ABBEY VALE                 0


Abbey Vale   Hall , Douglas , Connelly , Kirk , Proudlock , Kennedy (Rudd 45m) , Telfer (McMahon 56m) , Corbett , Goss , Malin (Clark 80m) , Cairnie  subs Turner , Uphill

referee    Mr Williamson    Attendance   60

After a long journey with diversions due to road closures we arrived at the picturesque  village of  New Abbey  for a SFA South Region Challenge cup 2nd round match against Abbey Vale  .In the opening minute Broxburn had a couple of chances that were desperately defended and cleared. ,In 7 minutes we knew this was going to be a minefield of a tie when Nicholas Locke was through on goal he knocked the ball past the advancing keeper who clinically brought him down but to the amazement of all in attendance, home support as well, the referee gave Broxburn a corner kick ? and waved away obviously strong claims for a penalty . Abbey vale had an attack on 9 minutes down the left but when the ball was crossed into the box it was too strong for Dylan Cairnie who tried to get on the end of it . Locke had a good shot on eleven minutes from 35 yards out that went just over the bar . Good play two minutes later saw Michael Linton play a ball to Conor Kelly who in turn laid it of to Greg Binnie but his shot went wide left of the target . A good ball into the box fell to Gordon Donaldson but the defender so his shot from just inside the box come off the left upright before being cleared by the defence . Dylan Cairnie took a free kick central to goals twenty yards out but his direct shot was easily gathered by Connor Wallace . Nathan Donnelly Kay done well to get to a ball out wide right and his back heel to Donaldson allowed the defender to cross into the box where Greg Binnie headed it goal wards only for Taylor Hall to save at his left hand post .  Half way through the half and Broxburn were pressing for the opening and Locke put a good ball into the box that Conor Kelly back headed but again Hall saved . A minute later Curtis Telfer thought he was scoring when his shot took a deflection high in the air and Wallace had to look lively to tip it over as it was coming down into the net . With 27 minutes on the clock Craig Purves took a nasty kick in the face  and had to come off to get his cut above his eye mended . .The opening goal came a minute later when NICHOLAS LOCKE had a free kick twenty five yards out to the left in line with the 18 yards box he curled it over the wall into the bottom left hand corner . The second goal came on 36 minutes when a great ball in to the box from Andrew Gillen (on for the injured Craig Purves) was met by the head of CONOR KELLY who headed home giving Hall no chance of saving . A good move down the right set up Greg Binnie just inside the box but his shot went over .The third goal came just before half time when Jack Beasley sent a good ball into the box for GREG BINNIE  to head home .

The second half started as the first had finished with Broxburn on the attack .Binnie sent Ross Nimmo out wide right and as the winger moved in on goal he shot just wide left of the target . Two minutes later Nimmo sent Binnie clear in on goal but Hall did well to come out and save at the striker’s feet . It was on 55 minutes the visitors got the fourth when Nimmo crossed in to the box for CONOR KELLY to break clear of the defence to head past  Hall in the host’s goal . Nimmo was through on goal on the hour mark but shot just wide left .Good play on 65 minutes saw Locke play the ball out to Gillen  who played it into Binnie in the box he in turn laid it off to Daniel Duncan who was unlucky to see his shot bend , just not enough ,  past the left hand post .A minute later Alexander Miller done well to get to the bye line and cut the ball back across the goals but Hall smothered the ball to thwart the danger ..Another bizarre decision by the referee on 74 minutes Miller broke free on the right and about two yards from the bye line cut it back across the goals to the on coming Binnie who turned the ball into the empty net but too everyone’s amazement the referee disallowed the goal for offside ? . This was just after a ball came off a Abbey Vale player and went out for a throw and when Andrew Gillen went to take the ball of the Abbey Vale player he was booked for delaying the restart of the game as the referee had given the hosts the throw in ? . Honestly you could not make it up . Conor Kelly saw a shot on goals deflect of Miller to go out for a by kick on 76 minutes . A minute later Duncan made a good run down the right before passing to Miller who saw his good shot equally saved .From the corner into the box Binnie headed goal wards but it was cleared of the line . Locke saw a shot blocked and it broke to Miller who’s shot went wide left . With two minutes remaining Miller was through on goals but his shot went into the side netting . Broxburn went nap in injury time when a ball into the box was bouncing about and when cleared from the line it hit of ALEXANDER MILLER’s outstretched leg and sneaked in at the left hand post ( They all Count ) . Another cup progress and comfortable in the end despite some strange going’s on and things we probably shouldn’t repeat that was said during the game by official’s that were equally bizarre ,but we go on to next week’s Quarter final of the Alec Jack cup full of confidence and looking forward to another performance to keep our run going .


Date Time League Season
September 15, 2018 3:00 pm South Challenge Cup 2018/19




Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Abbey Vale000
Broxburn Athletic325

Broxburn Athletic

Michael Linton Midfielder
Gordon Donaldson Defender
Jack Beesley Midfielder
Connor Wallace Goalkeeper
Craig Purves Defender
Nicholas Locke Midfielder
Alexander Miller Forward
Ross Nimmo Midfielder
Nathan Donnelly Kay Midfielder
Andrew Gillen Defender
Shaun Harrison Defender
Conor Kelly Forward
Greg Binnie Forward
Daniel Duncan Midfielder
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

KO 29 53 53 FT

League Table

1Broxburn Athletic3074
2Musselburgh Athletic3063
3Jeanfield Swifts3060
4Dunbar United3056
5Hutchieson Vale3055
6Sauchie Juniors3054
7Hill of Beath3050
8Haddington Athletic3044



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