Late comeback cup win for Penicuik

Brechin Vics 1-2 Penicuik Athletic
Brechin Vics 1-2 Penicuik Athletic

Super League leaders Penicuik travelled to Victoria Park for this Scottish Junior Cup second round tie against Brechin Victoria on Saturday.

The first opportunity of the game fell to Penicuik when they were awarded a free kick just outside the box, and although Ryan McCallum’s strike beat the defensive wall, keeper Robbie was well placed to save comfortably. In the 17th minute, Barr set up Ross, but his strike went well wide of the target. Two minutes later Bejaoui was brought into action to block a Strachan strike.

In the 42nd minute, a pinpoint cross from the right wing by Greg Ross picked out Lewis Barr, but his header went straight to home keeper Robbie. Then at the other end Bejaoui had to be alert to deny Strachan at the far side of the penalty box leaving the first half goalless.

Two minutes into the second half and Aaron Somerville was set free one on one with keeper Robbie. Somerville slipped the ball past the keeper only to see it hit the outside of the upright and away for a goal kick.

But in the 63rd minute, Brechin pressurised the Penicuik defence and the ball was cleared to the edge of the box from where King blasted the ball into the top corner of the net to put the Vics 1-0 up.

Penicuik upped the pace of their game and following consecutive corner kicks, keeper Robbie pulled off a tremendous one handed save to deny Somerville.

Minutes later, the Brechin penalty box was under siege and only a goal line clearance stopped Penicuik equalising.

However, in the 76th minute, a speculative cross into the penalty box by Ross deceived everyone and finished up in the back of the net for the Penicuik equaliser.

Ten minutes later, Penicuik got the winner with almost a carbon copy of the equaliser when substitute Keith Lough’s cross hit the back of the net.

The home side had a final chance to equalise but King’s free kick from just outside the penalty box sailed high over the bar. As Penicuik booked their place in round three.