Archibald spot on as Rose win derby

Bonnyrigg Rose 4-0 Penicuik Athletic
Bonnyrigg Rose 4-0 Penicuik Athletic

Bonnyrigg wrapped up their title-winning league season with a second-half demolition of ten-man Penicuik in this cup final dress rehearsal.

The sides will meet again in the Fife and Lothians Cup final on June 8 at Olivebank, Musselburgh, but Rose goalkeeper Mike Andrews will miss it due to an already booked holiday, as his side seek a double.

Saturday’s Super League encounter was an emotional afternoon for retiring Bonnyrigg skipper Ross Archibald in his final home game, scoring a penalty which was greeted with a show of approval by the Rose fans.

It was a goalless first half between the two Midlothian clubs but two yellow cards shown to Athletic striker 
Ryan McCallum for two fouls on Ewan Moyes in 15 and 30 minutes meant a red card, leaving Penicuik with ten men for the remaining hour.

However, it wasn’t until the 51st minute that Bonnyrigg scored their opening goal, when 
Adam Nelson netted a shot past Penicuik keeper Youssef Bejaoui.

Just five minutes later, it was 2-0 to the Rose when a penalty for the hosts saw Dean Hoskins offer the spot-kick to Archibald who coolly netted to set off the “Bonnyrigg Roar”.

Penicuik were feeling the pressure now and after another five minutesd it was 3-0, thanks to Wayne McIntosh with his 37th goal of the season, beating off his defender before shooting home with Bonnyrigg now coasting.

With 15 minutes left, Archibald was substituted to take the full round of applause from the home fans in a massive show of appreciation for all his work done at Bonnyrigg.

Chris Tobin later came on as a substitute for Nelson and in 80 minutes he took a break of the ball and shot the goal of the game, and Rose’s fourth, from 25 yards.

It was Penicuik’s 12th Super League defeat of the season, leaving them in tenth place on 38 points.

Champions Bonnyrigg finished the season with a tally of 73 points.