 when the teams collided at Wardie playing fields that resembled a rugby pitch more than a football pitch.

A hat-trick from Jonathan Crutcher and a single from Lewis Gray was enough to take the three points with Callum Wales getting the only goal for the home side.

This ill-tempered, stop start game was not one for the purists with the ref having to deal with silly, needless and sometimes outright dangerous tackles not mention some moves you would be more likely to see on WWE.

The first chance of the half came on the five minute mark when Ousman Bajo burst into the box from the left hand side but he put his shot wide of the right hand post.

Bajo was on his bike again down the left when he was found by Daniel Wilson but this time he drove to the by-line but the ball went out for a goal kick.

Spartans certainly started the brighter and it took a good challenge from Rohan McDowell for the visitors to halt the advancement of the quick Bajo and minutes later Connor Taylor produced a snap shot 20 yards out but it did not trouble Brian Taylor in the Bonnyrigg goal.

Bonnyrigg were awarded a free kick but Tyrese Reynolds ball into the box was headed clear by Christopher Williamson and then the Home side nearly gifted their opponents a goal when Declan Knox cleared a ball in the box from about four yards out which ricocheted off team mate Dawid Fajks wide of the left hand post but it could have easily found the back of the net.

From the resulting corner played in by Cameron Alexander the visitors hit the front, probably against the run of play to be fair, through Crutcher found himself unmarked in the box and with a free header hit the back of the net giving Blair Dodds no chance in the home goal.

The first booking came on the 14th minute when Bajo entered the refs book for persistent fouling.

Spartans pushed on and got themselves back on level terms on 21 minutes when after a couple of shots were blocked the ball fell to Callum Wales 18 yards out and he drilled a low drive into the keepers left hand corner.

Bonnyrigg had Taylor to thank for keeping them on level terms after he was off his line smartly to smother the ball at Bajo's feet when he latched onto the end of Wales through ball into the box. Wales was involved again with Spartans next chance after a long ball was played into the box he was only inches away from making contact to get his teams noses in front.

Bonnyrigg came close when a free kick 28 yards out was played in by Reynolds but Adam Crawford put his header wide of the left hand post from six yards out.

The game was more even now but Bonnyrigg were very lucky not to be reduced to 10 men on the half hour mark when Alexander lost all discipline and wildly kicked out at Wales off the ball. All eyes were on the ref to see what colour the card would be and to everyone's surprise the referee only produced a yellow. He was then withdrawn by his coach to calm him down. 

The game started to get a bit niggly and several players had to be spoken to for getting involved with things on and off the ball instead of concentrating on the game.

The men from Mid Lothian should have went in front again on 35 minutes when Crawford some how managed to blast the ball over the bar from only two yards out but they did hit the front on 39 minutes when they were awarded a free kick 18 yards out on the left hand side of the box.

Alexander Tait played a low driven ball into the box and Lewis Gray produced a great finish when he back heeled the ball into the net from close range to see his team go back in front with five minutes to go to half time.

Spartans Stephan Murray produced a top quality goal saving tackle to prevent his side going further behind before the break when he denied Gray getting his second of the game.

The ref blew for half time and Bonnyrigg went into the interval one goal in front.

  • Half Time:
  • Spartans FC
  • 1-2
  • Bonnyrigg Rose FC

Bonnyrigg nearly made the perfect start to the second half when they came close to increasing their lead in the opening minutes of the half but Reynolds put his free kick just wide of the right hand post.

Then Spartans came close to getting on level terms when Tam Laird found Gabes Hill on the left and Bajo was only centimetres from heading home his ball into the box.

Jose McQueen Herreros De Tejada found Crutcher with a 40 yard dynamic pass and as he entered the box the referee deemed that he had been pushed and pointed to the spot. It seemed a rather soft award but that did not concern Crutcher and he calmly blasted the spot kick into the top right hand corner with 58 minutes gone.

Again players were getting involved in things and Bonnyrigg's Crawford and Spartans' Dawid Fajks found themselves booked on the 65 minutes.

The game was getting very scrappy now and it seemed players were more interested in how many fouls they could give away as the game just became stop start, stop start with the ref blowing up what seemed every couple of minutes for infringements

Bonnyrigg were awarded a free kick 28 yards out and Alexander who had been introduced back into the game floated the ball into the box but it was cleared. Then with his team in control of the game leading 3-1 Alexander decided to speak out of turn to the referee and was shown his second yellow of the game leading to a red and was dismissed from the field of play.

Fajks had a great chance for the visitors 16 yards out but seemed to pull out of taking the shot, maybe the tackles flying in in his direction was a factor and decided that he did not want to risk getting hurt.

The visitors down to ten men kept going and Gray went on a great individual run and after evading a couple of poor attempts at a tackle, he entered the box where Conor Purvis mistimed his tackle and sent him sprawling in the box.

The ref showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot again and again it was Crutcher stepped up and slotted the ball to the keeper left to complete his hat-trick on 75 minutes to give his side a unassailable lead with Purvis seeing a yellow for his challenge.

Spartans were awarded a free kick in the middle of the park but Fajks nearly found the right hand touch line with his attempt then Tejada had a great chance to increase Bonnyriggs lead on 82 minutes but he put his ferocious strike well wide of the far post.

The game as it had been throughout the second half had a bit of nastiness about it and Wales found his name being taken on 86 minutes for a very late challenge on Bonnyriggs Reynolds.

The final whistle blew to end the game with the visitors deserving their win on the day.

The game was played in windy conditions and on a poor surface which ruined this as a spectacle but sadly not half as much as the poor discipline showed by numerous players on the day.

  • Full Time:
  • Spartans FC
  • 1-4
  • Bonnyrigg Rose FC


Spartans FC
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
1. Blair Dodds
2. Daniel Wilson
3. Stephan Murray
4. Gabes Hill
5. Gregor Jack
6. Connor Taylor
7. Tam Laird
8. Christopher Williamson
9. Declan Patterson
10. Callum Wales
11. Dawid Fajks
12. Dylan Russell
14. Ousman Bajo
15. Coner Purvis
16. Stephen Wright
17. Declan Knox
1. Bryan Taylor
2. Adam Crawford
3. Greg Young
4. James Wilson
7. Cameron Alexander
9. Lewis Seath
11. Rohan McDowell
14. Alexander Tait
15. Lewis Gray
16. Tyrese Reynolds
17. Jonathan Crutcher
21. Jose McQueen Herreros De Tejada
Star Player
Spartans FC
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
Gregor Jack - Done the simple things in midfield which most of the time goes unnoticed by others but is so important to the team.
Tyrese Reynolds - Very composed at the back which is helped by his good touch on the ball.
Magic Moment
Spartans FC
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
Tam Lairds quality ball in from the corner which set up their goal.
Lewis Grays great run which he evaded one poor tackle then ended up in him getting brought down in the box to win a penalty.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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