Saturday saw a tough Round 1 encounter between Deveronvale and Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic. Bonnyrigg Rose now play in the East of Scotland League having moved up from the SJFA East Region Super League, which they had won four times including last season. That win qualified them for this year’s Scottish Cup.
This was Bonnyrigg Rose’s fourth Scottish Cup campaign, their best being in Season 2016-17 when they reached Round 4 but lost to Hibernian. Their previous Scottish Cup encounters with SHFL clubs were in 2009-10 when they lost 2-1 at home to Fraserburgh and in 2016-17 when they got past both Turriff United and Cove Rangers. This was the first meeting between Deveronvale and Bonnyrigg Rose and Vale chairman, Jim Mair, presented a small plaque marking the occasion to Bonnyrigg Rose chairman Charles Kirkwood.
The game itself was a very tight affair with Vale taking a 2-0 lead through first half goals from Grant Noble and Sam Robertson. Bonnyrigg Rose pulled one back in the first half and mounted numerous attacks during the remainder of the game but the Vale defended resolutely and saw the game home to a 2-1 win and a place in Round 2. Round 2 opponents will be the University of Stirling, who narrowly beat Keith 2-1 yesterday at the Forthbank Stadium, with the game currently scheduled at Princess Royal Park on Saturday 20th October.
University of Stirling play in the Scottish Lowland Football League and currently lie 9thout of the 15 clubs in the SLFL. Their results this season include draws against The Spartans and Edusport Academy, who knocked out Buckie Thistle on Saturday, and a 2-0 win against Civil Service Strollers, who drew 2-2 at Forres Mechanics. Vale and University of Stirling have never met in competitive football, so it’ll be breaking new ground for both clubs.
It would be the first time for University of Stirling in Round 3 and the first time into that round for Vale since 2013-14 when we lost 1-0 away to Albion Rovers. I hope we’ll see a large contingent of home fans coming along to the game to support Dippy and the team’s efforts to progress further.