Bonnyrigg Rose keeping the dream alive

Bonnyrigg equaliser, Paul Shields slides the ball past Auchinleck keeper Andy Leishman
Bonnyrigg equaliser, Paul Shields slides the ball past Auchinleck keeper Andy Leishman

Bonnyrigg Rose’s Scottish Junior Cup dreams are still very much alive after a nervy draw at home to Auchinleck Talbot in Sunday’s first leg semi-final tie.

The Rose now face a crunch trip to Ayrshire this Saturday after the largest crowd at New Dundas Park in 30 years saw hitman Paul Shields come off the bench to score a crucial equaliser on 81 minutes.

In what was dubbed the match of the season, Auchinleck ruled the midfield for solid spells and refused to allow Bonnyrigg any time on the ball. A goalless first half saw the hosts struggle, and it took strong defensive displays from David Dunn, Kevin McLeish and Stephen Thomson to stop the visitors scoring.

With Bonnyrigg chasing their 85th goal of the season, Talbot were awarded a soft penalty after a challenge by Dunn on Milliken, and Gordon Pope sent keeper Mark Weir the wrong way.

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