Midlothian clubs hoping to sign off from Juniors with silverware

Bonnyrigg Rose v Newtongrange Star
Bonnyrigg Rose v Newtongrange Star

Three Midlothian clubs will be contesting Cup finals this week before leaving the Juniors and starting a new chapter in the East of Scotland League.

There is a mouth-watering clash in the Fife and Lothians Cup final on Wednesday 7pm kick off at Penicuik Park between Newtongrange Star and Bonnyrigg Rose – the last ever encounter between the two rivals in Junior football.

Then on Saturday Penicuik Athletic take on East Lothian outfit Tranent in the East of Scotland Cup final kick off 2.30pm.

They are expecting a bumper crowd on Wednesday with the final being switched from Broxburn to Penicuik Park.

It’s the first appearance for the Star in the Cup final for 27 years. They have won the Cup on four occasions. Bonnyrigg, meanwhile, are fresh off the back of their Superleague-title winning success.

The Rose were losing finalists a couple of years ago and have won the Cup three times. Star president Joe Wilson concedes they will go in as underdogs against Bonnyrigg.

He said: “What a huge final game for both teams. It is the last game in the Juniors and it is a massive piece of history.

“Bonnyrigg are simply the best club in the area and that is not easy to say being a Newtongrange fan.

“It’s going to be one of those nights where football becomes secondary given the magnitude of the occasion.

“Both clubs want to win it, they will start as clear favourites but we have been playing well and if we perform the way we have been we are in with a shout.”

The two teams have met each other three times already this season with Rose winning two and drawing the other.

Brendan Parkinson of Bonnyrigg Rose said: “Form goes out the window, Newtongrange Star have done well in beating Linlithgow and Bo’ness in recent weeks so we are not taking anything for granted.”

He added: “It is a fitting end to both clubs’ long association with the junior game, which dates back to the 1890s, that the last game should be a final.

“Both teams will want to end the season on a high and a win from our point of view would be the icing on the cake for a great season.”

Penicuik will also be looking to finish the campaign with some silverware when they play Premier League side Tranent at Prestonfield, Linlithgow on Saturday. Cuikie sealed their place in the final after victory over Dundonald Bluebell.

Manager Johnny Harvey said: “It’s massive, it means everything to me and the players.

“I’m excited about it but I want to be professional and cautious. We know what Tranent are about although they are a league below us they are signing players that are Superleague players. It’s a 50:50 game.”