It took a while, but the Rovers finally captured a second league win with a great 2-1 victory over Ormiston. Week after week, it increasingly looked as if the team would need divine intervention to actually win a game, with so many chances gone astray and a healthy portion of bad luck dumped over an undoubtedly talented squad.
But two cracking strikes, courtesy of Lee Zavaroni and Donovan Ndiweni finally saw off what was becoming an infuriating and somewhat unruly monkey on the back.
The game kicked off in style for Rossi’s Rovers, with a Peebles XI raring to go out and play. Intentions were made clear early on, as David Lindsay rampaged up the park and fired a bone-breaking shot at Daryl Johnston, a shot which the Ormiston ‘keeper gratefully sucked into his gloves.
Inexplicably, Ormiston took the lead after 10 minutes, indeed a 10 minute spell where Peebles were arguably the superior looking side. But, the looks of Pretty Peebles counted for nothing, and Ormiston raced into the lead following an Alasdair Simpson header from a Nicky Cairns corner.
Here we go again. But, to the immense credit of the boys in red and white, they responded to this set-back by simply rolling up their sleeves and diving back into the fray.
The spirit and character brought it’s own fulfilling reward; a relentless Peebles onslaught saw them frequently torment Johnston in between the sticks. Schulz-Keith, last weeks goal-scoring hero, led the vanguard with some potent attacking play that more oft than not, resulted in a cross whizzing down upon the heads of Inglis and Zavaroni.
The battle continued, a sublime ball from James Runciman to Zavaroni, saw the skipper scarper away down the right-flank. He dashed for the by-line before knocking in a gift-wrapped ball for Inglis that the former Ams man missed getting a boot to by a mere whisker.
Persistence often brings it’s own reward, a piece of advice that payed off for Peebles as they evened the odds following a strike from the skipper on 41 minutes. Captain Zav charged off on a great run that ended in him trying his luck from close-range. Johnston dived to push it away, but the ball bounced out back to it’s previous owner, who gleefully tucked it away, much to the delight of the Whitestone faithful.
The second half saw the introduction of Donovan Ndiweni, and a renewed attacking emphasis on behalf of the visitors. Darren Walker, the cult hero, was back between the sticks in place of the injured Ben McGinley.
His services were quickly needed again, as Yusif Bernawi launched into the first of many one-on-one’s with Walker. Needless to say, he was sublime, as he put in another tremendous shift that kept Bernawi at bay . He was a brick-wall, and Ormiston didn’t have the tools to break down this particular wall.
Peebles were not without their moments however, as evidenced on 56 minutes after Inglis eased the ball off to Colin Smith, who was unlucky to see his shot narrowly sail over the cross-bar.
The second-half wasn’t as action-orientated as it’s predecessor, but that mattered little for a defiant Peebles team who eventually raced into the lead on 79 minutes. Zavaroni was once again the architect of victory, he galloped down the left and cut into the box the way a knife cuts through cake.
His shot didn’t find the back of the net, but it did find Ndiweni; who opportunistically lurked nearby. Johnston parried Zavaroni’s shot, and Ndiweni gobbled it up before firing it home to hand the Rovers an advantage they would not surrender.
He also won a penalty on 90 minutes after being fouled as he led one last charge. He stepped up, but saw his effort pushed away- we think we’ll let him off this time!
Man of the Match: Darren Walker
Peebles: Walker, Runciman, Brown, Robertson, Cockburn, Smith, Lindsay, Rossi, Zavaroni, Schulz-Keith, Inglis
Subs: Mackay, Dodds, Sutherland, Forrest
|November 5, 2016||2:00 pm||East of Scotland League||2016|
|Innerleithen Rd, Peebles EH45 8BE, UK|