Peebles Rovers went down to a 4-1 defeat against Coldstream in the EOS League Cup despite an impressive performance at Home Park last Saturday.
After a good 0-0 draw with Carluke to wrap up pre-season, Ger Rossi’s team were ready for the first competitive match of the season and went out on the pitch ready to take the fight to Coldstream.
The game started brightly, with both teams playing attacking football. The first chance of the game came through Scott Inglis for Peebles who skinned Hossack on the edge of the box and popped an effort at Mark Walters in goal, forcing him into action.
But, Coldstream landed the first punch after Smith was judged to have fouled Rhys Bloomfield in the box resulting in a penalty, Crawford stepped up and sent McGinley the wrong way to hand Coldstream the lead after 23 minutes.
They added to their tally after Bloomfield played a cross-field ball to Wales who lurked just outside the box who blasted home from 20 yards into the top left hand corner on 40 minutes.
Peebles came into the second half looking like a team reborn; some great football was played with Lindsay looking menacing up front. Jamie Mackay supplied the ammunition with a great free kick that Lindsay nearly drilled past Walters.
A goal for Peebles was inevitable, and it arrived on 64 minutes after Inglis got his head to the ball from a corner to reduce the deficit.
But, Coldstream didn’t mess around and grabbed a third through another spectacular strike, with Sutherland scoring a copy of the second goal.
They finished off the scoring with another goal at the death that hit the crossbar and bounced out, it was close, but it was judged to be over the line, finishing at 4-1.
Peebles Rovers: B. McGinley, J. Mackay, B. Brown, C. Smith, M. Cockburn, J. Dodds, J. Runciman, G. Rossi, L. Zavaroni, D. Lindsay, S. Inglis
Subs: S, Schulz-Keith, N. McDonald, C. Robertson