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Hampden stalemate as 10-man Peterhead pick up point

Sun 13 Nov 2016


No goals and not much action as Peterhead picked up a point against Queen's Park following a Saturday stalemate at Hampden.

It was a third away game unbeaten for the Blue Toon, who had to do without the services of the injured Rory McAllister.

In McAllister's absence, Leighton McIntosh led the line but chances were few and far between for the former Dundee forward.

However, in the end, a draw was not the worst result particularly after Simon Ferry's dismissal in the closing stages.

Nicky Riley tested David Muir with a well-struck shot in the 26th minute but the first half did not produce too much else.

Not that the second period was all that eventful either.

But, the hosts felt agrieved that they were not awarded a penalty when Fiacre Kelleher, after misjudging a high ball, went unpunished for a challenge on Spiders sub John Carter.

Sixth placed Peterhead nearly made the most of the reprieve in the 75th minute, Jamie Stevenson delivering a low cross for McIntosh, whose flick was well kept out by the home goalkeeper.

WIth six minutes remaining, Ferry saw red for bringing down the lively Carter when through on goal.

Thankfully for the Blue Toon and the small band of travelling fans, referee Nick Walsh gave a free-kick just outside the box and not a penalty as the visitors saw out the last phase of the match with minimal fuss.

Not a great deal of highlights from this fixture, but three clean sheets from Peterhead's last four matches is an encouraging statistic.

No doubt, they will need to be defensively sound again next weekend at leaders Livingston, who have already rattled in 18 goals from their six games at the Tony Macaroni Arena.