Good effort from Thistle, but they fail to tame Colts in final

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Peebles Colts 14

Jed Thistle 0

BORDERS SEMI-JUNIOR PLATE FINAL

Peebles Colts emerged victorious in this entertaining encounter at Scremerston.

Although Peebles lifted the silverware, the talented Jed side took the game to the wire, keeping both sets of visiting supporters on tenterhooks until the final whistle.

Both teams showed endeavour in the early stages, Jed running everything and Peebles being very successful with their pick and drive tactics.

But it was the men in red and white who were in the driving seat midway through the first half when Scott Halliday hit the line at pace to go in under the posts. James May added the extras.

For their part, and despite turning down kickable penalties, Jed made the most of the conditions with Declan Wallace using the wind well.

Only a last-ditch tackle from Ed Flanders stopped the Riverside men levelling the score just before half-time.

The game continued to ebb and flow after the interval.

Good work from Kieran Brown and James Cockburn kept Peebles on the front foot and allowed stand-off James May time to vary his options. He was now kicking well and keeping Jed pinned in their own half for long spells.

Jed also used their possession to good effect and varied their game throughout the second half with their forwards making a bit of ground.

Midway through the second half, Martin Chisholm straightened up and sent in Cole Lothian – but another last-ditch tackle from Peebles kept the score intact.

Peebles took control again and finished the stronger side. With minutes remaining, good counter rucking and a kick ahead put them back into the Jed 22 and the ball went loose for James May to pounce on. He knew where the line was and put the game beyond doubt by adding the conversion.

2011/12 squads – Peebles Colts: C. Jardine, C. Pye, C. Campbell, D. Hall, D. Wills, E. Flanders, F. Dale, G. Pringle, G. Raeburn, G. Cursiter, J. Cockburn, J. May, J. Millen, J. Manzies, J. Willems, J. Muir, K. Brown, K. Clyde, K. Rogers, L. Daly, M. Macdonald, M. Anderson, R. Harrison, R. Lofthouse, R. Brown, R. Clinch, S. Halliday.

Jed Thistle: A. Dignan, C. Collins, C. Yates, C. Rowley, C. Lothian, D. Wallace, E. Munro, G. Young, G. Law, G. Paxton, J. Fraser, J. Richardson, J. Hynd, J. Rowley, J. Barrie, K. Scott, K. Simpson, L. Arnold, M. Chisolm, M. Wilson, R. Marshall, S. Richardson.