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Queen's Park 1 Peterhead 1

Mon 05 Dec 2011

The team could have been forgiven for letting thoughts of the Scottish Cup and Celtic after the team bus rolled into Hampden, however it is the bread and butter of the league results that Jim McInally will be judged on. The rain was relentless and it was bitterly cold but the blue toon almost made a hot start.

Martin Bavidge’s first touch was to nutmeg Meggatt as he drove in from the right, but his cross was cleared for a corner and again showed how dangerous he can be with a strong turn in the box five minutes later, holding off McGinn and firing in a low shot that was deflected for a corner. Queen’s Park were making chances also with a free header from a McBride corner straight at Jellema, followed up with the McGinn cutting inside and feeding Longworth on the edge of the box, where the striker turned and fired a low shot which the Jellema took low down

Peterhead responded four minutes later with Dave Ross forcing the spiders’ keeper to palm a shot from 20 yards over the bar. The keeper was beaten from the corner as Bavidge again rose first only to head onto the top of the bar and over. Peterhead were exerting some pressure now, Deasley had a shot blocked for a corner and it took a fine stretching clearance by Little to prevent Bavidge getting in again after a nice through pass by Strachan.

Queens reacted and started to get back into the game, Roy McBain was booked for pulling back Watt and Callum MacDonald had to dive full length to head over his own bar and prevent the resulting free kick reaching the queens striker. Queen's won a second corner and there was an almighty scramble in the Peterhead box as first Meggatt and then Watt couldn't connect properly with shots before the danger was cleared. Peterhead suffered a blow when Davie Donald had to go off in 37 minutes with a knock to his ribs, with Graeme Sharp coming on.

Peterhead came out determined for the second half and it paid rewards into the second half, Queens’s defender Little's awkward attempt at a headed back-pass went for a corner. The kick was cleared, but only out to Ryan Strachan and his whipped cross found Rory McAllister who headed high into the net.

Rory should have made it two up for the toon when he rounded Queens’s keeper Parry and then shot into the side net. The referee was alone in thinking the game was boiling over as he booked Strachan, Scott Ross, Deasley and Bavidge in quick succession, the blue toon fans were struggling to remember a bad challenge in the match.

Queens were now on top and they came so close to an equaliser, with having two shots cleared off the line with Jellema beaten. Murray skipped into the box on the left to win yet another corner but again McBride's delivery found a Toon head and was cleared. On 71 minutes Queens equalised McGinn got past first Ross after a nice one-two and then glided past MacDonald as he got to the by-line and his cutback was swept behind Jellema by Murray.

The fussy referee found five additional minutes and queens could have won it in the last minute, the queens striker played a one two on the edge of the box to find himself unmarked 10 yards in front of goal, put the effort wide.

There was bad news for the toon at the final whistle when news of East Stirlingshire’s victory over Annan, had pushed the toon to the bottom of Scottish league football. Jim McInally needs to get the team back to winning ways soon where it matters; the cup match will take care of itself.