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Brechin punish Peterhead errors to snatch points

Sat 24 Sep 2016

BRECHIN 2-1 PETERHEAD

By Glenn Moir

 

By conceding late at Brechin, Peterhead crashed to a fourth defeat of the season in League 1 but the result was cruel on the Blue Toon.

Jim McInally's men put on their best display of the season so far, yet they still left empty-handed.

To say it was a hard luck story would be inaccurate, given that the two goals they lost were self-inflicted.

However, had this match ended all square, Darren Dods in the home dug-out would definitely have been the happier manager.

Balmoor boss McInally chose to recall the fit-again Graeme Smith in place of Fraser Hobday but the big goalkeeper will want to forget his return to the team.

Smith ought to have done better for both goals, which wiped away Rory McAllister's well-taken 32nd minute opener.

McAllister collected a neat pass from Simon Ferry and confidently stroked the ball inside the far corner from 12 yards.

Up until then, the contest had been fairly even but Peterhead took control after going in front.

That was until they cheaply let Brechin back in to the match two minutes before half time.

There did not appear to be too much danger when Andy Jackson was in possession of the ball just outside the box.

However, Jackson was able to weave his way past Fiacre Kelleher and drive a low shot at goal. Smith could only palm the ball straight into the path of Ally Love, who tapped in from close range.

A flustered Blue Toon almost conceded another immediately but this time Smith saved at the feet of Jackson after untidy defending.

Peterhead regrouped at the interval and were by far the better team in the second half, with Ferry and Scott Brown orchestrating the play.

Jamie Stevenson saw his powerfully hit 30 yard free-kick spilled by Brechin goalkeeper Graeme Smith and as Ferry looked certain to convert the rebound, Euan Smith made a sliding challenge to keep the scores level.

Silky skills from McAllister had the Brechin defence in a twist in the 58th minute but the ball got caught under the striker's feet and he could not get his shot away.

The Peterhead talisman then smashed a cleanly-struck volley just over the crossbar and Brown drove a shot wide from outside the penalty area.

Brechin were camped inside their own half as Peterhead threw on Leighton McIntosh, Stefan McCluskey and Jordon Brown.

The attack-minded changes were a sign of intent from the Blue Toon but, on a rare venture forward in the 84th minute, Brechin turned, what would have been, one good point into three bonus points.

Smith came racing off his line to try and close down Jackson, who had latched on to a forward pass. It proved to be the wrong call as the former St Johnstone frontman lofted the ball over the goalkeeper's head and into an unguarded net.

Peterhead's good work was undone.

 

                       Smith
Stevenson Kelleher Strachan Noble
                       Ferry
    Dzierzawski S.Brown Redman
              McAllister Riley