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Impressive Peterhead record biggest win of the season

Sat 28 Jan 2017


A new-look Peterhead produced a dominant display to cruise past Queen's Park and record their biggest win of the season.

Grant Anderson's debut goal was the highlight, the winger scoring a sublime volley after Ryan Strachan had given the Blue Toon the lead.

Rory McAllister then helped himself to a double either side of the interval as Jim McInally's freshened-up team highlighted their potential.

It turned out to be a long afternoon for Gus MacPherson's troops, who played nearly an hour with a numerical disadvantage following the dismissal of former Peterhead loanee Ryan McGeever.

The warning signs were there for the Spiders within 60 seconds, Anderson seeing a low cross cleared off the line and then Scott Brown's follow-up was well blocked by Willie Muir.

Neat play in the 10th minute saw Jamie Stevenson crossing for McAllister, whose cushioned lay-off fell invitingly for Brown but his rising shot was superbly tipped over by the busy Muir.

However, from the resulting corner, Peterhead made the breakthrough as the fit-again Strachan got on the end of Steven Noble's corner to send an eight yard header into the net.

Midway through the half, from Aaron Comrie's cross, McAllister went close with a cleanly-hit volley, which was netbound but for a deflection, which bizarrely the referee did not spot.

Talking of volleys, you will not see too many better than Anderson's strike, which came from his weaker left foot. Keeping his eye on the ball, the 30 year old's technique was impressive as he sent his effort from the edge of the penalty area inside the far corner.

Things threatened to get messy for Queen's Park when McGeever brought down McAllister as the striker went through on goal in the 32nd minute.  

Under the new directive, the big defender avoided a straight red card, as would have been the case in previous seasons, but because he had been cautioned beforehand, he was sent packing in any case and McAllister made a tidy job with the spot-kick that followed.

There was more good football in the second period, including a succession of passes in the 54th minute, which eventually saw Brown feeding Nathan Blockley but Muir pulled off another good stop.

McAllister completed the scoring and the misery of Queen's Park with a well-taken goal in the 63rd minute. Collecting a pass just inside in the penalty area, he sidestepped a visiting defender and flashed a curling shot into the net.

Peterhead stay eighth in the table with this eye-catching victory - but they are just three points outside the top four.


By Glenn Moir