May 4 2012 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Friday
Callander Thistle 4 Bonnybridge 3
THISTLE made it through to the JF Colley Cup semi-final with a spirited win against a Premier outfit.
Although they play four divisions below Bonnybridge, Callander stuck to their game plan to come out on top.
Callander took the lead after Gavin Loch played through a delightful ball for Ally Smith to score the opener. Bonnybridge equalised after a great Varney save was slotted into the back of the net.
Callander pushed on and won a penalty. Sean Wilbert stepped up but the keeper saved well. Just 30 seconds later Callander were awarded another penalty but this time Wilbert slotted home to make it 2-1.
Shortly after Scott Graham found himself one-on-one with the keeper, but failed to score then Bonnybridge again levelled the match with a scrappy goal.
In the second half Bonnybridge went ahead 3-2 but Taylor McLaren made it all square from a free kick.
Grant Donaldson played the ball down the line for Wilbert to head on and Scott Graham scored number four with a great strike.
David Varney, who had several crucial saves in the match, went on to make two more to keep Callander ahead.
Callander are away to Kirkintilloch Miners Welfare in the semi-final on Monday.
A WELL taken shot from Wilbert saw Callander go a goal up after two minutes of this league encounter.
But things took a turn for the worse when a challenge saw Innes get a red card and give Kincardine a chance to equalise from the penalty spot. Kincardine stepped up and sent Varney the wrong way.
Shortly after Graham had the opportunity to put Callander ahead but failed to net.
Thistle found themselves under pressure in the second half but the closest Kincardine came was hitting the post.
Callander got the break and after a lot of pressure Stirling scored to put them 2-1 ahead.
Herron was awarded man of the match for the second week running.
That night Denny lost 2-1 to Polmont, meaning that if results go Callander’s way tomorrow (Saturday) the promotion party can start early.