Bonnyrigg hero Moyes aims to stay top of the pile

Ewan Moyes celebrates his stunning late goal for Bonnyrigg
Ewan Moyes celebrates his stunning late goal for Bonnyrigg
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BONNYRIGG ROSE defender Ewan Moyes struck a 93rd-minute screamer against champions Kelty Hearts to put the New Dundas Park men top of the Super League – then claimed they have the belief that they can stay there.

The former Hibs youngster pounced to score the only goal with almost the last kick of the game, sending a piercing volley into the top corner to leave Kelty keeper Kyle Allison with no chance. Rose looked like they had blown their chance to take all three points after substitute Fraser McLaren saw his penalty kick saved after 78 minutes.

But, with a man advantage after Kelty defender Garry Leighton saw red, they piled forward and broke Kelty’s hearts.

“It’ll probably be the only time I’ll score a goal like that in my life,” said Moyes. “It just sums us up this season, we just don’t give up – the boys have got belief that we’re going to win the game. We just kept going and we got our reward which I think we deserved.

“The momentum is with us and we’re looking forward to every game. We’re not getting carried away with ourselves, there is a long way to go, but we believe we can do it now.”

The red Rose are on the type of run which has them given them the look of champions. It’s now 15 games since they last tasted defeat in the middle of August and if they can maintain their current form, they’ll be very hard to catch.

Allied to their ability to score goals, they have a solid defensive unit which didn’t look like being breached all afternoon. Centre back Dean Hoskins was on the line to clear Brian Ritchie’s goalbound header after 19 minutes as Kelty tested first.

Ross Archibald and Lewis Turner then came close with attempts for the visitors, before Wayne McIntosh should’ve done better before half-time after getting the break of the ball, but he blasted over.

The hosts started the second half on the front foot and Ritchie was inches away with an effort from long range which took a nick off a Bonnyrigg defender before striking the outside of the post.

Conrad Courts then had Rose keeper Michael Andrews worried with a fizzing low strike from fully 30 yards which just drifted just wide of the post.

Just as Kelty looked the more likely to go in front, Kieran McGachie won the visitors a spot kick after falling under a Leighton challenge and the defender was given his second booking of the afternoon. Allison produced the goods to thwart McLaren, but he was helpless to stop Moyes right at the death.

Kelty Hearts: Allison, Morrison, Gates, Leighton, T.Courts, Jacobs, Ritchie, Husband, Dalziel (Cargill), Smith, C.Courts (McCabe).

Bonnyrigg Rose: Andrews, Horne, Donaldson, Stewart, Moyes, Hoskins, Archibald (McLaren), Turner, McGachie, Nelson, McIntosh.