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Peterhead 0 Queen's Park 2

Wed 27 Feb 2013

Peterhead missed out on the chance to go second in the Third Division after felllow promotion hopefuls Queens Park left Balmoor with the points.

Steven Noble diverted Jamie Longworth's cross into his own net to give the Spiders a half time lead and the Blue Toon's task of salvaging something from the match became tougher when Lawrence Shankland scored a second for the visitors early in the second half.

The Blue Toon saw plenty of the ball in the second period but they failed to trouble Neil Parry as the hosts tumbled a place to fourth in the table, behind Montrose who defeated Annan.

Peterhead came into the match off the back of an uninspiring goalless draw against Stirling Albion.  Manager Jim McInally made a couple of changes with Ryan Strachan and Steven Noble returning in place of Scott Ross and Conner McGlinchey.

They should have made the perfect start, Andy Rodgers passing up a great opportunity inside the first minute.  The on loan Stenhousemuir striker latched onto a neat throughball but with just the goalkeeper to beat, he fired straight at Parry and then sent the rebound into the side-netting.

It was a let-off for Queens Park, who got themselves in front in fortunate circumstances in the 14th minute.  Jamie Longworth broke into the box on the left, took the ball around Graeme Smith and, as he tried to pick out a team-mate,, the ball smashed off the legs of Noble and into the net.

The Hampden side went onto enjoy a good spell of possession and had a couple of efforts at goal.  However, they almost doubled their advantage in the 29th minute through Longworth.  He looked up and bent a curling 25 yard effort towards the top corner but Smith pulled off a superb save to touch the ball behind for a corner.

Peterhead could still have been level at the break though, despite being second best for much of the half.  David Cox shot wide from a tight angle after being played in by Rory McAllister.

Then, seconds before the interval, McAllister was denied by Parry with a close range effort, which stemmed from a Peterhead set-piece.

But Queens Park still carried out a threat and they made it 2-0 five minutes after the restart.  A ball flashed across goal from the left and Shankland was handily placed to prod home from close range.

McInally turned to the bench to try and revive his team and one of his substitutes Bryan Gilfillan had three opportunities to pull a goal back.  The best of those was a free header in the 66th minute from a Cox corner, which he sent high over the crossbar when he ought to have hit the target.

McAllister then cut in from the left and smashed a shot towards goal.  His effort was going wide as Cox threw himself at the ball to try and divert it on target.

Peterhead continued to probe until the final whistle and did have the ball in the net in stoppage time but referee Greg Aitken spotted a foul on Parry as the Blue Toon's winless run at Balmoor stretched to five matches

PETERHEAD

G.Smith, McCann (Gilfillan 62), Noble, Strachan, R.Smith, Cowie, Cox, Redman (McGlinchey 84), McAllister, Rodgers (Sharp 67), McLaughlin

unused. Tully, Jarvie

QUEENS PARK

Parry, Spittal, Robertson, Little, Bradley, Capuano, Connolly, Urquhart, Longworth, Shankland (McVey 90), Burns

unused. Gibson, Coll, O'Hara, Lochhead

REF

ATT 479