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Kelty 0, Bo’ness 0: Match Report

ALLAN McGONIGAL offered no excuses after watching his Bo’ness side draw a blank at Central Park.

The East Superleague leaders turned in a below-par performance as they stumbled over the finish line to pick up a point in Fife.

A frustrated McGonigal said: “It seemed to be one of those afternoon’s we never really got going but it’s a useful point as Kelty are battling for their lives and this is always a tough place to come. We never really looked like scoring but full credit to our goalkeeper Stewart Baillie who kept us in the game towards the end with two good saves.”

After a truly forgettable first-half there was at least a bit more action to get excited after the half time interval.

With 55 minutes on the clock Bo’ness midfielder Robert Sloan’s long-range effort dipped narrowly over Allan Fleming’s crossbar.

And thankfully that at least sprung the game into action with the lowly hosts certainly holding the upper hand in the goal scoring opportunity stakes.

Fortunately for visitors their keeper Stewart Baillie stepped up to the plate after sitting in the shadows of regular first choice Mark Peat for most of the season.

The Bo’ness keeper pulled out all the stops to deny both Neil McCabe and Brian Ritchie midway through the second half.

It was becoming apparent one goal would be enough to take the points but the burning question was who would make the breakthrough.

The league leaders struck their claim in the closing stages when Tony Jaconelli just couldn’t manage to force home a Stuart Hunter header.

But the home side will be left kicking themselves they didn’t capitalise on one of the two chances they created in the final two minutes.

Ross Philp teed up Brian Ritchie with a great opportunity but the midfielder couldn’t pull the trigger.

And then in stoppage time full-back Mark Morrison split the visitors defence with an inch-perfect pass which set Stuart Cargill with a run on goal but he couldn’t make the chance pay so the points were shared.

The draw for Bo’ness, coupled with Newtongrange winning at home against Hill of Beath means that McGonigal’s men drop to second place in the table after the weekends games but they still have four games in hand.

By Chris Sanderson

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