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Bonnyrigg battle to semi-final victory over Edinburgh City

Bonnyrigg Rose progressed to the final of the U16 South East Region Cup on Sunday afternoon thanks to a 3-1 away victory over Edinburgh City at St Augustine’s High School.

Lucas Quinn’s half-volley gave City the lead in this replayed fixture following an earlier abandonment due to a referee injury.

Rose hit back shortly afterwards through a Jan Kapis header before Leon Young and Daniel Burnett’s stunning free-kick completed the comeback in the second half to send Bonnyrigg through.

Bonnyrigg will face Musselburgh Windsor in the final in what is a repeat of last season’s Division 1 League Cup Final when Rose also emerged 3-1 victors.

A rare blue-sky February afternoon proved to be the perfect conditions for football as these serial winners went head-to-head in a fast-paced encounter at St Augustine’s 3G.

It took only 11 minutes before the hosts opened the scoring via striker Quinn whose expertly-placed half-volley over Rose keeper Fraser Brown came about thanks to tireless pressing from Lewis Service to win City the ball in the final third.

Bonnyrigg didn’t let their heads drop, though, as they settled into the game and broke forward numerous times on the counterattack. One such fast break led to the corner from which striker Kapis rose highest to direct a powerful header beyond City goalie Harry Moffat and bring his side right back into the tie a mere seven minutes after falling behind.

City generally controlled the game possession-wise but couldn’t quite convert the few chances they mustered up. Thomas North went close with a low, driven effort from 20 yards before Dillon Thomson’s poor connection on a Quinn cross meant his shot flew well over the bar from close range.

Bonnyrigg continued to look dangerous on the counter, with Denim Walker skipping past defenders for fun shortly before Gregor Reid saw his effort cleared off the line following a free kick.

Clear-cut goalmouth opportunities were few and far between at the start of the second half – a flurry of Edinburgh City corners came to nothing, and Walker’s volley for Rose was well saved by Moffat.

However, the game sprung to life once again when Bonnyrigg took the lead on 56 minutes. Some great hold-up play by Kapis on the edge of the City box allowed time for Young to bomb forward from left-back before getting on the end of a through ball to calmly slot low beyond Moffat from an acute angle.

Bonnyrigg then added a third in some style with six minutes of normal time remaining, as Burnett struck an absolute peach of a free kick right into the top right corner from around 25 yards out to give Moffat no chance.

City, blessed with significantly more substitute options than their away counterparts, made a number of changes in a last roll of the dice but were ultimately left to rue their missed chances as the clinical Bonnyrigg held on to book their place in the final.

Bonnyrigg Rose will face fellow Division 1 side Musselburgh Windsor in the South East Region Cup Final, but both their and City’s immediate attention turns to next Sunday at 3 pm when they get to do it all again at St Augustine’s in the Colin Greenhill Memorial Cup.

Edinburgh City Player Of The Match: Lewis Service

The midfielder must have covered every blade of artificial grass as he was all over the pitch constantly making a nuisance of himself and putting pressure on the Bonnyrigg backline. His persistence is what ultimately carved out the opportunity from which his team opened the scoring.

Bonnyrigg Rose Player Of The Match: Jan Kapis

The striker opened the scoring for his side with a pinpoint header and was a non-stop runner up top, constantly putting pressure on the City goalkeeper. He also showed another side to his game when he linked up well to assist Rose’s second goal.

Edinburgh City Magic Moment:

Lucas Quinn’s goal early in the first half couldn’t have been executed much better and, on another day, would have set City on their way to the final.

Bonnyrigg Rose Magic Moment:

Daniel Burnett’s pearler of a free kick was the definition of unsavable and ultimately sealed a deserved win for his side who battled hard and took their chances well.

Edinburgh City U16s

1. Rory Campbell

2. Ross Lang

3. James Barret

4. Jaden Riddell

5. Thomas Scott

7. Aiden Burgess

8. Lucas Quinn

9. Thomas North

10. Matthew Murray-Smith

14. Isaac Mukaro

16. Dillon Thomson

17. Arran Matheson

18. Lewis Service

19. Jack Bathgate

23. Rhys Berry

25. Riyad Elmrabty

26. Jack Richardson

38. Harry Moffat

Bonnyrigg Rose U16s

1. Fraser Brown

2. Jack Muraska

3. Leon Young

4. Murray Grant

7. Kian Murie

8. Brodie Armstrong

9. Scott Walker

10. Daniel Sean Burnett

11. Denim William Walker

12. Ethan Lumsden

13. Hamish O’Hara

14. Josh Beveridge

15. Gregor Reid

18. Jan Kapis


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