King Cup: Peebles Rovers 2, Coldstream 5
JOHN Crawford scored his 100th and 101st goals in East of Scotland fooball to propel Coldstream to victory in a second-round King Cup tie played at the third attempt.
Andrew Gibson’s men were a bit rusty after going three weeks without a competitive game, but the manager was satisfied with the result and performance on a soft pitch at Whitestone Park.
The visitors made a good start, with Craig Heugh causing the Peebles defence problems. The winger was handed a place in attack alongside Crawford and completed a fine performance with the best goal of the game. Daniel Cornish and Phil Johnson were also on target.
Under-19 left-back Calum Kerr, making his first-team debut, linked up well with Cornish and Heugh down the left, posing the Peebles defence all sorts of problems in the first half.
But the ammunition for the first two goals came from Robbie Armstong on the opposite flank. His lofted through-ball was controlled and side-footed home by Daniel Cornish for his first of the season.
Armstrong’s pass then let Crawford break the offside trap and he slotted home his 100th goal in East of Scotland football.
Peebles pulled one back on the break through Scott Watson before half-time, but Coldstream assistant boss Johnson fired home a left-foot on the turn from 12 yards to restore the advantage early in the second period.
Peebles fought backagain with a Craig Edgar goal, and suddenly the tie was hanging in the balance. But a terrific move down the left finished it off.
Kerr played a one-two before dribbling his way to the byeline and cutting back for Heugh to smash home a shot into the roof of the net from ten yards. Crawford bundled home the fifth after good work from Jake Rutherford.
Coldstream: M Walters, J McLeod, C Kerr, P Cowe, M Cornish, P Johnson, R Armstrong (J Rutheford 75), M Allan (M Tait 69), J Crawford, C Heugh, D Cornish (R Skelly 64). Sub not used: A Gibson.