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Redman and Riley register as Blue Toon record first league win

Sat 10 Sep 2016

By Glenn Moir

When the opposition misses an early penalty, you want to take full advantage and make the most of the reprieve.

Thankfully, Peterhead did just that to get the better of Queen's Park and record a much-needed victory.

At the fifth attempt, this was the Blue Toon's maiden win in League 1 this season.

In fact, it was their first collection of three points since the 19th March, stretching back to last term when they faded badly towards the end.

Two players, who have been on the fringes so far, Jamie Redman and Nicky Riley, scored the all important goals in the second half.

But the first period was as much of a triumph.

Getting to the interval goalless was as good as Peterhead could have hoped for because they could not get going.

Granted, the breeze was against the Blue Toon but the Spiders were guilty of not making their possession tell, even after being awarded a ninth minute spot-kick.

Kevin Dzierzawski chopped down Paul Woods inside the area but Darren Millar hit the frame of the goal from 12 yards, his effort striking the crossbar.

It was a let-off for the hosts, who then had Fraser Hobday to thank for pulling off a superb save to deny Ross Millen's back-post effort after the ball had flashed across the face of goal.

At least the Blue Toon stayed compact and restricted their opponents to very few other opportunities and it was a completely different story after the interval.

The half-time cuppa tea might still have been hot but Queen's Park were definitely cold at the start of the second period.

Just two minutes had been played when Redman rose highest at the far post to score with a bullet header from Steven Noble's corner.

One goal might have been enough but two certainly was and Riley claimed it in the 61st minute, latching on to a forward pass to neatly loft the ball over the advancing Andrew Murphy from just outside the penalty area.

Peterhead, without being anywhere near their best, comfortably saw the game out, with Hobday a virtual spectator down the other end.

There is definitely more to come from Jim McInally's team but if you can win in second gear and not concede a goal, who can grumble?


Strachan Kelleher Ross Noble
S.Brown Dzierzawski Redman
  McCluskey McAllister RIley