Fairytale cup run ends in Aberdeen

Monday February 12th 2024


Rose players acknowledging their supporters at full time. Photograph by Joe Gilhooley LRPS.

Match report by James McKenzie, of Bonnyrigg Rose FC

Aberdeen 2 Bonnyrigg Rose 0

Bonnyrigg Rose made the long trip north to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Fifth Round, the furthest the Rose have ever gone in the prestigious tournament.

Aberdeen were massive favourites for the contest given their Premiership status, but the Rose fans came to Pittodrie in their numbers to try and spoil Neil Warnock’s first match at the ground.

Robbie Horn made 2 changes to the team that disposed of Elgin City mid-week as cup-tied Scott Mercer and Declan Byrne made way for Smart Osadolor and Callum Connolly.

Osadolor looked to make an impact early on but saw his effort deflected into the path of Aberdeen keeper Ross Doohan.

Bojan Miovski was always going to be the danger man for Aberdeen, and yesterday was no different as he slotted home from close range to bring Aberdeen ahead 16 minutes in.

Bonnyrigg Rose almost responded immediately with a goal as Ross Gray picked the pockets of Richard Jensen but Osadolor’s effort was cleared off on the line by a sliding Nicky Devlin intervention.

Aberdeen would punish Rose for not taking their chances as their quality began to shine through, with Miovski getting on the scoresheet again as his effort deflected past Paddy Martin.

Osadolor would go close again late in the half but his effort drifted just wide of Doohan’s left-hand post.

Miovski was going in search of a hat-trick in the second-half, with Martin making a brilliant flying save to deny him his third of the game from a free-kick.

It wasn’t to be for Bonnyrigg Rose in the end as they exited the Scottish Cup in the Fifth Round, but the players and supporters will be feeling an immense sense of pride for what the team has achieved in the cup this season, capping it all off with remaining competitive against one of Scotland’s biggest teams.

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