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Spartans go clear at top with win over third placed Peebles

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Spartans FC Youth 5

Turner 8, 53, Egan 15, 69, Miller 42
  • Sunday, 23 October 2016
  • Kerfield Park, Peebles
  • Under 13´s
  • Division 1 Section B
Blair Meikle

Blair Meikle | YFS Scottish Borders Senior Reporter
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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.
  • Half Time:
  • Peebles FC
  • 0-2
  • Spartans FC Youth
MacLachlan moved from goalkeeper to right winger in the second half and was instantly involved, providing an excellent cross which landed right on Cole McKay’s head but the header soared over.
And his replacement in the sticks, Keir Foster, was called into action by Lewis Scrimger following a corner.
It was 3-0 seven minutes into the second half. Miller was strong to evade the attentions of a defender and slide a low shot past Swan.
Egan could have made it four after a great diagonal pass by Lucas Dobson but he sent it over the bar.
The balance of play swung more in Peebles' favour and they managed to mount some periods of sustained pressure but were just lacking the cutting edge to make something happen in the final third.
Keith Kitching was busy in the middle of the park for them and tried to help out in both defence and attack.
Jordan Sykes sent in a dangerous cross-come-shot which Foster appeared to get a touch on, although a goal kick was given.
Then Turner got a deserved second after 53 minutes after Miller had advanced to the by-line and squared for him.
MacLachlan had a strike from 25 yards saved before setting up Egan to get the fifth a minute from time. It was another superb cross from the keeper/winger and Egan was assured with the finish.
  • Full Time:
  • Peebles FC
  • 0-5
  • Spartans FC Youth


Peebles FC
Spartans FC Youth
1. Stan Swan
2. Mark McKay
3. Frey MacIver
4. Ben Moore
5. Liam Moffat
6. Lewis Scrimger
8. Keith Kitching
9. Fraser Whyte
10. Thomas Pickburn
11. Rory MacDonald
12. Jordan Sykes
14. Rhys MacDonald
15. Conor King
16. Brodie
1. Louis Maclachlan
2. Lucas Dobson
3. Craig McBay
4. Connor Daly
5. Oscar MacIntyre
7. Elliot Miller
8. Cole McKay
9. Ryan Turner
10. Keir Foster
14. Jack Egan
15. Adam Weir
16. Rui Black
17. Sean Burrell
Star Player
Peebles FC
Spartans FC Youth
Keith Kitching - Industrious display from the captain. Covered lots of ground and was determined to try and create something.
Ryan Turner - Got two goals but other than that he was heavily involved down the left, creating and scoring.
Magic Moment
Peebles FC
Spartans FC Youth
Turner's goal after only eight minutes got the ball rolling and was the perfect start.
Not one but two from Rui Black. His 'no-look' pass round the corner was genius and he followed it up with a lovely 'Maradona turn' moments later.
Club Views
Peebles FC
Spartans FC Youth
Keith Kitching, Peebles Head Coach, said: "I feel we performed really well, we worked very hard, including the subs. We knew we were in for a tough game because Spartans are a pretty professional outfit so, disappointed with the score line but pleased with the effort they put in. "We spent about a month at the top of the league, mainly I think because there was a lot of cup games being played. But we have looked at the league and we know that we are right at the top end, and we are hoping to compete with the Spartans' and the Hutchie Vales' of the world. We're a wee bit behind at the moment so we're hoping in the return legs that we can maybe take some points off them. We've still got intentions of being towards the top end, maybe not right at the top, but we'll be really happy if we finsih second or third."
Jack Egan, Spartans midfielder, said: "The team performed good but we need to take our chances better and be sharper with our passes." Keir Foster, Spartans midfielder, said: "I think we should be aiming for the league title. Hopefully we can keep playing the way we did today and that should carry us for the rest of the league."
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