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McAllister’s fantastic free-kick floors unlucky Annan

Sat 28 Oct 2017

Matchwinner McAllister with skipper McCracken and sponsors Man of the Match Gibson Matchwinner McAllister with skipper McCracken and sponsors Man of the Match Gibson


By Glenn Moir


Peterhead had the woodwork as much as Rory McAllister to thank for their latest win over Annan at Balmoor.

McAllister’s sublime free-kick just before half-time separated the sides in a match spoiled by the wind.

But Annan, who had already lost twice to Jim McInally’s men this term, should not have been beaten after hitting the crossbar in the first period and the post twice near the end.

Peterhead were just grateful they were able to hang on, particularly with League 2 leaders Stirling Albion slipping up at home to Stenhousemuir.

Without forcing Jim Atkinson into any saves early on, the Blue Toon saw plenty of the ball and Jack Leitch hit a 12 yard shot, which was deflected behind for a corner.

But it was Annan, who should have opened the scoring in the 31st minute. Greg Fleming pulled off a smart stop to deny Daniel Orsi, who found space at the back post.

From the resutling corner, Peter Watson looped a header on to the crossbar and when Steven Swinglehurst tried to force in the rebound, Scott Brown cleared off the line.

Peterhead somehow survived that scare and they took a lead into the interval thanks to McAllister’s stunning strike.

Orsi brought down Willie Gibson 25 yards out and McAllister did the rest, curling his effort up and over the wall and into the top corner.

When the Blue Toon were awarded another free-kick 10 minutes into the second half, the striker opted for power rather than precision but, this time, Atkinson made a decent save.

McAllister will feel he ought to have done better in the 74th minute when he blazed over the crossbar after peeling off at the far post to collect a dangerous Scott Brown cross.

Annan were never out of it and they came alive in the closing stages with Aidan Smith sliding a low shot from the right side of the box just wide of the target.

Peter Murphy’s men thought they had levelled in the 84th minute when Owen Moxon let rip wtih a well-struck drive from 22 yards, which rattled the upright.

Peterhead got lucky again in the last minute, Blair Henderson sneaking the ball past Fleming but it came back off the post.

Two big breaks for the hosts, who did pass up a stoppage time chance of their own, Nicky Riley setting up fellow substitute Jordon Brown.

The fit-again former Aberdeen midfielder missed the target but one goal proved sufficient. Just.


Jas.Brown Robertson McCracken McIlduff
             Gibson Ferry Brown Leitch
                     McLean McAllister