Midlothian derby win for Bonnyrigg

BONNYRIGG 2-0 NEWTONGRANGE
BONNYRIGG 2-0 NEWTONGRANGE

With the Super League season coming to a close, Bonnyrigg Rose grabbed the Midlothian derby bragging rights for the summer on Saturday.

Early on, defences ruled and shots from distance were frequent.

However, a competitive end-to-end local derby developed, with Craig Thomson going high and wide with an effort before a promising run by Michael Deland was halted by Alan Horne and a 20th minute shot by Ross Archibald sailed well over.

Jordan Cropley twice went close for the Star before the deadlock was broken around the half-hour mark when referee Gavin Thomson awarded a penalty to Bonnyrigg for hand ball as Archibald’s cross met Stevie Noble’s hand.

Connor Thomson sent goalkeeper Renton the wrong way from the resultant spot kick to open the scoring for the home side.

Thomson, in reply for the Star, hit a raging shot just inches wide before Noble went down in the penalty area, but the referee saw no foul as the half finished with a double save by Rose ’keeper Paul Grant denying Matti King.

With the Star playing down the slope after the break they were expected to press for the equaliser but it was Bonnyrigg again who kept the bulk of possession.

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