Penicuik boss Craig Meikle couldn’t hide his disappointment after his team came within a whisker of knocking Irvine Meadow out of the Scottish Junior Cup.
Athletic were edged out 4-3 by the West Super League giants in the fifth-round replay and Meikle admitted: “We gave them too much respect in the first half and stood off them, giving away easy goals. It was only after they scored their fourth that we woke up.”
The game started brightly for Penicuik when, on ten minutes, Ryan Gay smashed a terrific 30-yard free-kick past goalkeeper Hall to open the scoring.
Just after quarter of an hour, Meadow drew level with a sweet strike from Mark Thomson. Ten minutes later, the home side scorched ahead with the first of a quick-fire double from winger Garry McCann. First, he drifted in from the right wing to take a lay-off and stroke the ball under goalkeeper Youssef Bejaoui from ten yards, then minutes later he drove into the box from the right wing before smashing the ball home from an acute angle.
And within a couple of minutes of the restart, the ‘Medda’ scored a fourth, left winger Robert Halliday dinking the ball over the out-rushing Bejaoui and into the net.
Penicuik’s heads could easily have dropped but substitute Charlie Brigain pulled a goal back in the 55th minute with a rare header. On the hour mark, they grabbed another with a stunning strike from Keith Barr.
The home side were rattled but Darrell Young’s red card for a quick double booking left the visitors with too big a task.
Irvine Meadow: Hall, Darroch, Twaddle, Stanton, Campbell, Thomson, McCann, Miller, Maxwell, Fraser, Halliday. Subs: McLaren, Caddis, Sideserf, Bristow, Shepherd.
Penicuik: Bejaoui, Ross, McDermott, Young, Cunnison, Lister, Killin, Gay, Miller, Barr, Montgomery. Subs: McPartlin, Harris, Meikle, Brigain, Hill.