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Peterhead forced to settle for Alloa point

Sun 11 Dec 2016

PETERHEAD 1-1 ALLOA
By Glenn Moir

Failure to hold on to a lead meant Peterhead had to accept a share of the points against Alloa in League 1.

Fiacre Kelleher's strike midway through the second half looked as though it might have been enough to give Jim McInally's team victory.

Alloa, however, hit back following indecision in the Blue Toon penalty box to keep the Buchan team seventh in the table.

The Wasps' reply was disappointing from a Peterhead perspective but in a match of few clear goalscoring opportunities, the outcome was about right.

Like in most games, the Blue Toon started well and the tempo in their play pinned their opponents back.

Scott Ross nearly gave them an 11th minute lead with a downward header from a Steven Noble corner but Neil Parry made an impressive stop.

Almost immediately, following a long punt forward, Alloa got in far too easily as Greig Spence drew a good save from Graeme Smith and Kelleher blocked Jamie Longworth's rebound.

A couple of half chances followed at either end but a contest which, promised so much in the opening stages, turned in a scrappy affair.

Peterhead were just about shading it when Leighton McIntosh fizzed a 16 yard shot just wide on the hour mark.

Alloa were not exactly on the ropes but they fell behind in the 67th minute from a set-piece.

In one of his quietest games, Rory McAllister, from a tight angle, smashed a driven free-kick towards goal and after his effort was blocked, Kelleher reacted quickest to prod home the loose ball.

It was another example of the Irishman's usefulness in the opposition penalty area although he was involved in a communication mix-up with Smith, which led to Alloa's leveller less than 10 minutes later.

Scott Taggart's right wing cross should have been comfortably dealt with, but Kelleher let the ball float over his head following a shout from Smith, who dithered and substitute Jordan Kirkpatrick swept his back post volley into the net.

In an attempt to regain the advantage, Simon Ferry, central to everything that was good in Peterhead's play, picked out McIntosh with an inventive chip but the forward ran out of room after rounding the visiting goalkeeper and the ball went behind for a corner.

There was almost a Wasps winner with five minutes remaining when Kirkpatrick's 18 yard shot spun off Ross and Smith, at full stretch, superbly tipped the ball over the crossbar.

The final chance fell the way of the Blue Toon as, deep in stoppage time, substitute Ryan Baptie delivered a deep free-kick, which Kelleher knocked back across goal but Jordon Brown, another replacement, could not divert the ball in.

 

                          Smith
      S.Brown Kelleher Ross Noble
 McIntosh Dzierzawski Ferry Redman
                   Riley McAllister