Preston Athletic 3 – 4 Civil Service Strollers
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Strollers edged a Hogmanay 7 goal cracker at the Pennypit. The away side took the lead on 22 minutes from a corner as Ian Ballantyne headed in unchallenged from close range, Preston started to come into the game and a tremendous run by Robbie Carter saw his shot go just wide, the home side were level 10 minutes later as Frazer Henderson’s acrobatic over head kick deceived keeper Stuart Burnside for a brilliant goal. The Panners took the lead moments later as Mark Smith shot deflected into Stuart Ritchie’s path for the big striker to prod home. In the closing, moments of the half Craig Pennycuick misjudged a long ball into the box and David McLeod did well to head clear from under the cross bar, Preston then broke and Carter forced Burnside into a fine stop and Civil still had a chance to level with Jordan Boyle’s cross headed just wide by trialist Russel McLean.
Strollers came out fired up and were soon level as Ballantyne’s drilled shot spun in off keeper Pennycuick into the net, 60 seconds later they were ahead as McLean easily broke through the Preston defence to fire home.
Preston had a good shout for a penalty as Robbie Carter was up ended by sub Joseph Dingwall but nothing was given, then Brandon Archibald fired a shot across goal that left Burnside rooted to the spot and could only watch as the ball sailed just wide. Civil’s Craig Newall won a strong tackle on the half way line and his strong run down the centre of the park unchallenged before firing his shot beyond Pennycuick.
Preston weren’t finished though as a free kick right on the edge of the area was cleverly taken by Carter to Gavin Stevenson to lob the ball over Burnside but with time running out Stevenson was very unlucky to receive a 2nd booking for an alleged foul on Newall.
Preston: Pennycuick, Erskine(Law), R.Cochrane, McLeod, Cowan, Henderson(J.Cochrane), Carter, Stevenson, Ritchie, Smith, Inglis(Archibald). Subs: Baines, Reid, Siegel, Lawson.
Civil: Burnside, Campbell, Brown(Dingwall), Newall, Turnbull, Cunningham, Churchill, Clapperton, Trialist, Ballantyne, J.Boyle(Stewart). Subs: Laird, Watson, Kidd, Trialist, Milvan.