Peebles Rovers 0
Eyemouth United 1
KING CUP SECOND ROUND
MAURICE GORDON reports from Whitestone Park
Peebles Rovers’ winning streak came to an end when they narrowly went down to Eyemouth United in a well-contested King Cup tie.
The hosts were the first to pose a threat with Nicky Cairns coming very close to giving the home side an early lead with a good effort from 20 yards.
Eyemouth replied with Leigh Walker narrowly missing the target with a couple of good scoring opportunities.
But it was the Fishermen who broke the deadlock just one minute after the interval.
After a neat United build-up, Mark Windram was on target with a spectacular shot from long range, but Bruce Callan tipped the ball over his crossbar with a splendid save.
However, the resultant Scott Adamson corner kick from the right picked out John Buchan inside the crowded six-yard box and he headed the ball home despite Callan’s efforts.
Then, from an Andrew Hastie right-wing cross, Eyemouth substitute Duncan Aitchison sent the ball just wide of the far Peebles post with a glancing header from eight yards.
At the other end, the in-rushing Kevin Martin just failed to make contact with an inviting Craig Edgar cross in front of the Eyemouth goal before Buchan lashed the ball over his own crossbar for a Peebles corner, which came to nothing.
But Eyemouth came close to increasing their lead in the 70th minute, with Callan bringing off the save of the match. A well-worked United move resulted in Adamson firing a terrific 16-yard shot goalwards until the keeper tipped the ball around the far post with a brilliant two-handed diving save at full stretch.
Peebles almost grabbed an equaliser 11 minutes from full-time.
After the Eyemouth defence had failed to clear an Elliot Black free-kick from the left, Cairns sent the ball just over Eyemouth’s crossbar with an acrobatic scissors kick from 12 yards out.
Peebles Rovers: B. Callan, D. Urey, P. Hunter, J. Howe, K. Harper, A. Chalmers (L. Montgomery 67), N. Cairns, K. Martin (C. Morrison 84), C. Edgar, J. Innes and E. Black.