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Peterhead fightback stuns Brora

Tue 16 Aug 2016

PETERHEAD 3-2 BRORA RANGERS
By Glenn Moir

 

Billy Ocean's 'When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Gets Going' rang out around Balmoor after Peterhead fought back to snatch victory away from Brora in the IRN-BRU Cup.

The Great Escape theme tune would have been a more appropriate choice though.

The Blue Toon appeared down and out against the Highland League team, who must be kicking themselves for passing up a glorious chance to move through to the third round.

Brora deservedly had a two-goal lead and were on course to make their long journey very worthwhile.

But on came substitutes Rory McAllister and Nicky Riley with the guile, and the shovels, to dig Peterhead out of a huge hole.

Up until then, Jim McInally's men were exiting a competition they reached the final in last season.

"What a terrible performance' were the post-match comments of the manager, who must have been disappointed that his fringe players failed to grasp their opportunity.

Grant Munro's men outplayed them for most of the match and they went ahead in the 18th minute, moments after Paul Brindle volleyed over Gavin Morrison's inswinging free-kick.

The goal was well executed, Zander Sutherland taking a great first touch to kill an Andrew Greig pass and then slot the ball inside the far corner from a tight angle.

There were further opportunities for the visitors and one almost came gift-wrapped from Ryan Strachan, who tried to head the ball back to Fraser Hobday from 25 yards.

Brindle read it and rose to get there ahead of the debutant Peterhead goalkeeper. Scott Rumsby was able to clear the danger though and stop the League 1 side falling further behind.

However, the second half was just three minutes old when the Cattachs doubled their lead and it was route one.

Joe Malin's long punt forward somehow went all the way through to Brindle, who slotted past Hobday from 12 yards.

Replacements were required and McInally did not muck about in bringing on McAllister and Riley, who injected a much-needed enthusiasm into the team.

From there, Jamie Redman saw a header from Ryan Baptie's corner well saved by Malin before Jordon Brown gave Peterhead hope in the 75th minute.

Brown nodded home from 10 yards after McAllister's shot was parried by the visiting keeper. The former Aberdeen rookie got clattered in the process, but it sparked the revival.

Two minutes later, the tie was all square when McAllister smashed a low, crisp shot inside the far corner. His well-struck, first time hit gave Malin absolutely no chance.

Then, in the 80th minute, Peterhead incredibly scored again, Leighton McIntosh netting a breakaway goal, which proved to be the winner.

Up the other end, Brora had a corner but Peterhead quickly turned over possession and after Riley picked out McIntosh, the striker composed himself before sliding the ball into the net.

What a turnaround.

Progression for Peterhead but only just.

             

                           Hobday
           Kelleher Strachan Rumsby
Samuels Blockley Nassor Redman Baptie 
                    Brown McIntosh