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Stranraer 0 Peterhead 3

Tue 17 Apr 2012

Goalkeeper Neil Duffy returned to the first-team squad as Raymond Jellema was working offshore and Paul Jarvie was a major doubt with a hip problem. Paul played the game but all his goal kicks were taken by Callum MacDonald.

David Ross continues to be missing with a knock and Ryan Strachan also missed out due to injury with, Graham Sharp is in Australia it was Craig Tully that filled the centre midfield slot and Bryan Deasley returning after playing in a behind-closed-doors game against Aberdeen.

Peterhead were on the front foot from the start. McAllister threatened on seven minutes when he got on the end of a Jamie Redman cross and fired just over. The on form striker went even closer on 22 minutes when David Donald swung the ball in from the right and he lunged out a leg to divert the ball on to the bar. Stranraer finally created an opening on 26 minutes when Frank McKeown launched the ball forward but Craig Malcolm smashed his effort high and wide.

Then, on 30 minutes, Nathan Shepherd wriggled free inside the box but Scott Ross made a superb last-ditch block. Stranraer were playing some nice passing football, but the direct approach paid off for the Blue Toon on 34 minutes.

Rory McAllister ran on to a long ball from Bryan Deasley before rounding David Mitchell and slotting home, to notch a strike for the fourth game in a row. Moore got on the end of a Chris Aitken free-kick five minutes after the restart, but he was denied by Paul Jarvie. It was the only time the Bloo Toon keeper was tested.

Peterhead got the second they deserved on 74 minutes, when Rory McAllister broke forward and smashed a right-foot shot in from the edge of the box. Roy McBain was superb all day and got a well-deserved goal with a tap-in nine minutes from time after good work from Martin Bavidge.

Peterhead still have an outside chance of finishing in the top four but are six points adrift with three games left and boss McInally said: “I thought we would do well today because we needed to win. Rory McAllister said: “Nobody could grudge us a play-off place the way we’ve been playing since Christmas, but I think we let ourselves down at the start of the season. We’re proving that now with the way we’re beating teams. Now we can’t do anything but win our games. If we get there great, but if we don’t it’s our own fault. We’ll just look forward to next season.”