Bonnyrigg Rose blossom in Junior Cup clash

Bonnyrigg Rose have reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Junior Cup.

The Midlothian outfit travelled to Irvine Meadow on Saturday with their sights set on a last four place.

A first half header from David Dunn opened the scoring and the Rose put the tie beyond doubt when Kevin McLeish fired the ball into the net from the penalty spot in the 75th minute.

It was a great performance from Bonnyrigg, which saw max Christie’s men reach the Junior Cup semi-finals for the first time in 30 years. There will be a hope for a better outcome - then Rose were beaten 2-0 by Ballieston to miss out on a place in the finals.

It was an uneventful first half until three minutes from the whistle. Stevie Thomson was awarded a free kick. Dunn nipped in between Meadow’s centre half and keeper to head home the flighted ball.

On the half-time whistle, it could have been 2-0 as Jamie Steele, who had replaced the injured Paul Shields, had a one-on-one with the goalkeeper but his shot was denied by the keeper’s knees.

David McGowan came close to clinching an equaliser for the home side when he sent a header just inches wide around the hour mark.

Bonnyrigg secured their semi-final place thanks to determined play from Steele. As he went in for the challenge, Full story in this week’s Advertiser.