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Peterhead rip Rovers apart with second half show

Sat 30 Jan 2016

Given their fantastic form, it's not overly surprising when Peterhead win and score a hatful of goals these days.

 
But few could have predicted 5-1 against Albion Rovers, especially after a first half performance boss Jim McInally branded 'atrocious.'
 
Perhaps, he was a bit too critical of his team's display prior to the interval, but such has been their high standards, you understood where he was coming from.  
 
Rory McAllister and Shane Sutherland were kept very quiet before the break but they made plenty of noise in the second period, each scoring twice in a contest, which became very one-sided.
 
Only after the worst possible start when Ally Gilchrist conceded a penalty within 30 seconds.  The on loan St Johnstone youngster needlessly brought down Scott McBride, who dispatched the spot-kick.
 
The Blue Toon were back in it through Jamie Redman's close range header in the ninth minute, the midfielder nodding home after Scott Ross helped on Kevin Dzierzawski's free-kick.
 
Dzierzawski and Jordon Brown then went close but Albion thought they had restored their lead in the 30th minute.  McBride had the ball in the net but the far-side assistant referee deemed the striker to be in an offside position.
 
If the hosts were fortunate on that instance, there was nothing lucky about the way they scored in the 52nd minute to go in front.  Nicky Riley's beautifully weighted pass was perfect for McAllister to confidently slot the ball beyond the advancing Ross Stewart.
 
From there, Peterhead ripped Rovers apart and McAllister netted again just two minutes later.  The League 1 top scorer won a penalty when his shot struck the hand of the unlucky Mick Dunlop and he expertly rolled in from 12 yards.
 
Then it was Sutherland's turn to get in on the act.  He hammered a near post shot in off the underside of the crossbar from Steven Noble's cutback to make it 4-1 in the 63rd minute.
 
Four minutes later, Brown was hauled down but referee Colin Steven played a good advantage as the ball landed at the feet of Sutherland, who made no mistake from inside the box. 
 
No mean feat for Peterhead to hit Rovers for five - a team that prior to their Balmoor visit, had the second meanest defensive record in the league behind Dunfermline.
 
However, Peterhead have now scored more than anyone else..that's 53 and counting.
 
PETERHEAD XI
 
                    Smith
 
Strachan Ross Gilchrist Noble
 
Brown Dzierzawski Redman Riley
 
         McAllister Sutherland