Penicuik point helps neighbours go top

Barr scores to make it 1-0 for Penicuik, putting the ball past Dodds.
Barr scores to make it 1-0 for Penicuik, putting the ball past Dodds.

Super League leaders Musselburgh Athletic were held to a draw at Penicuik Park last Saturday as Bonnyrigg Rose regained top spot.

In the third minute at Penicuik Steven Thomson tested home keeper Youseff Bejaoui from a free kick – the Penicuik keeper turning the ball around the post for a corner.

Nearly 10 minutes gone and a fine piece of interplay between Burgh’s Sean Paliczka and Thomson saw the former bring out a good stop from Bejaoui – before the Burgh top scorer Sean Jamieson next tested the Cuikie keeper with a long range effort. The woodwork then saved Musselburgh in the 16th minute after a Penicuik corner was delivered by Lough and met by Blaikie but his header smashed against the bar and then he saw his rebound well saved by Burgh keeper John Dodds. However, just three minutes before half time and Penicuik did break the deadlock when Devlin played a nice through ball to Lewis Barr who shot home giving Dodds no chance.

Greg Ross next saw his effort strike the post leaving the narrowest of leading margins to Penicuik at the break.

Three minutes short of the hour mark Burgh captain Brian Martin’s misplaced pass sent Ryan McCallum through on goal but Burgh keeper Dodds denied him with a fine save. Next it was Musselburgh’s turn to hit the woodwork, Thomson hitting the post with a volley. Then play switched to the other end and Barr was in again but his shot was saved. Play continued to switch from end to end, next seeing Thomson set up Kevin Bracks with a chance but Bejaoui turned the ball out for a corner from which the equaliser came as Scott Swaney was suitably placed to hit home to square it at 1-1.

The drama kept going into injury time when Musselburgh were awarded a penalty and Blaikie received a second yellow and his marching orders for the foul on Paliczka. Thomson stepped up and smashed his penalty against the underside of the bar with the rebound finding Brian Martin but he could only head the ball over.