Bo’ness 2, Linlithgow 0: BUs through to last four

Ross Philp opened the scoring for Bo'ness
Ross Philp opened the scoring for Bo'ness
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Bo’ness United completed a stunning quadruple over fierce rivals Linlithgow Rose last night with a 2-0 victory in the quarter-finals of the Fife and Lothians Cup.

The BUs had already beaten Rose twice in the league – a 3-0 success at Linlithgow and a 2-0 victory on home soil just nine days ago – and also on penalties in the East of Scotland Cup before the last eight tie at Newtown Park.

Goals from Ross Philp and Stuart Hunter in the second half set up a home semi-final clash against Broxburn Athletic on Saturday.

While the final scoreline suggested a comfortable victory for Allan McGonigal’s side, it was anything but after a first half in which the visitors dominated.

Rose would live to regret their first-half wastefullness with converting chances having been a problem all season for the Prestonfield men.

Rose striker Tommy Coyne squandered an excellent chance to open the scoring after 18 minutes and had a further effort saved by home goalkeeper Andy Murphy.

Conor Kelly and Robbie McNab missed two more great opportunities for Rose, while home forward Marty Wright had a goal chalked off for offside.

With the wind and rain behind them in the second period, the home side used that to their advantage and opened the scoring on 59 minutes.

Robert Sloan’s pass found onrushing left-back Philp and he slotted the ball home past keeper Darren Hill from the edge of the box.

Hunter ensured Bo’ness’ path to the semi-finals – the Fife and Lothians Cup their last remaining hope of silverware this season – when he headed in former Hearts player Sloan’s free-kick with seven minutes remaining.

Musselburgh Athletic host Tranent on Wednesday night in an East Lothian derby at Olivebank in the first semi-final.