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Hampden humbling piles pressure on Peterhead

Sat 08 Apr 2017

QUEEN'S PARK 2-0 PETERHEAD

On the second weekend of April last year, Peterhead faced Rangers in the Challenge Cup final at Hampden.

Exactly 12 months on, the Blue Toon were back at the national stadium but they will not remember their latest visit with much fondness.

A 2-0 defeat against Queen's Park sunk Jim McInally's men deeper in the League 1 mire.

The Spiders scored in each half to pile the pressure on the Buchan team, whose winless run of matches extended to double figures.

Fraser Hobday was recalled in goal while Scott Ross took the place of the injured Craig Reid. The other changes from the Airdrie draw saw Jamie Stevenson coming in for Aaron Comrie and Jordon Brown preferred to Nicky RIley.

Despite the switch between the sticks, there was absolutely nothing Hobday could have done about the hosts' opener in the 29th minute.

On loan Hearts forward Dario Zanatta powered a superbly struck shot into the net from outside the box.

Rory McAllister had a decent opportunity prior to the goal and the Blue Toon top scorer went close twice more before the interval.

Scott Brown nearly drew the visitors level three minutes into the second half but their hopes of salvaging something from the match vanished in the 72nd minute.

Queen's Park doubled their lead through former Balmoor loanee Ryan McGeever, who was sent off when the teams last met. The big defender slotted in at the back post after Kalvin Orsi drilled a shot towards goal.

On a day of home wins in League 1, there was a crumb of comfort for Peterhead in that eighth-placed Stranraer were also beaten.

However, basement side Stenhousemuir cranked up the heat on the Blue Toon with a victory to cut the gap at the bottom to just two points.