Bo’ness to the four in Yarrow Park cup clash

Julis Tonelle in blue for Selkirk. Boness Utd vs Selkirk FC at Yarrow Park in the first round of the Scottish Cup.
Julis Tonelle in blue for Selkirk. Boness Utd vs Selkirk FC at Yarrow Park in the first round of the Scottish Cup.

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Scott Pitman in orange jersey for Boness Utd vs Selkirk FC at Yarrow Park, Selkirk in the first round of the Scottish Cup. Garry O'Connor bearing down in blue for Selkirk.

Scott Pitman in orange jersey for Boness Utd vs Selkirk FC at Yarrow Park, Selkirk in the first round of the Scottish Cup. Garry O'Connor bearing down in blue for Selkirk.

Bo’ness United marched into the second round of the Scottish Cup with a comprehensive victory over their Lowland League opponents at Yarrow Park on Saturday.

The visitors took the lead after 10 minutes with the first real opportunity of the game.

Will Snowdon swung in a free kick which Paul Murphy nodded towards goal and Chris Donnelly reacted quickly to stab the ball home from close range.

Selkirk looked to respond immediately and Gary O’Connor had an opportunity, but scuffed his 20 yard shot and moments later almost stole in to capitalise on some hesitant defending, but Snowdon did well to clear his goal-bound effort behind for a corner.

The open start to the match continued with Darren Gribben firing narrowly over, after running onto a Donnelly flick on, and Selkirk responded with a Julio Tonelle drive from distance, which was saved comfortably.

The lead was increased on 33 minutes, when Snowdon played down the line to Donnelly, who showed great strength to hold off his marker and put in a fine cross that Gribben nodded home.

The remainder of the half saw the Bo’ness midfield control the play against a deflated home side as they deservedly went in at the interval ahead.

After the break, the visitors continued to pile on the pressure and on 50 minutes Nicky Walker passed to Gribben, whose shot was well saved, the rebound coming to Ross Philp, who somehow saw his attempt deflected wide for a corner. Selkirk failed to clear the corner and the ball came to Gribben, whose cross found the head of Murphy, forcing a good save from Jamie Newman.

Bo’ness were completely controlling the midfield, with Selkirk resorting to long balls to O’Connor, who was being well shackled by the visitors backline, and on the hour mark more good play from Bo’ness saw Nicky Walker put in a dangerous cross that Donnelly nearly got on the end of with the keeper stranded.

Selkirk finally got back on the offensive with a Phil Addison long-range drive that Peat did well to save, and when the rebound broke to Daryl Johnston, Peat was quickly and bravely down at his feet to block the chance.

The killer third goal for Bo’ness came in the 79th minute, when Scott Pittman played the ball wide to Snowdon and his cross came to Gribben, who calmly slotted home for his second of the afternoon.

The scoring was completed on 84 minutes as Walker got to the ball before the outrushing keeper, passed it to Pittman and he rolled it into the empty net to round off the win.