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Peterhead progress in the Petrofac Training Cup

Sat 10 Oct 2015

Three first half goals gave Peterhead a comfortable victory over Stenhousemuir in the Petrofac Training Cup as Jim McInally's men advanced to the semi finals. 

The Blue Toon have played better and lost this season, which a subdued McInally was quick to point out at full time, but they still did enough to win.

The return of Jordon Brown, Nathan Blockey and Kevin Dzierzawski meant McInally opted for a narrow midfield with the wide-men benched.

The latter was involved in the Peterhead opener in the 17th minute as his corner caused panic in the Stenhousemuir defence.  Goalkeeper Jamie Barclay punched as far as Rory McAllister, who helped the ball on for Jamie Redman to glance home a six yard header.

McAllister and Shane Sutherland combined well in the 38th minute with a neat one-two but Barclay saved well to keep out McAllister's effort.

The Peterhead top scorer, who netted five in their famous win at Falkirk in the last round, would not have to wait long to add to his tally, however.  From the resultant corner, he was perfectly placed to send a close range header into the net from Steven Noble's corner.

Noble went from provider to scorer on the stroke of half time, sweeping a delightful sidefoot effort inside the far corner after his delivery was only partially cleared by the visitors.

The visitors did threaten just before referee Alan Muir blew for the interval, with Fraser Eddington seeing a goalbound eight yard shot well saved by Graeme Smith following a scramble in the box.

But that was as uncomfortable as it got for Peterhead, who contained their opponents well in what was a low key contest.

Only an outstanding diving save stopped McAllister scoring again in the second half, Barclay throwing himself to his left to fingertip a delightful curling effort round the post while substitute Andy Rodgers looped a header on to the roof of the net from Noble's cross.

Overall, a satisfactory afternoon - three goals, a clean sheet and a place in the semi-finals, although the manager wasn't convinced.

McInally added:"I thought it was poor from start to finish.  I know football is all about winning but it is bizarre that a couple of weeks ago, after playing a really good second half against Brechin and losing the match, 500 people went home disappointed."

"Today, those same supporters are away happy but I thought it was a dreadful 3-0."
"We never got control of the ball or the game yet we could have scored a few more goals and so could have Stenhousemuir.  It is a crazy game at times."
"Even at full time, I found it really hard to go into the dressing room and be really happy but it is still great to be through to the semi finals and it is great for the club."