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Blue Toon up and running in Betfred Cup

Tue 19 Jul 2016

PETERHEAD 2-0 FORFAR

By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead made light work of their first competitive game of the new season, brushing aside Forfar to collect three points from their Group A opener in the Betfred Cup.

It was straightforward, comfortable and efficient with Rory McAllister netting a penalty after Andy Munro put through his own net.

Both goals came in the first half in a game which saw Scott Rumsby make his debut. Hugh Samuels, bidding to earn a longer contract after signing an initial short term deal, was introduced from the bench towards the end.

The opener came in the 20th minute through the boot of Forfar defender Munro. Attempting to cut out a dangerous Nathan Blockley cross from the right, he diverted the ball past Grant Adam from six yards.

McAllister, like most seasons, did not take long to get off the mark for the new campaign. 34 minutes in fact. The Blue Toon marksman made a tidy job of converting a spot-kick after Gavin Swankie hauled down the lively Nicky RIley.

Other than a Swankie strike which Graeme Smith parried, Jim McInally's troops were rarely troubled although Munro almost atoned for his own goal with a deflected shot which clipped the crossbar and went over for a corner.

However, a Peterhead third looked likelier than a Forfar reply and twice Jamie Stevenson was foiled by Adam midway through the second period.

Blockley then curled a sidefoot effort wide while substitute Jordon Brown tamely shot at the visiting goalkeeper after good work from new skipper Simon Ferry, who collected the Peterhead Scottish Week Cup at full time.

So a steady start. Three points on the board with three games still to play.

Next up the group leaders..no, not Dundee. It's East Fife.

                       Smith
  Blockley Strachan Rumsby Noble
Stevenson Ferry Dzierzawski Redman
                        Riley
                    McAllister