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McLean’s second half double gives Peterhead another victory

Sat 13 Jan 2018

Super-sub striker was instrumental in the Blue Toon’s win over the Binos Super-sub striker was instrumental in the Blue Toon’s win over the Binos

PETERHEAD 4-3 STIRLING ALBION
By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead boss Jim McInally labelled his team’s latest win as their best of the season so far, after the Blue Toon edged out Stirling Albion at blowy Balmoor.

Given the windy conditions and the way the game panned out, he was probably right.

Playing with a gale behind them in the first half, the Blue Toon would have wanted to build up some kind of lead.

Instead four goals were shared and it should have been advantage to the Binos after the break.

But McInally’s men restricted Stirling to few chances in the second half and scored another couple of their own.

It was a bizarre contest right from the off, with Rory McAllister trying an audacious attempt from the kick-off and his 50 yard deflected effort went just over.

From the resulting corner, Willie Gibson’s inswinging delivery deceived Cameron Binnie and went straight into the net.

Their lead did not last long with Stirling drawing level in the sixth minute when Willie Robertson prodded in from close range at the back post.

Back came Peterhead after McAllister won and converted a penalty to restore the home team’s advantage in the 23rd minute. Former Blue Toon defender Ross Smith got too close to the striker, who drew the foul and sent Binnie the wrong way from the spot.

How the visitors’ second equaliser came about in the 32nd minute was a right shambles. A Mason and Jason mix-up saw Robertson’s attempted clearance hit off Brown and Darren Smith rolled the loose ball into the net.

“Wind of Change” was belted out by the Public Address Announcer at half time and that should have been music to the ears of Stirling for the second period.

It was the turn of Dave Mackay’s side to have the benefit of the conditions and they would have gone in front 11 minutes after the restart had it not been for a fine save from Greg Fleming, who flung himself to his right to beat away Ross Kavanagh’s goalbound header.

At this point, Peterhead introduced Russell McLean from the bench and the teenager’s contribution was tremendous and telling.

The 19 year old scored twice in four minutes to effectively hand the hosts the points.

In the 68th minute, McLean brought down Simon Ferry’s cross to lash an angled drive inside the far corner and, before Stirling had time to recover, he banged in another, this time from McAllister’s pick-out, displaying great composure and ability to beat his marker and sidefoot past Binnie.

Stirling did pull a goal back deep in stoppage time, Smith profiting on David McCracken’s misjudgement to claim his second of the afternoon, but Peterhead had done enough to chalk-up an eighth straight victory in all competitions.

 

                              Fleming
Jas.Brown Robertson McCracken McIlduff
                Stevenson Ferry Gibson
         Jo.Brown                       Leitch
                            McAllister