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Third straight draw for Peterhead as East Fife go 10 unbeaten

Sat 25 Feb 2017

PETERHEAD 1-1 EAST FIFE

By Glenn Moir

 

A third straight draw for Peterhead, who came from behind to deny in-form East Fife at Balmoor.

Jordon Brown levelled for the Blue Toon, moments after coming on as a substitute, to cancel out Kevin Smith's opener.

Picking up a point here and there wont get Peterhead into top four contention but it might stop them being sucked into a relegation dogfight.

Second bottom Stranraer, who defeated Brechin, have moved to within two points of the Blue Toon.  Albion Rovers are down there as well but they have three games in hand.

Yet in a bizarre, tightly-bunched table, Jim McInally's men are still just four points outside the promotion play-off zone, albeit matches are starting to run out.

Today's opponents East Fife are likely to be in the mix until the end of the campaign after stretching their unbeaten run to 10 matches.

Not that they were up to much at Balmoor. Mind you, Peterhead were not any better and the first half was completely forgettable.

Cast your mind back to the poorest 45 minutes you have seen and the chances are this was worse.

It was desperately devoid of entertainment although as the interval approached, Scott Brown did test Ryan Goodfellow with a 22 yard effort from Rory McAllister's short free-kick.

During the half-time cup of tea, the home manager apparently asked his players why they were so nervous. Instead, he wanted them to get on the ball and not rely on McAllister to come up with something on his own.

The second period was just four minutes old when the Fifers broke the stalemate. Jamie Penrice swung over a cross from the left and Kevin Smith powered in an eight yard header to give the Methil men the lead.

McAllister was very unlucky not to restore parity not long after. When Jamie Stevenson was upended just outside the box, McAllister smashed his powerfully struck free-kick off the far post.

The Blue Toon began to dictate proceedings and within two minutes of Jordon Brown replacing Nicky Riley, the former Aberdeen youngster levelled in the 65th minute.

The goal was as much down to Grant Anderson, whose inswinging left foot delivery was right on the money. Brown, from close range, stooped to nod past Goodfellow.

Game on.

Well that was what you had hoped. But it petered out and finished all square, which was just about right.

 

                       G.Smith

Comrie Gordon Strachan McMullin

       S.Brown  Ferry  Stevenson

    Anderson     McAllister     Riley