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Peebles edge past Claremont in close encounter

Peebles FC 2

Leitham 5', 35'

Claremont AFC 1

Crawford 7'
  • Sunday, 01 November 2015
  • Kerfield Park, Peebles
  • Under 13´s
  • Inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup

Blair Meikle | YFS Scottish Borders Senior Reporter
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Peebles advanced to the fourth round of the Scottish Youth FA Cup at the expense of a good Claremont side.
 
It was a close game throughout, but Ramsay Leitham’s goal early in the second half proved to be the difference. Peebles worked their socks off from that moment to remain in front.
 
Leitham had opened the scoring five minutes in but that was cancelled out by Ben Crawford’s strike.
 
The visitors refused to accept defeat and gave everything they could in search of an equaliser. They were kept out by a defence which stuck to its task diligently. Connor Tolmie in goals also played his part, making some important saves.
 
The tone was set for an end to end game when the teams exchanged goals in the opening seven minutes.
 
Leitham showed skill and composure to round the keeper having already skinned a defender. He was then faced with a tight angle and with two defenders on the line. But he put it in the perfect spot to beat them and put his side in front.
 
But after seemingly getting off to the perfect start, the home side conceded an equaliser only two minutes later. Kieran Smith played a pass into the path of Crawford and he smashed it into the net.
 
Claremont continued to push for a quick-fire second.
 
Crawford went close again after getting away from two defenders. Aidan Donnachie also had a couple of efforts; being played in by Joseph McDermott and then digging a shot out despite not having a lot of space.
 
The next chance came from the move of the game. Aaron McKechnie was on the end of a series of passes but still could not find the breakthrough.
 
It was then Peebles’ turn to attack. And they came about as close to scoring, without actually scoring, as is possible.
 
Adam Matthews went through after linking up with Leitham and his shot beat the keeper but hit the post. The ball proceeded to roll along the line and everyone seemed to be waiting for it to cross. But it took a strange bounce away from goal in a movement the referee later described as “impossible”.
 
Lewis Carrie then had a shot from out on the right and Leitham was played in by Callum Thornley but his shot went wide.
 
But the blonde frontman did find the net for a second time on the stroke of half time.
 
Advancing into the box from the left side, he accelerated away from the chasing defenders and placed it low towards the corner.
  • Half Time:
  • Peebles FC
  • 2-1
  • Claremont AFC
The East Kilbride men continued to show plenty of willingness to attack and find a way back into the game. But it was a difficult objective against a team which had set its sights firmly on seeing this out.
 
Donnachie was eager to get a goal and was always on the hunt in the opposition area. He had the first attempt of the second half but Tolmie saved again.
 
Peebles actually went the closest to adding another. Thornley hit the bar after working some space for himself at the edge of the box. And Thomas Healy produced a wonderful save to palm Calum King’s volley away.
 
Oliver Ross had a clear opening at the other end after a switch of play by Donnachie but Tolmie got out to narrow the angle and stood firm to make the save.
 
Crawford tried to repeat his trick from the first half but this time his powerful strike went wide.
 
And despite plugging away to tie the game, Claremont could not get a decisive second to take it to extra time.
 
Peebles did what was needed to get in front in the first half, and then expertly closed it out in the second.
 
On another day, Claremont might have had more luck in front of goal but no-one could begrudge the home side their place in the next round.
  • Full Time:
  • Peebles FC
  • 2-1
  • Claremont AFC

Lineups

Peebles FC
Claremont AFC
1. Connor Tolmie
2. Alex Tredgett
3. Ethan Huxley
4. Calum King
5. Theo Smith
6. Robbie Norman
7. Lewis Carrie
8. Callum Thornley
9. Ramsay Leitham
10. Tom Ryalls
11. Adam Matthews
12. William Rees
14. Finlay Sinclair
1. Thomas Healy
2. Elliot Ward
5. Sam Sherlock
7. Joseph Mcdermott
8. Ross Whittaker
9. Aaron McKechnie
10. Aidan Donnachie
11. Kieran Smith
12. Philip Canning
13. Ryan Symington
14. Oliver Ross
16. Dominic Crossar
18. Owen Connor
21. Ben Crawford
1. Aidan Keating
Star Player
Peebles FC
Claremont AFC
Ramsay Leitham - Showed bags of ability to score both of his goals.
Kieran Smith - Was a creative player for the visitors, with a good range of passing.
Magic Moment
Peebles FC
Claremont AFC
The skill involved in Leitham's first goal made it very pleasing on the eye.
Ben Crawford's powerful strike was the perfect tonic to falling behind early on.
Club Views
Peebles FC
Claremont AFC
"It was a great game, really good cup tie. Very, very tight. both teams trying to play football and some exciting moments at either end of the pitch."

"I think we played really well. First half we were slow getting out of the blocks which cost us in the end. We were peppering their goal. Credit to Peebles they kept catching us on the break and had a couple of opportunities themselves. It could have went either way, but maybe in the end Peebles just deserved it."

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