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KSQ 'smash and grab' in Peebles thriller

Peebles 3

Swan, Erskine, Maclean

Kirkliston South Queensferry 5

Clark, Rankin (2)
  • 3-5 after extra time
  • Sunday, 23 November 2014
  • Kerfield Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Lothian Buses Cup
Blair Meikle

Blair Meikle | YFS Scottish Borders Senior Reporter
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These two sides had already played out a 3-3 draw this season, and this was another even match. Peebles will feel desperately unlucky to end up on the losing side, but South Queensferry defended strongly and were clinical in front of goal. Most of the goals were scored in an entertaining first half, with Peebles finding an equaliser in the second to take the game to extra time. Kirkliston though managed to nick it in the added twenty minutes.

The home side started brightly and took an early lead. Michael Smith had already gone close for them before Lewis Swan found the net. Calum Johnson’s cross from the right found Luke Maclean who had his effort blocked, but Swan finished from the rebound.

Peebles found confidence from the goal and were determined to try and play in their opponent’s half. Smith was at the heart of most of their play, trying to dictate proceedings. Luke Maclean was the main threat in attacking positions.

But Kirkliston were still very much in the game and a threat on the counter. It was from one of these counters that they drew level. Thomas Clark was the man to finish it off, after great play and a through pass from Ronnie McGill.

Peebles were not perturbed by conceding the goal, and won a corner straight from kick off after positive play from Maclean and Johnson. Shortly after, Maclean had another shot well saved by Lewis Houston.

They would live to regret the missed opportunities, with their visitors edging in front. Having scored the first, Clark turned provider. He played in Sam Rankin who did really well to hold off his marker and fire high into the net.

Ross Lynch nearly made it three soon after, going close with a turn and shot having been played in by McGill.

McGill was heavily involved yet again when they did find a third. He sent Lynch clear down the right and Lynch crossed for Rankin to score his second.

This was becoming a really exciting, end to end match, so it was no surprise when Peebles clawed one back. A goalmouth scramble ensued after a Smith corner, and Kyle Erskine was finally able to fire into the net.

Smith was popping up everywhere, and Niall Reid almost benefited from his creativity before the referee blew for half time to give everyone a much needed breather. It had been an even half with both teams enjoying good periods of play. Peebles though were unlucky to be behind having edged it on chances.

  • Half Time:
  • Peebles
  • 2-3
  • Kirkliston South Queensferry

Into the second period, Peebles continued to try and get themselves level. A series of set pieces gave them opportunities to do so, but they all came to nothing.

Swan and Jay Blyth were becoming real threats in the wide areas for the home team and both went close to an equaliser.

KSQ were defending determinedly to try and preserve their lead, and were very effective on the counter attack. Jamie Cronin was played through from one of these breaks, but had his effort well saved by Aidan Clark.

Jamie Clark of Peebles was next to be denied by good goalkeeping. His fierce strike from the edge of the box was well dealt with by sub goalie David Chalmers. Chalmers made another stop from a Smith free kick shortly after.

Henrick Peplinski was the next man to perform heroics. He first blocked a Swan shot after an impressive run by the latter. Reid followed up for Peebles but Peplinski was again in the way.

The men in red and white must have been beginning to think they would never get a goal. But they persevered and Maclean scored a real strikers goal. Swan was unsurprisingly the provider, driving down the right and crossing well for his team-mate.

Swan and Maclean both had further chances to nick a winner, Swan’s strike going off target and Maclean being denied by the bravery of Chalmers.

  • Full Time:
  • Peebles
  • 3-3
  • Kirkliston South Queensferry
The tide of Peebles attacks that came in the second half was almost inevitable with the away side having a narrow lead, but it continued into extra time.

Smith and Johnson combined to set up Maclean but Chalmers again made a good save. They continued to exert pressure but were perhaps guilty of trying to pass their way through too much.

For all the Peebles chances, KSQ had probably the best one. Clark held the ball up well before sending a through pass to Rankin. Rankin did well to take it round the keeper, but Peebles had several defenders back and he couldn’t find a finish.

Maclean was still looking dangerous at the other end but Chalmers was becoming a bit of a nemesis for him, saving well after the front man had beaten two defenders.

Then came a sucker punch, with KSQ taking the initiative. Aidan Clark saved a free kick but could only parry it, and Dermot Murphy pounced.

Peebles then had a penalty which could have taken the game to spot kicks, but Smith fired just wide.

The fifth and final goal came from another quick break. Good attacking play by Lynch set up Ross Middleton to kill the game off with minutes to play.

David Chalmers made yet another save before time was up. A searching cross by Swan was met by Aaron Russell but Chalmers was not to be beaten.

KSQ will be satisfied by the way they defended and also by their clinical attacking play. Peebles should not to be down hearted, with lots of positives to take.

Final Result: 3-5 after extra time

Lineups

Peebles
Kirkliston South Queensferry
1. Aidan Clark
2. Calum Johnson
3. Cameron Brown
4. Niall Hutchison Reid
5. Ross Millan
7. Jamie Clark
8. Lewis Swan
9. Luke Maclean
10. Michael Smith
11. Jay Blyth
12. Joe Dougal
14. Aaron Russell
15. Kyle Erskine
16. Lewis Russell
1. David Chalmers
2. Ross Middleton
3. Dermot Murphy
4. Henrick Peplinski
6. Sam Rankin
7. Ronnie McGill
8. Adam Mansouri
9. Ross Lynch
11. Jamie Cronin
13. Thomas Clark
14. Sam Grant
15. Lewis Reynolds
16. Daniel Redpath
18. Lewis Houston
Star Player
Peebles
Kirkliston South Queensferry
Lewis Swan. Always a threat in wide areas. Good direct running and with an end product - scored 1 and assisted 1.
Ronnie McGill. Always looking to get on the ball and make things happen, involved in two goals. Willing to work hard defensively when required aswell.
Magic Moment
Peebles
Kirkliston South Queensferry
Lewis Swan's terrific run and cross to set up Luke Maclean to finally get the equaliser.
Some good attacking play and goals, but Henrick Peplinski's double block summed up the whole team's commitment.
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