Peebles Rovers Reserves 2
Hearts of Liddesdale 1
SANDERSON CUP FINAL
SUBSTITUTE Mark Blaik proved the Peebles hero with a last-minute goal to lift the Sanderson Cup for the club’s first trophy.
The midfielder had been out injured since mid-April after picking up a bad ankle injury, but marked his return by coming off the bench with 13 minutes to go and scoring from 10 yards.
Peebles player/manager Jason Kane said: “I’m thrilled for the lads. Many of them have now won their first senior trophy, so it is mission accomplished.
“The potential was there and the players just needed direction and a specific training regime. All of the boys took it on board and the club has been transformed into winners.
“All credit to Hearts, they’re a good side and have had an excellent season. But we battled well and it’s something to savour, for young players like David Meldrum, Ryan Gray and Ryan Swan right up to the more experienced guys like Mark Wilson, Ross Greenshields and Andy Borthwick.”
Hearts gained promotion from Division C in their first season in the Border Amateur League, but it was Rovers who took the lead when skipper Andy Borthwick played a neat one-two with teenager David Meldrum before firing past keeper Paul Rainford from just inside the Hearts penalty area.
Borthwick came close soon after, but couldn’t quite turn in a decent cross from pacey full-back Sean Taylor.
Instead Liddesdale scored two minutes before the half-time whistle when Jake Little’s powerful header flew past Peebles keeper Ryan Swan.
The Newcastleton team should have gone ahead after the break when Hearts were awarded a penalty for a foul by Taylor, but Dean Thomson missed from the spot.
Hearts bossed the second half, but it was Peebles who found the winner through Blaik’s late goal.
Dejected Hearts manager Dave Blaikie said: “We missed loads of chances and Peebles scored with their only two shots on goal after mistakes by us.
“I feel hard done by.”
Peebles RR: R. Swan, S. Taylor, R. Gray, G. Lonie (M. Blaik 77), T. Robertson, R. Greenshields, A. Noble, C. Dilworth, D. Meldrum, M. Wilson (J. Kane 84), A. Borthwick.
Hearts of Liddlesdale: P. Rainford, Jake Little, D. Thomson, S. Adamson, E. Stainthorpe, C. Foster, R. Cuthbert, J. Thomson, D. Brough, D. Armstrong, Joe Little.