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East Stirling 1 Peterhead 4

Tue 10 Sep 2013

The Blue Toon finally came good on league duty after coming from behind to defeat previously unbeaten leaders East Stirlingshire at Ochilview.

But it wasn’t plain sailing, as Shire took an early lead thanks to Paul Quinn’s penalty. It was into the second half before the Blue Toon hit back through Jordon Brown, but further goals from Jamie Redman and on loan duo Stephen O’Neill and Ryan McGeever sealed the win.

With Graeme Sharp and Bryan Gilfillan otherwise engaged, O’Neill and Conner McGlinchey came into the Blue Toon side, the only changes from the draw against Elgin City a week earlier.

But they couldn’t have had a worse start, falling behind after just 6 minutes. McGeever clumsily challenged Kevin Turner from Chris Townsley’s long ball, and though it was perhaps on the soft side, referee David Somers saw enough to point to the spot.

Quinn sent Graeme Smith the wrong way from 12 yards, and John Coughlin’s side were in front. Peterhead were determined to make amends for their slow start to the season, however, and quickly went in search of an equaliser.

McGlinchey’s long ball out of defence found the ever-dangerous Rory McAllister on the edge of the Shire box, but the striker saw his shot on the turn fly narrowly wide.

A Smith free-kick flicked on by Redman almost allowed David Cox in on goal, but goalkeeper Grant Hay was quickly off his line to smother the danger.

The Blue Toon had something of a claim for a penalty of their own when McAllister seemed to be hauled down by an off-balance Townsley as they jostled for O’Neill’s ball over the top. This time the referee was not moved by the claim, and play continued.

Shire immediately broke and Quinn took on a left-foot half-volley, but Smith was comfortable in collecting the effort. It was into the second half before Peterhead finally got the leveller their play had merited.

Redman’s cross from the right found Fraser McLaren, who teed up substitute Andy Rodgers. The ex-Shire man saw his shot blocked, but Brown was well-placed to step onto the ball and fire low past Hay.

And from there, the floodgates opened. Captain Steven Noble saw a shot blocked after a half-cleared O’Neill corner. Peterhead were forced to start again, and Noble’s deep cross was bundled over the line by Redman at the back post.

Massive holes were becoming apparent in the home rearguard, and the third goal was a simple as can be. Graeme MacGregor beat McLaren to Smith’s ball out of defence, but his clearance fell to O’Neill on the half-way line.

He picked out McAllister, and with the striker occupying Townsley and MacGregor slow to tuck in, the on-loan Aberdeen midfielder was sent clean through on goal by the return pass, and calmly beat Hay at his near post.

The fourth goal came after 81 minutes, and it was McGeever who made up for his first-half indiscretion in netting his second goal in as many games for the Blue Toon.

Scott Ross saw his header from O’Neill’s corner hacked off the line. Redman put the ball back into the danger zone, and a poked clearance fell neatly to McGeever who struck low and left-footed into the bottom corner of the net.

The win is a welcome boost to a side who have been architects of their own problems so far this term, with individual errors helping the goals against column in two league draws and a defeat in the three games prior to this.

Manager Jim McInally will be looking for the confidence this win provides to help his side move in the right direction.

EAST STIRLINGSHIRE: Grant Hay, Graeme MacGregor, Michael McGowan, Chris Townsley, Michael Bolochoweckyj, Iain Thomson, Jordan McKechnie (Scott Maxwell, 73), David Greenhill (Ross O’Donoghue, 73), Kevin Turner, Paul Quinn, Max Wright (Jamie Glasgow, 73). Subs not used: Ricky Miller, Conor Kelly, David McCaughie, Craig Gordon (gk).

Booked: MacGregor, McKechnie.

PETERHEAD: Graeme Smith, Conner McGlinchey, Steven Noble, Ryan McGeever, Scott Ross, Stephen O’Neill, David Cox (Andy Rodgers, 57), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Kevin Buchan, 82), Jordon Brown, Fraser McLaren (Dean Richardson, 87). Subs not used: Jake Fitzgerald, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Cox, Brown, McAllister.

Attendance: 286