O’Hara’s delight as Rovers reverse result over battling Royal Albert

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Peebles Rovers 3

Hawick Royal Albert 0

Peebles Rovers gained sweet revenge for a defeat at the hands of their Hawick rivals in their opening game of the season by turning the tables to record a deserved win, writes John Slorance.

With both outfits buzzing from the opening whistle, the game got off to a rip-roaring start.

Chances fell in the respective goalmouths in rapid succession and after several near misses, the deadlock was broken in the 11th minute.

Rovers’ Scott Sutherland was brought down in the box by Robert Boyd and Jim Young stuck away the resultant penalty with great precision.

Hawick came rallying back and after Alieu Faye had fluffed an opportunity in mis­hitting a Cameron MacFarlane pass, Blake Wales drove a shot just over the bar.

Playing to their strengths, Peebles began to emerge the stronger looking side and with 56 minutes gone, the Whitestone Park men edged further ahead.

Jason Darling floated over a corner kick and Daniel McLeary outjumped the Hawick defence at the back post to bullet the ball into the net with his head.

Within five minutes, Hawick fell further behind.

After Albert keeper Kyle Rankin had pulled off a splendid save in clawing away a Chris Flockhart header from a Darling free kick, Young poked home a shot from close range.

Summing up the game, Peebles manager John O’Hara told The Southern: “I was very pleased with the result ... you’ve got to be pleased with three goals and a clean sheet.

“Hawick came and gave us a good game, but our second goal killed them off.”