BO’NESS boss Allan McGonigal admitted his side’s pace was crucial as they beat Super League leaders Kelty to progress to the fourth round of the Scottish Junior Cup.
United ran out winners in front of a packed Central Park thanks to second-half goals from Will Snowdon and Kieron Anderson.
McGonigal said: “We were the underdogs in many people’s eyes but I thought we could upset Kelty with our pace. Over the piece, we were in control with our back four outstanding. Our midfield of Scott Pittman and Ross Philp were facing a huge physical challenge but did brilliantly. We also had the pace of our subs Nicky Walker and Kieron Anderson to come on as Kelty tired.
“This result sets us up nicely for this week’s Scottish Cup game against Arbroath.”
After a goalless first half in which Bo’ness had the best chances while Kelty’s Neil McCabe slammed an effort off the visitors’ bar, McGonigal’s men nosed in front on 74 minutes.
Following a scramble in the Kelty box, Pittman was sent sprawling by home keeper Kyle Allison. Up stepped Snowdon to wrong foot the keeper and give the visitors a deserved lead.
Then, five minutes later, substitute Anderson took a great pass from Pittman to slam the ball home.
An altercation between Snowdon and Kelty’s Stuart Cargill resulted in the former being sent off for his second booking leaving the visitors tight at the back. In injury time, Kelty substitute Scott Lawrie’s free-kick went through a ruck of players.
Kelty Hearts: Allison, Duffin, Leighton, O’Neill, T Courts, C Courts, Ritchie, Greig, Grady, Cargill, McCabe. Subs: Morrison, Manson, Lawrie, O’Reilly, Marley.
Bo’ness: Wallace, Snowdon, Sloan, Campbell, Hunter, Nimmo, Donnelly, Philp, Cowan, Pittman, Gribben. Subs: Anderson, Miller, Murphy, Walker, Peat.