The margin of this result may be somewhat surprising when you consider that this was a contest between two teams from the top three of Division 1 Section B. Spartans deserved the win but the five goal deficit was harsh on Peebles who put a lot into the match, and actually managed to contain their opponents well, particularly in the first half.
Spartans took the game to the home side from the word go and managed to go two in front before half time, thanks to goals from Ryan Turner and Jack Egan. Peebles, wearing green bibs to mask the strip clash, managed to come into the game a bit more in the second half. Ironically that was also when they conceded the most goals. The productive Elliot Miller made it three early on, before Turner and Egan both got their seconds to wrap it up.
The game was only eight minutes old when the Edinburgh side got their first. Egan’s pass was eye of the needle stuff to find Turner in the box and the left winger finished with aplomb.
The roles were reversed seven minutes later, with Turner creating and Egan getting the finishing touch. It was a tap in for the midfielder after Stan Swan had blocked Elliot Miller’s shot with his foot following Turner’s low cross. Oscar MacIntyre had started the move with a quick thinking first time ball to Turner.
Peebles managed a couple of long range shots through Liam Moffat and Keith Kitching but both were comfortable for Spartans keeper Louis Maclachlan.
Other than that much of their work was of the defensive variety as they battled to contain their visitors. And they managed to stop them from getting much more in the way of clear cut chances. It was just unfortunate for them that Spartans had been clinical with the two they had early on.
Ben Moore was in charge of organising the defence and he did so to good effect, always talking to his team mates and cajoling them into position. He was also the man who got in Spartans’ way on several occasions, making tackles and blocks.
The closest they did come to finding a way through was when Sean Burrell dragged wide after being set up once more by Turner.
Egan also turned an effort wide after a mixture of determination and skill had got Connor Daly down the right.
They were getting closer and Swan was called into action when Turner stung his palms with a low drive after running on to a loose ball.