Bonnyrigg Rose prevailed in the second round of the Scottish Youth FA Cup despite a spirited second-half comeback from AC Oxgangs. A really entertaining cup tie, with some neat football from both sides, saw some excellent combination play and great teamwork but it was Bonnyrigg who ran out 3-2 winners.
The match kicked off and immediately the home side pressed forward looking to assert themselves in the game. A couple of early chances for Oxgangs pinned Bonnyrigg back with Charlie Stewart hitting a shot just over the bar before forcing a save from Bonnyrigg keeper Brian Taylor with a downward header.
Oxgangs continued to push forward and won a freekick at the edge of the area but Calum Scott fired the ball just over the bar. Taylor was called into action again to prevent Josh Neill’s turn and shot from hitting the back of the net with a save low to his left.
Bonnyrigg were playing the ball out from the back and were doing well to marshal the defence and stem the blue tide flooding towards their goal. Again the defence had to be alert to clear the ball off the line from an Oxgangs header following a corner.
Kyle Rowe was a constant thorn in Bonnyrigg’s side and was laying on chances for the Oxgangs forwards. His strong attacking play opened up space to swing a great ball into the box and Neill did well to make the run across the defender to get his head on it but unfortunately for him the ball flew narrowly wide.
Bonnyrigg were showing real determination and were playing their way into the match. A couple of forays forward found an Oxgangs defence in no mood to give anything away.
Oxgangs forced another corner and again the Bonnyrigg keeper had to dive low to turn away Paul Weir’s header after a driven ball into the box from Rowe and the clearance was completed by the defence.
As half time approached it was Bonnyrigg who took the lead. The ball was won on the left and a pinpoint ball into the box found Lewis Seath who controlled it before placing it beyond the advancing keeper. It was a clinical finish and it lifted an away side that had not had much change from the Oxgangs defence up until that point.
There was still time for Neill to force another good save from Taylor. The Oxgangs midfield worked hard to win possession and provide a bit of space for Neill to run at the defence but his shot was well saved by the feet of the Bonnyrigg keeper who had performed well to keep a clean sheet in the opening half.