Scottish Cup victory for Penicuik High School

Penicuik High School with the Scottish Senior Shield.
Penicuik High School with the Scottish Senior Shield.

Penicuik High School made history on Monday night as they became the first ever school from Midlothian to 
win the Scottish Senior Shield.

Penicuik defeated Greenock’s Notre Dame High School 
on sudden death penalties after a 1-1 draw at the Excelsior stadium, Airdrie.

In a lively start to the game Stephen Scott saw two headed goals ruled out for offside in the opening five minutes.

But despite dominating the early stages Penicuik found themselves a goal down after 25 minutes following a Notre Dame counter attack.

Within five minutes, however, they drew level through a fine finish from Joe Viola.

In an even second half both teams had chances to win, with a Kyle Scott shot rattling the bar and Byron Gibb 
tipping a curling effort round the post at the other end.

With only a minute left of the game Penicuik were reduced to ten men when centre back Cameron McEwan was shown a red card for a late challenge.

This didn’t affect the closing stages and the match went to penalties.

After two superb saves from Gibb, it was substitute Mark Cotter who smashed home the winning penalty to ensure a night of glory for Penicuik High School.

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