Penicuik dumped out of the cup as hosts take their chances

Camelon 4-1 Penicuik
Camelon 4-1 Penicuik

Despite scoring their overall 50th goal of the season Penicuik took their exit from the East of Scotland Cup to the Mariners Camelon

Straight from the kick off Penicuik lost possession and only a timely block by Devlin prevented a Camelon goal in the opening seconds. At the other end a first time volley by Aaron Somerville was deflected wide for a corner kick. Then a long range effort by Keith Lough went wide of the target, before a Connor Thomson free kick whistled inches over the bar.

But it was Camelon who the lead in the 22nd minute when Grant’s first time volley from the edge of the penalty box hit the back of the Penicuik net.

On the half hour, Somerville saw his overhead kick go wide of the goa. But soon afterwards Camelon doubled their lead in the 36th minute when a long diagonal pass picked out Grant on the left wing. He passed the ball to the edge of the box where Taylor blasted the ball past Bejaoui.

Then in the 38th minute, a great run and shot by Lough deserved better, but his effort crashed back off the upright and was cleared as Penicuik were left with a mountain to climb after the break.

But just five minutes into that half and Penicuik almost pulled a goal back when Rya McCallum’s header went inches wide of the target. However, Penicuik were awarded a penalty in the 54th minute when Kelly handled in the box and Ryan McCallum scored the spot kick despite keeper Kane getting a hand to the ball.

Penicuik were having their best spell in the game, but then against the run of play, Camelon substitute Allison managed to chip the ball over Penicuik keeper Bejaoui in the 67h minute and the Penicuik defence could only look on as the ball trundled over the line . Penicuik tried to reply but a strike by Lough was deflected past the post by Bell. Then in the 74th minute, an angry confrontation saw Lough and Ure booked and Benton red carded.

With the home side down to ten men, Penicuik should have taken advantage but it was the home side who looked more likely to score and that was precisely what happened in the 82nd minute. A quick break down the left and a cross to Grant saw him tap he ball home into the empty Penicuik net to complete a disappointing cup exit for the Cuikie now with only the Fife and Lothians Cup to contest.