Champagne on ice for a few more days

Carnoustie Panmure 0-5 Bonnyrigg Rose - Stewart scores the fourth
Carnoustie Panmure 0-5 Bonnyrigg Rose - Stewart scores the fourth

Bonnyrigg Rose were all but crowned 2016 East Super League champions following last Saturday’s superb victory at Carnoustie.

At the big bumpy Carnoustie ground, Robbie Horn’s men put in another confident display, with Rose keeper Mike Andrews having just one decent save to make in the whole game as it was mostly one way traffic throughout.

The Rose goals started in the seventh minute when a blunder by the home keeper gifted Wayne McIntosh with a chance which he cleverly took to put Bonnyrigg 1-0 up.

And in 16 minutes it was 2-0 when a perfect cross from Ruaridh Donaldson picked out Kieran McGachie, whose header nestled in the Carnoustie net for a candidate for ‘goal of the season’.

The Rose were to go on to take a powerful 3-0 half-time lead when a drive through by McIntosh was blocked by the Panmure keeper, but Lewis Turner following up saw the ball home to set Rose up for another three crucial Super League points as they march towards the title.

Horn’s men were well on their way to victory and in 72 minutes a supreme right footed volley from Jon Stewart produced the fourth goal and Jon’s second goal of the season.

Nearing the final whistle it was high fives for the Rose as Scott Gray’s corner saw a 
bullet header from Dean Hoskins who netted his own 14th goal of the season.

So it was on to New Dundas Park last night (Wednesday) for the champion champagne celebrations and trophy presentation, and many congratulations to all at Bonnyrigg Rose.

Earlier in the week, Bonnyrigg Rose had also swept into the semi-finals of the Fife and Lothians Cup beating their hosts, South League champions Tranent, 6-1 in a quarter final tie.

The Rose goals on the night came from Chris Tobin, Kieran McGachie (two), Ross Drummond, Scott Gray and Jon Stewart scored from the penalty spot.

This fine cup win sets up an away semi-final tie at either Linlithgow or Musselburgh, whose quarter-final tie is on Friday evening (May 20 ).

Against Carnoustie it was the Rose’s 40th match of the season and last away league match, seeing them grab their 31st victory of the season and their 115th goal, scoring 14 goals in eight days.