Penicuik manager rues last-minute penalty

Kieran Anderson scored a double for Broxburn
Kieran Anderson scored a double for Broxburn
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Penicuik boss Craig Meikle was left disappointed as an injury-time penalty denied his team victory in a 2-2 draw at home to Broxburn.

“We had the bulk of the game in the opening 45 minutes without scoring, but the second half belonged to us so it’s really disappointing to drop a couple of points with a soft penalty in injury time,” he said.

After a goalless first half, the game burst into life when Penicuik winger Ryan Gay was fouled in the box, with Ryan McCallum coolly slotting home the spot-kick.

Penicuik were brought back down to earth with a stunning strike from Broxburn’s Kieron Anderson just before the hour mark. He raced onto a head flick and, from an acute angle, drove the ball low and hard into the only space goalkeeper Youssef Bejaoui couldn’t cover.

Penicuik pushed forward and got their reward in the 85th minute with a real scrambled affair. Substitute Keith Lough sent over a high ball into the penalty area, Broxburn keeper Steve Maley came out and, in the ensuing melee, substitute Aaron Sommerville pounced to slam the ball into the net.

Deep into injury time, referee David Doig blew for a penalty after Fraser Keast looked to have been pushed by David White. Anderson grabbed the ball and scored from the spot to complete his double. The hosts mood was deepened when Neil Janczyk was sent off for a double booking. Broxburn boss Max Christie, who was sent to the stand after only 20 minutes, said: “It’s a hard place to come and get anything. Other teams will come here and go home with nothing.”

Penicuik: Bejaoui, Ross, McDermott, White, Young, Barr, Gay, Janczyk, McCallum, Paterson, Montgomery. Subs: Sommerville, Mitchell, Cunnison, Lough, McGurk.

Broxburn: Maley, Willems, M Miller, Locke, Millar, Fraser, Lochrie, Scott, Z Miller, Keast, Anderson. Subs: Nimmo, Auriemmna, Smith, Cormack.