Midlothian sides in friendly draw

Penicuik  3-3 Whitehill
Penicuik 3-3 Whitehill

A late arranged friendly game saw the fans entertained with a six goal draw against Whitehill Welfare last Saturday at Penicuik Park.

Whitehill took the lead in the ninth minute when Connelly burst through the Penicuik defence to set up Manson who slotted the ball past keeper Bejaoui.

Penicuik came back and were dominating play at this point and a Jack Blaikie cross was headed just wide by Ryan McCallum. Somerville then crossed ball back in and keeper Young parried the ball away. Neil Jancyzk then had a shot that McCallum flicked goalwards, but Young was well placed to save. Penicuik’s pressure finally paid off in the 45th minute when Darrell Young glanced home a Conor Thomson corner kick to square it at 1-1 at half time .

Penicuik started the second half where they left off and within two minutes they took the lead. Blaikie got past three Whitehill defenders and sent over a deep cross to substitute Sean Patterson who took one touch and stroked the ball into the net from 12 yards.

Then in the 65th minute Patterson won the ball and laid it off to Somerville who saw his powerful shot blocked by Whitehill keeper Young, Aaron crossed the rebound to the back post where Lough headed it back across goal but the ball was finally thumped clear by Williams.

And Penicuik increased their lead in the 67th minute when a high ball by Devlin deceived Murray and McCallum pounced to slip the ball past Young. However Penicuik’s celebrations were short lived when two minutes later, a neat interchange of passing between Manson and Connelly opened up the Penicuik defence allowing Anderson to score from close range to make it 3-2 to Penicuik.

The visitors now had their tails up and Penicuik had Bejaoui to thank when he was at full stretch to turn away a strike by Manson. Minutes later, Blair came close for Whitehill and then play switched to the other end when substitute keeper McGinley was alert to cut out a dangerous Thomson corner kick.

But then in the 82nd minute, following a throw-in to Whitehill, Blair laid the ball off to Connelly who coolly picked his spot to score the equaliser and complete a six goal thriller.

Penicuik Athletic: Bejaoui, Devlin, Blaikie, Young, White, Thomson, Lough, Jancyzk, McCallum, Somerville, Lister.

Subs : Gay, McDermott, Patterson

Whitehill Welfare: Young, Martin, O’Hara, Murray, Williams, McGregor, Manson, Connolly, Wringe, Blair, Anderson. Subs: Keane, Nisbet, MGlashan, McGinley