Under 20s | Brown brace puts gloss on win as Spartans blow away Bo’ness

Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2022

Les Atkinson’s Under 20s progressed into Round 2 of the Combined Challenge Cup R1 with a comprehensive 0-6 win on the road against Bo’ness United.

There was a return between the sticks for Miko Komocki following his recent finger injury whilst Atkinson stuck with his trusty trio up top of Given Ndlovu, Mackie Scott and Ben Lamont who had scored 16 out of the twenty competitive goals between them heading into the Cup tie.

The temperature in Bo’ness had a true autumnal feel about it as the game kicked-off and the hosts had the added benefit of the wind behind them at Newtown Park.

An early touch for Komocki settled the goalie back into his gloves as the home side looked to set the pace of the cup encounter between sides who play in different League conferences.

Ben Lamont went on the run and on entering the Bo’ness box, the Scotland Schoolboy Internationalist was perhaps a bit too honest when his heels were clipped but to his credit, he remained on his feet, only to see his shot blocked by the keeper.

With a quarter of an hour on the clock, Spartans broke the deadlock.  Given Ndlovu with the opener as he striker dropped his shoulder, evaded the defender and drilled low into the bottom corner.

Bo’ness looked to rally and some choice defending from the visitors left Miko Komocki with work to do and the Gaffer raging.

Whilst both sides enjoyed possession and passing was in free-flow, neither keeper remained particularly challenged as the game petered out and the sides headed for the sheds with Spartans a goal to the good.

HT: Bo’ness United 0-1 Spartans

The interval saw the Twitter Guy head to the nearby chippy and Spartans make a change with Aaron Cameron replacing Sam Coats.

Just eight minutes into the second half and the hosts were down to 10 men.  A straight red card was shown to the Bo’ness No.9 who cynically brought down Mackie Scott as he raced towards the box.

Spartans took three minutes to make their numerical advantage pay off and Ben Lamont sent a low strike across the face of the keeper to see the ball nestle in the net.

Mackie Scott was replaced by recent American recruit Russell Brown who was to have quite the evening ahead.

It was a third for the visitors midway through the half as Aaron Cameron kept his composure inside the box before finishing off with a neat nudge.

Having Seb Mrowczynski, Harry Cuister and Elliott Miller enter the fray probably wasn’t what Bo’ness were hoping for after conceding the third of the night.

Super sub Seb Mrowczynski was to make quite the introduction when he looked up and let loose from fully 30 yards, unleashing a strike that the keeper could only get a fingertip to before it bulged the onion bag.  One to dine out on for a while.

With the hosts keen for the final whistle, up stepped Russell Brown.  His initial effort was ruled out for offside however there was to be no questioning the validity of two goals in as many minutes for the New Orleans kid who produced a brace of quality finishes to round off a good night’s work.

FT: Bo’ness United 0-6 Spartans

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Next Fixture

Date: Friday 17th May
Opponent: Dumbarton
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: Play-Off Final 2nd Leg
Kick off: 7.30pm

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