Penicuik Athletic YFC were crowned Division 3 League Cup winners 2015 after defeating Dunbar United Colts FC 1-0 in the final at New Dundas Park. Dunbar got the game underway at a damp and dreary New Douglas Park but it was Penicuik who started the brighter of the two teams. Two minutes in and a long throw in on the right by Arran Liddle was headed clear by Filip Cimoszko for Dunbar.
Alasdair Hewett was the constant target in the opening stages for through balls by Penicuik with Calum Barber in the Dunbar goal clearing the danger on three minutes. He had to react quickly again to clear before Hewett could latch onto a long ball from Jack Wann.
Penicuik came close to opening the scoring on five minutes after a good run down the left side from Matthew Chandler, he cut inside and slipped the ball into the path of Hewett, but he put his effort just over the bar.
The team from Midlothian opened the scoring on seven minutes when Liddle played in a cross come shot from the right side. Barber failed to hold onto the ball letting it spill from his grasp above his head and into his net to give Penicuik a early lead.
Dunbar were trying hard to get into the game and a long ball from Jack Stewart looking for Jordan Bisset was taken by Penicuik keeper, Scott Sutherland on the edge of his box. The East coast men were given a great opportunity to get back on level terms after Ewan Laing found himself in on goal, with time to pick his spot from 12 yards out he fired the ball straight at a grateful Sutherland.
Penicuik had to rely on Sutherland on 19 minutes to keep them in front when he produced a top one-handed save to turn the ball over the bar to deny Bissett at the near post. The Dunbar man got on the end of a long throw in from Soso and hooked the ball towards goal from a yard out. The resulting corner played in from the right bounced in the box but just would not fall for Stewart to get his shot away before Penicuik cleared.
A minute later Dunbar came close again when Thomas Martin played the ball across goal from inside the box, the ball was met by a flying header from Bisset but Sutherland produced a good reflex save to deny the Dunbar man an equaliser from four yards out.
The game was certainly competitive now with both sides creating opportunities and it was the defensive qualities of Callum Whitecross that came to the fore for Dunbar. A through ball from Daniel Glen was latched onto by Wann in the box but a great challenge from Whitecross halted his progress. The Dunbar defender then headed clear a ball in from Lewis Anderson and was then called into action again when he disposed Wann in the box to clear the ball upfield.
Dunbar then had their keeper Barber to thank for not going further behind when he reacted brilliantly to prevent an own goal. Barber produced a fine stop from a Chandler shot at his left post, his clearance hit off his team mate Cimoszko and with the ball rolling in front of his goal line, he reacted brilliantly to dive on the ball before it could cross the line.
Penicuik were turning up the heat in the final five minutes of the first half with Anderson forcing Barber into two fine saves, firstly low down from the edge of the box and then a fine one-handed save from a shot just inside the box. Dunbar then did their best to gift Penicuik a goal on 38 minutes when Stewart played the ball back to his keeper at the near post nearly letting Anderson in.