Resilient Rovers beaten by the odd goal in nine

Eyemouth United 5

Peebles Rovers 4


MAURICE GORDON reports from Warner Park

Eyemouth just edged out Peebles in a nine-goal thriller where both sides were guilty of some poor defending over the piece.

After some early pressure it was United who opened the scoring. After some good lead-up work by Leigh Walker and Stuart Coyle, Scott Adamson gave Bruce Callan no chance with a terrific shot into the top corner of the net.

Shortly afterwards Callan foiled Steven Shennan with a couple of fine saves, while at the other end Craig Edgar was narrowly off target.

Eyemouth increased their lead with a second goal after 35 minutes when a mistake in the Rovers defence allowed Steven Shennan the simple task of heading the loose ball home from close range.

Peebles reduced the leeway just three minutes later when John Leitch flicked a Michael Holness cross onto Allan Chalmers, who drilled the ball past a diving Dean Avery.

The visitors were back on level terms one minute before half-time when, from an Edgar left-wing cross, Michael Holness beat Avery all ends up, the ball rebounding off the underside of the Eyemouth crossbar and into the back of the net.

Peebles made a sensational start to the second half and took the lead with a third goal.

After Avery had fumbled a hefty wind-assisted clearance from the Rovers keeper, the alert Michael Holness came raced in to tuck the loose ball home.

The Fishermen equalised in the 59th minute when the diving Callan could only parry a 20-yard shot from Adamson into the path of the in-rushing Steven Shennan, who blasted the ball home from close in.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men when James Wilson was sent off for elbowing Chalmers in the face and Peebles put their noses in front once again with a fourth goal when the same player found the far top corner of the Eyemouth net.

But Eyemouth secured an equaliser just three minutes later – the Peebles defence failing to clear an Adamson corner-kick from the right and Mark Windram slamming the ball past Callan.

The home men snatched what proved to be the winning fifth goal after 75 minutes when some poor defending allowed Leigh Walker to chip the ball over the stranded Callan.

Peebles continued to press forward with Edgar, Craig Morrison and Jamie Innes all going close to getting the Rovers a share of the spoils, but Eyemouth held out.

Peebles Rovers: B. Callan, C. Morrison (C. Collin), E. Black, K. Harper, P. Hunter, M. Holness (C. Leslie 70), J. Innes, K. Martin, J. Leitch, C. Edgar, A. Chalmers.