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Bonnyton finalists after second half comeback

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Bonnyton Thistle Under 19s
Harmony Row Under 19s
Competition: Under 19s League Cup Semi Final
Date: 25/03/2012
Before today’s match, Bonnyton Thistle and Harmony Row had faced each other three times already this season, twice in the league and once in the West of Scotland Cup. In terms of matches won, Bonnyton lead 2-1, including the 3-0 Scottish Cup semi-final victory a fortnight ago.
Bonnyton fielded the same starting eleven that played that match, yet a different team turned up for the first half of this game. Harmony Row started the game with intent, gripping the midfield and not allowing Bonnyton any time on the ball, with Gary Nugent winning tackles and spraying passes from the centre of the pitch. Bonnyton’s passing was loose and mistimed, inviting their opponents to attack and with twenty  minutes gone Harmony Row had the first opportunity of the match. Striker Scott Gallagher was played through and struck a powerful shot across goal from a rather tight angle, but goalkeeper Chris Murchie got down well to palm the ball to safety. 
Bonnyton struggled to get into the game, the influential Calum Watt, plus wingers Mark Armour and Eddie Mcternan’s endeavours were not enough and Row were able to keep pressing, looking dangerous whenever they broke forward, but unfortunately for them unable to make the final ball count. In the 27th minute, Bonnyton lost the ball in midfield and Row’s Derek Hepburn broke down the right before cutting in and beating Murchie, but not right back Stuart Walker who cleared Hepburn’s effort off the line.
Bonnyton were skating on thin ice, and Row’s pressure finally tolled on the half hour mark. Hepburn found Gallagher who shrugged off the attention of Walker before coolly lobbing the onrushing Murchie from the edge of the box to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
Bonnyton attempted to get back into the game after the shock of going behind, the Ayrshire boys had a soft penalty claim as Mitchell went down in the box but the referee waved play on. Calum Watt was involved in the last action of the first half as his trickery beat two Harmony Row players to give him a clear sight of goal, but a last ditch challenge robbed him off the chance to shoot.
The half-time whistle went a few minutes later, and Harmony Row would have felt aggrieved to be only 1-0 up at the break.
Half Time: Bonnyton Thistle Under 19s  0-1 Harmony Row Under 19s
Spurred on by their half-time team talk, Bonnyton started the second half brightly, having the lion’s share of possession. It didn’t take long for them to claw their way back into the game, Watt somehow kept hold of the ball on the left flank, before crossing for Greig Mitchell to nod home at the third attempt after two initial blocks. After a torrid first half display, Bonnyton were level. The match became tense and heated; both teams desperate not to concede, the tackles were flying in and the referee could have sent off Bonnyton’s Graeme Anderson and Row’s Ryan Coll after some handbags but chose to give them both a yellow card.
Bonnyton began to get a stronger grip on the game, Davidson anchored the midfield well and Wood marshalled the defence excellently. Thistle were breaking forward at every chance and 20 minutes into the second half took the lead. Greig Mitchell picked the ball up and ran at the defence, and despite having options either side decided to go for goal, before watching his 25 yard thunderbolt sail into the top corner and send the Bonnyton support into delirium. Harmony Row were on the ground and Bonnyton continued to turn the screw after the restart with playmaker Watt missing two decent opportunities, including a one-on-one which was well saved by Matthews in the Row goal.
Despite the home side being the better team in the second half, Harmony Row looked dangerous on the break, but Bonnyton held firm during a scrappy last 10 minutes in a match really brought to mind the cliché ‘a game of two halves’, and so they progress on to the final
Full Time: Bonnyton Thistle Under 19s 2-1 Harmony Row Under 19s
Bonnyton Thistle Under 19s
Harmony Row Under 19s
1. Chris Murchie
2. Stuart Walker
3. Graeme Anderson
4. Andrew Strachan
5. Peter Wood
6. Mick Lennox
7. Mark Armour
8. Stuart Davidson
9. Greig Mitchell
10. Calum Watt
11. Eddie Mcternan
12. Keir White
14. David Stevenson 
15. Craig Paterson
1. Daryl Matthews
2. Jordan McBride
3. Scott Jackson
4. Steven Greer
5. Robert O’Neill
6. Conor Monaghan (Captain)
7. Ryan Coll
8. Gary Nugent
9. Scott Gallagher
10. Kieran Blackwood
11. Derek Hepburn
14.  Kyle Maxwell
15. Ross Mcentee
16. Ciaran McKeown
17. Greg McBride
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