Penicuik fall to the four in heavy defeat at champs

Kelty Hearts 4-0 Penicuik Athletic
Kelty Hearts 4-0 Penicuik Athletic

Champions Kelty Hearts started at a blistering pace on Saturday and Penicuik found themselves two goals down in the first five minutes.

In the third minute, a mistake by Liddell allowed Cargill to steal the ball and slip it past Bejaoui. Then two minutes later, an excellent move up the left wing saw Ritchie slam home a Gates cut back.

In the 22nd minute a strike from outside the box by Barr went narrowly wide of the target. On the half hour, Greig headed straight into the arms of keeper Bejaoui. A nice move by Penicuik saw Lough’s searching cross along the six yard box missed by everyone. Kelty immediately broke up the park and Ritchie set up Gates. His powerful strike was well saved by Bejaoui and the danger cleared. Play was swinging from end to end and Penicuik had loud claims for a penalty when Barr appeared to be taken down in the box by O’Neill, but referee Hall was unmoved. In the 38th minute, a long high ball was headed on to Greig, but his strike was tipped over the bar by Bejaoui.

In the 53rd minute, a cross by Lough was met first time by McCallum, but keeper Allison got down well to save.

Then in the 59th minute, a long high ball beat the Penicuik defence. Cargill held off Young to slot the ball past Bejaoui to put the game to bed.

In the 67th minute, a long range strike by O’Neill had Bejaoui at full stretch to turn the ball past the post. From the corner, O’Neill rose above the defence and his header was glanced into the net by Cargill for his hat trick.

In the 77th minute, a surging run by Barr saw him set up substitute Blaikie, but his strike went straight into the arms of Allison. In the 86th minute, a Kelty corner kick was headed by O’Neill, beat keeper Bejaoui, but was cleared off the line by Jancyzk.