Peebles Rovers 0
Leith Athletic 2
EOS FIRST DIVISION
MAURICE GORDON reports from Whitestone Park
Peebles gave a good account of themselves against promoted Leith, although the visitors created the better scoring opportunities over the piece, while both keepers had really little to do for most of the 90 minutes.
In the early stages, both Fraser Henderson and Allan Chalmers were off target with their scoring attempts before Leith broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute. A Christopher Barrie corner kick picked out Steven Lynch at the far post, who headed home.
Nearing half-time, William Bremner twice came close to increasing Leith’s lead with a couple of headers, but the score remained 0-1 at the break.
The visitors were the first to pose a threat after the restart when a Gary Black through-ball sent Jason Stevens racing into the box – but he was foiled by an excellent save from Bruce Callan.
A second goal did come after 54 minutes, however, when a Darren Moonie left-wing cross picked out Euan Campbell who gave Callan no chance with a blistering shot on the volley.
Play continued to rage from end to end with few goalmouth incidents. Nicky Cairns was narrowly off-target with an effort from long range, while moments later, from a Henderson pass, Cairns fired well over the Leith crossbar from 25 yards.
Athletic replied with a Jack Combe shot from 12 yards being deflected wide of the Peebles goal for a Leith corner-kick which came to nothing.
Then from a Kevin Martin pass, Henderson sent in a shot on the turn which was comfortably saved by John Falconer, while at the other end, Leith substitute Darren Smith sent the ball just wide with a rasping angular drive.
With a minute to go, Leith came close to scoring again. After a swift Athletic breakaway, Combe coolly chipped the ball over a rapidly advancing Callan and just inches over the bar.
Peebles Rovers: B. Callan, C. Morrison (C. Collin), E. Black, P. Hunter, K. Harper, N. Cairns, M. Holness (J. Leitch), K. Martin, F. Henderson (C. Leslie), C. Edgar and A. Chalmers.