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Winning start for Blue Toon in Betfred Cup

Sat 15 Jul 2017

McAllister strokes the ball past the East Fife goalkeeper to score the decisive goal McAllister strokes the ball past the East Fife goalkeeper to score the decisive goal

 

PETERHEAD 1-0 EAST FIFE

By Glenn Moir

 

Positive signs for Peterhead, who began with a narrow but deserved win in the Betfred Cup. 

East Fife were second best at Balmoor as a new-look Blue Toon got off to a fine start in Group B.

Greg Fleming, David McCracken, Mason Robertson, Jason Brown, Willie Gibson and Paul Cairney were all handed their competitive debuts.

Other new recruits Russell McLean and Samson Gabriel were introduced from the bench in the second half.

But it was a familiar face in Rory McAllister, who made the most telling contribution, the striker's early goal separating the sides.

McAllister nipped in to intercept a stray Mark Docherty pass and strode forward to slip the ball past Ryan Goodfellow from the edge of the penalty area.

The 30 year old was off and running for the season after just 11 minutes and the Blue Toon had further opportunities to build on their lead.

The impressive Jordon Brown flashed a header wide from a Gibson cross in the 25th minute, although there were a couple of scares for the hosts as half time approached.

Jason Brown found referee Graham Beaton to be in a lenient mood after appearing to bundle over Chris Duggan in the box and then Pat Slattery fired wide from close range. 

The most fluent football came from Peterhead though and just after half time, McAllister cheekily back-heeled for the onrushing Brown but Docherty made a timely intervention.  

After Gibson tested Goodfellow with an angled free-kick, the Blue Toon produced the move of the match in the 66th minute.  

Cairney linked with McAllister, who in turn fed Brown but the former Aberdeen youngster had more time than he realised as he hit a first-time, left-foot shot past the post.  

Brown then stung the palms of Goodfellow with a shot from distance, which the visiting goalkeeper pushed behind for a corner.

East Fife, without ever testing Fleming, did well to stay in the game and Jamie Stevenson had to be alert to clear a dangerous ball into the box from Paul Willis.

That was just about as uncomfortable as it got for Peterhead, who saw out the match to rack up three early points and join Dunfermline at the top of their section.

 

 

                             Fleming

Jas.Brown Robertson McCracken Stevenson

                        S.Brown Ferry

          Jor.Brown    Cairney    Gibson

                            McAllister