This week we faced Inverness Athletic FC in the semi-final of the Football Times Cup after successfully seeing off St Duthus FC in the Quarter Final. Having already played each other in the league, it was sure to be a good contest between both teams as the first whistle got us going.
It was the Inverness Side that struck the first blow for Bonar in the 8th Minute of the game with a long-range effort making it a deserved 1-0 lead as they started the game on top. Against the run of play, Bonar was awarded a clear penalty in the 15th minute but was unable to convert.
Before halftime, Bonar managed to bring one back through good footwork from Adam Mackay in the box as he dribbled past 2 players and finished well past the Inverness Keeper to make it 2-1 to the away side. Inverness again responded well, staying on top in the first half in the 33rd minute and making it 3-1 after being quickest to react to a rebound following an Inverness free kick on the halfway line. Bonar gave themselves at uphill battle at Half Time when it finished 3-1 with Inverness on top for the majority of the first half.
The Second half started with Bonar playing with much greater intensity, and the pressure prevailed early on in the 50th minute, as Bonar made it 3-2 with a Penalty converted by Adam Mackay for his second Goal of the game after great work by Archie Ryder to draw the foul in the box after a powerful run.
Inverness sealed their win in the 79th minute after being awarded a penalty, which was calmly converted to make the game all but over at 4-2. Bonar continued to push in the game but never managed to make any of the attacks count as the game finished at 4-2 to the Inverness Team.
We wish Inverness Athletic all the best in the Final at the end of October. Next week we return in League action away to St Duthus FC as we look to return to winning ways.