Muir makes merry with Woodend Park winner

The Sanderson Cup held at Elliot Park in Jedburgh on Friday evening between Peebles Ams and Duns Ams. Peebles win 1-0.

The Sanderson Cup held at Elliot Park in Jedburgh on Friday evening between Peebles Ams and Duns Ams. Peebles win 1-0.

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Peebles Amateurs lifted the Sanderson Cup at Jedburgh’s Woodend Park on Friday evening thanks to a second half Finlay Muir header.

Over 100 spectators braved the wet weather to take in the final in what turned out to be a pretty even encounter.

Both sides had chances to open the scoring but couldn’t find a way past keepers Ryan Swan and Philip Smith. Peebles goalie Swan was called into action when he had to punch away a vicious Josh Doncaster cross.

At the other end Ben Brown saw a thunderous header crash off the bar.

The teams entered half time without breaking the deadlock.

However, that goal eventually came in the 70th minute. Ronan Baillie’s cross was met by the head of Peebles captain Finlay Muir and the ball snuck under the legs of Steven Mitchell and into the net.

Duns pushed forward in an attempt to grab a goal back, but despite the efforts from top scorer Steven Burns they couldn’t find the net.

This was to be Peebles’ night and as referee Bruce Crockett blew for full time they celebrated, before lifting the trophy for the second time in four years.

Man-of the match was young midfielder Ben Brown, who won everything that came his way. Peebles player/boss Barry Thompson said: “We are delighted to get our hands on the trophy. Every Peebles player that set foot on that park was immense.

“It was a tight game but I thought we deserved the win.”