Gay’s goal gives Penicuik the win

Newtongrange Star 1-2 Penicuik Athletic. Photo by Jim Dick

Newtongrange Star 1-2 Penicuik Athletic. Photo by Jim Dick

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In a typical end-of-season game, neither side was creating any opportunities until the 27th minute when a Thomson strike flashed inches wide of the upright.

Six minutes later Star should have taken the lead when a great cross by Morris picked out Cherrie at the back post but he somehow contrived to miss the target when it seemed easier to score. In the 38th minute, a corner to Penicuik saw Young’s powerful header crash back off the bar and away for a goal kick.

By half-time the scoreline was still 0-0.

Penicuik took the lead in the 60th minute when Lough’s free kick took a deflection off the defensive wall into the net. One minute later, an excellent save by Bejaoui denied Morris. In the 75th minute, a quickly-taken free kick by Penicuik saw Blaikie’s left foot strike go wide.

Two minutes later Newtongrange were awarded a penalty when Young was adjudged to have fouled Renton when heading the ball clear. Renton converted.

With Penicuik defending deeper and deeper, Newtongrange came close to taking the lead when Cherrie’s strike went inches wide of the target. Minutes later, the same player had a great chance, but blasted the ball over the bar. Then a Delano cross picked out Morris, but Bejaoui was well placed to save.

In the 88th minute, a flowing move by Penicuik saw Gay curl a superb 20-yard strike into the top corner of the net for the winning goal.