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Peterhead's magnificent 7 crushes Cowdenbeath

Sat 21 Nov 2015

Three points, seven goals, a clean-sheet and a hat-trick.  Pretty much a perfect afternoon for Peterhead, who produced the kind of level Jim McInally knows they are capable of.

The Blue Toon manager later admitted he constantly moans at his players because he is well aware of the standards they can reach.  They certainly hit the heights against Cowdenbeath, who were on the receiving end of a Toon trouncing.
 
Night and day from Tuesday with the recalled Leighton McIntosh and Jordon Brown, aided by the craftiness of Rory McAllister, proving a constant menace to the Blue Brazil.
 
McInally's 3-5-2 system failed against Stranraer but his narrow diamond-shaped midfield with two strikers up front worked wonders against Cowdenbeath.
 
That said, the visitors had the first chance when Graeme Smith's poor pass went straight to Gordon Smith.  The goalkeeper did atone for his own mistake though by stretching out a hand to turn Smith's attempted lob behind for a corner.
 
From there, however, it was one-way traffic and McIntosh started the rout in the 16th minute.  The former Dundee man found space in the penalty area to nod home McAllister's delivery from the right.
 
Within seconds, Brown doubled Peterhead's lead.  McIntosh was again involved as Brown expertly sidefooted a low 16 yard effort inside the far post.
 
McAllister then clipped the top of the crossbar with an angled effort while, down the other end, Greig Spence saw a backheel smothered by Smith.
 
Peterhead's third goal arrived in the 32nd minute, Brown sweeping a rising left shot from just inside the box past Jamie Sneddon after more good work from McIntosh and McAllister.
 
There was still time for a fourth before the interval, as McIntosh raced on to Steven Noble's long ball forward and finished in a confident manner.   
 
Rather than their opponents, the only thing now stopping Peterhead picking up maximum points was the prospect of the floodlights failing.
 
Thankfully, other than a few flickers, that did not happen although the lights had long gone out on Cowdenbeath's challenge and McIntosh completed his hat-trick in the 55th minute with a near post strike to ensure he would be going home with the match ball.
 
Four minutes later, McAllister hammered in a well-taken sixth for Peterhead from Brown's lay-off and further chances came and went in a very one-sided contest.
 
Substitute Scott Ferries rounded off the scoring with a couple of minutes remaining following a neat move.  Andy Rodgers swivelled and played in McAllister, who squared for the youngster to tap in from a few yards out.
 
Same again next week please!
 
PETERHEAD XI
 
                    Smith
 
Blockley Ross Strachan Noble
   
                    Ferry
    Dzierzawski   Redman
                   Brown
 
       McAllister  McIntosh