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South East select score late stunner to share spoils with Penicuik

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Penicuik Athletic U14s v SERFYA U13s
Friday 16th February 2018 (6.30pm KO)
Friday night saw a large crowd turn out in Penicuik to watch the 2005 SYFA South East Region Squad take on there elder Penicuik Athletic 2004 counterparts in what turned out to be a throughly enjoyable match.
Straight from the first whistle both teams competed well with the action moving from end to end and the energy levels were high from both sets of players. The SERFYA midfield duo of Ian Galloway and Stevie Renton continuously drove the 2005’s forward at every opportunity trying to find an opening with the tricky Sami Doig showing some neat skills out on the left wing, keeping the Penicuik defence on their toes.
The Penicuik defence stood their ground and also tried to find an opening of their own but the solid defensive pairing of Gabriel Fleet and the Impressive 2005’s captain Kris Young proved hard to break.
As the high tempo continued, the 1st half drew to a close and Penicuik finally got the breakthrough with a quality high, long range strike by Ben Mapstone leaving Darcy Munro in the 2005’s goal with no chance at all.
Half Time: Penicuik Athletic 1 -0 SERYFA
The SERFYA Coaching team made five changes at the half-time interval but this made no difference to their game plan as the new line-up continued the second half in the same manner as was displayed in the first.
Likewise the game continued to flow from end to end as SERYFA tried hard to find an equaliser. However it was Penicuik who found the net with a great move down the right hand side and finished off by Athletic's Lewis Masson to score from 6 yards out.
With a 2 goal advantage it now looked like the strength of the older Penicuik boys was going to prove too difficult for the 2004 SERFYA squad but they continued to work hard and started to move the ball well around the pitch with some neat combination play and this was rewarded as Louis Conlin reduced the 2 goal deficit with a wonderful 20 yard strike to make it 2-1.
As the match drew to its conclusion the next goal was always going to prove decisive and what a goal it turned out to be. SERFYA full back Euan Walker picked the ball up just inside his own half and dribbled towards goal. As he dribbled past 3 Penicuik defenders he unleashed an unstoppable strike from just outside the box to cap off a magnificent individual performance and earn his side the leveller their efforts deserved.
As the final whistle blew both sides were happy with a justified 2-2 draw in what was a fantastic advert for South East Region football.
Full Time: Penicuik Athletic 2-2 SERFYA
SERFYA squad: D.Munro, F.Bain, G.Fleet, K.Young, E.Walker, S.Doig, B.Klimionek, I.Galloway, J.Purdie, S.Renton, F.Yule, J.Lothian, L.Neill, C.Dillon, F.Croall, L.Conlin.

Star Player: Kris Young - Fantastic captain's performance and led his team by example and never put a foot wrong all game.

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