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IRN-BRU Cup progress for Peterhead at Annan's expense

Sat 02 Sep 2017

Russell McLean celebrates with Scott Brown after scoring his first goal for the club Russell McLean celebrates with Scott Brown after scoring his first goal for the club


By Glenn Moir


Second half goals from Russell McLean and Rory McAllister floored Annan as Peterhead booked their place in the IRN-BRU Cup third round.

McLean converted a penalty to open his account for the Blue Toon and then McAllister came off the bench to score a fine second and make sure of the win.

It turned out to be very comfortable for the 2015/16 finalists, who gave a debut to new signing Aidan McIlduff, 24 hours after the former Celtic rookie signed a contract until the end of the season.

Following a largely forgettable first half, McLean ought to have made the breakthrough three minutes after the interval when he missed the target with a free header. Nicky Riley, Peterhead's shining light, swung over a free-kick from the left but McLean, from about six yards out, nodded over when it looked easier to score.

However, the towering striker's telling contribution came in the 58th minute when he won and scored a spot-kick.

Steven Swinglehurst clambered all over the back of McLean, who dusted himself down to send Alex Mitchell the wrong way from 12 yards.

Referee Craig Napier was right to award a penalty for that piece of clumsy defending. But only he will know why he never pointed to the spot again in the 70th minute.

Riley was quick to react to a slack backpass from Ellis Pearson but after knocking the ball past Mitchell, he was brought down by the goalkeeper. Not only did the official fail to spot the contact between the two, he cautioned Riley for diving. Double whammy.

At least it never looked like being a game-changing decision due to Petehead's dominance in the second half.

The extra bit of quality that came from substitutes McAllister and Willie Gibson also ensured the Blue Toon's place in Tuesday's draw.

Indeed, the pair combined for the killer second with 12 minutes remaining. Gibson's low, driven corner to the front post was expertly controlled by McAllister, who then unleashed an angled shot into the top corner.

A vital victory after a couple of League 2 losses.


Jas.Brown McCracken Robertson McIlduff
           Adams Ferry Lawrence Riley
                       Smith McLean