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Dunbar lift the League Cup after Young's missile sinks Bonnyrigg

Dunbar United Colts 3

Young 46' 72' McAlpine 60'

Bonnyrigg Rose FC 2

Alexander 51' Jones (pen) 58'

Dunbar United Colts lifted the Michael Moran League Cup after a 3-2 victory over Bonnyrigg Rose at New Countess Park.

Bonnyrigg got the game underway with the opening five minutes seeing both teams easing into the game. The first chance of the game came Dunbar’s way when Luke Archibald hit a rocket of a shot that was tipped onto the underside of the bar by Bonnyrigg keeper Brian Taylor.

Dunbar then had a good chance to double their lead through Conal Prior who showed good footwork on the edge of the box but he fired his effort wide of the left post. A shot from Ewan Stark was then deflected off Bonnyrigg’s Lewis Gray which was taken well by his keeper.

Good work on the right by Alexander Tait saw him find Jonathan Crutcher on the edge of the box but he was tackled before he could get a shot away.

Dunbar were back on the attack which saw Bonnyrigg’s Greg Young come to their rescue when he produced a great block to divert Ryan Young’s goal bound shot behind for a corner. The resulting corner was then headed clear.

Half an hour gone and Dunbar were in control of the game. A good ball in from the right side by Stark was cleared by Bonnyrigg just before Kyle Binning could make contact. A free kick in by Archibald on the right side 40 yards out was carried behind by the wind and out for a goal kick.

A corner then gave Dunbar another opportunity to put more pressure on the Bonnyrigg goal. Ryan Young whipped the ball in which was met by Prior at the near post who should have least hit the target - instead he put his header wide of the post.

Bonnyrigg then had a chance to test the Dunbar defence when they were awarded a free kick 20 yards out on the right side of the box. A well-disguised free kick had everyone wondering who was going to hit the set piece with both Blair Jones and Max Roarty hovering over the ball. Roarty then played a square ball to Alexander on the edge of the box who had been left unnoticed but he blasted his effort high and wide over the bar.

Dunbar got the second half kicked off after the interval and what a start it was. Two passes from the restart saw Ryan Young in on goal who then fired his side into the lead.

Bonnyrigg dusted themselves down and got back on level terms six minutes later. A ball in from Crutcher out on the right across goal found Alexander free at the back post who tapped the ball home from close range.

The game had certainly burst into life and it continued to be explosive when Bonnyrigg hit the front for the first time when they were awarded a penalty after Dunbar’s keeper wiped out Rohan McDonald as he drove into the box.

Jones took responsibility and placed the ball on the penalty spot. He did not disappoint as he squeezed the ball past Stuart Allan, who did get a hand to the ball but could not keep it from finding the bottom left corner.

The spectators could not take their eyes off the game as it swung one way then the next. Bonnyrigg could only keep their noses in front for two minutes before they were pegged back. Dunbar’s Cameron McAlpine picked the ball up on the left side outside the box and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top left corner leaving Taylor with no chance.

With the game on tenterhooks it was a brave person who would bet on who would get the next goal. A Dunbar corner swung in by Binning was turned behind for another corner. The second corner in was met by Archibald but he put his effort wide.

Sometimes in a game a goal comes along that you just have to put your hands up and say, there was nothing anyone could do about it. This was the case on 72 minutes when a ball in from the left saw Ryan Young collect the ball and hit a 30 yard belter, stunner, cracker or what ever you want to call it which was past Taylor in the Bonnyrigg goal before he knew anything about it.

The men from down the East Coast nearly increased their lead two minutes later when a good shot 14 yards out from McAlpine was superbly tipped over the bar by Taylor. The resulting corner in saw Harry Bowles head the ball back across goal but Bonnyrigg cleared the danger.

The men from Midlothian threw everything at Dunbar trying to get the goal that would probably take the game into extra time. A superb ball in from McDowell saw Allan parry the ball which he turned behind for a corner after it was played back into the box.

Lewis Seath swung the ball in which was headed goalwards by Adam Crawford but his effort was blocked a couple of yards from goal. A free kick played forward from his own half by Gray was headed clear out of the Dunbar box and into added on time another free kick gave Bonnyrigg one final chance to try and get that elusive goal. Alexander’s ball in was punched clear by Allan which brought Bonnyrigg’s cup dream to an end as the referee blew for full time.

Lineups

Dunbar United Colts
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
1. Stuart Allan
2. Luke Archibald
3. Rory Pilbeam
4. Dylan James Gilles
5. James Forrest
6. Harry Bowles
7. Conal Prior
8. Ewan Stark
9. Ryan Young
10. Cameron McAlpine
11. Kyle Binning
12. David Darling
13. William Phillips
14. Callum Brading
15. Kieran Armstrong
16. Tyler Robinson
1. Brian Taylor
2. Adam Crawford
3. Greg Young
4. James Wilson
5. Max Roarty
6. Cameron Archibald
7. Cameron Alexander
8. Blair Jones
9. Lewis Seath
11. Rohan McDowell
14. Alexander Tait
15. Lewis Gray
16. Tyrese Reynolds
17. Jonathan Crutcher
18. Nicholas Allan
21. Jose McQueen Herreros De Tejada
Star Player
Dunbar United Colts
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
Ryan Young - Scored two goals on the day. His first came 15 seconds after the restart and he then scored the winner with an absolute screamer of a goal.
Jose McQueen Herreros De Tejada - He saw a lot of his hard work go unnoticed at times and was full of encouragement and support for his teammates throughout the game.
Magic Moment
Dunbar United Colts
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
Again it has to go to Ryan Young for his absolute screamer of a goal to win the cup. A goal fitting enough to win any game at any level of football.
Cameron Alexander's quick response to get his side level six minutes after losing the opening goal.

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