Preston Athletic 3 – 2 Burntisland Shipyard
Football Nation EoS Qualifying Cup Round One
In one of the most one sided fixtures the Pennypit has seen for a long time some slack finishing and impressively a heroic performance from Burntisland keeper Christopher Brown managed to keep the East of Scotland side in this tie right to the end, when on another day the scoreline could easily have reached double figures.
Preston had 11 clear attempts in the firth period and led 3 – 1 at half time, Kenny Park (2) and Michael Park latching onto defensive lapses as the home side closed down high up the park winning the ball back quickly and forcing the Burntisland defence onto the back foot. the visitors main opportunity came on 12 minutes as they got the advantage of an offside call to break through and force a fine block from Craig Pennycuick who deflected wide but only a goal kick was awarded, but the visitors grabbed a lifeline with a goal from Euan Aitken right on the half time whistle, Preston failed to clear a long free kick awarded after Greg Douglas was booked for a rash challenge on half way.
Preston continued to pile forward after the break but a controversial 2nd half penalty was awarded to the visitors as the far side linesman spotted something that no one else in the ground seemed to, after consultation a penalty was given to everyone’s surprise, Preston skipper Daryl Wilson received a yellow for what was later advised as a kick out at Luke Thompson, the spot kick was initially saved by Craig Pennycuick but was bundled home by Ben Couper,
Preston then created at least half a dozen clear one on one’s with keeper Brown but the stopper was equal to everything but when he wasn’t both the post and the bar helped him out as well as a great block by Couper on the line. With 10 minutes remaining Daryl Wilson saw red for a second booking as he and Aitken appeared to run into each other, perhaps a harsh card but with the home side reduced in numbers Burntisland clearly felt they had a chance but Preston continued to press and again missed multiple good clear chances to put the match beyond any doubt. Brown’s best save came in the last minutes as Jack Jardine curled in an effort from the edge of the area that was heading to the top corner only for the keeper to reach high to palm over.
Preston winning their first cup tie in 16 months now host EoS League champions Leith Athletic in the next round.
Preston Ath: Pennycuick, Cowan, Cochrane, Rogers, Wilson, Barclay, Henderson, Colquhoun, K.Park(Lawson), M.Park(Jardine). , Douglas(Glen). Subs: Scott, Muir.
Burntisland: Brown, Ford, Fleming, Couper, McIntosh, Kay, L.Thompson, Bowman(Maxwell), Aitken, Payne, K.Thompson.