Penicuik in a spot of bother as Broxburn salvage late draw

Penicuik v Broxburn
Penicuik v Broxburn

Penicuik 2, Broxburn 2 - The opening game in Penicuik’s new Super League season started at a high tempo with both sides looking for an early goal.

The first chance fell to the visitors in the sixth minute when, following a corner, the ball was headed clear of the box but was struck first time by Broxburn’s Keast, whose effort went high over the bar. Three minutes later, some tenacity by Penicuik’s Ryan Gay saw him win the ball and beat the visiting defender to lay the ball back to Sean Patterson, but he fluffed his shot and goalkeeper Maley 
gathered easily.

Penicuik were in complete control of the game at this point and a fine run off the ball by Lewis Barr saw him set up by Greg Ross, but his shot went just wide of the target. Then, in the 28th minute, a free kick to Penicuik was well saved again by Maley.

Two minutes later, keeper Bejaoui had to dive low down to his right to turn away a Broxburn free-kick. And just before half time, Broxburn claimed for a penalty when a cross appeared to strike Young’s arm, but referee Doig was unmoved. Three minutes into the second half saw Gay drive up the wing, cut inside leaving defenders in his wake until he was upended in the box by Scott. Ryan McCallum blasted the resultant spot kick into the top corner of the Broxburn net leaving Maley with no chance.

In the 51st minute, a great run and cross by Keast picked out Anderson on the right who laid the ball back to Miller, but his effort was stopped just short of the line by Young.

Broxburn were having their best spell in the game and eventually equalised in the 56th minute when Anderson got past White to drive the ball home.

Penicuik worked their way back into the game and Aaron Somerville came close with a glancing header off Gay’s cross. Next Burn’s Maley pulled off a fine save to deny the same player.

However, Penicuik took a 2-1 lead in the 83rd minute when a driven cross into the box by substitute Keith Lough was headed high into the air by Willems, and as it dropped into the six yard box, Somerville was on hand to knock the ball over the line.

With everyone in the ground thinking the three points were Penicuik’s, in the 92nd minute Broxburn were awarded a soft penalty kick which Anderson duly converted from 12 yards to earn his side a point.