Bonnyrigg were held to a draw by Ayrshire giants Auchinleck, though a very strong Rose side will feel they should have won the tie at the first time of asking.
Disappointed Bonnyrigg manager Davy McGlynn said: “We controlled the opening half hour, taking a well-deserved lead through Hissy [Steven Hislop], but allowed them back into the game with a disputed equaliser. We had the chances to put the game to bed but to come down here and play one of the giants of junior football and play them off the park for long periods was pleasing.”
Bonnyrigg started well and within five minutes could have taken the lead, but Alan Horne’s effort bounced back off the far post.
However, the Rose broke the deadlock in the 12th minute. Alex King’s cross reached Hislop, who slammed the ball into the net for a deserved lead.
Talbot gradually found their feet and equalised in the 20th minute. Keir Milliken’s cross found Dave Gormley all alone at the back post and he knocked the ball over the line.
As expected, Talbot laid siege to the visiting goal in the second half, but Bonnyrigg defended well and soon created pressure at the other end. King twice he forced ’keeper Andy Leishman into superb blocks and also hit the woodwork.
The game finished with Bonnyrigg hunting down a winner, and Talbot manager Tommy Sloan is not looking forward to next week’s replay. He said: “It’ll be another battle next week, but to be honest I don’t think there was much between the teams. Both created chances that could have won the game.”
Auchinleck: Leishman, Park, Pope, Lyle, Campbell, Spence, Young, Latta, Gormley, Milliken, Hyslop. Subs: Shankland, Boyd, Lavan, Wilson, Kerr.
Bonnyrigg: Grant, Archibald, Browne, Hamill, Hoskins, Woodburn, King, Horne, Hislop, Court, Whitson. Subs: Stewart, Beaton, Wilson, Easton.