Penicuik Athletic — Scone Thistle


Date Kick Off League Season
19th November 2016 1:45 pm Scottish Junior Cup Season 2016-17

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Scone exited the ETHX Energy Scottish Junior Cup at the third round stage yesterday, but did so with heads held high after a good fighting display against a Penicuik Athletic side two divisions above the Jags.

Penicuik had the first chance of the game when Lough got on the end of a Scott cross and produced a good save from Winton however Jags quickly hit back and Moffat had an effort from the edge of the box held by home keeper Youssef Bejaoui.

Scone were working hard to frustrate Penicuik and though Scott, Lough, McCallum and Forbes had chances throughout the first half they also found Winton in good form as he made a series of saves to keep the scoresheet blank.

That was to change just as the clock ticked over to 45 minutes when the ball found Montgomery in acres of space on the left and his cross into the centre was met by McCallum who had drifted off his marker and applied a great headed finish to put Penicuik in front.

Scone made some early changes in the second half with Mills, who had taken a knock, replaced by Hynd and Mackie replaced by new loan signing Mackenzie in a tactical switch.   The new boy was almost to make an immediate impact as he had a chance to score with only his second touch of the game.   Njie showed great vision to chase down a ball that Penicuik’s Darrell Young was leaving to run out of play, the Scone striker squared the ball into the centre and Mackenzie’s effort on goal was blocked on the line by Forbes.

The home side hit back and good work up the right saw Scott deliver a front post cross that Barr turned goalwards only to see a great save from Winton.

Scone’s second on-loan signing of the week, Max Avolio, then took centre stage after replacing Moffat when he produced two good saves from Bejaoui.  First picking up a long kick up the park from Winton before turned inside the Penicuik defence before his goal bound effort was blocked by Forbes then picking up a great Mackenzie pass over the defence before getting a shot away before being closed down by Sproule, which Bejaoui turned away for a corner.   From the resultant corner Mitchell saw his header squeeze narrowly past the post as the Jags fought hard to force a replay back in Perthshire.

It was then the turn of man of the match Abi Njie to force Bejaoui into a good save when he picked the ball up at the halfway line on the left touchline before playing a good 1-2 with Avolio and breaking goalwards, he cut inside three Penicuik defenders before curling an effort goalwards that took a wicked deflection of the turf and saw a great save from the home keeper.

With time running out Penicuik were to secure their place in the last 32 of the cup with a late winner when the ball fell to Gay in space on the right and his cross into the centre was met by Lough for a close range header, it was an almost carbon copy of the first goal and was a sickener to the Jags who had given their all to force an equaliser.

The full time whistle went not long afterwards but with the home support and manager talking highly of Scone’s efforts whilst a fourth round berth hasn’t been achieved at least Scone gave a good account of the quality of North Division sides and can feel proud of their performance.