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Gutted! The best team won in the end though.

What a great season, can’t wait for next seasons premier league!

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38 minutes ago, HibeeJibee said:

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Mind last season when I said you'd be hard pressed to beat the drama of the LTHV v Kelty and Kelty v LTHV games :lol:?!




What can you say about today.

In years or decades hence there will be an exciting last day decider, and some youngsters will say "there can never have been a match like this in all of history!": but some old timers will lean over and say "lads, let us tell you about 2019 - it happened like this, you see, first of all"... yet they will not believe them. Men will say such things cannot be real. Only those hundreds of us who were present - who saw the league title oscillate 5 times between 3 clubs in 1 football game and a team fight back from 2-0 down with 10-men to win that league title - will be able to say "I was there: I saw these things come to pass".

Incredible.

 

11 minutes ago, patriot1 said:

Spot on Hibee. I'm mentally drained and I don't even support either team!!

Do you think we should keep the conferences and playoffs folks:)


There will be conferences in the First Division next season, of course.

It was interesting when it went 2-1... from then on it made no difference to Broxburn whether they conceded a second or not: they simply needed to score as either 3-1 or 3-2 could win the title. This was a sudden mentality shift, from being in the driving seat at 2-0 and hitting on the break for a third to end it as a contest.

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A brilliant game for the neutral, the scenario when it went 2-1 Broxburn and both teams needed a goal made for a brilliant last 20 minutes.

The ref having a nightmare added to the excitement although the incompetence of the linesman added to his issues.

I was at the other end of the pitch and couldn’t see if the Bonnyrigg keeper handled the ball outside the box, the way the players protested made me think they didn’t disagree it was outside the box but rather the red card was harsh.

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A brilliant game for the neutral, the scenario when it went 2-1 Broxburn and both teams needed a goal made for a brilliant last 20 minutes.
The ref having a nightmare added to the excitement although the incompetence of the linesman added to his issues.
I was at the other end of the pitch and couldn’t see if the Bonnyrigg keeper handled the ball outside the box, the way the players protested made me think they didn’t disagree it was outside the box but rather the red card was harsh.
The keeper collected the ball inside the box, momentum carried him outside but he immediately let go.

The referee has obviously considered it to be a deliberate denial of a goal scoring opportunity otherwise its only a yellow card offense.

Annoying thing is ref couldn't really see from where he was and didn't speak with the stand side linesman who appeared to have a much better view.

Thought the ref's performance was poor throughout. He set his stall out early doors by booking Dean Brett for what was a hard, but fair, ball winning challenge and after that seemed desperate to send someone off. As for the linesman, they'd have been as well not being there.

That said it was an absolutely tremendous come back when we were dead and buried. Hopefully the licence situation gets sorted and we can play Lowland League football next season.

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I was on the canal banking around halfway and immediately thought he'd taken it outside. It's worth saying the refs had radio headsets so could have discussed it without flagging and running over.

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I was on the canal banking around halfway and immediately thought he'd taken it outside. It's worth saying the refs had radio headsets so could have discussed it without flagging and running over.
Don't disagree, he definitely carried it outside the box but let go pretty sharpish.

Personally I thought a red card was the wrong decision but ultimately it didn't matter.

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12 minutes ago, Gimme said:

Don't disagree, he definitely carried it outside the box but let go pretty sharpish.

Personally I thought a red card was the wrong decision but ultimately it didn't matter.

If the initial contact had been outside the box I would have agreed with the red but as he first touched it inside I'd say it was harsh.

For Bonnyrigg to produce that comeback with ten men proves they were the best team in the League but as I said earlier Broxburn should have been able to retain possession with the extra man and see the game out.

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44 minutes ago, Gimme said:

The keeper collected the ball inside the box, momentum carried him outside but he immediately let go.

The referee has obviously considered it to be a deliberate denial of a goal scoring opportunity otherwise its only a yellow card offense.

Annoying thing is ref couldn't really see from where he was and didn't speak with the stand side linesman who appeared to have a much better view.

Thought the ref's performance was poor throughout. He set his stall out early doors by booking Dean Brett for what was a hard, but fair, ball winning challenge and after that seemed desperate to send someone off. As for the linesman, they'd have been as well not being there.

That said it was an absolutely tremendous come back when we were dead and buried. Hopefully the licence situation gets sorted and we can play Lowland League football next season.

Completely agree, Brett’s tackle was hard but fair and a good referee would have taken into account its early in a big game and by booking him you set the tone.

Hard to defend them when they have the communication sets as well, it make the referee going over to his linesmen more dramatic and added to the anger from both teams.

I hope the license is granted, Bonnyrigg will be a great addition to the Lowland League as a team and bringing a fan base as well.

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1 hour ago, HibeeJibee said:

I was on the canal banking around halfway and immediately thought he'd taken it outside. It's worth saying the refs had radio headsets so could have discussed it without flagging and running over.

I understand it was the canal side linesman that gave the sending off. Whilst they were miked up, they also had the odd Conflab which was strange.

what a game.

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What a comeback and a couple of inspired substitutions from the gaffer which changed it. Folk around me were saying the 3rd goal was about 10 yards offside, didn't see it myself. Possibly the emotion took over everyone and it wasn't spotted.

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7 hours ago, Deanburn Dave said:

Three cheers for the boys who organise the EoSFL. The triple conference bedding in season has delivered the goods.

All hail the EoSFL.

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12 hours ago, jdt said:

What a comeback and a couple of inspired substitutions from the gaffer which changed it. Folk around me were saying the 3rd goal was about 10 yards offside, didn't see it myself. Possibly the emotion took over everyone and it wasn't spotted.

And in keeping with the referees performance I had visions of him giving Turner a yellow card for the celebration, ( which of course would have been his second and a red card) but the time the celebrations took gave him time to consider his decision keep the card in his pocket then blow the full time whistle.

Well done The Rose

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And in keeping with the referees performance I had visions of him giving Turner a yellow card for the celebration, ( which of course would have been his second and a red card) but the time the celebrations took gave him time to consider his decision keep the card in his pocket then blow the full time whistle.
Well done The Rose


I feared that as well, and also the handball against McGachie on the half way line, I wondered if he would give a second yellow for that. I thought he was a very poor official.

Btw - McGachie picking the ball up and punting it clean into the Forrest was comedy gold. I hope it’s on the highlights.

Credit to the management for the changes - the front two that came on changed the game completely. Until then Broxburn won every header and cleared their lines every time, two subs changed that and started winning free kicks, corners and headers and held the ball up, they really unsettled the Broxburn defence especially McGachie. Completely changed the game.

Horne could hardly walk for a long time and deserved a medal for getting through that game.

Lewis Turner ran through 4 or 5 challenges late in the game from the right back area right into Broxburn half, absolutely brilliant determination. And then went from his own 18 yard box to the opposite box to score the third in injury time, incredible. That completely sums up the 2nd half from Bonnyrigg yesterday and as a team overall. Leaders all over the park.

If you were asked to show an example of team spirit, desire, never say die attitude or winning against all odds yesterday was the best example you will ever see.

Well done to them all

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29 minutes ago, HibeeJibee said:

Twitters photos of the presentation:

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Well done to Bonnyrigg Rose on an outstanding season and winning the mini league. Hope the license issue is resolved as they deserve a place in next season’s league. Credit goes to the squad, but I absolutely love the second photo and see how much it means to Robbie.

My hunch is that Berwick would not have been in the play-offs if he had remained at Berwick and if he had been given money that other teams get, he would have got somewhere with Berwick!

No one could have argued if Robbie had taken a longer sabbatical from football, but that photo shows he has got his mojo back! 

Who knows, but in season 2020-21, Bonnyrigg may find themselves in a higher league that Berwick. Well done Robbie!!!

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Imagine his emotions at 2-0 down being sent from dugout, versus only 10mins later being back to 2-2.


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20 hours ago, jdt said:

What a comeback and a couple of inspired substitutions from the gaffer which changed it. Folk around me were saying the 3rd goal was about 10 yards offside, didn't see it myself. Possibly the emotion took over everyone and it wasn't spotted.

Remember it’s two players between the attacker and the goal - normally it’s one and the GK but he was upfield - not that it makes a difference as 2-2 suited Bonnyrigg.

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