Thorniewood United bowed out of the Scottish Junior Cup at the first round stage after a 3-0 defeat to East Super League side Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic at New Dundas Park on Saturday.
Kicking off 15 minutes late due to transport problems ‘Wood’ soon found themselves under the cosh as the hosts started in purposeful fashion, coming close when Dean Hoskins curled an effort wide of the far post following an eighth minute corner. United’s forays into opposition territory were limited with Chris Lennon doing well to win the Viewpark side a 15th minute corner.
Unfortunately this wasn’t enough to prevent Rose taking a 24th minute lead when Kieran McGachie was allowed too much time on the ball to pull back for Wayne McIntosh to slot home from six yards.
In the next attack the lively McGachie ghosted past two challenges on the United right with only brave goalkeeping from Alec Connell preventing a Bonnyrigg second.
Finishing the half strongly, Rose continued to press with a 39th minute McGachie header from a McIntosh cross forcing a fine Connell save before, on the stroke of half-time, the young ‘Wood’ keeper again had to be at his best denying McGachie as the big striker headed from point blank range.
Athletic began the second period searching for a second but it was Thorniewood who passed up on a gilt edged opportunity in 52 minutes when Daniel McNulty headed wide from no more than three yards.
In 56 minutes Bonnyrigg’s Andrew Kidd shot wide when in good position before the home side increased their lead on the hour mark when another superb reflex save from Connell unluckily landed at the feet of McGachie who knocked home from a tight angle.
McShane fired wide for United in the 74th minute before man-of-the-match Connell produced a fine double save in the 84th minute.
Thorniewood substitutes Declan Docherty and Liam Anderson produced a lively last 10 minutes for the visitors before a Lennon free-kick was deflected narrowly over in the 88th minute.
Rose then scored a 92nd minute third when Conor Thomson found the bottom corner with a well hit free-kick.
A match deservedly won by the home side but one in which a young Thorniewood side can take a lot of positives.