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Peterhead upset leaders Livi in West Lothian

Sun 20 Nov 2016

LIVINGSTON 1-2 PETERHEAD

By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead scored in each half to shock League 1 leaders Livingston and continue their excellent away form.

Leighton McIntosh netted the opener before Scott Brown doubled the visitors' advantage.

Although Liam Buchanan pulled a goal back for David Hopkin's team, the Blue Toon held firm to collect their tenth point on their travels from their last four trips.

Rory McAllister was back in Jim McInally's starting line-up after missing the goalless draw against Queen's Park at Hampden.

With skipper Simon Ferry suspended, there was a recall for Ryan Strachan, who started on the bench last weekend.

Lethal Livi had scored 18 goals in their six games at the Tony Macaroni Arena prior to the visit of Peterhead, who were impressive in keeping their opponents at bay.

They restricted the hosts to very little and when a chance came along of their own six minutes before the break, they seized it.

The home defence failed to clear the danger as the ball fell into the feet of McAllister in the box and the striker fed McIntosh, who slotted in from close range.

10 minutes into the second half, Peterhead survived a scare when Danny Mullen blazed over from six yards out after Shaun Byrne whipped in a teasing cross.

Livi forward Mullen, who scored twice in the reverse fixture at Balmoor, was denied by the frame of the goal just after the hour mark, his lob over Graeme Smith striking the crossbar.

Getting men behind the ball and hitting on the break was proving an effective tactic for the Blue Toon, who came desperately close to scoring again as McAllister flashed a well-hit shot inches over the crossbar in the 72nd minute.

However, Scott Brown gave Peterhead a two-goal cushion a couple of minutes later, finding the corner of the net with a fine curling effort from outside the penalty area.

They were made to work for all three points though, especially after Buchanan reduced the deficit with 10 minutes remaining.

The much-travelled 31 year old striker sent a header beyond the advancing Smith but Peterhead saw out the closing stages to record an impressive victory and avenge a harsh defeat when the teams last met.

McInally's men stay sixth going into a trio of home matches, starting with Alloa next weekend.