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Peterhead 1 Queen's Park 0

Mon 27 Aug 2012

Rory McAllister bagged his third league goal in as many games to eventually earn the Blue Toon three points against Queen’s Park, and help the Blue Toon remain joint-top of Division Three after three games.

McAllister sent Spiders keeper Neil Parry the wrong way from the penalty spot, after being fouled by James Brough to give Peterhead a second straight win and a second straight clean sheet.

The last match at Balmoor had, of course, been something special as Rangers visited Balmoor on competitive duty fir the first, time, but their Glasgow neighbours proved equally tough opposition.

Jim McInally made just one change from the side that had beaten Clyde, Graeme Sharp returning in place of Ross Smith.

The first half was an admittedly uninspiring affair, with Parry’s turning the ball round the post after McAllister had thrown himself at a Robbie Winters cross the only noteworthy action of the opening stages.

But the game suddenly sparked into life in the final six minutes of the first half. A foul on McAllister gave Ryan Strachan the opportunity to send a 20 yard free kick whistling over, before Gardner Speirs’ side had the best chance so far.

The ever-dangerous Jamie Longworth crossed from the right and found Tony Quinn six yards out but goalkeeper Paul Jarvie produced a stunning save to deny the big striker.

At the other end, McAllister pulled the ball across goal for the unlikely figure of Dean Cowie, but the midfielder failed to get any convincing purchase on his effort, and Scott McLaughlin’s touch couldn’t direct the effort on target.

The second half was a different matter, with both sides getting into more threatening positions than they had before the interval, and seemingly at will.

McAllister set the tone as he twisted and turned to get a shot off, but Parry was more than equal to his 56th minute effort.

Two minutes later, McAllister again had a go, this time attempting a lob from a tight angle, but failing to hit the target.

The visitors’ top scorer, Lawrence Shankland, had started the game on the bench, but proved his awareness when he had his side’s best chance of the match.

Confusion between Jarvie and Blue Toon skipper Callum Macdonald gave the striker the opportunity but, under pressure from the recovering Scott Ross, Shankland struck wide when he would have been expected to open the scoring.

That miss was to prove costly as Peterhead, aided by the introduction of Martin Bavidge, began to pummel the Spiders goal and there was a big escape with 13 minutes left.

Jamie Redman’s effort was blocked by Parry but he couldn’t hold the ball. Bavidge reacted first, only for Brough to clear his shot off the line.

And there was another double-chance for the home side with ten minutes remaining, as Parry beat away a Robbie Winters header and prevented McLaughlin from finding the net with a follow-up effort.

The pressure had to tell and when Brough, his side’s hero just five minutes earlier, bundled McAllister over following a fine McLaughlin pass, referee Andrew Dallas was quick to point to the spot.

Rory just doesn’t miss from 12 yards, and he sent Parry the wrong way from the spot to earn the points for the Blue Toon.

It’s a quickfire return to Balmoor as the Blue Toon play host to Montrose next Saturday, looking to maintain an unbeaten start to the season that sees them trail Elgin City only on goal difference.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Dean Cowie (Martin Bavidge, 70), Ryan Strachan, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Bryan Deasley, 85), Robbie Winters (Stephen Maguire, 81), Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Ross Smith, Marc McCallum (gk).

Booked: Graeme Sharp, Scott Ross.

QUEEN’S PARK: Neil Parry, Ricky Little, Andrew Robertson, Peter Bradley, James Brough, Michael Keenan (Giuseppe Capuano, 85), Ian Watt (Lawrence Shankland, 70), David Anderson, Tony Quinn (Craig Smith, 85), Jamie Longworth, Sean Burns. Subs not used: Richard Sinclair, Blair Lochhead (gk).

Booked: James Brough, Sean Burns.

Attendance: 539.