Murray brace keeps Uni at bay

Peebles' Paul Murray (black and gold)
Peebles' Paul Murray (black and gold)

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High-flying Rovers were back in league action on Saturday after their triumphant King Cup quarter-final win against Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale the previous week.

Playing with the wind in their favour in the first half, the hosts started strongly with Frankie Arthur forcing the university keeper into a save on the line.

Watt were no pushovers, however – Rovers keeper Darren Walker was called into action minutes later when the visitors launched an assault.

The first goal arrived in the 15th minute when Walker’s wind-assisted kick upfield found Scott Sutherland who passed to fellow striker Paul Murray, who placed his shot into the bottom left corner. Watt did not take long to respond and 10 minutes later, the scores were level again. A flowing move down the left resulted in Ryan Higgins prodding home a low cross from close range for his first East of Scotland goal.

Dale Richardson, Paul Murray and Arthur all went close to edging Peebles ahead again, but the scoreline remained at 1-1 as the teams went in at the break.

Rovers continued their assault after the break. After Dale Richardson’s header was saved by the Watt keeper, Paul Murray found Arthur in the box to score from the tightest of angles.

Goal number three arrived seven minutes from time when an Arthur corner reached Richardson at the back post and he cut back to Murray, who grabbed his second of the game.

Watt pulled the deficit back to one in stoppage time when Scott Davies hit home a free kick from 20 yards.

Rovers managed to hold onto the lead up to the final whistle and kept their undefeated run going.