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Another draw for Peterhead as Airdrie hit back

Sat 01 Apr 2017

Graeme Smith unable to hold on under pressure from Simon Mensing allowing Sean McIntosh to level Graeme Smith unable to hold on under pressure from Simon Mensing allowing Sean McIntosh to level

PETERHEAD 1-1 AIRDRIE
By Glenn Moir

 

McAllister scores early, Peterhead cannot build on their lead and end up with a share of the points after being forced into a defensive switch.

This could actually have been the opening script for the Stranraer draw last Saturday rather than today's match against Airdrie, which again ended all square.

Except the Blue Toon did not need a stoppage time goal to save themselves this week. Instead, they were rueing the Diamond's equaliser and whether or not it should have stood.

Kyle Hutton lofted a ball into the box, Graeme Smith dropped it and Sean McIntosh pounced to fire into an empty net. Peterhead's grievance was that there were Airdrie players, including Simon Mensing, in an offside position putting pressure on the big goalkeeper.

The argument is a valid one, although Smith should still have caught it anyway and there would have been no drama.

Ironically, Smith had been the hero prior to McIntosh's 35th minute leveller with a superb penalty save to deny Iain Russell, after Jack Leitch went down under a challenge from Steven Noble.

The spot-kick award was of the soft variety but Smith threw himself to his right to make a great stop.

At this point, Peterhead were in front courtesy of McAllister's customary goal in the eighth minute. The 29 year old showed his strength to shrug aside McIntosh and then expertly steer a shot inside the far corner from 10 yards.

Just before the opener, the hosts had been forced into a change at the back with Craig Reid suffering a hamstring injury and Michael McMullin, who himself had to be substituted last weekend, taking his place.  

Chances were at a premium in the second half and although Peterhead tried to up the ante, they had Aaron Comrie to thank twice for keeping them level.

The on loan St Johnstone defender cleared off the line to thwart McIntosh and he was handily placed again to block a goalbound Mensing effort with a few minutes remaining.

Joint fourth Airdrie, who have lost more games than Peterhead despite the positions of the teams in the table, were given a slight scare in injury time when McAllister went relatively close with a sweetly-struck volley from Grant Anderson's cross but a draw was just about right.

Whether it will be good enough by the 6th May remains to be seen.  

 

                       Smith
   Comrie Reid Strachan Noble
Anderson S.Brown Ferry Redman
                        Riley
                    McAllister