Alan McGonigal: Bo’ness can win at Elgin

Allan McGonigal. Picture: Michael Gillen
Allan McGonigal. Picture: Michael Gillen
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Bo’ness United boss Allan McGonigal admits his side head north to Elgin as ‘massive underdogs’ for their William Hill Scottish Cup clash, but feels they have a great chance of making the fourth round for the first time.

With their League Two hosts having gone seven games without a win in the SPFL’s bottom tier, the Borough Briggs side sit rock bottom of the table, with their last win coming against Forres Mechanics in their second round replay.

“It’s going to be a great occasion for the football club, for the players and for myself,” said McGonigal.

“I would say that we go up there as massive underdogs, but if there is a right time to play Elgin then it is possibly at the moment.”

Barry Wilson’s side had the chance to lift themselves off the foot of the table on Tuesday night but succumbed to a 4-0 defeat at home to Albion Rovers, while Bo’ness recorded their biggest win of the season so far, with a 10-0 demolition job of Stoneyburn last Saturday in the Junior Cup.

Form clearly resides with the visitors, but the long trip is the main worry for the Bo’ness boss with a three-and-a-half hour bus journey facing his players.

He said: “It will be a hell of a long day for the players – some of them will be getting up at half-six in the morning to get here for the bus up. We are going to get up there for as close to lunchtime as possible so the boys can have their lunch then have a walk round the pitch.”

The Bo’ness squad boasts an array of players with experience at senior level however – their starting line-up in Saturday’s win having played for clubs such as Alloa Athletic, Stirling Albion and Stenhousemuir.

McGonigal believes that will stand them in good stead for tomorrow, with an Elgin side containing veteran duo of the Scottish game in 38-year-old former Rangers defender Marvin Andrews and 37-year-old ex-Hearts man Dennis Wyness.

He said: “We’ve got experienced boys who have played at that level and the majority of them have played there before. It will all be about they handle the occasion. It’s challenge and there is a big goal to get into the next round and if we can do that, it will be fantastic.”