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Blue Toon beaten as Montrose pull four points clear

Sat 03 Feb 2018

PETERHEAD 0-1 MONTROSE
By Glenn Moir

 

Sometimes a draw is good enough.

That was the point Peterhead boss Jim McInally made to his players after leaders Montrose nicked the win at Balmoor.

The Blue Toon went into the match eyeing top spot in League 2 but it was a cagey contest with few chances created.

Having played the last two midweeks, including a long journey to Berwick, a share of the points would have been a favourable outcome for the Buchan team, given they still have two games in hand.

However, they have become accustomed to winning in recent months and their quest for three points here saw them ultimately end up with none.

Montrose were well aware of Peterhead’s recent exertions, which was why they sat back and offered little as an attacking threat.

Their aim was to stifle, stay in the game and then when the legs of their opponents started to tire, become a bit more adventurous.

That was exactly how the game panned out, with Chris Templeman scoring the winner with 16 minutes left.

Prior to that, the hosts had asked the most questions, although barring an early Russell McLean header which flashed wide and a 29th minute Rory McAllister drive that was saved by Allan Fleming, there was not much to choose between the teams.

It was apparent from quite early on that one goal would be enough in this match and McInally’s men, not willing to settle for a point, thought they could get it.

But it was Templeman, who struck down the other end after a quickly taken free-kick.

Graham Webster, a former Blue Toon loanee, broke into the box and fired a shot against the post and the veteran striker was on hand to dispatch the rebound, despite the best efforts of the sliding Jason Brown.

Moments later, Greg Fleming smashed his attempted clearance off Templeman and it looked like the ball would ricochet into the net until the home keeper scampered back.

McAllister nearly came up with a last-minute leveller after taking a great first touch to control Aidan McIlduff’s cross but he blazed his shot over as Montrose pulled four points clear.

 

                           Fleming
S.Brown Jas.Brown McCracken McIlduff
                  Gibson Ferry Leitch
McLean           McAllister        Jo.Brown