Scottish Cup: Highland sting for Bonnyrigg | Whitehill book Elgin date

Bonnyrigg Rose crashed out of the William Hill Scottish Cup as they lost 2-1 to by a Deveronvale despite dominating the Highland League outfit for sustained periods.

Monday, 24th September 2018, 6:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th September 2018, 1:51 am

The Midlothian team dominated the first 15 minutes without finding the net and paid the price when Grant Noble put the Banff hosts ahead.

Worse was to follow for Rose when Sam Robertson doubled Deveronvale’s lead, leaving David White’s men with a mountain to climb.

Chance after chance passed for Bonnyrigg before Kyle Wilson finally found the net to reduce the deficit and take the teams in at the break with the home side ahead by a goal.

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Bonnyrigg continued their onslaught into second half but never truly threatened the Vale keeper. They had countless corners, all to no avail, with headers and volleys all going astray.

Deveronvale stuck to their task, with sometimes ten men in their own penalty box blocking efforts.

The longer the game went on, the more frustrated the visitors became. Deveronvale wasted as much time as possible whenever the opportunity came round. Bonnyrigg threw five men 
forward in attack, but still couldn’t get an equaliser and made long trip back home empty handed.

Boss White cast a dejected and gutted figure in his post-match interview.

“We played good football without any real penetration or troubling their keeper,” he said. “On another day we would have scored ten, but we weren’t at the top of our game and we’ve paid the price. The Scottish is a great competition for us and our support so it makes it all the more difficult for us to get a result like this.”

Elsewhere in the competition, Civil Service Strollers drew 2-2 away at Forres Mechanics, with the replay scheduled for this Saturday at Christie Gillies Park. Robbie Laird and David Churchill found the net for Gary Jardine’s side.

Whitehill Welfare came out on top in all Lothians affair against Edinburgh University, prevailing 1-0 thanks to a 30-yard screamer from Kevin Keane. Their reward is a trip to League 2 side Elgin City in the second round.

Second-round draw (ties due on Saturday, October 20): Albion Rovers v Formartine United; Beith Juniors v Linlithgow Rose; Berwick Rangers v Gretna FC 2008; Brora Rangers v Coldstream; Cove Rangers v Auchinleck Talbot; Cowdenbeath v Clyde; Cumbernauld Colts v BSC Glasgow; Deveronvale v University of Stirling; East Kilbride v Spartans; Edinburgh City v Forres Mechanics/Civil Service Strollers; Edusport Academy v Fraserburgh; Elgin City v Whitehall Welfare; Gala Fairydean v East Stirlingshire; Peterhead v Dalbeattie Star/Kelty Hearts; Rothes v Annan Athletic; Stirling Albion v Queen’s Park.