Peebles Rovers 2-3 Musselburgh Athletic
By Kenneth Scott
Liam Reid secures all 3 points with his first goal for The Burgh
Wednesday 17 April and league match 23, for both teams as Musselburgh travelled to play Peebles. The reverse fixture last November saw Musselburgh win 6-1 at Olivebank.
Due to injury and late call-offs for one reason or another, Musselburgh were down to the bare bones and all 11 starters played the full 90 minutes. Jack Stewart, from the Under 20s, made his full team debut as the Burgh goalkeeper, Other than that, it was the same starting line-up as Saturday.
Match kicked off at 6:45pm and though there was plenty of attacking football from both sides, in the first 20 minutes or so, neither keeper had any real saves to make. Best chance of match came in 24 minutes. The ball was played from the Peebles half and it seemed that Michael Deland would get to the ball. However, he slipped and then appeared to hamper the Peebles no. 10 McMath. The forward broke free however, and as he came to the 18 yard box let fly with a powerful shot. Jack Stewart dived to his right and made a great one handed save, putting the ball out for a corner.
On 31 minutes, Musselburgh were awarded a free kick, 25 yards from goals. Conor Thomson took the kick with the ball going just wide of the post. However, the first goal came soon after. Conor Thomson headed the ball out of defence, which was flicked on by Mathu King. Nathan Evans running up the right wing latched onto the ball and placed his shot past the out coming keeper, Kerr, and Musselburgh went 1-0 up after 33 minutes.
Four minutes from half time, referee blew for a penalty. From a corner, the referee adjusted that the ball hit of Conor Thomson’s arm. It seemed to ricochet from his body onto his arm and though Burgh players protested, the decision was made. Up stepped Peebles no. 6 Lindsay whose penalty went under the body of Jack Stewart who was very unlucky not to save the shot.
Half time: Peebles 1 – 1 Musselburgh
Second half kicked off at 7:40pm. First chance fell to Mathu King. However, his header from a corner was straight into Kerr’s hands. Ten minutes later and Mathu King had another chance with a header, which just went past the keeper’s post.
With 65 minutes gone, Nathan Evans had the ball and as he played it into the box, it intercepted by the no. 4 Lamb who tried to play his way out of defence. A mix up between Lamb and Lindsay, allowed Jackie to retrieve the ball for Musselburgh. He turned and from just outside the box pelted the ball into the net and Burgh were leading 2-1.
With 70 minutes gone, Peebles made a double substitution with Brown and Sclater replaced by Forrest and Mackay. Three minutes later, Peebles were on the attack with Mackay passing to the captain Zavaroni, who then gave the ball to Lindsay. He shot from the edge of the box but Jack was on hand to make the save.
On 75 minutes, Mathu King again had a chance to score, but his shot was just wide of the target. From the by-kick the ball was played into the Musselburgh half, with McMath again one on one with Jack Stewart, but the keeper won the challenge.
Into the last 10 minutes and Lindsay received a yellow card as the linesman gave a goal kick to Musselburgh, much to the Peebles player’s displeasure. From the goal kick, ball came to Lamb in the centre circle. He lofted the ball into the air onto the running McMath. Burgh appealed for offside, but play moved on. McMath squared the ball to the sub, Mackay who put the ball into the net. Another appeal for offside but neither the linesman, nor the referee was interested. After 82 minutes, score was 2-2.
Two minutes later and Musselburgh were on the attack, looking for the winner. The Peebles right back Mackenzie went into a crunching tackle on Bradley Whyte and was booked for his efforts. From the resultant free kick, Conor Thomson floated the ball towards the far post. Liam Reid rose to header the ball over the stretched keeper, Kerr. It was Liam Reid’s first goal for Musselburgh and soon after the match finished with the score:
Peebles 2 – 3 Musselburgh.