Dunbar United Colts advanced to the third round of the Inspiresport Scottish Cup at the expense of a desperately unlucky Peebles team.
Dunbar manager Nick Hall admitted that his side had an off day, but they still managed to take the game to penalties where they secured victory. They have set a target of getting past the regionalised rounds, which they will meet if they win their next tie.
It was actually United who started the strongest and they were 1-0 up inside 2 minutes, and it could have been more.
Maksymillian Dluzak hit the side netting before Fraser Gallagher scored from close range from James Mclean’s ball across the face of goal.
Evan Polak then made saves from Tyrhys Twist and Gallagher before the home team got themselves into the game.
When they did they took over the dominance from their visitor for the remainder of the half.
Aaron Russell and Doug Knox were prominent in an attacking sense – time and again one or both of them were involved going forward.
Knox’s intricate touch and passing were able to cut through the defence and he played in Russell who was thwarted by Sandy Purves.
Knox then got on the end of Russell’s corner to turn it goalward, only for Purves to intervene again.
The forward had a double chance when he nicked the ball off Purves but the keeper stood firm to block. Michael Smith recovered the ball and crossed for Knox and this time the effort was wide.
Russell was having joy down the right and Smith’s pass found him in space but the winger fired over.
An equaliser was inevitable and it was Lewis Swan who grabbed it in spectacular fashion. His half volley from 25 yards soared through the air and left Purves helpless.
Purves produced his best save yet to keep it level at half time, getting a hand to Knox’s pile-driving half volley from the edge of the box.