Whatever happened during the break – the players of Bonnyrigg Rose Reds that entered the park at the beginning of the second half did not have anything in common with those that had played in the first 40 minutes. From now on, the away side had more ball possession than Edinburgh City Blacks and won most of the important challenges.
Also, very early in the second half, they found out that through balls were an appropriate way to outsmart Edinburgh City’s defence which had until then been so well organised. Four minutes after the restart a through ball from midfield was played into the half of Edinburgh City Blacks. Although it was played far too long, Edinburgh City Blacks’ goalkeeper Patrick Ferry hesitated before leaving his goal, which gave Fraser Spratt just the couple of extra seconds he needed to reach the ball first. Ferry hit the Bonnyrigg striker’s foot and fouled him so that Bonnyrigg was awarded a penalty, which was netted by Cameron McEwan (click here to watch video
Only two minutes later, Bonnyrigg reduced the deficit to a single goal. After a long and high free kick delivered from the halfway line, the ball bounced through the box and could not be cleared by Edinburgh City’s defence. Eventually, it came to Fraser Storie who knocked it in from a single yard.
The away side was now back in a game that had previously appeared to be beyond their reach. Edinburgh City Blacks’ players started to get nervous because their comfortable three goal lead had been dramatically cut in just two minutes of the second half.
Again, it was a through ball that earned Bonnyrigg Rose their third goal of the match in the 50th minute. One clever pass outsmarted Edinburgh City’s defence and all of a sudden, Spratt was clear through on goal and had no trouble beating Ferry.
Shortly after that, McEwan could have grabbed his second goal of the match but his shot from a difficult angle hit the post. However, Bonnyrigg Rose was rewarded for their incredible spirit and took the lead in the 63rd minute when Stephen Fuller curled a ball into the top right corner of the net from 22 yards.
Six minutes before the final whistle, McEwan grabbed his second. Once again, it was a through ball that left Edinburgh City’s defense bamboozled. McEwan was clear through on goal with only the goalkeeper to beat – an opportunity the Bonnyrigg forward did not miss out, which resulted in the 5-3 that finally decided an extraordinary match.