Highland Amateur Cup Second Round
Wick Groats 0 Pentland United 0
(AET Pentland United won 4-3 on penalties)
PENTLAND United kept their nerve in a penalty shoot out to knock defending champions Wick Groats out of the Highland Amateur Cup.
In a nervy game in front of 300 fans at Upper Bignold, the visitors could have taken the lead from the spot midway through the first half after Martin Sutherland fouled Conor Cormack in the box.
But Graeme Williamson stood firm in the centre of goal to block Lukasz Geruzel's spot kick to keep the score goalless.
Wick Groats best chance came in the second half when Sandy Sutherland saw his shot cleared off the line by Chris Wann.
Pentland United could've won the game in injury time when James Murray's spectacular overhead kick forced a finger tip save from Williamson to tip the ball over the bar.
Wick Groats difficult day continued when they were reduced to 10 men in extra time when Jack Henry was sent off for picking up his second booking.
In the shootout, Graham Macnab and Kyle Ross scored for Groats while James Murray and Marc Begg also found the net for PU to make it 2-2 in the first four penalties.
But Stewart Ross saw his shot saved by Michael Gray and Michael Petrie put United 3-2 ahead.
Sandy Sutherland levelled for Groats before James McLean kept United's one goal advantage making it 4-3.
Wick Groats needed Alan Sinclair to score to keep the game alive but he shot wide of the left hand post to put the Dunnet side into the last 16.