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Peterhead relegated after heavy Forfar defeat

Sat 20 May 2017


PETERHEAD 1-5 FORFAR (Forfar win 7-2 on aggregate)
By Glenn Moir


"A horrific way to end a horrific season."

Jim McInally's assessment after Peterhead suffered a heavy, hurtful and humiliating defeat to Forfar to tumble down to Scotland's bottom tier.

The Blue Toon thought they were on the road to recovery after dodging relegation on the final day of the League 1 season a fortnight ago.

But this play-off route was still littered with potholes and failure to get out of first gear stalled their salvation bid.

Forfar, 2-1 ahead from the first leg, looked like scoring every time they got near the box at Balmoor. Actually they just about did.

They might be nicknamed the Loons but we will steer clear of the Men versus Boys stuff.

Peterhead, perhaps predictably, sorely missed Rory McAllister, who you have to feel some sympathy for.  A player with 26 goals to his name, the bulk of them in the league, yet still not enough for his team to stay up.

The feeling going into this decisive match was that the Blue Toon needed to score first. Instead, they trailed after just five minutes.

Ryan Strachan let a Jamie Bain throw-in sail over his head and Lewis Milne pounced to slot past the advancing Graeme Smith.

A bad start became a disastrous one when Gary Bollan's team netted again in the 17th minute, moments after Martyn Fotheringham blazed over from close range.

Milne turned provider, squaring for David Cox and the former Peterhead man, who was a constant menace, provided a neat eight yard finish.

Peterhead then went on to have a good spell of possession and created three or four very good openings, all of which were spurned.

The writing was on the wall when Forfar added a third goal six minutes into the second half and again Cox was involved, this time feeding Danny Denholm, who expertly curled in with the outside of his boot.

By this point, the Blue Toon were in need of the final whistle but there was further agony in the 68th minute as Aiden Malone back-heeled past Smith from a few yards out.

Scott Brown did manage a consolation strike in the 78th minute with a fine run and shot but Forfar substitute Josh Peters completed the scoring with seven minutes left, seconds after being introduced, to cap a calamitous campaign for the Blue Toon, who suffer relegation for the first time in six years. 

The rehabilitation starts now..that's the squad, or perhaps for the supporters as well.


          Ross Strachan Gordon
Stevenson                       McMullin

         Redman Ferry S.Brown

               Riley McIntosh