Wednesday 24 August 2016, 18.45, New Dundas Park

Second Wednesday in a row at New Dundas Park, this time to see the East Superleague clash between Bonnyrigg Rose and Camelon Juniors.  The match was originally scheduled to be played at Camelon’s Carmuirs Park, but ongoing work on the pitch means the game was played in Midlothian.  It’s the only game taking place tonight, rescheduled as a result of the home side’s Scottish Cup exploits.

Since Rose’s convincing victory the previous Wednesday, they won by four goals to nil at Broughty Ferry at the weekend.

It was my first sighting of Camelon of the season.

Founded in 1920, Camelon Juniors’ nickname “The Mariners” seems odd at first sight, given the town is right in the middle of Central Scotland.  The name goes back to when Camelon was a shipping port on the Forth and Clyde Canal, where it is linked to the Union Canal.

They began in the Stirlingshire, Intermediate and Lothian Leagues before reorganisation when they became members of the East Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association.

Initially they did not have a settled home ground and played in various locations around the area before settling on Carmuirs Park.

They have reached the final of the Junior Cup on three occasions, with one win, in 1995.  They were runners up in the East Superleague in 2008-09.

New manager Murray McDowell has signed for the season ahead versatile Jason Deans from Fauldhouse, David O’Brien, a forward from Greenock Morton, defender Don Morrison from Bo’ness United, Alan Sneddon a striker and defender Stuart Bell from Falkirk Juniors, defender David Mitchell, Ross Kane, Jason Bolam and Greg Nicol.

Camelon have so far lost at Dundonald Bluebell, won at home to Linlithgow Rose and away to Hill of Beath and drawn at Musselburgh Athletic.

There were around 220 in the ground.

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Bonnyrigg were first to show after 4 minutes when Nelson lobbed the ball forward to Turner, whose well hit shot was turned round the post by Kane in the Camelon goal.

In 8 minutes McLaren set up Turner in the Camelon box, but Devlin threw himself at the ball and managed to block the effort at goal.

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Rose were playing with a lot of confidence.

Camelon stole the ball in 19 minutes deep in Rose territory and O’Brien laid the ball back to Herron whose curling effort from the edge of the box was just too high, landing on the top of the net.

With 32 minutes gone, a long ball forward by Bonnyrigg was headed up in the air by a defender and when it dropped, Turner hit a low volley just wide from 22 yards.

Just before half time, McLaren played the ball down the right for McGachie as the home side forced the pace.  The striker shot for goal quickly, but could only hit the side net.

A half with little incident, but the home side were stroking the ball around well and were showing good patience against a hard working away side.

Young played a ball into the Camelon box in 48 minutes, where a defender headed the ball to the edge of the box where McGachie hammered the ball into the net on the volley to give Bonnyrigg the lead.

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In 60 minutes, Herron played a one two with Herd and then put the ball across the face of the Bonnyrigg goal.  It was just out of reach of two Camelon players in the middle.

Donaldson came forward for Rose in 62 minutes and put a great ball into the back post, where Jamieson came running in, but couldn’t get the ball on target.

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Camelon substitute Walton beat his man on the right in 75 minutes and crossed into the box.  With the defence claiming offside, O’Brien ran on to the ball, but could only shoot wide.

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Turner went on a run forward for Bonnyrigg in 80 minutes and was brought down by Scott, who looked like he may have got a touch on the ball as the game started to get a little tetchy.

A minute later, Herd went down in the Rose box, but the referee told him to get up.  The Camelon bench and support were feeling very hard done by judging by their shouts.

With three minutes to go, McIntosh looked to be clean through for Rose after a pass from Donaldson, but Morrison got back to clear.

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In injury time, McIntosh had the ball in the Camelon net, but a foul was given against McGachie who had knocked the ball down to him.

A narrow win in the end but Rose always looked in control.  Camelon never gave up and with a bit of luck, may have grabbed something from the game.

Bonnyrigg are very strong at the back and in midfield, with Turner being the pick of the bunch against Camelon.  Herron looked like a quality player in the Camelon midfield.

Full Time: Bonnyrigg Rose 1 Camelon Juniors 0

Admission: £6

Bonnyrigg Rose: 25 Michael Andrews, 2 Alan Horne, 3 Ruaridh Donaldson, 4 Kerr Young, 5 Dean Hoskins, 6 Jonathan Stewart, 7 Fraser McLaren (McIntosh 60), 8 Lewis Turner, 9 Keiran McGachie, 10 Adam Nelson (Brown 74), 11 Sean Jamieson (Brown 86). Subs: 15 Jonathan Brown, 17 Andrew Kidd, 16 Wayne McIntosh.

Camelon Juniors: 1 David Kane, 2 Calum Scott, 3 Jordan Devlin, 4 Don Morrison, 5 Alan Benton, 6 Jordan Herron, 7 Jason Bolam (Mitchell 79), 8 Andy Kay, 9 Gordon Herd (Allison 84), 10 Alan Sneddon (Walton 63), 11 David O’Brien.  Subs: 15 Jason Walton, 17 David Mitchell, Colin Allison.

Referee: Simon MacLean

Programme: None.

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