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Peterhead produce superb late comeback

Sat 26 Dec 2015

Ally Gilchrist was the Boxing Day hero as Peterhead staged an incredible late fightback to defeat Airdrie 4-3 and maintain their excellent League 1 form.

The Blue Toon trailed by two goals in the closing stages but they refused to lie down and after Ryan Strachan and Jordon Brown struck to haul Jim McInally's men level, Gilchrist headed in a stoppage time winner.

Balmoor boss McInally spoke to "It was a bizarre match and an incredible finish."
"My head went down at 3-1 and I just thought it was going to be one of those days.. But thankfully the players did not think that."
"Even when we got it back to 3-3, it would have been easy for the boys to accept a draw but they kept going."
"Nicky Riley went on in the second half and was unbelieveable out on the left wing."
"The players showed real character to come away with three points."
Ex Peterhead man David Cox gave the Diamonds an early lead with a fine strike but the contest swung in the Blue Toon's favour midway through the half.
Leighton McIntosh was smashed by goalkeeper Neil Parry, who was sent off for the challenge, and Rory McAllister tucked away the penalty.  McIntosh didn't last much longer, though, because of the hefty blow, with Shane Sutherland coming on.
However, such was the odd nature of the game, 10-man Airdrie restored their advantage soon after as Liam Watt found the bottom corner with a free-kick.
Peterhead, despite having an extra man, could not find a route back into the match, even though they had lots of possession.  When Steven Noble was dismissed for bringing down Nicky Cadden, who converted the resultant 78th minute spot kick, the writing appeared to be on the wall.  
Far from it.
In the 84th minute, Strachan gave the Blue Toon hope with a well struck shot from outside the box and then Jordon Brown prodded in from close range to level proceedings with two minutes left.
Not content to settle for a point, the visitors continued to attack and they were rewarded for their bravery when Gilchrist nodded home from a few yards after Airdrie failed to clear a free-kick.
So Peterhead rise to third in the table after a game containing seven goals, two penalties, two red cards and an terrific turnaround.
Who says Scottish football is boring?
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