By Ryan Rowe
YFS Bonnyton Thistle Club Journalist
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As Bonnyton Thistle’s official club journalist, I have compiled a report on our three teams who were in action this week. Our Under13s took on the challenge of Caledonian while our 19s had a match against Antonine BC. The Under 21's were on League Cup duty, facing off against Glasgow University. I’d like to thank Colin Kennedy, Marie McCloskey, Garry Bole and also Ian Higgins for their assistance.
Bonnyton Thistle v Caledonian (Under 13's):
Bonnyton 13’s played their first match after the winter break against Caledonian. Things started shakily for the Kilmarnock side as Caledonian broke the deadlock quickly, scoring after ten minutes with a simple goal that caught Bonnyton sleeping at the back.
Caledonian kept Bonnyton camped in the own half for a period of the game before a nice piece of play inside the eighteen yard box allowed Cammy Neilson to equalise.
Bonnyton cranked up the pressure towards the end of the half but couldn’t grab the goal they needed.
At half-time, Jordan Mason came on for Craig Boyle and Mathew Mottram was subbed on for Stewart Masterton. Bonnyton started the stronger in the second period and some good passing play allowed Mason set up Logan Campbell to finish well with a strike that nestled in the bottom right corner of the net.
Bonnyton continued to pressurise and Brandon Johnston swung over a corner that was tucked away by Lewis McCabe. 3-1 Bonnyton, fifteen minutes into the second half.
Caledonian were down but not out and they came back fighting. They sent a long ball up top to the forward who dragged it over to the right and played a square ball to an on-running team mate who slotted it away. 3-2 and game on once more - despite claims for offside.
This shocked the Bonnyton players back into their shells as Caledonian were buoyant; forcing their opponents to sit deep. With ten minutes to go Caledonian equalised when they squeezed a shot past the Bonnyton keeper.
Caledonian grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and began to dominate. An array of errors from Bonnyton allowed Caledonian to make it 4-3. Caledonian took advantage and a square cross was rolled home with ten minutes to go.
Caledonian found a way to push through once more and scored again to make it 5-3, and that would be how the game finished.
It was evident that Bonnyton thought they had the game sewn up at 3-1. They played pretty well up until then but as the midfield failed to keep control of the game Caledonian fought back to level terms before surging ahead to win.
Bonnyton Thistle v Antonine BC (Under 19s):
Bonnyton 19s took on Antonine BC after securing a neat 4-0 win against Knightswood in their first league game after the winter break, looking to build on their impressive recent form.
The first ten minutes started frantically with both teams pressing and playing at a very high tempo. Antonine’s McKinnon and Carslaw were causing the Ayrshire boys some problems in the opening stages before Bogle had a free kick from the edge of the area saved by Dylan Caddis.
Bonnyton gave themselves a shake and it was not long before Ewan Barrie had a shot whizz just past the far post.
Bonnyton began to gain control of the game and on twenty-five minutes Sam McCloskey dispatched Jordan Muir’s cross into the six yard box to make it 1-0.
Antonine’s next sight of goal came after a good run by McKinnon, only for Barrie to thwart it at the edge to avert the danger. From this block Bonnyton countered and Kieran McCrum attempted a shot from distance that the keeper saved.
Muir went close for Bonnyton in the last ten minutes of the first half before Bogle had a try that failed to trouble Caddis. 1-0 at Half Time.
The second period started much the same as the first half ended. Bonnyton were on top and in the opening moments were denied claims for a penalty when McCloskey was downed in the box.
This never deterred the Kilmarnock side however and five minutes later David Shedden’s cross was met by McCrum, only for the midfielder to blaze over.
Bonnyton did eventually extend their lead went Hunter poked the ball home after a scramble in the six yard box. Barrie claimed the assist.
Bonnyton were moving through the gears now and on the hour mark Steven Gregory played in Jordan Muir who fired into the bottom of the net. A minute later, Kieran McCrum made it four.
Sam McCloskey was not to be outdone however and the winger doubled his tally for the day to continue his impressive scoring form, netting an excellent free-kick strike.
Antonine were struggling to keep up with Bonnyton as we entered the closing stages but Cree did manage to conjure up a shot on target with ten minutes to go. The shot had power and accuracy but was saved well.
On eighty-five minutes, brilliant passing by Bonnyton lead to a powerful low drive from Sean Mears that was smothered by Antonine keeper Gibbons.
Bonnyton continued to dominate as Antonine’s bear numbers began to show as they toiled towards the final whistle.
Steven Hill almost scored with moments remaining with a great shot before David Shedden had two tries at goal go unmerited.
And that was how it finished. A good display by Bonnyton that say them run out comfortable winners and keep a clean sheet in the process. 5-0.
Men of the Match for Bonnyton were Andy Strachan and David Shedden.
Bonnyton Thistle v Glasgow University (Under 21s League Cup):
Bonnyton 21s took on Glasgow University in an eagerly anticipated League Cup tie. The match finished 3-3 and so went all the way to penalties. Glasgow University grabbed the shoot-out victory, winning 4-3 on penalties. The scorers for Bonnyton were Greg Vernon, Jackson Biggar and Keir White. Bonnyton missed a barrel-load of chances during the game, including a penalty. For now, it’s all about achieving promotion for the 21s.
So a mixed day for Bonnyton Thistle, with 2 losses and 1 win from 3 games. The 13s and 21s still have a promising season ahead while things just keep getting better for the 19s. Once again I’d like to thank Colin Kennedy, Marie McCloskey and Garry Bole for their notes on the matches.