Despite the torrential rain falling in the east of Scotland, there was a large crowd inside Newtown Park for this semi final, 2nd leg tie. With Auchinleck leading 2-0 from the first leg, Bo’ness would have to keep things tight and score at least 2 goals.
They got off to the worst possible start, when Talbot opened the scoring inside 3 minutes, following a corner that was only partially cleared, the ball was played in from the left and Latta slotted past Longmuir in the Bo’ness goal. Bo’ness nearly doubled Talbot’s lead after 10 minutes, when a mix up in the defence almost led to a Bo’ness defender heading past his own keeper, it crept just outside the post though. Talbot did make it 2-0 after 20 minutes, following a corner, the ball broke to Collins whose shot flew past the keeper, much to the approval of the large travelling support from Ayrshire, who could breathe a little easier, having one foot in the final now.
The heavy rain became worsened, Bo’ness huffed and puffed, but Auchinleck defended well, and looked the more dangerous on the counter.
Bo’ness started the 2nd half looking more lively, most of the play was in the middle of the park, but the Auchinleck defence looked more than comfortable with whatever the home team could throw at them, and were still looking dangerous when they countered.
Auchinleck who extended their lead when Gillies slotted past Longmuir to put the game and the tie beyond any doubt.
Plenderleith did get Bo’ness a consolation goal after a mix up in the Talbot defence, but it was no more than that and it is Auchinleck who can look forward to meeting Musselburgh in the final.
Written by David Taylor | thejuniors.info