Peebles Rovers: 7
Tweedmouth Rangers: 2
Scorers for Peebles: Schulz-Keith x3, Zavaroni x2 and McMath x2
Scorers for Tweedmouth: Graham x2
By Neil Hobson
This was a pretty good result for Peebles then, eh?
It proved to be seven in heaven for Rossi’s resurgent Rovers, as they swept Tweedmouth Rangers aside 7-2 in a historic showing that truly was on another level. This was one of the finest performances ever witnessed at Whitestone Park and it was simply a privilege to watch this team in action today.
Ger Rossi was able to welcome a near full squad into the fold for this clash, as he enjoyed the luxurious headache of having six subs at his disposal, and only James Runciman ruled out through injury.
The match kicked-off in what could only be described a mad vortex of goals, tackles and action!
Much like two fighters exchanging blows in the first round, the first 5 minutes was an end-to-end affair with both teams carving out some golden chances. Robbie Renwick led the boys into battle in these opening exchanges as he danced into the danger-area on the back of Schulz-Keith cross, he pulled the trigger but was unlucky to see his effort narrowly whizz over the crossbar.
But, the wait for a goal was short-lived as Saul Schulz-Keith sweetly flicked the ball past Graeme Cain following a ball in from the left-hand side which the former Tynecastle man gleefully converted with just 6 minutes on the clock.
Get in! but then Tweedmouth immediately equalised through Regan Graham… Oh dear.
It was a deeply frustrating setback for a Rovers outfit that flew out the traps with such manic attacking glee, and it would take a monumental response to ensure that Peebles could get back into the game.
Needless to say, the response was emphatic.
The battle raged on, with both sides locked in an enthralling contest; with the away side showing a fierce passion for hefty challenges and ‘robust’ defending. Peebles had a variety of attacking channels to launch their assaults on, but it wasn’t until the closing stages of the first-half that Rovers turned the tide as they won a penalty after a challenge on Renwick on 44 minutes.
Referee Hanlon pointed straight to the spot, and, without penalty-kick specialist James Runciman, Lee Zavaroni took on the responsibility of crossing the 12-yard chasm.
It was a somewhat scrappy effort, but the skipper stroked the ball home and Rovers went into the dressing room at half-time with the upper hand.
The second half was simply madness as the floodgates opened: a colourful explosion of footballing class, skill and finesse that ripped Tweedmouth apart with frighteningly clinical ruthlessness.
Alan McMath was an unstoppable force up top, as he led the line in heroic style; notching twice in a show of sheer brilliance.
Graham scored again after 63 minutes to throw Rangers a lifeline, but, by then, Rovers had smelt blood and were moving in for the kill.
Zavaroni tore through the back-line once more to add to his tally, blasting the ball home on the back of a Schulz-Keith assist on 75 minutes.
It completed a hat-trick of assists for Schulz-Keith, who, not fully content with setting up goals, grabbed a hat-trick of the scoring variety as well, as he carved through the back four twice in the space of ten-minutes to send the Rovers into dreamland.
This proved to be the final act of a performance that will live long in the memory of everyone at Peebles Rovers. Well done lads, you were fantastic
Man of the Match: Saul Schulz-Keith
Peebles: McGinley, Dodds, Brown, Smith, Cockburn, Rossi, Renwick, Zavaroni, Schulz-Keith, Newell, McMath
Subs: Forrest, Mackay, Lindsay, Ndiweni, Lamb, Robertson