Rose unlucky not to march onto the next round of the Scottish Cup

One of the few Dumbarton goal scoring opportunities
One of the few Dumbarton goal scoring opportunities

The Rose’s impressive display fully merited a dream win for Robbie Horn’s men but it was both keepers who shone on the day to keep clean sheets.

Dumbarton’s Alan Martin saved his team on numerous occasions to deny the Rose the ultimate strike in what was only Bonnyrigg’s second draw in 19 games played this season.

A 12 minute delay to the kick off was needed to get the huge crowd in as Bonnyrigg finally kicked off down the slope and with the glaring sun at their backs.

A positive start by the home side put early pressure on the visitors who were successfully defending corners and an Adam Nelson free kick.

It took Dumbarton all of nine minutes to see Sterling test Rose keeper Mike Andrews.

A minute later a great chance to the hosts off an Adam Nelson free kick saw Andrew Kidd launch his unchallenged header over the bar.

Bonnyrigg continued on top with an excellent shot from Kerr Young equally matched by a super save from Martin as a physical Dumbarton conceded free kicks.

On 17 minutes, Riaridh Donaldson sent a sweeping shot over the bar and minutes laterhe fired another over the bar.

Continued Rose pressure in 25 minutes saw a desperate clearance by Todd as Bonnyrigg continued to ask the questions.

It took a double block save by Mike Andrews on 27 minutes to save the day as a short-headed pass back by Dean Hoskins almost saw Fleming score.

On 31 minutes a Wayne McIntosh effort narrowly miss the far post.

Dumbarton’s first corner came in 38 minutes only to see Dean Hoskins clear the danger assisted by Alan Horne.

Just before the interval a shot from Sterling saw Andrews gather at the second attempt as a flurry from the visitors tested the resolute home defence.

It was still all to play for in the second half as Dumbarton pressed down the slope.

In a frustrating second half bookings were frequent, starting with Dumbarton’s Smith followed by Sterling, Barr and Rose’s Horne.

An Adam Nelson chance was hit too straight at Martin after a Keiran McGachie header saw another corner conceding save from Martin.

Bonnyrigg introduced double subs Fraser McLaren and Scott Gray in a bid to break the deadlock but without 

Bonnyrigg matched their opponents in every department and a Rose goal would not have been a surprise, 
however, it eluded both contestants on the day despite a late flurry from the visitors.

So finally it finished all square and the Rose dream now moves to next Tuesday evening at Dumbarton.

Bonnyrigg: Andrews, Horne, Donaldson, Stewart, Hoskins, Young, Turner, Kidd, McHachie, Nelson, McIntosh. Subs: Moyes, Gray, McLaren, Archibald, Rooney.