Penicuik 0 Broxburn 1

Friday April 17th 2015

Reporter Jim Dick

Penicuik: Bejaoui, Ross, McDermott, White, Young, Bunyan, Gay, Burrell, McCallum, Patterson, Jancyzk Subs: McCulloch, Lister, Killin, Hill

Broxburn: Maley, Williems, Young, Rarity, Millar, Manson, McQuade, Scott, Miller, Keast, Locke Subs: Donaldson, Fairbairn, Munn, Millar, Flockhart

Referee: Mr Craig Ferguson

Keeper Bejaoui was called into action in the opening minute when Miller disposed Burrell just outside the penalty box but his strike was blocked by Bejaoui and the danger was cleared.

In the 5th minute, an excellent move by Penicuik down the right saw Patterson at the front post slot the ball into the net, but was rules offside. Seven minutes later, a neat interchange between McDermott and Patterson saw keeper Maley block McDermott’s shot with an out stretched leg. In the 18th minute Maley was at full stretch to save a McCallum header off a Patterson cross.

Ten minutes later, White came to the rescue for Penicuik when he was forced to head the ball over his own crossbar as Locke waited to pounce. On the half hour, with no danger apparent, LOCKE strode forward from just inside the Penicuik half, and from fully 35 yards, thumped the ball past Bejaoui into the far corner of the net.

In the 37th minute, the same player caused problems for the Penicuik defence when his low cross was stopped by Bejaoui, passed back to him, but under pressure he coolly slipped the ball to McDermott who cleared the danger. Penicuik had a chance just before half time when, following a corner kick, the ball bounced amongst a ruck of players and Bunyan’s snap shot went wide of the goal.

Half Time: Penicuik 0 Broxburn 1

Five minutes into the second half, and a Ross cross into the Broxburn penalty area was miskicked by the defence and the ball fell to McCallum, but keeper Maley came out to smother the ball in a tangle of legs.

Two minutes later, Penicuik should have scored when Ross set Patterson free amidst loud claims for off side, but the pace of Williems saved the day as he nipped the ball off Patterson’s toe just as he was about to shoot. Then in the 59th minute, Bejaoui was at full stretch to tip a Miller header over the crossbar.

In the 70th minute, Bejaoui was again in action when he saved a Keast header off a Williems cross from the right wing. In the 83rd minute, a great diagonal pass by Gay picked out Jancyzk on the left. He crossed the ball into the box where McCallum rose above the defence, but his header went wide of the upright.

In the 90th minute Penicuik had a last chance to get the equaliser when awarded a free kick just outside the box. Although he curled the ball over the defensive wall, Jancyzk’s effort went over the bar. Final score: Penicuik 0 Broxburn 1

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