SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP ROUND 4 28/1/17
KILSYTH RANGERS 2 BONNYRIGG ROSE 2
Rangers live to fight another day after losing a two goal lead to their
East Region opponents in what was a pulsating cup tie and may yet have
enough to ultimately win through. Their was always the question of how
Bonnyrigg would respond to their crushing defeat to Hibernian last week
and they certainly looked determined to come out fighting and make
amends to their fans who had travelled through in good numbers for this
A weakened Rangers side gave them a stiff test, taking an early lead
before ultimately buckling under severe second half pressure, no thanks
though to a very officious referee who was handing out yellow cards
like they were going out of fashion. Hopefully he may not be in charge
of next weeks game.
Bonnyrigg were applying the pressure right from the start, they were
coming forward in numbers and shots were raining in, fortunately not
with any great accuracy in most cases. Carlin did have a few saves to
make but looked to be well in control. By way of contrast the young
Bonnyrigg keeper, signed from Hearts in midweek, looked rather nervous
and was the one weakness in their team. Twenty minutes in and although
Rangers had been pinned back for much of the time they actually looked
the more dangerous when they did attack. Francis Kelly was cutting into
the visitors penalty area when he was fouled although it looked like a
marginal decision as to whether it was actually inside the box. No
matter, the penalty was given and Gary KELLY put it past Mason to put
Rangers ahead. Bonnyrigg redoubled their efforts, to little effect, and
just ten minutes later another fine piece of play by Rangers gave Paul
McBRIDE an opportunity and he doubled the advantage. Bonnyrigg were
clearly rattled and Rangers enjoyed probably their best period of the
game until normal service was resumed with Bonnyrigg regaining the
advantage but sterling work by the Rangers defence, and Carlin in
particular, kept them at bay up till the interval.
The pitch was holding up well, despite being soft from the start, and
with a constant light rain from the start. It was again Bonnyrigg who
were running the game, even more so than during the first forty five
minutes. Rangers were rarely seen in attack and it seemed only a matter
of time before something had to give. In fact it was the sixty fifth
minute before the inevitable goal came, after some particularly severe
pressure MOYES finally netted to reduce the deficit. The referee was
issuing cards with abandon although Rangers were trying to frustrate
their opponents with some doubtful tactics. A golden opportunity for
Rangers to hit back came when F Kelly broke away and got past the
keeper but put the ball over instead of going for goal, unfortunately
there were no takers for his cross. Then Pearson received his second
yellow card of the day and Rangers were down to ten men. It really was
backs to the wall from this point onwards but it must be said that the
defence stood up well to what was unrelenting pressure.
Davidson came on for F Kelly who had gone down with severe cramp. With
about seven minutes of regulation time remaining the big Bonnyrigg
defender, HOSKINS, who had been a threat all game got the equalising
goal for Bonnyrigg, to the immense relief of the visiting fans. A full
five minutes of added time was played but both teams seemed tired and
content to go to a replay. Hopefully next weeks game will be as
exciting as this one had been, Bonnyrigg are no superstars, they are
there for the taking, and hopefully Rangers can get the result.
KILSYTH; Carlin, Waters, K MCBride, Doyle, McGee, McCroary, F Kelly, G
Kelly, Pearson, P McBride, Prentice.
Subs. O'Neill, Livingstone, Davidson, Hogg, Duke.
BONNYRIGG; Mason, Horne, Hoskins, Young, Moyes, Stewart, Craig, Kidd,
McGachie, Nelson, Donaldson.
Subs. Brown, Archibald, Mcintosh, Jamieson, Andrew.
Replay next Saturday 04/02/17 at Bonnyrigg.