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Peterhead go top after holding off Clyde comeback

Tue 27 Feb 2018

Jack Leitch celebrates after scoring what proved to be the winning goal Jack Leitch celebrates after scoring what proved to be the winning goal


By Glenn Moir


Peterhead held off a Clyde comeback to claim a narrow but deserved victory at Balmoor and move to the top of League 2.

First half strikes from Russell McLean and Jack Leitch saw the Blue Toon climb above Montrose on goal difference, although they had to withstand a nervy finish after David Goodwillie pulled one back in the second period.

It was a welcome win and one that should give Jim McInally’s men a pyschological boost in a title tussle, which could yet go the distance.

A snow flurry prior to kick off meant the match was played on a white surface but Peterhead were not put off by the conditions and their measured approach reaped rewards in the 36th minute.

Willie Gibson’s intelligent pass sent Chris Johnston away and the on loan Dumbarton man, who had a fine night, delivered a low left-wing cross for McLean to claim his fifth goal in his last three outings.

Their lead should have only lasted a matter of moments, however, as Goodwillie wasted a glorious chance to reply immediately when he broke clean through on goal but he could not beat Greg Fleming.

The Blue Toon made the most of the reprieve by scoring again to double their advantage three minutes before the interval.

Jamie Stevenson picked out Leitch, who steadied himself before rifling a rising, angled shot beyond the helpless Kyle Gourlay.

The hardy band of Bully Wee supporters greeted their team at the start of the second half with chants of ‘Mon the Snow’ believing the elements would provide their best hope of a happy ending.

But the visitors certainly did not lie down and after boss Danny Lennon made all three changes, they halved the deficit in the 65th minute.

Goodwillie cut inside from the left edge of the penalty area and after the home defence backed off, the former Scotland striker drilled a low shot into the bottom corner.

Goodwillie moved on to 19 goals for the season and he ought have netted again with 10 minutes remaining but, after unconvincing Peterhead defending, his effort through a ruck of bodies flashed just wide.

That was the Blue Toon’s one big scare and McLean could have put the seal on their win late on but two goals proved enough for three points.



Jas.Brown Robertson McCracken Stevenson

                     Gibson Ferry Leitch                  

Norris                     McLean            Johnston