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Out but not Down

Sat 23 Nov 2019

Peterhead manager Jim McInally found the Blue Toon’s exit from the William Hill Scottish Cup 1-0 at the hands of Raith Rovers at Stark's Park hard to take as his side had played so well.

Kieran Bowie scored the game’s only goal after a defensive mistake on three minutes however that did not tell the whole story of the opening exchanges as Peterhead had two good chances with Ryan Conroy sending one of them against woodwork.

Peterhead dominated the rest of the game however they could not find an equaliser with Ben Armour passing up the best chance to leave Jim proud but disappointed.

Jim said: “It is Cup football so the only thing that matter is getting through. Raith Rovers have done that at our expense however that does not tell the story of what went on. It is actually a travesty of a result.”

“I asked our players to gain the respect of Raith Rovers after two early season defeats in Fife and we have that now. I said after the game at Clyde a couple of weeks ago that our first half display that day was the best I have ever seen in my eight years well today topped that as we did it for the full game. Even before they scored we were doing well.”

“We lost an early goal again at Stark’s Park which is the third game running but whilst we never recovered in the two games earlier this season we recovered well and went on to dominate the game.”

Jim added: “The goal they scored was a great header but that was their only attempt apart from one from a breakaway later on. That was it from them but they are through and we are not.”

There was also disappointment that Peterhead were not given the chance to equalise from the penalty spot as Jim explained: “We had four penalty claims and two of them may have been debatable but two of them were definite. There was a foul on Ben Armour and then there was a handball. I do not know why they were not given and if they were the end result could have been very different.”