Sauchie were the visitors on Saturday to Penicuik Park for a straight fight to see who finished fifth in the East Super League this season.
After a series of half chances for both sides, Penicuik took the lead in the 28th minute when Neil Janczyk tapped home a Killin cross.
One minute later, goalkeeper Harkness came to the rescue for the visitors, tipping a McCallum strike over the bar. From the corner, Dougie Cunnison headed the ball back across goal but McCallum’s header crashed back off the crossbar. In the 32nd minute, Sauchie also hit the woodwork when a shot hit the top of the Penicuik bar and then over for a goal kick.
But Sauchie equalised in the 40th minute when they were awarded a dubious free kick which was taken quickly and Diack hooked the ball past Bejaoui.
Two minutes later, Jordan Lister was sent off – an action that was to prove a game changer with the match tied at 1-1 at half-time.
In the opening minutes of the second half, Sauchie should have gone ahead but Morrison somehow put the ball over the bar when it seemed easier to score. However, they did take a 2-1 lead in the 52nd minute when Bonnes slotted the ball home with Penicuik claiming offside against Diack.
Three minutes later, ’keeper Harkness denied Ross with an instinctive one-handed save and at the other end, Bejaoui also pulled off a similar save to keep the game alive. However, Penicuik were struggling to cope with ten men and were fortunate that a goal by Kelly was ruled offside. But one minute later Sauchie increased their lead when Ashe stroked home the rebound after Bejaoui had again made a great save.
All credit to Penicuik as they continued to battle and in the 74th minute, McCulloch got above the Sauchie defence only to head the ball straight at ’keeper Harkness.
In the 77th minute, from a diagonal pass by Ashe, Bunyan chested the ball down, but substitute Samuel nipped in to knock the ball past Bejaoui for 4-1 to Sauchie.
One minute later, Penicuik scored a consolation goal when Penicuik’s Trialist set up Neil Janczyk whose shot went in off the post. Just before full-time, Harkness again pulled off a superb save to deny Ryan McCallum. Penicuik finished sixth in the table, commendable for their first Super League season.