Bonnyrigg Rose under-19s clinched their second piece of silverware this season after defeating Penicuik Athletic 4-1 AET in the Division 2 League Cup final on Sunday afternoon.
The game, which drew a sizable crowd to New Dundas Park, started off at frantic pace as both sides went in search of an early goal. Rose, led by the lively duo of Cameron Alexander and Rohan McDowell, won the game’s first corner-kick after just 3 minutes but failed to make it count.
A minute later, it was Penicuik’s turn to throw bodies forward and attempt to take the lead.
Their corner-kick saw the ball end up in the back of net only for the referee to blow for a foul on Bonnyrigg goalkeeper, Jose Herrero.
A clumsy challenge by Billy Smith gifted Rose’s Luke Crawford an opportunity from 25 yards and his free-kick narrowly missed the top right corner of the goal.
Another mistimed tackle, this time by Ben Gracie, resulted in another free-kick for Rose and a booking for the Peni midfielder. McDowell stepped took this one but saw his effort saved comfortably by Robbie Doyle in goal for Penicuik.
Joe Viola, the architect behind most of Penicuik’s chances, cut in the from the right flank and played in Blair Conway who fired over the goal from inside the box.
The pace of the game began to slow down with Bonnyrigg, who looked comfortable in possession, looking more likely to get the opening goal. However, they were perhaps lucky to go into halftime with 11 players after Alexander appeared kick out in retaliation to a foul on him 20 minutes in.
He was eventually booked 15 minutes later after the man in the middle had let a series of rash tackles go unpunished. With half-time nearing, Rose had one last chance to go into the break a goal up after Blair Jones played a lovely pass into the path of Kyle Brockie.
The latter then fed Adam Crawford who saw his effort go agonisingly wide of the right post, meaning the two teams would go into break tied.