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.