Allan McGonigal hailed his Bo’ness side for “ripping the place up” in an astonishing second-half comeback to earn a 4-4 draw with League 2 side Elgin in the Scottish Cup third round.
The BUs looked dead an buried at half-time as they traipsed into the dressing-room 3-0 down, but some changes from boss McGonigal and resolve from his players ensured that the two teams must do it all again on Saturday at Newtown Park.
“It was a fantastic game of football,” said McGonigal. “We made a couple of changes at half-time that ripped the place up.
“We gave a silly goal away to make it 4-3, but all credit to the boys for coming back again. They showed great spirit.”
Elgin took the lead on the 15 minutes when Mark Nicolson hit a 25-yard effort past Mark Peat, and on 24 minutes it was 2-0. Darren Gribben had a shot saved for the visitors and Elgin quickly countered and a Shane Sutherland shot was saved by Peat. However, the rebound fell to Brian Cameron, who slotted home. It was 3-0 on 36 minutes when Dennis Wyness fed in Cameron, who turned inside and blasted home.
McGonigal brought on Kieran Anderson and Nicky Walker at the interval and what a difference they made. Anderson made it 3-1 on 52 minutes after great work by Scott Pittman and, on 58 minutes, Walker got another one back after a Gribben through-ball.
The large travelling support were in heaven less than a minute later when Pittman passed to Gribben who curled a 20-yard effort in to the top corner.
Elgin regained the lead on 70 minutes when Craig Gunn played in Sutherland to shoot home, but Bo’ness got a deserved equaliser just eight minutes from time when Andy Scott somehow scrambled home an excellent Walker cross.
Bo’ness: Peat, Snowdon, Hunter (Walker) Murphy, Leiper, Nimmo, A Scott, Philp, Donnelly (Anderson), Pittman, Gribben (Cowan).Subs not used: Campbell C Scott, Sloan Wallace.
Elgin: Fraser, Finlayson, McPhee, Cooper, Andrews (Duff), Beveridge, Gunn, Nicolson, Wyness, (Moore) Sutherland, Cameron. Subs not used: McLean, McHardy, MacEwan, Black.