Bonnyrigg Rose pay the penalty

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Bonnyrigg Rose will be looking to lift their spirits following a heart-breaking exit from the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup away to Auchinleck Talbot last Saturday.

Having played out a 1-1 draw at home, they travelled to Beechwood Park with hopes of causing an upset against the holders. And with Talbot failing to score in over three hours of outfield play, the Rose defence can take great credit for their performance over the two legs.

Talbot’s only threat in the opening quarter was an ambitious overhead kick from Kier Milliken which flew harmlessly over the bar. Alex King headed the ball over from six yards out and McLewish again tested the home keeper with a 25 yard sizzler. As the half time whistle approached the hosts began to enjoy their best spell of the match, with a Milliken strike hitting the post and Bonnyrigg surviving a goalmouth scramble.

In what proved to be a significant turning point, the Rose saw Chris Gray red carded for retaliation 20 minutes into the second half.

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