Club News

Highs far outweigh the lows for Blue Toon

Wed 11 May 2016

Peterhead supporters can still reflect on a memorable season, despite the Blue Toon coming up short in the promotion play-offs.

Jim McInally's men were unable to get the better of Ayr, who claimed a 6-2 aggregate win in the semi finals.

Dreams of spending next term in the Championship were dashed by a 4-1 home defeat in the first leg, which was followed by a 2-1 loss in the return match at Somerset Park.

In the end, a season which had lots of excitement and drama, fizzled out with eight straight defeats in all competitions.

However, the highs most definitely outweighed the lows after a club record 19 match unbeaten streak and a sensational run through to the Petrofac Training Cup final.

Not too shabby for a bunch of part-timers, who train one night a week.

Furthermore, numerous monthly individuals awards landed at Balmoor throughout 2015/16, while Jim McInally and Rory McAllister were shortlisted for the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year and League 1 Player of Year awards respectively.

The squad will return after a well-earned break to focus on a third consecutive term in League 1, which will include four new opponents.

League 2 champions East Fife, Championship relegated clubs Alloa and Livingston and the winner of the League 1 play-off final between Clyde and Queen's Park will enter.

Before that begins, however, Peterhead will be involved in a re-jigged Scottish League Cup from mid July. There will be eight groups of five teams, who will face each other once in a round-robin format.

The traditional model of three points for a win and one point for a draw will be used but games, which end all square, will go straight to a penalty shoot and a bonus point will be awarded to teams, who win the spot-kicks.

Each group winner and the four best runners-up will progress to the second round and will be joined by the four teams competing in Europe.

Could Peterhead possibly mount another cup challenge?

Anyway, much to look forward to and it all starts again in two months time.

 

By Glenn Moir