Penalty heartbreak for Nitten in the cup

Newtongrange star 2-2 petershil (8-9 on pens)
Newtongrange star 2-2 petershil (8-9 on pens)

It took all of 22 penalties in a dramatic decisive spot kick shoot out as the Star crashed out of the Scottish Junior Cup on Saturday.

With no quarter given in a typical Scottish Cup battle, in 12 minutes Darren McLean shot wide for the visitors as play was fast and furious at both ends. It was in 17 minutes that Newtongrange opened the scoring when a Craig Thomson cross wasn’t cleared by the visitors and Lewis Coult forced the ball home past Petershill keeper Stevie McNeil.

Petershill stormed back and pressed the Star but home keeper Kieron Renton had been little tested by 28th minute even when a deflected Stevie Noble pass fell kindly for Chris Craig but he shot wide. The Star had a quieter spell in midfield with Petershill in charge and the equaliser came in 33 minutes when a fierce shot was well parried by Renton off Craig but the rebound was sent home by first to react Scott Davidson. The 1-1 half time scoreline left the Star the chance to kick start their replay.

Nitten enjoyed a good spell into that second half though their final pass often went astray with a Thomson free kick well blocked before in 55 minutes Craig’s free kick for Petershill clipped the Star post then went past.

In 62 minutes Petershill went ahead for the first time in the tie when a driven cross from the right by Fraser McGhee found Michael Daly who slipped the ball home into the Nitten net.

But in 73 minutes it was all square again when a big kick out clearance sent Craig Thomson on his way and his excellent cross was netted by an alert Matti King.

Both sides chased the winner in a nail-biting last few minutes but it finished at 2-2 and so to penalties.

Scorers for Newtongrange were Craig Thomson, Gary Cherrie, Mattu King, Jordan Cropley and Jack Wilson, with Lee Currie’s Star effort blocked by the keeper and Michael Daly hitting the bar leaving it at 5-5 after 12 penalties.

Jono McManus scored but Stevie Noble hit the bar before Petershill keeper McNeil missed his spot kick but Renton scored his, equalised by Kris Lafferty. Blair Tomie scored the eighth for the Star equalised by McGhee, but Steven Tulloch’s spot kick was blocked by keeper McNeil, and Jordan Kennedy scored the winning penalty at 9-8.