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Peterhead fail to tame Livi Lions

Sat 28 Nov 2015

An understrength defence took its toll on Peterhead as Livingston powered their way into the fourth round of the Scottish Cup with a 3-1 win at Balmoor.

Gary Glen and Jordan White put Livi firmly in the driving seat within half an hour and while the Blue Toon kept battling, another goal from White in the closing stages confirmed their passage through.
Rory McAllister did at least convert a late penalty to ensure Peterhead continued their record of scoring in every home match this season. 
Scott Ross failed to shrug off an ankle problem but had boss Jim McInally been able to name any of his three loan defenders, the team shape would not have been disrupted so much.
Dundee did not want Cammy Kerr cup tied and St Johnstone refused Ally Gilchrist permission to play.  
However, McInally's former employers Dundee Utd allowed Livingston to field goalkeeper Marc McCallum, yet ruled out Jassem Sukar.
A bit bizarre to say the least and while it would be wrong to suggest that impacted on the outcome, it certainly did not help Peterhead.
Last week against Cowdenbeath, the Blue Toon might have got away with a weakened backline but not against a well-drilled Championship team, which recently held Rangers to a draw.
Mark Burchill's men were bright from the start and Graeme Smith had to make a superb stop to keep out Liam Buchanan's shot before Gary Glen drove the rebound just wide.
However, Glen did not pass up his next opportunity in the 14th minute, as a Scott Pitman effort deflected into his path and he sent a first-time shot high into the net from 10 yards.
Livingston scored again in the 25th minute when Buchanan raced down the right side of the penalty area and squared for White to steer a shot past the helpless Smith.
Leighton McIntosh, who netted a hat-trick as a striker last week, was asked to operate in a wider role but he nearly scored before half time with a near post drive, which was turned behind by McCallum for a corner.
Peterhead saw plenty of the ball in the second period but they did not threaten the visiting goal too often and any hope of a comeback was killed off when the West Lothian outfit scored a third in the 74th minute.
Smith did well to block Buchanan's effort but the ball fell for White, who had the easy task of tapping in to an unguarded net.
In stoppage time, McAllister won and scored a consolation penalty to maintain his rich vein of form.
Peterhead will get another crack at Championship opposition in April with Rangers now confirmed as their opponents in the Petrofac Training Cup final.