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A remarkable three goal comeback from Spartans Reds saw them defeat Peebles FC.
Goals from Robbie Foster, Sam Brown, Jake Kelly, Liam Philp and Finn Ireland secured a most unlikely victory for the Reds, after they went three down to the visitors before the quarter-hour mark through goals from Jamie Falconer, Robert Matthews and Donald Tait.
The game started despite concerns from both teams and the referee over the boggy, and in some areas, beach-like pitch at East Pilton Park, but the pitch did not slow down Peebles who took the lead with barely a minute on the clock.
After surging down the right-wing, Tait’s cross was only cleared as far as Falconer, who slotted in from 10 yards.
Spartans responded, Peebles’ goalkeeper Sean Carruthers saved from close range and Foster shot wide after tenacious work to dispossess Callum Lothian, but the visitors made it two nil in the 12th minute.
The ball was cleared only as far as Matthews, after yet another Peebles attack, and he struck a curling, looping shot into the top corner. Two minutes later the game looked out of sight, Daniel Munro fouled Tait in the area, the Peebles player got up and dispatched the penalty himself.
The three goal lead was harsh on the Reds as the game was a fairly even contest in the main, but Peebles countered with pace and were clinical when chances arose.
Despite being three down, the home side never gave up or looked like a beaten side, and they continued to press.
The hard-working Kelly shot wide when through on goal, before Foster had an impudent back-heel well saved by Carruthers after excellent work on the left-wing by Philp.
The same two players combined in a similar fashion for Spartans first goal in, this time Carruhters had no chance as Foster coolly converted.
Spartans roared on and Sam Brown smashed home an excellent strike on the half time whistle after dragging a previous effort wide minutes earlier, to give the Reds a real boost for the second half.
Half Time: Spartans Reds 2-3 Peebles FC
Two minutes into the second period, Kelly restored parity after latching on to a long ball up the field, he calmly chipped the ball over Carruthers from 18 yards.
The visitors were up against it, Carruthers denied Spartans and Lothian made an excellent last ditch challenge on Foster when the Reds player was through on goal, but Spartans were not to be denied for long.
On the 46th minute, Philp conjured space for himself where there looked none, and rifled a shot into the net, then two minutes later, Ireland completed the comeback to make it five.
Full Time: Spartans Reds 5-3 Peebles FC