The game between Peebles FC and Spartans FC Reds in the Ken Ritchie cup at Under 13 level was a game of two halves. The game took place in Peebles with the final score being 6-0 to the home side. Spartans had to play the full game with ten men due to injuries and absences. Peebles completed dominated in the first half scoring four goals. Spartans came back stronger in the 2nd , playing some great football but being at a huge disadvantage did not help their case.
At 11 o’clock the ball started rolling and Spartans came quicker out the blocks. The first chance came to Spartans 8 minutes in, but Luke Houten of Peebles managed to make a vital block. This was soon to be turned on its head as three minutes later Jordan Hogarth scored a great long shot from ‘miles out’. It went right in the top bag.
This was quickly followed up 14 minutes in when number 7 Jules Carrie received a great long lobbed ball from Jordan Hogarth and was able to send it home. Not even a minute later another Peebles player got on the score sheet. Joe Ryalls received the ball on the edge of the Spartans box, he then took a couple of touches working himself into the box where he was able to shoot across the keeper. His shot rattled the underside of the bar. With a bit of luck the ball made its way into the back of the net.
During this time period Peebles had all the ball and play but the attitude of the Spartans players was brilliant as their heads never went down once and they continued to battle. This was always going to be a tough game for Spartans given their situation and it got tougher 20 minutes in when Jordan Hogarth got himself on the score sheet again. When he shot, everyone’s first thought would have been ‘what is he thinking?’ but he clearly made the right decision. Jordan picked the ball up just inside Spartans half and took a touch in front of him and hit it right in the left hand top corner. It was a possible ‘goal of the season’ contender.
Spartans frantically got themselves together and started to play some nice passing football. Towards the end of the first half all the chances fell to Spartans. Out of the few number 11 Cai Macdonald came closest in 34th minutes, troubling the keeper from range. This theme of long shots flourished throughout the first half.