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Queen's Park 0 Peterhead 1

Sat 31 Mar 2012

The Blue Toon returned to winning ways at Hampden as Rory McAllister's superb strike proved decisive against Queen's Park.

The result was a positive in an up-and-down season for the Blue Toon and ensured Jim McInally's men were unbeaten against the Spiders, traditionally seen as a bogey side for Peterhead, this term.

McInally handed Scott Ross a start following his substitute appearance against Berwick Rangers last week, but there was a late blow as goalkeeper Paul Jarvie was forced out of the side during the warmup, suffering from a pelvic injury.

That meant Ray Jellema was handed an unexpected start, but the former Alloa man stepped up to the mark, looking comfortable in claiming Jamie Longworth's effort after just three minutes.

McAllister registered Peterhead's first shot on goal sixty seconds later, his 25-yard effort testing Neil Parry in the home goal, but the goalkeeper was able to grasp the ball as it threatened to squirm between his legs.

There was some light relief as the stadium announcer, confused by Ryan Strachan's change of shirt, announced a substitution midway through the first half – though the former Celtic midfielder had only pulled on a spare jersey because drips from a nosebleed had dirtied his number six shirt.

The Spiders were getting some joy from the left and, though the flag had already gone up, Michael Daly headed wide at the near post from a Peter Bradley cross, before Longworth saw a similar outcome from a near-identical effort following a Martin McBride free-kick.

At the other end, McAllister was again denied by Parry, before the best move of the first half saw Strachan's determined play release Martin Bavidge down the right.

The striker fired over a cross towards Russell Duncan at the back post, but the on-loan Ross County midfielder could only head into the side-netting.

The Blue Toon started the second half on the front foot, and former Brechin pair McAllister and Jamie Redman combined only for the latter to steer his left-foot shot narrowly wide.

They were on the attack again just a few moments later when Roy McBain's deep cross was met by Callum Macdonald at the far post, but again Parry was equal to the effort.

The Queen's keeper was, though, helpless when McAllister shot Peterhead in front after 54 minutes.

The impressive Redman strode forward fully 60 yards after picking off a loose pass midway inside his own half, before spreading the play left to McAllister who set himself and curled across Parry, high into the far corner of the net.

It was a goal fit for the venue, but the Blue Toon soon had some defending to do, with livewire striker Longworth turning just inside the area to flash an effort across the face of goal.

A well-struck McAllister free-kick had Parry scrambling across his goal to turn away shortly after the hour, and Redman saw a shot just fade away from the far post after he had again run strongly at the home defence.

But the home side threw men forward in the dying stages, and some in the National Stadium thought they had levelled when Craig Smith's volley beat Jellema, but only found the outside of the net.

The final chance fell to another substitute, David Murray, but after stepping inside Redman, the winger saw his shot also find the side-netting.

Peterhead had been comfortable for large spells of the game but again a nervy ending could have resulted in dropped points. However, they held on for a confidence-boosting win and clean sheet ahead of their home game against Montrose on Saturday.

QUEEN'S PARK: Neil Parry, Paul McGinn, Peter Bradley, Ricky Little, Daryll Meggatt, Giuseppe Capuano, Ian Watt (David Murray, 62), Martin McBride, Michael Daly (Craig Smith, 73), Jamie Longworth, Owen Ronald (Tony Quinn, 73). Subs not used: Sean Burns, Adam Strain (gk).

PETERHEAD: Ray Jellema, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Strachan, Graeme Sharp (Graham Webster, 75), Jamie Redman, Martin Bavidge (Dennis Wyness, 85), Rory McAllister (Lewis Davidson, 90), Russell Duncan. Subs not used: Craig Tully, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Scott Ross.

Attendance: 441