Business-like Bonnyrigg start with victory

Bonnyrigg began their 
defence of the Super League title with a satisfactory victory.

The first 20 minutes were even with both sides having chances, Paul Shields going closest with a shot off a post. However, the Rose opened the scoring in 23 minutes when Shields was brought down by Ryan Dignan and Kevin McLeish shot home the penalty. McLeish then hit the post with a thundering free kick before Sean Grady latched on to a fine through pass from Kris Renton and sent the ball home to put the home side two up at the break.

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The game was made safe after 77 minutes when Shields scored a fine goal. This finished the game as a contest but Chris Seeley had an excellent 30-yard effort saved by Andy Carlin 
before McLeish converted 
another penalty just before time after an incident that saw 
St Andrews defender Adam Porteous red-carded.

Bonnyrigg Rose: Carlin, McLeish, Stevie Thomson, Dunn, Woodburn, Burrell, King, Renton, Archibald, Grady, Shields. Subs: Roseburgh, Bunyan, S Thomson, Hendrie, sg: Burgess.

St Andrews United: Bennett, Cumming, Dignan, Hendrie, Porteous, Seeley, McMillan, McQuade, Patrick, Ramsay, MacRae. Subs: Hunter, Sutherland, Suttie, McInnes, sg: Sloan.