Club News

Peterhead 3 Elgin City 0

Tue 03 Jan 2012

 

Winger Graeme Sharp insists his side are looking at the positives after Peterhead kicked off 2012 with a home win against ten-man Elgin City.

The Blue Toon have been struggling at the wrong end of the table for much of the season but Sharp’s goal, along with Rory McAllister’s penalty and a Scott Ross header, helped them to their second win in three games.

Sharp said “The manager said before the game that as soon as we can get a second goal in a game, the confidence would come and allow us to relax, and I think that happened.

“It was a good time to score, just before half-time, and it gave us a cushion.

“It was disappointing to lose to Montrose last week, but that’s gone now so we’re just looking to every game and trying to take the three points.

“Today was our first comfortable win of the season, so hopefully we can kick on from there.”

Sharp had seen an early shot deflect high and wide of the target before Elgin were reduced to ten men, keeper Zander Clark sent of for hauling down McAllister in the area.

McAllister dusted himself down and confidently sent sub keeper John Calder the wrong way from 12 yards.

Sharp doubled Peterhead’s advantage with a superb solo effort in first-half injury time, chasing down a Ross clearance before firing a stunning left-foot effort past Calder from 20 yards.

Elgin could have been back in it ten minutes after the break when Craig Gunn saw an effort beat Paul Jarvie, but come back off the inside of the post and into the arms of the relieved goalkeeper.

But the result was put beyond doubt when Ross rose to head a Bryan Deasley corner home at the near post after 73 minutes

Blue Toon boss Jim McInally added “The sending-off obviously helped, but we got ourselves in to a good position through good play. We kept possession well, and I was really pleased.

“We’re still missing a bit of confidence at times but that comes with winning games. You can look at stats any way you like, but we’ve now won two of our last three games.

A full match report will follow.