Connor Spowart scored the winner for Musselburgh against Super League title hopefuls Bo’ness on Saturday – after flying home from a holiday in Ibiza the night before.
Spowart timed his run perfectly before slotting home in the 84th minute. “This was my first taste of the Super League and it was great to get the goal that won the game,” he said. “I knew I had the pace to beat the full back and when Fozzy (Ally Forster) played the ball through I knew I was in on the keeper.”
Burgh manager Calvin Shand said: “It was a good performance from us because we were down to the bare bones. Young Connor only came back from Ibiza the night before and hasn’t done a lot of pre-season but he was buzzing to get on. We only have one player from last season so to gel everyone together in our first competitive game was pleasing.”
Bo’ness had had the bulk of the play without causing any real trouble to a resolute Musselburgh defence.
After the break, it was a closer contest and, as both teams realised time was running out, they went in search of a winner. In the last ten minutes, both sides created chances but it was Musselburgh who got the all-important goal. The hosts broke upfield and Forster slid a great ball behind the Bo’ness defence down the right. Spowart outpaced his marker, ran in on goal and drove the ball past sub goalkeeper Chris Donnelly.
A frustrated Bo’ness boss Alan McGonigal said: “We huffed and puffed without really doing anything. We had only one striker with seven players out. But, fair play to Musselburgh who won the game because they took possibly their only chance of the game.”
Musselburgh: Mancini, McManus, Gray, Dunn, O’Kane, Murphy, King, Davie, Ralton, Thomson, Forster. Subs: Moffat, McCulloch, Spowart.
Bo’ness: McCluskey, Snowdon, Donnelly, Murphy, Hunter, Gemmell, Walker, Philp, Smith, Sloan, Wright. Subs: Campbell, Devine, Gibb, Keast.