Cup joy as The Rose take one step closer to silverware

Wayne McIntosh scores Bonnyrigg's second goal against Rob Roy
Wayne McIntosh scores Bonnyrigg's second goal against Rob Roy

Bonnyrigg Rose advanced to the semi-finals of the Scottish Junior Cup with an emphatic win over Kirkintilloch Rob Roy last Saturday.

The Kirkintilloch side went into the match at New Dundas Park as West Super League title contenders but by the end of 90 minutes play they had been well and truly been thumped by the current East Region Super League champions.

The Rose now go into the draw for the semi-finals of the cup, played over two legs, on April 15/16 and 22/23, along with fellow East Region rivals Linlithgow Rose, Auchinleck Talbot and Glenafton.

Rose boss Robbie Horn was delighted on the result and his players’ performance saying: “It’s a huge win. We let ourselves down last season against Pollok when we went into that game intimidated but we wrote a wrong on Saturday. We were well in control and deserved to win.

“We were up for the challenge and were on the front foot from the off. We didn’t let them play at all.

‘‘We could have scored another couple of goals in the first half as we were that much in control.

‘‘While we rightly deserved to win the game, the main talking point after the game was the referee and the number of bookings he 
made.’’

Horn added: ‘‘We had seven players booked in a match where there was hardly a bad challenge, physical maybe, and the sending off was also questionable.’’

The draw for the semi-finals will now be made on April 4.

When questioned on which team he would like to drawn against in the next round, the Rose boss said: “We’ll take on anybody in the semis, you’ve got to beat the best teams if you are going to win a competition.

‘‘And if we perform as we did in the first half against Rob Roy we are capable of beating anyone.’’

The four clubs competing for this year’s trophy have all won it in the past, Bonnyrigg have won it twice, last in 1978; Linlithgow, four times, last in 2010; Glenafton, won it in 1993 and were runners-up in 2013; Auchinleck, have won it 11 times, five times since 2000.