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Crutcher bags brace as Bonnyrigg bag League Cup

Bonnyrigg Rose 4

Roarty 61' Crutcher 97, 112' Crawford 114'

Penicuik Athletic 1

Smith 76'
  • 4-1
  • Sunday, 21 May 2017
  • New Dundas Park
  • Under 19´s
  • Divison 2 League Cup

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.

  • Half Time:
  • Bonnyrigg Rose
  • 0-0
  • Penicuik Athletic

With boss Grant Sandison’s words still ringing in their ears, Penicuik started off the second half stronger and almost took the lead a minute after the restart.

Hard-running Nick Brown made a strong run from left-back and was fouled as he advanced into the box leaving the referee with no option but to award a spot-kick. The impressive Joe Viola took the penalty but his effort was saved by Herrero who dived to his right to thwart Viola’s effort.

Three minutes later and in attempt to atone for his penalty miss, Viola fired a half chance high and wide of Herreros’ right post. A goal saving tackling then denied Viola after great play by Blair Conway and Kieran Payne down the right flank.

Against the balance of second-half play, Bonnyrigg took the lead in the 61st minute.

A corner from the left was met by Max Roarty, sending the home fans into rapture.

Penicuik were almost gifted an equalizer immediately after Roarty’s opener. In attempt to clear a short Alex Tait back pass, Herrero blasted the ball against an onrushing Penicuik forward and both he and Tait breathed a sigh of relief as the ball trickled wide of the empty goal.

Following good work from Johnny Crutcher down the left flank, Rose were awarded a free-kick and a chance to consolidate their lead but Alexander fired narrowly over from 25 yards.

With officials beginning preparations for the trophy presentation ceremony, Penicuik equalized to delay the Bonnyrigg celebrations. A corner-kick sent into the box was finished off in scrappy fashion by Billy Smith, much to the delight of the Peni supporters packed in the stand. With the game brought to life again and both teams eager to avoid extra-time, a defensive mix-up almost gifted Rose the winner while Rhuari Hunter had Peni’s last effort of normal time, firing narrowly wide of goal.

  • Full Time:
  • Bonnyrigg Rose
  • 1-1
  • Penicuik Athletic
Midway through the first period of extra-time, Bonnyrigg went ahead once more with Crutcher getting on the end of a ball by Alexander. Before Penicuik could restart proceedings, their coach was sent away from the technical area for protesting what he deemed to be an infringement in the build up to the goal. Crutcher, who was a handful for the Penicuik backline throughout the game, missed a chance to stretch his side’s lead when he fired wide after Crawford’s flick-on rebounded off the crossbar. Another surge forward by Nick Brown saw the energetic fullback fire narrowly wide of Herrero’s near post, further frustrating he and his teammates. Crutcher grabbed his second of the game and effectively killed off the game as a contest when he latched onto a long ball sent by Herrero, expertly lifting the ball over Robbie Doyle. Before Crutcher left the field to a round applause from the home supporters and his teammates, he still had one contribution to the match result. Moments after his second goal, he turned provider for fellow forward Crawford who also lofted the ball over the Penicuik goalie. Penicuik’s Jamie Coutts sent a free-kick over the bar from the edge of the box before Ronnie Livingston blew to bring an end to the fiery final.

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Final Result: 4-1


Bonnyrigg Rose
Penicuik Athletic
1. Jose Mcqueen Herrero
2. Adam Crawford
3. Greig Young
5. Max Roarty
6. Luke Crawford
7. Cameron Alexander
8. Blair Jones
9. Lewis Seath
10. Rohan McDowell
11. Jamie Underwood
12. Kyle Brockie
14. Alex Tait
15. Lewis Gray
17. Johnny Crutcher
18. Cameron McEwan
20. Chris Drummond
1. Robbie Doyle
2. Ryan Sommerville
3. Nick Brown
4. Euan Louden
5. Billy Smith
7. Kieran Payne
8. Ben Gracie
9. Rhuari Hunter
10. Joe Viola
11. Blair Conway
12. Ross Aitken
14. Jamie Coutts
16. Lewis Dunlop
18. Fraser Glen
Star Player
Bonnyrigg Rose
Penicuik Athletic
Johnny Crutcher was dominant throughout the crucial extra time and managed to secure the victory and the silverware for his side.
Joe Viola was a standout for Penicuik and was unlucky to see his penalty saved early in the second half of regular time. The gifted left-footed midfielder engineered most of his side's best chances and was an overall joy to watch.
Magic Moment
Bonnyrigg Rose
Penicuik Athletic
Jose Herrero's penalty save a minute into the second half was crucial to his side's win. Penicuik had started the second half stronger and had Herrero failed to stop Viola's spot kick, the outcome of the match could have been a different one.
Billy Smith's 76th minute equalizer not only brought his side on level terms but also made for an exciting finish to the end of regular time.
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