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Stalemate as league leaders Penicuik are held by Gala

Gala Fairydean Rovers Colts 0

Penicuik Athletic Reds 0

  • Sunday, 13 March 2016
  • Netherdale 3G Arena, Galashiels
  • Under 15´s
  • Division 3
Blair Meikle

Blair Meikle | YFS Scottish Borders Senior Reporter
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Top of the table Penicuik Athletic Reds could only manage a 0-0 draw at Gala Fairydean Rovers Colts. It could though be seen as a point gained considering they had to play most of the match with ten men.

Sometimes in league winning campaigns points gained from tough away games can be vital, and if Penicuik win Division Three by one point they will not be complaining.

Athletic started the game like league leaders, passing the ball about well and controlling the first fifteen minutes.

Calein Ryan, Jake Grandison, and Rhys MacKenzie looked to dictate play for them and Lewis Allan was a threat down the left.

Gala though had the first opening. Lee Macrae’s skill took him through but he took too long to get his shot away and Robert Stevenson got out quickly to block.

The turning point came on sixteen minutes. Jack Forrester was sent off for his second booking within a minute and his side had 64 minutes to play a man short.

Grandison moved back in to centre half to fill the gap and made a good blocking tackle after more silky play by Macrae.

Allan went down the wing on two occasions at the other end but he could not generate enough power on his shots.

  • Half Time:
  • Gala Fairydean Rovers Colts
  • 0-0
  • Penicuik Athletic Reds

The home side began the second half looking determined to make the numerical advantage count. Martin Smith had a shot from distance held.

Macrae and Josh Lamb were looking good in the wide areas and a good cross from Lamb presented a chance for Robbie Johnston but he could not connect.

An even better delivery by Lamb was turned over the bar by Declan Bell.

Penicuik were not about to lie down though and MacKenzie was still lively in the centre of the park. He had a shot from distance which went wide.

Moments earlier there had been a shaky moment for Gala when Kyle Cockburn was nearly dispossessed by Jamie Rose.

The match really came to life in the final ten minutes with both teams having a go at trying to nick it.

Stevenson made a great save from Bell’s controlled strike and at the other end Rose shot wide after a clever pass by Grandison found him in between the lines.

In the end a draw was probably a fair result and both sides seemed happy enough with the point - Gala pleased to hold the league leaders and Penicuik relieved to avoid worse punishment.

  • Full Time:
  • Gala Fairydean Rovers Colts
  • 0-0
  • Penicuik Athletic Reds

Lineups

Gala Fairydean Rovers Colts
Penicuik Athletic Reds
1. Kyle Cockburn
2. Darren Boggs
3. Dan Cairnie
4. Lewis McGill
5. Martin Smith
6. Sam Cockburn
7. Sean Curran
8. Robbie Johnston
9. Declan Bell
10. Luis Mendoza
11. Lee Macrae
12. Josh Lamb
14. Matthew Johnston
1. Robert Stevenson
2. Jay Boyd
3. Lewis Allan
5. Jack Forrester
6. Caelin Ryan
7. Cameron Quinn
8. Jake Grandison
9. Rhys MacKenzie
10. Zak Galmiche
11. Josh Mcdonald
12. Michael Robertson
14. Jamie Rose
18. Greg Livie
Star Player
Gala Fairydean Rovers Colts
Penicuik Athletic Reds
Josh Lamb - Came on early in the first half and was very creative throughout. Glided past players and put in some good deliveries.
Rhys MacKenzie - Tidy in the middle of the park. Tried to keep the tempo high and move the ball quickly.
Magic Moment
Gala Fairydean Rovers Colts
Penicuik Athletic Reds
The away side losing a man was a boost.
Jake Grandison's block in front of goal shortly after losing the man stopped Macrae getting a shot at goal.
Club Views
Gala Fairydean Rovers Colts
Penicuik Athletic Reds
Stewart Robertson, Gala coach, said: "We played the ball well but we could have piled the pressure on when they lost that extra man but we played well as a team and gave top of the league a good battle. So I was quite impressed. "You could say it was an opportunity missed. We had some chances that we should have scored but as long as the boys give me 120% I will not put them to shame."
Grant Sandison, Penicuik coach, said: "I thought it was scrappy. The sending off early doors didn't help. With ten men, I had to rally the troops a wee bit and sit in tight. We tried to win the game but we are probably quite happy with a draw. It was quite a defensive performance although we nearly sneaked it at the end with Jamie's shot."
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