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With pitches being called off all over Edinburgh, after another rainy week, Inch Colts and Peebles were thankful for the artificial facility at Meggetland. A dramatic match saw Inch go ahead on three separate occasions only to be pegged back each time by Peebles, with Liam Rutherford's last minute leveller grabbing a point for the away side.
Both sides had been subject to mixed fortunes going into the match. Inch had bagged four points from their first six games, whereas Peebles were two points better off having played one games less. Victory in this match would give either team the chance to jump the table, with the additional incentive for Inch of leapfrogging their opponents.
After a lively start to the match the home team drew first blood. Ross Rutherford found space in the centre of the park and slipped in Cameron Raeburn, who darted down the right hand channel. Raeburn fizzed the ball across the penalty box and Lewis McGuire nipped in front of his marker to divert the ball beyond the goalkeeper at the front post.
Peebles responded positively and nearly equalised within sixty seconds. Kieran Thrall wriggled into space inside the penalty area and hit a low shot which was well saved by the legs of James McGregor.
The visitors from the Scottish Borders continued to push and Liam Rutherford managed to escape his marker from a set piece, but he couldn't make a proper connection with the ball.
Play raged from end to end, with Inch enjoying their fair share of possession, but it was to be Peebles made the next dent on the scoreboard. Rutherford was the man who found himself in the right position to place the ball past McGregor and into the back of the net.
The half drew to a close with the game still in the the balance, both sides still fancying their chances of taking all three points.
Half Time: Inch Colts 1-1 Peebles FC
The second half kicked off as it meant to continue, with high tempo play and chances in front of goal aplenty. Rutherford forced a fingertip save from McGregor inside the first minute, before Aaron Moffat flashed a header wide at the other end.
Inch were looking more dangerous than the first half and Raeburn was unlucky to see his shot spinning narrowly over both goalkeeper and crossbar. The pressure was to pay off though, a few minutes later.
Rory Gallacher was at his sharpest to pounce on an error in the Peebles rearguard. After stealing the ball, he kept his composure to sidestep into space and roll the ball beyond the goalkeeper and put his side into the lead. It was the first of a flurry of goals, which would set the second half alight.
Rutherford continued to look a threat and straight from kick off picked the ball up and forced a smart stop from McGregor.
The visitors certainly hadn't given up hope and after fifteen further minutes of working hard to break down a determined Inch defence, they got their reward. A perfectly weighted pass set Michael Skelly in the clear, with the Peebles forward showing an excellent turn of pace before slotted the ball into the net.
As if the game hadn't had enough twists, Inch sent the storyline in another different direction. Straight from kick off Aaron Moffat found a pocket of space before hitting a 30-yard piledriver dipping underneath the crossbar.
Thirteen minutes remained on the clock for Peebles to find a route back into the match and, as was to be expected by this stage, they set about doing exactly that. William MacLean narrowly missed the target with an acrobatic effort, as time started to run out for the boys in pink and black.
With injury time approaching Peebles won a hotly contested free kick. The ball was swung high goalwards by Rutherford, and evaded everyone to land in the back of the net, to the joy of the visiting contingent. The home side were reduced to ten men, as they continued to argue about the award of the free kick.
Neither team had the time to mount any further serious attacks and the referee's whistle blew to confirm the match would end all square. Peebles were the happier of the sides, havening came back on three occasions to deny Inch victory. It was an excellent all round game with lots of free flowing football, good goals and battling qualities on show from two well matched outfits.
Full Time: Inch Colts 3-3 Peebles FC