Three red cards as Penicuik’s hosts pay the ultimate penalty

Fauldhouse 0-2 Penicuik
Fauldhouse 0-2 Penicuik

Penicuik’s two penalty conversions were enough to secure all three points from a fiercely contested match in which three players were given their marching orders.

On three minutes a pinpoint diagonal ball by United’s Brown picked out Brian Ross, but his well-struck shot hit the Penicuik side netting.

At the other end Jordan Lister came close, but Fauldhouse goalkeeper Murray got a hand to the ball to turn it away for a corner. In the 12th minute, a long throw into the Fauldhouse area was headed on by Donnelly but his effort went just inches wide of the post.

Six minutes later Penicuik goalkeeper Youseff Bejaoui was at full stretch to tip a header on to the post for Meikle to clear.

In the 25th minute, a clever ball over the top of the Fauldhouse defence by Neil Janczyk set Lister free, but he was pulled down in the box by Watson who was consequently sent off.

Ryan McCallum converted the spot-kick, sending Murray the wrong way.

Ten minutes later, Ryan Gay picked out McCallum with a diagonal pass, but McCallum’s first-time strike went narrowly wide.

In Penicuik’s next attack, Gay set up Keith Lough, but his attempt at a lob was comfortably saved by Murray.

In the 42nd minute, a corner to Fauldhouse was handled by Jordan Lister who was red-carded and a penalty awarded. However, Bejaoui outguessed Donnelly to save the spot-kick and Meikle cleared.

Thirteen minutes into the second half, Bejaoui had to be alert to get down and save a strike by Brown.

On the hour mark, determined work by Brian Ross set up a chance, but the ball was blasted high over the bar. Then in the 76th minute, Lewis Barr got past home defender Lawson, but the full-back pulled him down in the box, and having been booked earlier, he was sent off.

McCallum competently converted the penalty kick.

Penicuik hit the woodwork in the dying minutes of the game when Lough’s curling strike from the left corner of the penalty box hit the junction of the bar and post.

Then Barr set up McCallum for his hat-trick, but somehow he managed to miss from just four yards out .

In injury time, Jancyzk set McCallum free on the left and his effort beat Murray but crashed back off the post.