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League leaders Peebles defeated by enthusiastic City

27 Jan 2018

City welcome Peebles to Kinross for the first game of 2018.

With an almost full squad of 15 Neil Fleming was given the impossible task of trying to balance game time for all players - which was extremely difficult and will likely have left some a bit miffed at receiving less game time than others - but unfortunately this was unavoidable.

Peebles hit off and started showed why they were top of the league dominating possession and looking the more threatening. City struggled to get to grips with the game but did try and hit on the break to little success.

Just after the 5 minute mark Peebles took a deserved lead with a good attack finishing in a goal.

City tried to hit back quick as Rintoul picked out Miller in space who then beat his man before unleashing a wild shot wide.

It wasnt until about 20 mins that City started to settle - and although in the first 15 City had some opportunities through short corners they started to look more composed.

City managed to equalise as Miller pushed the ball to Rintoul how found Edwards who returned the ball for Rintoul to force the ball home - as the ball trickled over the line.

City were looking better and Luff on the right was having one of his best games in a City shirt. He sent Miller on an attack down the right which led to another short corner - same result different scorer - Miller, Rintoul, Edwards, Miller who deflected it home.

City won another short and exactly the same as the first goal - saw Rintoul miss his chance but then strike the ball home.

City could have added more:

Edwards had an opportunity from the top of the D but his shot was not as clean as he would have liked and bounced past the back post as Miller just left it thinking it was goalbound.

Ben Buttercase had a shot on goal which was kept out by a foot and possible should have ended up in a penalty flick.

Al Green brilliantly controlled a Miller cross but couldnt quite get a shot away.

Edwards was playing some great through balls but the Kinross bounce was causing Miller problems.

Half time City 3 Peebles 1.

Second half Peebles started strong again - although an attempted flick from the hitoff went a foot high and allowed Peebles to start an attack.

Peebles looked more likely to score in the early stages with City losing some defensive composure - and throwing too many players forward.

Peebles were excellent at taking quick 16's and while City slept - they launched attacks.
The writing was on the wall and Peebles got a deserved 2nd goal.

Skipper Fleming saw Green - and after saying in the first half that anyone carded was fined a tenner - he is now due the club money.

This left City with 10 men on the park.

City did manage to create another chance - and a short corner switched right to Maxl was hit into the top corner - pity he needed to hit the backboard - no goal.

City then went 4.2 up through a wonder goal from Kinnear - shinty skills all round - Donald kept the ball on his stick in the air as he advance in the D and whacked it high past the keeper for a great strike.

City then lost a weak goal to go 4.3 as the ball squeezed through Browns legs in goal.

Fleming then found himself another 10 spot down as he received a yellow card - and the opposition player a green.

Peebles pushed for an equaliser but City had tightened up at the back again.

City had a great chance to finish the game as Miller went across the park then to the right wing - crossed the ball on a plate to Edwards who struck the ball goalward - the keeper made a fine save - but as the rebound came back out - Kinnear over enthusiastically went for the ball - and missed the ball - and unfortunately received a green card for his efforts.

City held out to win 4.3 in what was a very competitive game - and well deserved on the balance of play.

Now onto Eskvale next week as we start the second half of the season joint top of the league.
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