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Closely fought game ends with Edinburgh South knocking out out of practice Peebles

Peebles FC 1

Russell 56'

Edinburgh South 2

Mohammed 44', Gill 47'
Blair Meikle

Blair Meikle | YFS Scottish Borders Senior Reporter
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Edinburgh South made it through to the final of the David Innes Cup with a narrow win over out of practice Peebles.
 
Due to the flooding troubles that they had suffered at the start of the year, this was the first time the Borders side had played a home game since November, and South made it one to forget for them.
 
With the stakes high, there was a tense feel to the match. A cagey opening resulted in a goalless first half, but the capital city side scored two early in the second.
 
Isam Mohammed got the first when his dangerous free kick was not dealt with, and only three minutes later Tom Gill finished well from inside the box.
 
Peebles rallied and came close to forcing extra-time. But they only managed to find the net once, when Aaron Russell’s corner somehow went straight in.
 
Edinburgh started the match brightly and Jack Ewens hit the bar after two minutes, after the productive Mohammed had recycled his own corner.
 
Connor Fitzpatrick had two shots at goal; one going over and the other wide of the target.
 
The home side felt their way into it and Michael Smith had their first opportunity. A good passing move released Lewis Swan down the right and his pull back found Smith at the edge of the box, but he pulled his shot wide.
 
There was little goalmouth action to speak of for the remainder of the half with much of the play taking place in midfield and a scrimmage ensuing.
South had just been denied minutes prior to Mohammed’s opener. Gill broke free of the defence, only for Aidan Clark to come rushing out of his goal to tackle.
 
But then the right back flighted his free kick from deep into a dangerous area and Clark could not stop it from going in.
 
There was double delight after 47 minutes. Mohammed was involved again when his cross from the right eventually found its way to Gill and the diminutive frontman tucked it away assuredly.
 
A reaction was a necessity from Peebles and they did start to operate higher up the park, trying to find openings. Their opponents though made it difficult for them.
 
They got the boost they required on 56 minutes when Russell’s low in-swinging corner inexplicably found its way through at the front post.
 
Zach Khan had been quiet but he began to take players on and looked dangerous. One cross from him found both Niall Reid and Swan waiting at the back door, but they were crowded out.
 
At the other end, Clark did brilliantly to keep his team’s dream alive. After an initial save from Daniel Proudfoot, he got up quickly to smother bravely at the winger’s feet.
 
With time running out Peebles looked to take it the distance. Ross Millan stepped forward from defence to put in an inviting cross but nobody could get on the end of it.
 
Connor Thorburn worked a one-two with Reid to get a shot away, but it went wide.
 
Edinburgh South held on to win a tight and closely fought semi-final. They will take on either Cavalry Park, Hutchison Vale Colts or Bonnyrigg Rose for a chance to get their hands on the trophy.

Lineups

Peebles FC
Edinburgh South
1. Aidan Clark
2. Sam Archibald
3. Gavin McLachlan
4. Ross Millan
5. Kyle Erskine
6. Ben Duncan
7. Lewis Swan
8. Jamie Clark
9. Niall Hutchison Reid
10. Michael Smith
11. Zach Khan
12. Rory Darling
14. Aaron Russell
15. Connor Thorburn
1. Ben Gormley
2. Jack Ewens
4. Murray Brooke
5. Ben Carrigan
6. Isam Mohammed
9. David Ellis
10. Daniel Proudfoot
11. Euan Burgess
12. Daniel Carson-Sangster
15. Rhys Anderson
16. Tom Gill
17. Yuan Fang
18. Bruno Steel
19. Kacper Michalak
20. Connor Fitzpatrick
Star Player
Peebles FC
Edinburgh South
Zack Khan - Looked dangerous for Peebles in the second half. The most likely to make something happen as they attempted to equalise.
Isam Mohammed - Has a great delivery, as evidenced by both the goals Edinburgh South scored. Played a major role in his team reaching a cup final and should be delighted with his performance.
Magic Moment
Peebles FC
Edinburgh South
Scoring from a corner was a bit of luck which you often need and gave them impetus to search for another goal.
The second goal, scored by Tom Gill, was a good team goal and gave them a two goal cushion which proved crucial.
Club Views
Peebles FC
Edinburgh South
Fergus Millan, Peebles Head Coach, said: "It was a close game. Both teams are evenly matched. They played really well. I think the first goal was always going to be a killer and they got it. Our heads went down and we lost a second almost immediately afterwards. We picked up the pace and they understandably got a bit more nervous. But overall that was hard to take, we didn't create enough chances. "The lack of game time probably had an impact, but probably just as much for the opposition as well. But yeah I think you can spot that the boys are off the pace, they're not reacting to the ball and they are just lacking match fitness. Hopefully once we get a sequence of games underway we will start playing better."
Brian Carrigan, Edinburgh South Head Coach, said: "I thought it was a very difficult game. Peebles are very tough opponents and they were up for it. Coming down here was always going to be difficult but I thought the boys responded well, worked hard and I thought we were the better team although Peebles came back into it at the end. "You've got to be confident going into a cup final, there's no point being there if you're not confident. The boys will take confidence from this. We are improving all the time and we are unbeaten this year so we want to keep that going. It's all down to the boys, they have been fantastic this year and all the plaudits are for them."

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