West is best in clash of leaders

Bonnyrigg Rose 0-5 Pollok''Scottish Junior Cup ''Bonnyrigg go very close to scoring
Bonnyrigg Rose 0-5 Pollok''Scottish Junior Cup ''Bonnyrigg go very close to scoring

Midlothian’s last Scottish Cup contestants Bonnyrigg Rose were swept out of the national tournament at New Dundas Park on Saturday.

A large crowd turned up to see how the East Super League league leaders would fare against West Super League table toppers Pollok, with kick-off delayed by eight minutes to let everyone in.

Lewis Turner thwarted an early Pollok threat before Ewan Moyes cleared the danger next with the visitors asking the early questions, before Pollok’s Frye tried an effort off target.

And it was no real surprise when the visitors opened the scoring in 14 minutes. A swift right wing counterattack by Hanlon saw him cross to a waiting Winters who with a free header headed home.

Bonnyrigg were stung by that seemingly slack defending but next a raging Nelson free kick flew through the Pollok penalty area but with no touches to finish it off.

Inn 31 minutes an excellent save by Andrews off McKenzie was parried then cleared.

Next, play swung to the other end as a Nelson corner found its way to the far post where McIntosh’s header hit the woodwork but was scrambled clear.

A great chance to McGahey early in the second half saw him surge into the visitors’ penalty area but he elected to pass instead of shooting at the target and the danger was cleared. Bonnyrigg were then pushed back by two Monti shots seeing Andrews tip the first round the post conceding a corner as the visitors stormed back.

And just five minutes later it was 2-0 to Pollok when a free kick sent in by Monti was only parried by Andrews to Gallagher who hit home the rebound to rattle the Rose.

And it got worse around the hour mark when Pollok went 3-0 up following another attack seeing Monti set up Winters who made no mistake beating Andrews into the Bonnyrigg net with a cool finish.

Bonnyrigg’s reply saw a McIntosh effort land on the roof of the net.

Pollok then went 4-0 ahead when a corner found Gallagher whose volley rattled into the Bonnyrigg net in 68 minutes.

It was 5-0 next as Robbie Winters was denied by a one handed save from Andrews only to see the ball fall to substitute Hepburn who netted the rebound.

A shattered Bonnyrigg saw play out but they were denied even a consolation goal as Pollok strolled home with a fine win for them.