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One goal enough to see Penicuik through

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Bonnyton Thistle
Penicuik Athletic Youth Blues
U13's Scottish Cup 3rd Round
27 October 2013
Bonnyton Thistle started the first half by taking the game to Penicuik. Bonnyton’s good passing and movement pushed them forward and resulted in several early chances for the home side.
Penicuik’s defence seemed stretched as they struggled to clear their lines. However, weak finishing coupled with good goalkeeper positioning and solid handling, whilst frustrating Bonnyton, seemed to reassure Penicuik. 

Mid-way through the first half Penicuik started to establish themselves on the field and having found their passing game, put the home side under sustained pressure. A sequence of corner kicks from the away side resulted in one of the best chances of the game when Cameron Orr directed a twelve yard shot at goal forcing the Bonnyton keeper to pull off a great save. 

The game swung from end to end for the remainder of the first half and although there were no goals there was some good football being played by both sides despite the wet and windy conditions. 
Half Time: Bonnyton Thistle 0-0 Penicuik Athletic Youth Blues

The second half started as the first finished with both sides eager for a breakthrough. Whilst a lot of the game had been played through the middle of the park Penicuik began to push the ball to the wider players. This strategy provided opportunities for Penicuik and Kieran Somerville, on one such occasion, was unlucky after weaving his way past two defenders to shoot wide with only the keeper to beat. 

This gave Penicuik added impetus and belief and it wasn’t long before Kieran was involved again. After some good work in midfield, David Allan sent a defence cutting ball through the middle towards the Bonnyton box, Kieran picked it up and broke through their defensive line, sliding the ball past the keeper and into the net. Whilst there was the usual cheering and brief celebration, with fifteen minutes to go, Penicuik knew that this was going to be a tough one to hang on to. 

As some of the players tired on both sides Penicuik seemed to be finishing stronger. However, with seven minutes to go Bonnyton broke away and as the ball was played square from the left side to the Bonnyton forward at ten yards out it seemed he only needed to tap the ball away from the keeper into the net. Their best chance of the match, only a great save from Penicuik’s Ellis Naysmith prevented Bonnyton equalising. 

Penicuik held on and won the match by a single goal. All credit to both teams for serving up some good football despite the difficult conditions. This was a very enjoyable, good spirited and competitive Scottish Cup encounter. Well done to Penicuik Athletic Youth 2001’s Blues and to a very gracious and hospitable Bonnyton Thistle.
Full Time: Bonnyton Thistle 0-1 Penicuik Athletic Youth Blues
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