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McAllister hat-trick helps Blue Toon beat Brechin

Sun 28 Feb 2016

by Glenn Moir

"He's just a legend here, isn't here? He knows that and we know that."

The words of Jim McInally, who heralded Rory McAllister after his latest hat-trick helped Peterhead to another League 1 victory.

The 28 year old came back to haunt his former employers Brechin, who continue to prop up the League 1 table.

It was the second time McAllister had claimed a treble this season, on top of the five he bagged at Falkirk in the Petrofac Training Cup in August.

That's already 30 goals for the Blue Toon frontman, just three shy of his best tally when he helped the Balmoor club win the League 2 title two years ago.

McAllister could have been up and running in the fifth minute after taking a touch to go round Graeme Smith. But sensing a collision with the visiting goalkeeper, he went to ground and was cautioned for simulation, meaning his ever-present tag will end in a fortnight with a suspension now confirmed.

However, he did find the net in the 25th minute, stroking the ball in from a few yards out after unselfish work from Shane Sutherland, who picked out his fellow forward with a neat cutback.

McAllister netted again, seconds before the referee blew for half time. After seeing his free-kick blocked by the Brechin wall, McAllister slammed a well-struck 22 yard shot beyond Smith.

Without being anywhere near their best, Peterhead were well in control but Darren Dods' team gave them a fright when Liam Watt replied in the 63rd minute.

The on loan Airdrie midfielder's 16 yard shot found the far corner and from nowhere it was game on.

When Peterhead keeper Graeme Smith fumbled a corner, it appeared as if the hosts were in danger of throwing away a lead until McAllister struck down the other end with a quarter of an hour left.

Latching on to a throughball, the League 1's top marksman clipped a delightful effort over the advancing Smith. Cunning, cute and classy.

The matchball was McAllister's but only after Sutherland put the seal on the win with a cool finish when through on goal in stoppage time.

Winning handsomely without hitting top form - can't be bad.

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