Penicuik coach Tom Mcfadyen hailed the fighting spirit of his team, as they battled back from being three goals down.
This Division two fixture brought together two teams who had both had mixed starts to the league season. Only four points separate them with Gala Fairydean Rovers having played two games less.
That the final result was a draw should therefore not really come as a surprise. The shock factor comes from the fact that Gala were 3-1 up at half time, and 4-1 up just after.
A double from Robbie McNeil and an own goal wrapped up the comeback for Penicuik, after two goals from Matthew Murray and one each for Aaron Allison and Thomas Lockley had given Fairydean Rovers a lead they would have hoped to hang on to.
Mcfadyen said: “We were missing a few players today who are starters. But it was a good game, and they have a great fighting spirit as you saw”.
The opening minutes set the tone for the rest of the match, both teams surging forward one after the other to try and get on the front foot.
Murray was lively for Gala, breaking through to hit the side netting and also having an effort saved by Jack Gulam.
McNeil was the danger at the other end, constantly looking to attack down the left wing. And the winger had a half volley saved after a great pass by Ben Viola.
It was the away side who got the first goal on 19 minutes. Murray was not involved for a change, with Declan Bell finding space to play in Allison who made no mistake in planting the ball past Gulam.
Penicuik responded with Matthew Ragwar getting on the ball in good spaces. But he hit a left foot strike off target.
Daniel Deya was also keen to have an influence, and determined play from him led to McNeil shooting over.
After missing those chances, Athletic suffered a sucker punch. Allison was the provider this time, playing a through pass for Murray who finally found the finish to get the goal he deserved.
The goal again prompted a reply from Penicuik, and Viola sent a speculative effort off target after cutting in from the left.
The same player had a much better chance when he went one on one only to shoot straight at the keeper. But he had the ball in the net seconds later. There was a bit of a scramble with Viola and Ragwar trying to walk the ball into the net, but the little striker eventually fired high into the net.
One minute later and two before half time Gala restored their two goal lead, just when Penicuik seemed to be growing in the game.
It was another excellent finish by Murray after latching on to yet another through ball.
And it was very nearly 4-1 before the half was out. Gulam found an attacker bearing down on his goal once more but this time he produced an excellent save with this foot when it looked like Bell’s effort was about to find the bottom corner.