Rose Edge Closer To Title After Five Goal Fed Win

Bonnyrigg Rose 5 Broughty Athletic 0

 

Report by Gordon Baird

This was way too easy for Bonnyrigg Rose as they brushed aside a poor Broughty Athletic team on a warm afternoon at New Dundas Park. The home side scored before the quarter hour and had five before the break. The second period was a non-event as Broughty (reduced to ten men with over 30 minutes to play) tightened up considerably and the home side took their foot of the gas with the points secured.

McBookie.com East Super League leaders Bonnyrigg Rose played host to sixth played Broughty Athletic in the latest round of fixtures. Rose lead the table by four points over Linlithgow Rose and can’t afford any slip ups if they are to be crowned champions again before they leave to join the East of Scotland League.

The sides met earlier in the season and played out a no scoring draw in the Ferry. Rose won both fixtures last season comfortably. Broughty are enjoying a decent season although they have lost ten times in the league. They have no further interests in the cups so after today have only two games remaining. Bonnyrigg are still firing on all fronts and have a great chance of completing a treble.

Rose were straight onto the attack and Young fired over after three minutes from just outside the box. They then won a free kick after five minutes, but Currie’s effort deflected off the defensive wall for a corner. From the kick Stewart tried an audacious volley and when the ball broke to McIntosh he shot over.

Rose won another free kick minutes later. Currie delivered a great cross which Young headed over. In Rose’s next attack Martyniuk shot just past.  A goal had to come and after 13 minutes it arrived. McIntosh chased a through ball and as he rounded Sinclair in the Athletic goal, the keeper brought him down. A stone wall penalty and Referee Duncan Smith agreed. MARTYNIUK stepped up and gave Sinclair no chance.

Rose continued to dominate and Athletic were never in at as an attacking force. After 20 minutes the home side doubled their lead. Currie swung in another accurate cross and BRETT headed home – a goal for each fullback!

After 27 minutes the home side virtually secured the points. This time WILSON was on the end of the through ball. Sinclair couldn’t touch the striker who rounded him and squeezed his shot home from a tight angle.

Two minutes later and a fourth different Rose player was on the scoresheet. This time the cross was provided by Turner after inter passing amongst the Rose players and MCGACHIE headed home – half an hour played and four goals for Bonnyrigg.

Rose then won a couple of corners which Athletic managed to defend before the visitors won a corner in what was almost their first foray into Rose territory. Clark swung over the corner and McGachie headed the ball clear. As the ball dropped about 25 yards out Winter smashed in a terrific volley, which cannoned back of the crossbar.

With 37 minutes played Turner broke well for Rose, he fed Currie in on the right. The free kick expert tried to chip Sinclair, but it was easy for the keeper. The delay in the goal rush was only temporary and after 42 minutes Rose had their fifth. The Rose team played the ball around up front and eventually played in WILSON who got his own second.

The score line hardly reflected Rose’s total domination. Broughty were never in it and must have been dreading the second forty-five minutes.

Half Time: Bonnyrigg Rose 5 Broughty Athletic 0

Broughty made a change at the break with Liversedge replacing Garden. Rose also made a change early in the second period with Nelson coming on for Stewart. The pattern of the second half was very similar to the first half.

McGachie shot over after 48 minutes and after 56 minutes Turner put in a good cross which McGachie nearly got to. With 57 minutes gone Broughty were reduced to ten men. Blair was yellow carded for a foul and seemed to say something to the referee, who made the yellow a red.

Rose introduced Lough for McGachie right away and after 64 minutes Currie made way for Gray. After 67 minutes McIntosh was denied by a good saving tackle. Broughty then brought on McLellan for McArtney. After 70 minutes McIntosh was denied by the goalkeeper’s legs. Wilson then had a tame effort saved before he saw a better effort hit his own player and turned away.

As Athletic defended stoutly McIntosh saw a shot deflected across goal before Gray gave Wilson a shooting chance which he blasted over. The same player then had a header saved after Turner had done well on the right. He found Brett, whose cross was headed back by Lough – but Wilson failed to convert. Late on Lough set up McIntosh but his effort was wide.

Rose were totally dominant, and the only surprise was that they never added to their tally in the second half. Broughty looked like a team with little to play for at this stage of the season. Best for Rose were Horne and Currie. Broughty were better in the second period but poor on the day.

Bonnyrigg face the difficult trip to Bo’ness on Wednesday night and then Carnoustie Panmure next Saturday. Broughty go to Hill of Beath Hawthorn next Saturday for their penultimate fixture.

Bonnyrigg Rose: Andrews, Brett, Martyniuk, Young, Horne, Stewart, Turner, Currie, McGachie, McIntosh, Wilson. Subs: Moyes, Gray, Nelson, Lough, Bryan Young.

Broughty Athletic: Sinclair, McCunnie, Blair, Berry, Winter, McArtney, Clark, Garden, Smith, McNaughton and Milne. Subs: McLellan, Liversedge, MacPherson.

 Referee: Duncan Smith. Assistants: Callum Doyle & Greig Haynes.

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