Bonnyrigg stay top with comfortable win

BONNYRIGG 3-0  BROUGHTY FERRY

BONNYRIGG 3-0 BROUGHTY FERRY

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Bonnyrigg Rose retained top spot in the East Super League, with two games still in hand over their nearest rivals Bo’ness United.

The match on Saturday was switched from waterlogged Broughty to New Dundas Park, ensuring the Midlothian men kept up their momentum in the title race.

The visitors were stuffy defenders as they made Bonnyrigg work hard to attack in front of a good crowd again, but a 25th minute rare shot on target by Kieran McGachie went straight into Broughty keeper Iain Ross’ clutches.

A close call followed when Rose keeper Andrews flapped at a throw in from the left.

Next a good left flank run and shot by Ruaridh Donaldson was well saved by Ross as the opening goal proved elusive. On 40 minutes Wayne McIntosh scooped over the bar from six yards out, followed two minutes later by a low down Ross save off Adam Nelson.

Five minutes into the second half and Rose finally broke the deadlock with McIntoshh netting from close range after Broughty failed to clear their lines.

Next Lewis Turner shot wide as the Rose looked to kill the match off.

And their chance came just short of the hour when Jon Smart fouled McIntosh in the box. Dean Hoskins made no mistake from the resultant spot kick sending Ross the wrong way to put Rose 2-0 up and in the driving seat.

With Bonnyrigg coasting into the last quarter of the game they were probing for goal number three against a still grafting Broughty, as a raging Jon Stewart shot following a corner flew wide.

Double yellow cards hit the frustrated visitors in the closing minutes with Lunan for a foul on Turner and dissent for Jamie Winter.

In 80 minutes a double Rose substitution saw debutant (ex Berwick Rangers)Ross Drummond, and Scott Gray enter the field.

Before the end a fine run by Adam Nelson set up a great finish by Kieran McGachie to put Rose 3-0 up and the icing on the cake as they retained top spot in the Super League.