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Peterhead 2 Montrose 0

Sun 02 Sep 2012

McAllister nets his first McAllister nets his first

Debutant goalkeeper Marc McCallum notched up a clean sheet and two assists as he linked up superbly with striker Rory McAllister to hand Peterhead victory over Montrose, taking the Blue Toon clear at the top of Division Three in the process.

The on-loan Dundee United man had replaced Paul Jarvie in the Blue Toon goal, with the regular number one unavailable due to work commitments, and McCallum had a big say in the course of the game.

That was the one change from the win over Queen’s Park last week, with Jim McInally reluctant to tinker with a winning formula. Jarvie’s unavailability, though, meant McCallum had a chance to shine.

The goalkeeper was called into action after 8 minutes, diving to his left to turn a Craig McLeish effort past the post.

McLeish had been set up by David Gray, and the former Kilmarnock man had already threatened with a free kick that went wide of the target.

Gray had a similar effort after 27 minutes, but Peterhead began to come more into things after the interval.

Three minutes after the restart, Scott McLaughlin’s set-piece had the visitors goal under threat, but the touch to take his viciously inswinging corner over the line was sadly missing.

That was forgotten three minutes later when McAllister handed the Blue Toon the lead.

The striker latched on to McCallum’s long clearance, set himself at the edge of the box, and sent a superb curling effort into the postage stamp, leaving former Queen’s Park keeper David Crawford grasping at air.

Summer signing McLaughlin has proven himself to be an adept signing for McInally, and the midfielder seemed keen to get his name on the scoresheet.

He first went close when Steven Noble and Robbie Winters combined to put him through on goal, but the ex-Morton man shot straight at Crawford.

Just four minutes later he headed wide from a Graeme Sharp cross.

The Blue Toon really should have been 2-0 up when Sharp’s ball out of defence saw McAllister beat the offside trap, to get himself into a great position, but with too much time to think, he lifted the ball over Crawford and the crossbar.

Peterhead sealed the points when McAllister, after 71 minutes, bagged his second. Again McCallum was instrumental. It was his goal kick, after Leighton McIntosh had headed over, that sent McAllister through on goal.

The striker took one touch to knock the ball past goalkeeper Crawford and, with his second, rolled the ball past the goalkeeper from a tightening angle.

It took the striker’s tally to six in all competitions this season, and in this kind of form, he can be forgiven – just about- for the odd moment of indulgence.

Peterhead could have added another when substitutes Bryan Deasley and Martin Bavidge combined, the latter seeing Crawford turning his effort past the post.

But 2-0 it would remain, enough to lift Jim McInally’s men to the summit of the table, with Elgin City and Rangers to play on Sunday.

The Blue Toon now face a two-week break before squaring up to Elgin at Borough Briggs after the international break, but after this win have every reason to be confident.

PETERHEAD: Marc McCallum, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Dean Cowie (Stephen Maguire 74), Ryan Strachan, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Bryan Deasley 81), Robbie Winters (Martin Bavidge 55), Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Ross Smith, Trialist (gk).

MONTROSE: David Crawford, Stephen McNally, Ricky McIntosh, Paul Lunan, Alan Campbell, Terry Masson, David Gray, Craig McLeish, Leighton McIntosh, Garry Wood, Scott Johnston. Subs not used: Lloyd Young, Jon Crawford, Scott Gordon, Dale Reid, Sandy Wood (gk).

Attendance: 509.