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Peebles come back from the dead to stun Spartans

Spartans FC Flyers 3

Walton 4, Singleton 22, Lydon 40

Peebles FC 4

Mackenzie 43, Tredgett 51, Carlotti 54, Simmons 60
  • Sunday, 03 December 2017
  • Gyle playing fields, Edinburgh
  • Under 13´s
  • SERYFA Division 3
Peebles fought back to overcome a three goal deficit in the final half hour and leave Spartans stunned in a thrilling encounter at the top of the table at the Gyle.
In a game in which neither side had a natural goalkeeper, Spartans took an early lead through Thomas Walton and then added to it with strikes from Rory Singleton and Matthew Lyndon either side of half time to give them a firm grip on proceedings.
However, Peebles weren’t to lie down and found joy getting in behind the Spartans back four. The first goal from Brodie Mackenzie provided a platform to build on and lifted the visitors spirits - who would go on to turn the match on its head with a sensational comeback.
The away side enjoyed the majority of the ball in the opening minutes but were caught out on the counter as Will Lancaster beat the offside trap and raced in on goal. Goalkeeper Ruaridh Smith was out fast to block but could only divert the initial strike into the path of Walton, who cooly tucked the ball into the empty net from close range.
More chances followed at either end: Lancaster dropped a shoulder to evade his man but ball into the middle was comfortably claimed by Smith. Robbie Smellie then drifted in from the left flank but his right footed effort was beaten away by Matthew Lydon and then cleared to safety.
Scorer would soon turn provider as Walton teed up the onrushing Singleton. The midfielder swept home a clean right footed strike from the edge of the area to double the lead as the ball nestled into the bottom left corner.
A brilliant last-ditch challenge denied Peebles a route back into the game before Lancaster chased down and latched onto a long ball over the top with goalkeeper, Smith, caught in no mans land. Luckily from his point of view Jack Murphy was back and timed a tackle to perfection before the lively forward could pull the trigger.
Spartans may feel they could’ve had more - Front pairing Walton and Lancaster both failed to convert from a whipped cross from the right wing and Toby Jamieson had a shot blocked that eventually trickled through to the goalkeeper as the home side went into the break two up.
  • Half Time:
  • Spartans FC Flyers
  • 2-0
  • Peebles FC
Spartans started the second period as they had in the first - Andrew Kerr getting to the byline and pulling back to Lydon, who had been moved out of the sticks at half time. Lydon bundled the ball in from close range to put his side into what should’ve been a comfortable position.
Peebles responded quickly to the goal and a few minutes later Brodie Mackenzie converted from close range after Finlay Nairn couldn’t hold Fraser Carlotti’s corner. The goal made it 3-1 wth just less than half an hour to play and put a real spring in the step of the visitors.
Andrew Kerr had a chance at one end to possibly kill of Peebles but was denied by second half keeper Rio Bhatia. Peebles quickly worked the ball up the field as Mark Tredgett was sent through one on one and punished Spartans with a purposeful finish into the bottom left corner - game on at 3-2.
Another chance fell the way of the home side but Lydon could only watched as his strike was cleared off the goal line and again Peebles would make Spartans rue their misses as the ball was worked through to the impressive Carlotti. The midfielder may have thought he’d spurned the opportunity when he put it too close to the goalkeeper, but Nairn couldn’t keep the strike out - evening the score at 3-3.
Spartans pushed on in search of a goal to restore their lead - going close with numerous crosses and balls across the face of goal without getting on the end of them. 
Ten minutes from time and Carlotti would have another chance as the midfielder opted to shoot rather than trying to pick out Greg Zokas at the back post. Even though he saw his strike parried, it wasn’t to matter as the move was kept alive and Josh Simmons kept his calm and guided the ball into the empty net to complete a remarkable comeback.
Spartans were still in a state of shock as it was Peebles who continued to create chances in an attempt to kill the game off with Adam Black and Tyler Temple both causing havoc.
One final chance fell Spartans way as Singleton cracked a free kick from the right goal ward - only to see it cleared off the line, with the keeper beaten. A game to remember for Peebles, who never gave up hope - not so much for Spartans, who will be frustrated in the manor of the defeat.
  • Full Time:
  • Spartans FC Flyers
  • 3-4
  • Peebles FC


Spartans FC Flyers
Peebles FC
2. Andrew Kerr
4. Lewis Inglis
6. Toby Jamieson
8. Femi Benson
10. Finlay Kant
11. William Lancaster
12. Keegan Thomson
13. Thomas Walton
16. Charles Cooke
17. Sam Willets
19. Finlay Nairn
21. Rory Singleton
22. Callum Jeffrey
35. Ewan Anderson
38. Matthew Lydon
1. Ruaridh Smith
2. Rio Bhatia
3. Robbie Smellie
4. Eddie Foster
5. Jack Robertson
6. Adam Black
7. Brodie Mackenzie
8. Fraser Carlotti
10. Mark Tredgett
11. Josh Simmons
12. Jack Murphy
14. Aiden McGinn
15. Tyler Temple
16. Greg Zokas
Star Player
Spartans FC Flyers
Peebles FC
Will Lancaster was a standout for Spartans, especially in the first half in which he ran the defence ragged with his energetic running in behind. He also showcased his technical ability and willingness to take on his man throughout the match and was unfortunate not to have a goal of his own.
Fraser Carlotti was a key factor in his sides thrilling comeback. The central midfielder was influential in Peebles attacking threat - being heavily involved in the final two goals. He also displayed excellent footwork and composure in a compact midfield and was always able to create himself a yard of space to operate in.
Magic Moment
Spartans FC Flyers
Peebles FC
Rory Singleton’s strike to double Spartans lead. Thomas Walton did brilliantly in the build up and a sweet finish which nestled into the bottom corner from Singleton gave Spartans control at that stage.
Josh Simmons’ goal to give Peebles the lead. Not the tidiest of goals but the significance of it was huge as it completed a wonderful comeback and ensured the three points headed back to Peebles.
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