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Incredible Bonnyton comeback wins 12 goal thriller

Written by  Liz Anderson
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Dean Thistle Under 19s
Bonnyton Thistle Under 19s
Competition: G&DYFL League 'A'
Venue: Dean Park, Kilmarnock
Date: 10/05/2012
What a great game of football this turned out to be, I don’t think anyone could have predicted the final score!  This had all the makings of a good old fashioned derby match, with both Kilmarnock teams eager to get the 3 points.   Bonnyton were striving to win the league for the 2nd year in a row and Dean were looking to stop the Scottish Cup winners in their tracks.   What really was a home game for both teams turned into an unexpected goal fest with a final tally of 12 excellent goals.  Any neutral watching would have easily paid money to watch this game on a cold and wet night that you would have mistaken for November rather than May.
With Dean facing the last 2 year’s Scottish Cup holders, you would be expecting it to be an easy game for Bonnyton but it wasn’t to be.  In fact you would have been hard pressed to say who were the current Scottish Cup winners when the game got underway.  Dean came at Bonnyton right from the start with everything to play for and by far were the team who wanted to win it more.  Perhaps Bonnyton were a bit complacent after their narrow cup win but they were soon to find themselves well and truly on the ropes with a Dean side fired up for the occasion. 
The first half started brightly enough for Bonnyton when a great through ball from Watt in the first minute fell to the feet of McKie who coolly slotted the ball past Mason in the Dean goal. 
Bonnyton must have thought that was just the start of what would be an easy game, but Dean had other ideas because a minute later, a great pass in from the right to the feet of Johnston gave him the chance to open up a terrific shot from 30 yards out. Murchie in the Bonnyton goal must have thought the ball was going wide and made no effort to go for it, only to watch it drop into the bottom left hand corner of the net. 1-1.
The next 15 minutes saw some chances fall to Watt and Mitchell for Bonnyton but when a free kick was taken from the left for Dean, the shot was spilled by Murchie only to be slotted home by Gall. 2-1. 
The 3rd was to follow moments later by the stand-in Brown, who had been drafted in late by Dean as they were short of players.   
To watch Brown and Gall play, you would never have known that they hadn’t been part of the Dean team for most of the season but both responded well to the late call ups.  By this time, Bonnyton were all over the place and the next goal would be vital.  It was to fall to Dean again as Bolton delivered another great strike from about 30 yards out straight into the back of the net and past the helpless Murchie to make it 4-1.   
It was certainly an off night for the usually reliable keeper who has pulled off some great performances over the season .  With 15 minutes remaining of the first half, you had to wonder how Bonnyton were going to get back in the match and how they were going to overturn this very unusual score line.  
They thought they had quickly pulled one back but it was judged to be offside, however with 31 minutes gone, Walker managed to head home a great throw in from Wood to make it 4 -2.  
It was certainly end to end stuff after this with plenty of action for both keepers.   With 5 minutes remaining, a great corner in from Mitchell on the left hand side went straight to the head of Wood who delivered a great shot into the bottom left hand corner. 4-3.  
Bonnyton must have thought they were going into half time 1 goal down having clawed back the deficit.   However, the dominating Dean side had other ideas as right on the stroke of half time, the troublesome, Brown, floated a ball in from the right hand side to the head of Gall who delivered his 2nd goal past Murchie to make it 5-3.  
Dean were tremendous in the first half whilst Bonnyton never really started.  The half time talk was going to be interesting to say the least in the Bonnyton camp.  To be fair, Bonnyton made changes from the team who won on Sunday, however, take nothing away from the work effort and good football from a Dean team who were certainly on form on the back of their defeat on Tuesday night in the Supplementary Cup.
Half Time: Dean Thistle Under 19s 5-3 Bonnyton Thistle Under 19s
The second half started the same as the first with Bonnyton managing to score within the first minute.  Wood put a great cross in from the left hand side to Watt who drilled a terrific effort past Mason.
The game was fast and furious with both teams trying to get that next vital goal which would prove crucial.  The ball was being passed from end to end with chances from both teams, it was difficult to tell who would score next.  Stevenson for Dean had to be subbed at half time due to an injury picked up from Tuesday night and he was replaced by Allan.  He nearly scored just after he came on but found his effort saved by Murchie who had to reach out to grab the ball to safety.  
On the 60 minute mark, Mitchell sent a cross in from the right hand side to the feet of Davidson but he couldn’t put it in the net.  The play was then back up the park with Johnston trying the Bonnyton keeper again only to see his effort go inches past the right hand post.  With play then back with Bonnyton, Watt took a corner on the right which he floated into the box and after a bit of a stramash, the ball finally found the back of the net, courtesy of Mitchell. 5 -5.  
What a game this was turning out to be.  It had all the makings of a good cup final and the goals weren’t over yet.  Johnston, Gall, Bolton and Brown were still causing problems for the Bonnyton defence and their passion to win was still evident.  Bonnyton made their first change after 70 minutes, with McKie making way for Patterson upfront.  Strachan at right back for Bonnyton had to make a terrific tackle to avoid another Dean attack and managed to get the ball back to a Bonnyton team mate.  
3 minutes later, this important tackle paid off as Bonnyton were to go into the lead for the first time in the match.  The ball fell to Armour who struck the ball well but it hit the post, came back out to the feet of Mitchell, who slotted past the right hand side of the keeper to put Bonnyton ahead for the first time.  
With 10 minutes remaining,  Bonnyton made their final change with Armour making way for Anderson.  Dean were still passing the ball about well and trying to get the equaliser after leading for most of the game.  Mitchell was still causing problems for Mason in the Dean goal and had to save another effort from him after he lost out to Mitchell on the edge of the box, only for Dean’s number 3 to clear Mitchell’s effort off the line.  
With 3 minutes remaining, the last of the 12 goals was to come,  courtesy of Mitchell again.  Stevenson played in a great pass to the feet of Patterson who rolled it on to Mitchell to allow him to tap in for his hat trick. 5 -7.
It was a terrific display of great passing football, with both teams putting in a tremendous effort.  There were no bookings or red cards and the game was played in a professional manner with the referee having nothing much to do or worry about.  Dean Thistle will definitely feel disappointed not to have come away from the match with at least a point.  They certainly rattled Bonnyton in that first half and must have thought they were going to see their first victory over their local rivals.  All credit to both teams for their effort, discipline and passion for playing good football.  
However, credit must be given to Bonnyton for coming back when they looked to be very much down and out.  I don’t know what was said at half time by the Bonnyton coaching team, but it worked,  thankfully. 
Full Time: Dean Thistle Under 19s 5-7 Bonnyton Thistle Under 19s
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