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Defender set to pay the price as Blue Toon beaten by Binos

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Scott Ross is sent off and boss Jim McInally claims the defender will suffer the consequences Scott Ross is sent off and boss Jim McInally claims the defender will suffer the consequences

 

PETERHEAD 2-4 STIRLING ALBION
By Glenn Moir

 

Scott Ross, it would appear, does not have a future at Peterhead after boss Jim McInally stated he would no longer consider the defender for selection following his red card in the Blue Toon's defeat to League 2 pacesetters Stirling Albion.

The 26 year old, after being cautioned in the first period, was shown a second yellow for a flailing elbow in the 73rd minute.

That was the eighth dismissal for Ross during his time at the club and McInally, post-match, claimed his patience had run out.

McInally said: "Going out to start the second half, my last words to Scott were, don't get sent off."

"That will cost him dearly because as long as I'm here, he won't play."

When pressed further on the situation, the Peterhead manager added: "Scott has let us down once too often."

"I have stuck up for him umpteen times and he will pay the price this time."

"He was actually having a decent half but he got away with a challenge before he put an elbow into the back of the Stirling player's head, which is unacceptable."

The Ross red card came near the end of an action-packed game, which Stirling bossed for large spells.

The Binos scored four in the first half, despite trailing early on, to maintain their winning start to League 2.

Paul Cairney's fifth minute goal, which came courtesy of a sumptuous Jamie Stevenson cross, ought to have given Peterhead a shot in the arm.

But some disastrous defending handed the initiative to Stirling and they certainly made the Blue Toon suffer.

The reshuffling at the back, following an injury picked up by Mickael Ngango Dikobo, did not help but that was not an excuse for how easily the visitors got their goals.

Dave Mackay's men were level in the 18th minute when Darren Smith shrugged off the attentions of Samson Gabriel and after his effort was clawed away by Greg Fleming, Calumn Morrison fired in the rebound.

Three minutes later, it was 2-1 to the league leaders after Liam Caddis picked out Smith, whose crisp first-time effort flashed into the net.

Peterhead could not cope and they fell further behind in the 25th minute, Scott Brown misdirecting a header into Ross Kavanagh's path and he drilled the ball past Fleming.

When Peter Macdonald set up Darren Smith on the left side of the penalty area in the 36th minute, Stirling scored a fourth and they actually had a couple of other chances to go further in front.

At least Peterhead did win the second half with Rory McAllister netting a penalty in the 54th minute, after a handball from ex teammate Ross Smith, to claim his landmark 150th Blue Toon goal.

Another spot-kick was awarded in the 58th minute, this time for Stirling, when Jason Brown was adjudged to have blocked a Caddis drive with his arm but Macdonald could not beat Fleming, who superbly tipped the ball onto the crossbar before the home defence scrambled clear.

It kept alive Peterhead's faint hopes but the Ross ordering off put paid to their chances of mounting an unlikely comeback.

Red mist, red card.

 

                       Fleming
Stevenson Jas.Brown Ross Dikobo 
           S.Brown Ferry Leitch
       Gibson McAllister Cairney