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Peterhead comfortably progress to League 1 play-off final

Sat 13 May 2017


PETERHEAD 3-0 MONTROSE (4-1 aggregate win)
By Glenn Moir

A season of lows could yet end on a high after Peterhead dispatched Montrose to book their place in the League 1 play-off final.

Rory McAllister celebrated his 30th birthday with a couple of goals and then laid on another for Jordon Brown.

It was very straightforward in the end, but the do-or-die double-header against Forfar might not be, particularly with McAllister banned for the second leg.

The Balmoor talisman is facing a two-match suspension but lets look no further than Wednesday's match at Station Park.

It's ironic that Peterhead's first game of a long campaign was way back in mid July against Forfar in the League Cup and their last will also be against the Loons.

Jim McInally's men came out on top back then and if they do so again, they will escape demotion to Scotland's lowest tier.

Montrose never really looked like sending Peterhead down to be honest, despite a 1-1 draw in the first leg, although Matty Allan should have done better with an early chance that he screwed wide from a set-piece.

Once the Blue Toon went in front in the 34th minute, the hosts got better and the visitors worsened. Jamie Stevenson, who saw a header cleared off the line, delivered a corner and when the ball fell for Nicky Riley, he found McAllister, who buried an eight yard header into the net.

Stevenson should have made it two right at the start of the second half after McAllister squared from the left but the former Mallorca man smashed over the crossbar.

As the game progressed, Peterhead, who freshened up their line-up after the first leg, definitely had more energy than their weary opponents, who conceded a penalty in the 51st minute.

Allan upended Riley in the box and McAllister, as cool as you like, sent Allan Fleming the wrong way for his 25th goal of the season.

Frustration got the better of Montrose forward Matty Smith in the 69th minute. He foolishly lunged in on Riley near the touchline and got a card colour to match his jersey. Red.

The tie was over but the scoring wasn't as Brown netted for the second Balmoor match in a row.  The attacking midfielder peeled off at the back post to get on the end of a neat McAllister pick-out.

A job well done by the players but no pats on the back from the manager, who knows the salvation mission is only half done.

One Angus club dealt with. Another to go.


                 RILEY MCALLISTER