Bonnyrigg Rose strolled into the second round of the national tournament with an easy enough victory over Thorniewood.
It proved to be a low key start for the Rose against West of Scotland League, Central District First Division United, whose bus problems meant a 20 minute delay to kick-off.
But gradually playing downhill the hosts took command only to miss their chances against a stubborn defence inspired by some heroic saves from their goalkeeper Alec Connell.
It wasn’t until the 27th minute that Bonnyrigg finally broke the deadlock when a fine run by Kieran McGachie set up the chance for Wayne McIntosh to slot home from close range for the Rose.
Next another run by McGachie saw him just denied as his final touch was too heavy and Connell nipped the ball off his toes. Towards half time and Chris Tobin had a tight chance that hit the post before a cross from McIntosh picked out McGachie but his header was tipped over the bar by the ever alert Connell.
Top marks to the Under Fives of Bonnyrigg Rose who entertained the crowd onfield at half time and they deserved the fine round of applause they got as the big teams came out for the second half.
Early second half pressure from Bonnyrigg chasing a second safety goal failed to find the net while at the other end a chance for a United equaliser was headed wide by Paul Hewitt.
Andrew Kidd tried a long range effort from distance before in 61 minutes Bonnyrigg finally went 2-0 up. It followed a scramble in the United goalmouth which saw Connell make saves to deny Kidd and Gray but the third attempt fell to McGachie and he made no mistake hitting the United net decisively .
Next a double change by the Rose with Fraser McLaren and Lewis Turner on as Bonnyrigg wanted an elusive third. So it was left to final Rose substitute Connor Thomson on from 80 minutes for McIntosh as Connor lined up a 92nd minute 25 yard free kick and shot home a beauty to send the home fans home happy at 3-0.
Next up for Bonnyrigg is the second of three consecutive home matches this Saturday hosting Sauchie in the Super League then next Saturday home to North League‘s Glenrothes in a first round Fife and Lothians Cup tie.