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Jordon’s late strike hands Peterhead Christmas bonus

Sat 23 Dec 2017

Substitute Brown scored for the third home game in a row to give the Blue Toon three points Substitute Brown scored for the third home game in a row to give the Blue Toon three points

PETERHEAD 3-2 COWDENBEATH
By Glenn Moir

 

There is nothing quite like a late winner to send the fans home happy.

Jordon Brown netted with seconds remaining to give Peterhead a vital victory against bottom of the table Cowdenbeath.

For long spells, there appeared to be a rustiness in the Blue Toon’s play, which was perhaps understandable after a fortnight’s inactivity.

But the supporters will not care one jot about what was served up during the 90 minutes after their team snatched the points at the death.

In all honesty, even though five goals were scored at Balmoor, this was far from a Christmas cracker.

Cowdenbeath were better than their league position suggested and were worthy of their first half lead.

After going very close through Cameron Muirhead in the 31st minute, the young striker made the breakthrough moments later.

Robbie Buchanan got in behind the home defence and squared for the 19 year old to tap home from close range.

Russell McLean wasted a chance to equalise immediately when he latched on to Simon Ferry’s pass but failed to beat the alert David McGurn, and then Rory McAllister had a strong claim for a penalty turned down after he was wrestled to the ground by Jamie Pyper.

However, two Peterhead goals in quick succession, at the start of the second half, stunned the visitors.

McAllister guided a neat header past McGurn from Jamie Stevenson’s cross in the 48th minute before Jason Brown slotted in David McCracken’s knockdown in the 53rd minute.

The referee had barely sketched the score in his notebook when Gary Bollan’s men replied straight away, Buchanan running on to Bradley Smith’s pass and rolling the ball into an empty net after rounding Greg Fleming.

In a bid to regain the initiative and the lead, Nicky Riley and Paul Cairney were both introduced from the Blue Toon bench but it was another substitute, Jordon Brown, who was the eventual hero.

This was after Buchanan was shown a straight red card for violent conduct in the 87th minute, for allegedly directing an elbow in Willie Gibson’s direction.

Cowdenbeath were unable to hang on with a man down, as Brown tucked away McAllister’s stoppage-time set-up to net for the third home game in a row and keep Peterhead tucked in behind their next opponents, Montrose.

 

                            Fleming

      Jas.Brown McCracken Robertson

Stevenson Gibson Ferry Leitch McIlduff

                   McLean McAllister