Bo’ness too good for Camelon in pitch battle

Bo'ness equalised through a Robert Sloan free-kick
Bo'ness equalised through a Robert Sloan free-kick
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DESPITE five goals, Bo’ness and Camelon failed to serve up a thriller as players battled to string two passes together on a lifeless pitch.

With boss Alan McGonigal sunning himself in Tenerife, assistant coach Gary Wilcox summed up the game by saying: “It was a fight out there for all the players. It wasn’t a pretty game by any means but, at the end of the day, it’s three points in the bag for us.

“We had a good ten-minute spell towards the end of the first half when we won the game but the rest was a mixed bag of missed chances and poor passing from both sides.

“The pitch looked okay from the sidelines but the players struggled to get the ball off the deck.”

Camelon took the lead in the 15th minute when James Stevenson survived a series of robust challenges to drive through and plant the ball in the net for the opener.

Bo’ness equalised just after the half-hour mark with a free-kick from Robert Sloan, whose effort took a slight deflection on the way into the net.

Five minutes later, Bo’ness took the lead with a simple, well-worked goal, Darren Gribben floating over a cross from the right for Mark Cowan to head home at the near post.

Bo’ness added a third in the 54th minute from a Sloan corner on the right. Sub Keiron Anderson headed the ball back for Chris Donnelly to prod home from three yards.

However a couple of minutes later, Stevenson’s shot was blocked by Bo’ness goalkeeper Connor Wallace out to Mattie Cooper, and his effort looped into the net from 15 yards.

Camelon hit the post after Wallace misplaced a throw-out and, in the melee that followed, the visitors claimed a penalty as Stevenson tumbled under the goalkeeper’s challenge but the referee waved play on.

Bo’ness United: Wallace, Snowdon, Sloan, Leiper, Hunter, Murphy, Philp, Scott, Cowan, Donnelly, Gribben. Subs: Anderson, Devine, Nimmo, Campbell, Peat.

Camelon: Shaw, Bell, Devlin, Graham, Fullerton, Scott, M Wright, Donaldson, Cooper, Stevenson, G Wright. Subs: Allison, McLaren, Benton, Ure.