Penicuik boss frustrated with a point at home to Broughty

Ryan Gay scores for Penicuik
Ryan Gay scores for Penicuik
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Penicuik manager Johnny Harvey was left frustrated as his side missed a series of second-half chances to claim victory over Broughty.

While the 1-1 draw maintains the home side’s push for a top-three finish in the Super League, Harvey felt his team should have taken full points.

He said: “A draw was a good result in the conditions, but we should have taken all three points. We had plenty of chances especially in the second half but couldn’t find the net.”

In one of only five games to go ahead in the East Juniors, Broughty set out their stall early on, snuffing out the midfield danger Penicuik had in Neil Janczyk.

Within a couple of minutes of the game starting, he found himself continually brought down by his opponents.

“It was pretty hard out there because every time I got the ball there was someone coming in hard on me. They had players booked because of that,” said Janczyk later. “It was always going to be tough because of the conditions and they didn’t make it easy for good football but I still believe we should have won this game. Their keeper had a good second half and kept us out.”

Penicuik raced into the lead after only five minutes with a super strike from Ryan Gay. A deep cross from Janczyk was headed on to Gay some 12 yards from goal. He quickly controlled the ball before drilling it low past the keeper.

The lead didn’t last long, however, as eight minutes later Broughty drew level. Paul McLellan was brought down in the box with the referee blowing for a penalty. Up stepped Ross McCord, who slammed the ball home.

There was no more scoring but Penicuik had plenty of chances to grab all three points in the second half, Broughty keeper Iain Ross produced a handful of stunning stops to earn his side a share of the points.

Penicuik full-back Steve Noble has found a new lease of life after leaving Newtongrange Star and was one of the top performers in this game.

“It was really hard out there,” said Noble. “The result, though – with Bo’ness losing – puts us in a good position in the table.

“We need to play better, though, if we want a top-three finish. We should have finished them off in the second half but, to be fair, their keeper had a good game and kept them in it.”

Penicuik Athletic: Easton, McDonald, Noble, Hume, Forbes, Janczyk, Gay, Barr, Somerville, McCallum, Montgomery. Subs: K Scott, S Scott, Jones, Young, Lough.

Broughty Athletic: Ross, McCunnie, Blair, Fleming, Suttie, McLellan, Roy, Lawson, Lannen, Buchan, McCord. Subs: Myles, Winter, McConnachie, Sinclair, Collier.