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Last gasp penalty rescues Blue Toon

Sat 05 Mar 2016

Albion Rovers 1-1 Peterhead
By Glenn Moir

Persistent Peterhead salvaged a point with a stoppage time penalty, despite an unconvincing display against Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill.

Ally Love's 16th minute strike looked like condemning the Blue Toon to their first League 1 defeat in more than four months.

But after Scott McBride was punished for handball in the box, Rory McAllister kept his cool to slot in the spot kick with seconds remaining.

Relief for the Balmoor outfit, who ended up strengthening their grip on second spot, with Ayr losing at bottom of the table Brechin.

Blue Toon manager Jim McInally said: "We were really poor in the first half and probably should have been out of it."

"We kept playing in the wrong areas and Graeme Smith had to make a great save to stop us going two goals behind."

"We did not have any quality so to score that late penalty and come away with a point is pleasing and with Ayr losing, it actually makes it a terrific result."

Peterhead's last visit to Coatbridge was decided by Love's solitary goal and the exact same outcome appeared on cards.

Love struck with a close range effort to give Darren Young's team a lead, which looked like being decisive.

But the second half introduction of Marc Lawrence at the heart of the midfield aided the Blue Toon, who could not have left it much later to preserve their undefeated run.

McInally continued: "Marc really showed our players how to do it.  He is just 17 but he came on and did a great job in the middle of the park."

"He showed a real enthusiasm, which helped us stay in the game and so did Scott Ferries, who is now back with us after his loan at East Stirling."

"Their energy gave us a lift when we needed it."

"It was not a good performance but at least the players did not give in so we will take the point."

PETERHEAD XI

                          Smith

   Stevenson Ross Strachan Blockley 

         Dzierzawski Ferry Redman

                          Brown

             McAllister  Sutherland