Rovers Revenge – Peebles Rovers 2 Dunipace 1

Peebles Rovers and Dunipace locked horns in cup action for the second time in a fortnight but this time the home side came out on top as two late goals saw them through to the third round of the South Region Challenge Cup.

It was a bright start from Rovers who could have been two goals up inside the first 10 minutes. First, David Lindsay played a neat 1-2 with Ross Lamb but his shot was well saved by Allan. Lamb was supplier again shortly afterwards as his curling free kick found Mikey McEwan unmarked, but he couldn’t quite connect with his header from 6 yards.

Dunipace settled after those early scares but although their passing and movement caused problems, just like the previous meeting they struggled with their final ball. Ben Brown and Alan McMath were solid as a central defensive partnership and Jon Davidson again looked composed sitting in front of the back four. That forced Dunipace to try their luck from long range and on the couple of occasions they did find a way through, they found Tom Kerr in the Rovers goal equal to the task.

Rovers did manage a break away midway through the half as McEwan laid the ball off to Gregor Lamb who cut inside his marker but his curling effort from 25 yards came crashing off the bar. Shortly after, Dunipace punished the home side for their one piece of slack defending of the afternoon. After failing to close down the danger inside the penalty area, Dryden’s low shot from 14 yards put the visitors ahead.

Second half chances were again few and far between but Dunipace almost doubled their lead five minutes after the break when Moulangou rounded the advancing Kerr but a fantastic last gasp block from McMath prevented a goal. Rovers closing down was better after the break with Cammy Sclater, Ross Lamb and Davidson all putting in a hard shift while Gregor Lamb and David Lindsay in the wider roles worked hard to stifle Dunipace’s dangerous wingers.

Goalmouth action was even more rare in the second period although Ben Gettel was unlucky not to connect with another Lamb free kick at the back post.
As the clock ticked down, Rovers looked to be on their way out of the cup until a double substitution turned the game on its head. First, Jamie MacKay tapped in from close range with three minutes remaining after Allan in the Dunipace goal failed to deal with pressure from Sclater. As extra time loomed, MacKay turned provider as he slipped a perfectly weighted pass to Robert Sterricks who placed the ball under the advancing Kane to send the home fans wild and Rovers into the next round.

Peebles Rovers: Tom Kerr, Callum MacKenzie, Ben Brown, Alan McMath, Ben Gettel, Jon Davidson, David Lindsay, Ross Lamb, Cammy Sclater, Gregor Lamb and Mikey McEwan. Subs: Jamie MacKay, Robert Sterricks, James Dodds and Lee Zavaroni.

Peebles Rovers 3 Hawick Royal Albert 1

David Knox

at Whitestone Park

A HALF-TIME rollicking helped Peebles Rovers pick up their first three-points in the East of Scotland Conference A on Saturday.

And left Hawick Royal Albert rooted to the bottom of the new-look table.

Rovers boss Smith admitted it had taken a few raised voices at the interval to inspire his players to the much-needed win.

He said: “The guys got a rollicking at half time as I thought we were poor in the first half.

“We want to finish this season around mid-table to determine the division we play in next season and I knew we could do a lot better than we showed in the first half.

“I was pleased with the performance after half time as we showed a lot more composure on the ball and deserved the win.”

It couldn’t have started much better for the hosts as Grant Wilson produced a brilliant glancing header to steer Jamie Mackay’s angled cross into the far corner of the net.

Only some scrambled defending had prevented Peebles taking the lead before the seventh minute goal.

But Hawick responded well after going behind and Polish midfielder Miloz Pajik should have done better when unmarked at the back post than steer Josh Neil’s deep cross wide of the target.

The Albert went even closer on 17 minutes as Moudo Touray squared for Demba Thiam in front of goal but somehow Callum Mackenzie threw himself in the way of the shot to chest clear on the line.

Hawick deservedly drew level three minutes later.

Alan McMath uncharacteristically lost control at the heart of the home defence and tugged back Touray as he tried to capitalise.

Pajik brilliantly rifled the resultant 25-yard free-kick over the wall and beyond Tom Kerr.

The hosts had a great opportunity to go back in front after being awarded a penalty just after the half hour but Craig Saunders made a terrific save to deny David Lindsay.

Saunders, though, went from hero to villain in the 55th minute.

Peebles were enjoying their brightest spell when the keeper failed to hold a Robbie Renwick shot from distance allowing Ross Lamb to pounce on the loose ball and net from the angle.

Lamb was unfortunate not to score again just after the hour as his powerful shot from the edge of the area deflected inches wide.

The third goal arrived on 72 minutes with the former Gala Fairydean Rovers midfielder rifling in a powerful low freekick from out wide for Michael McEwan to convert from close range.

Apart from a Pajik shot which Kerr saved comfortably Hawick offered little threat during the second period.

And only some fine saves from Saunders prevented Wilson and McMath extending the home advantage.

The Albert’s misery was compounded in the closing stages as Scott Murphy was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on McEwan.

Peebles Rovers. T Kerr, J Mackay (J Dodds 81), C Mackenzie, A McMath, B Gettel, J Davidson, G Lamb, R Lamb (C Sclater 74), G Wilson, R Renwick & D Lindsay (M McEwan 62).

Hawick Royal Albert. C Saunders, R McRae (J McNaught 71), D Pacitti, M Pajik (N Johnson 81), S Murphy, L Knox, D Thiam, F Touray, M Touray, J Neil & L Cooper (S Odetayo 60).

Photograph by Graham Riddell Photography

Rovers 2 Penicuik Athletic 6

A GOOD CROWD FOR OUR FIRST LEAGUE GAME OF THE NEW SEASON

Rovers stormed off into a 2 goal lead with goals from Gregor Lamb and Then David Lindsay set the pace for an Entertaining 90mins at Whitestone in front of a great crowd But the visitors were on the front foot after 20 minutes and started to dominate possesion and 2 goals near the end of the half from Aaron Summerville and then Sam Jones for Penicuik ensures its all square at halftime. into the second half and Penicuik picked up from where they left off and going in front for the first time with a goal from Wayne Macintosh and then another from Macintosh ans 2 further goals from Lewis Barr and Nico Salazar finished off the game ensuring the visitors leave with all 3 points. Rovers battled and competed against a top side and the signs are encouraging for the season ahead. Man of the match sponsored by Villenuve wines peebles was selected by Penicuik was Callum Mackenzie

Peebles Rovers 1 V St Andrews Utd 6

In an afternoon to forget yesterday in a match The Rovers were forced to play away from home up at Peffermill in the League Cup. This was Rovers 2nd game of the new season and again was in the league cup but was a completely different story from Wed night. The match started with both teams playing rather scrappy football for the first 30mins but their was nothing between these 2 clubs who were playing each other for the first time in their history. Then the Rovers imploded and conceded 3 goals in just a 10 minute spell. Going in at halftime 3 down was disappointing. The 2nd half started with Rovers giving away a penalty which was in all fairness the goal that truly ended the tie.The only pleasing note of the game was that Alan Mcmath (Speedy) got his goalscoring exploits off and running for this season. With a free week and weekend ahead plenty time to put this poor performance behind them and get back at it on the training pitch. Next up is a home tie against Penicuik Athletic a week on Tuesday(14th August)