Jack Lynch took his Edinburgh United side to his old stomping ground at Penicuik and returned with a superb and well-deserved 1-0 win in the first round of the DJ Laing East of Scotland Cup.
“I don’t think Penicuik had an off day,” said Lynch. “It was just that we outperformed them and the win could have been bigger.”
United took the lead under controversial circumstances in the 14th minute. Kenny Fisher drove the ball against the far post and, as Penicuik goalkeeper Yossef Bejaoui collected the rebound, the linesman ruled the ball had crossed the line.
Edinburgh went on to dominate the first half, restricting the home side to one effort on goal, a Danny Rennie attempt on 35 minutes which Sinclair Inglis saved well.
The visitors were in Penicuik’s faces from the restart although the hosts did step up a gear for a ten-minute spell when first Ryan Gay and then Ryan McCallum had efforts well wide of the mark. Edinburgh’s Dean Knight – playing against his old team – went close with a terrific shot, forcing Bejaiou into a super save.
Both teams were reduced to ten men within a couple of minutes of each other when first Edinburgh’s Sean Lothian was sent off for a double booking followed by Penicuik sub Scott McCulloch for the same offence.
Edinburgh did have another great chance when Knight was clean through but he failed to find the net. Penicuik’s Jordan Lister brought out another good save from Inglis but Edinburgh held on for the win.
Penicuik Athletic: Bejaiou, Ross, McDermott, Meikle, Cunnison, Lister, McPartlin, Jancyek, McCallum, Gay, Rennie. Subs: Millar, McCulloch, Young, Burrell, Hill.
Edinburgh United: S Inglis, Smeaton, Smith, Murray, Miller, C Inglis, Fisher, Lothian, Mitchell, Hume, Knight. Subs: Pagliarulo, McLennan, Milne, Paterson.