A fair result for Rose

Bonnyrigg Rose v Hill o' Beath. Photo: Greg Macvean
Bonnyrigg Rose v Hill o' Beath. Photo: Greg Macvean

Bonnyrigg Rose ended their own 2014 year fourth top of the Super League following their home 2-2 draw with Fifers Hill o’ Beath last Saturday.

The Rose were without the injured Sean Woodburn and Connor Thomson and added Dean Whitson to their injury list after Dean sustained an injury and was taken off.

Bo’ness edge the Rose on goal difference in third place while the BU have two games in hand.

But now with the two weeks festive break Bonnyrigg hope the rest will help their casualties on the road to recovery before resuming in January against Armadale then home to Bellshill in the Scottish Cup.

Last Saturday it was two well-matched sides at New Dundas Park and a draw a final fair result.

Both sides played good football in early exchanges without threatening the opening goal in a game of several bookings and the ultimate red card.

It was arguably ‘man of the match’ Haws’ Calum Adamson who finally opened the scoring in 36 minutes outpacing the home defence and finishing past David Hay in the Rose goals to put the Fifers 1-0 up.

But just two minutes later Bonnyrigg replied with their own 53rd goal of the season when a push in the back on Blair Henderson resulted in a Bonnyrigg penalty which Blair took himself and scored the equaliser with his own 10th goal of the season.

That left it all square by half time but just five minutes into that second half and it was 2-1 to Bonnyrigg when the Haws’ keeper made a hash of dealing with a Rose corner and it was Blair Henderson on hand to find the visitors’ net with an opportunist finish.

The Fifers were far from finished and competed well, chasing back for the equaliser and in 68 minutes, it was 2-2 when Adamson scored again fror the Haws following a free kick.

The pressure eased off Bonnyrigg in 76 minutes when a second yellow for ex Bonnyrigg’s Michael Gemmell saw him sent off and gave the Rose the chance to chase the winner against the ten men.

But two brilliant saves by the visiting keeper denied Kevin McLeish and kept the final scoreline at 2-2 and eventually leading to a share of the points.

Bonnyrigg Rose: Hay, Archibald, Beaton, Hamill, Wilson, Horne, King, Stewart, Henderson, Hislop Whitson. Subs: Court, Murray, McLeish, Easton.