Horror second half for Peebles

Peebles Rovers 2

Burntisland Shipyard 3

EoS FIRST DIVISION

PEEBLES Rovers threw away a two-goal lead, and had two players sent off, including manager Jason Girdwood, to slump to another defeat.

Rovers started the game well and deservedly went ahead on 18 minutes as Craig Edgar hammered a shot beyond Burntisland goalkeeper Martyn Melia.

Rovers stopper Kris Lennie made a vital save to deny Thomas Williams’ header from hitting the net, but instead Peebles doubled their advantage just before the break.

Captain Greig Shortreed swung in a corner which the Fife visitors failed to clear, and Charles Nwanze stabbed the ball past Melia.

Just when boss Girdwood looked set to gain his first win, Shortreed was sent off for a second booking with more than 30 minutes still to play.

Shipyard had a sniff and made their numerical superiority count as Ryan Rutherford and Owen McCue scored in quick succession.

Peebles were now on the back foot and Lennie was forced into a superb double stop to deny Williams and Rutherford.

Just as it seemed Peebles would hang on for a point, Rutherford’s free kick was headed into the top corner by Williams as Burntisland snatched victory.

To top off a wretched second half, Girdwood, who had come on as a substitute, was also sent off for a second booking by whistler Gianluca Marini.

Peebles Rovers: K. Lennie, A. White (J. Girdwood), P. Hunter (A. Gorrie), S. Gordon, A. Williamson, D. Linton, P. Conaghan, G. Shortreed, C. Edgar, N. Cairns, C. Nwanze (G. Manson).