Penicuik Athletic: Trialist,
Scott Gibb, Kris Steel, Trialist, Brian Foster, Graeme Gallagher, Ryan Gay, Kevin Milne, Martin Cameron, Colin McDonald, Ross
Montgomery Subs: Darren Moonie, Brian Ryrie, Graeme Cole Keith Barr.
Auchinleck Talbot: James
Evans, Brian Slaven, LiamMcVeigh, Craig Pettigrew, Ricky Robb, James Latta, Brian Young, Stephen White, Chris Dolan, Stevie
Mallan, Paul Gordon. Subs: Paul Deeney, Shaun McIlroy, Ian Cashmore, Lee McRae, Colin Spence, Stuart Davidson, Gavin Collins.
Sub g/k Adam Strain.
Referee: Stephen Allen
Penicuik 0 Auchinleck 6
This pre-season friendly match
for the Barony Colliery Memorial Trophy donated by Midlothian’s Provost Adam Montgomery promised to be a tough test
for the Athletic as the new season approaches and so it proved.
Seven times winners of the Scottish
Junior Cup, Auchinleck brought a strong side to Penicuik with the opportunity to make an early impression on the watching
Scotland team manager, Keith Burgess. Played in warm, sunny conditions with underfoot conditions slippery after some short
sharp showers Auchinleck were soon on the attack. Penicuik’s Gibb lost
his footing allowing Gordon an opening but the danger was cleared and several early Auchinleck corners were confidently dealt
with by the Penicuik defence.
Penicuik’s best chance
came in the 23rd minute when McDonald came close but the ball cleared the crossbar. The home side created another
opening on the stroke of half time when Montgomery set up McDonald after good build up play but Evans blocked the Penicuik
Half Time: Penicuik 0 Auchinleck 0
The second half
was an entirely different story with Auchinleck dominating the play and relaxing to produce some excellent football. Penicuik
central defender, Brian Foster did not come out for the second half because of injury and Auchinleck were quick to capitalise
with CASHMORE grabbing the opening goal with less than two minutes on the clock.
Fellow second half sub SEAN McILROY added a second and third before completing his hat trick from the penalty
spot. Despite the introduction of home subs Ryrie and Moonie, Auchinleck continued
to dominate. McILROY finished off another good move with his fourth and Auchinleck’s
fifth as Penicuik’s resistance crumbled.
DAVIDSON completed the scoring with a few minutes left slipping the ball past Penicuik’s trialist goalkeeper
who had to step in at the last minute when regular goalkeeper Billy Bald reported in with an injury. Penicuik’s Ryan
Gay who had Penicuik’s best second half effort with a strong volley had to leave the field injured just before the end
of the game. After hospital treatment the Penicuik player had ten stitches inserted for a bad knee cut which will mean him
missing the start of the season.
Provost Adam Montgomery assisted
by Ayrshire MSP Cathy Jamieson presented the trophy to delighted Auchinleck captain Colin Spence. Auchinleck’s Liam
McVeigh picked up the man of the match award but the award could have gone to any number of the visiting team who produced
a terrific second half performance to entertain the large crowd.