Bo’ness United manager Allan McGonigal has called on his players to secure the point they need to secure the Super League title tonight – and avoid a last-day title showdown with Linlithgow Rose.
The BUs host Lochee United at Newtown Park (7.15pm) and know a point will be enough to secure their third Super League crown in five years.
It has been a good week for Bo’ness so far, after a late goal against Hill of Beath maintained their three-point advantage at the top of the table on Saturday, while victory over Kelty Hearts in the Fife and Lothians Cup on Monday night saw them reach the final.
And McGonigal, former Hamilton Accies director of football, also raised a smile when his former club secured promotion to the Premiership with their penalty shootout win over Hibs on Sunday.
McGonigal said of tonight’s match: “We’re at home and the title is in our own hands. Take nothing away for it, Lochee beat us recently, but we are confident of getting at least a point. They are an attacking team and so are we, so it’ll be interesting to see how it goes.”
Lochee were the last team to beat Bo’ness in the league at the beginning of April in a 4-2 win
If Bo’ness are defeated tonight, at least a point away to Linlithgow on Saturday will be enough for the title, with Rose three points behind.
The two rivals will meet again the following week in the Fife and Lothians Cup final after both won their semi-finals on Monday night – a repeat of the 2011 final which Rose won 2-1.
McGonigal isn’t looking too far ahead, with talk of a league and cup double for the first time since 1948 when Bo’ness won the Junior Cup and the Edinburgh & District league.
“We have our own destiny to sort out in the league and we’ll take care of that first,” he said.
“It would be some achievement to do the double. This squad of players we have put together deserve every success that they get.
“It’s great for the supporters and the committee. Bo’ness haven’t done well in the cups. We’ve only been in one cup final in my time at Bo’ness so it’s nice to get to another one.”