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Penicuik's solitary goal enough against Dunbar to lift the League Cup

Dunbar United Colts 0

Penicuik Athletic YFC 1

Liddle 7
  • Sunday, 19 April 2015
  • New Dundas Park
  • Under 15´s
  • SERYFL Division Three League Cup

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.

  • Half Time:
  • Dunbar United Colts
  • 0-1
  • Penicuik Athletic YFC

The first chance of note in the second period came Penicuik's way on 44 minutes, when Ryan Porteous sent a long ball down the left flank to set Chandler on his way. The Penicuik man then cut inside before unleashing a shot across goal that seemed destined for the far corner, that was until Barber distinctively stuck out a hand to take pace of the ball which he then clawed into his grasp.

It was Dunbar's turn to put on the pressure and they forced a corner on the right. Soso whipped the ball in but Penicuik cleared, then Callum Hill hit a fierce drive but his shot deflected off the Penicuik man which took the pace of the ball and Sutherland collected easily.

Martin then produced a good turn and shot at the near post which was blocked. Dunbar had Penicuik pinned back and should have taken advantage when Laing made a good run in on goal but instead of getting his shot away from 12 yards out, he decide to play the square pass to a team mate and the chance was gone.

The men from down the A1 were having their best sustained period of the game with Penicuik looking nervous at the back but they were doing just enough at times to keep their one goal lead intact. Martin, Bisset, and Stewart all had chances for Dunbar none could find that elusive equaliser.

Sutherland did well to save from a good downward header from Cimoszko when he got on the end of a corner. Dunbar kept up their relentless attacks and were knocking on the Penicuik door again when Bisset had a shot block which fell nicely for Hill but he did not take the good chance that fell his way.

They must have thought they had at last breached the Penicuik goal on 70 minutes when Bisset got on the end of a ball into the box from the right side. A wonderful backward header from three yards out looked destined for the top far corner for Sutherland to get his hand to the ball to brilliantly tip over the bar.

Into the final five minutes and the proverbial kitchen sink was being thrown at Penicuik but they were keeping Dunbar at bay any which way they could. Potter had a shot blocked after being played in by Bisset and then he made a good advance into the box but was crowded out as support was slow in arriving.

After all the Dunbar pressure it was Penicuik who could have got another when they broke up field as Dunbar pushed everyone forward looking for that elusive equaliser. Owen Orr played a ball into the box for Jack Kennedy but he was denied by Whitecross who put in a terrific challenge.

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  • Full Time:
  • Dunbar United Colts
  • 0-1
  • Penicuik Athletic YFC

Lineups

Dunbar United Colts
Penicuik Athletic YFC
1. Calum Barber
2. Callum Whitecross
3. Filip Cimoszko
4. Ewan Laing
7. Thomas Martin
8. Jamie Soso
10. Jordan Bisset
11. Callum Denholm
12. Jack Stewart
14. Lewis Potter
15. Kyle McKenzie
16. Samuel Blaik
17. Callum Hill
1. Scott Sutherland
2. Scott Brown
3. Connor Hislen
4. Ryan Porteous
5. Arran Liddle
6. Matthew Chandler
7. Daniel Glen
8. Alasdair Hewett
9. Jack Wann
10. Jack Hamilton
12. Jack Kennedy
14. Gregor McKenzie
15. Lewis Anderson
16. Owen Orr
Star Player
Dunbar United Colts
Penicuik Athletic YFC
Callum Whitecross - Superb at the back all game and came to his teams rescue on numerous occasions.
Arran Liddle - Simple enough, got the only goal of the game to secure the win.
Magic Moment
Dunbar United Colts
Penicuik Athletic YFC
Dunbar threw everything at Penicuik in the second half but were unable to breach the defence.
Lifting the trophy at the end of the game after a strong defensive performance.
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