Match Previews

Petrofac Training Cup Semi Final Preview

Thu 12 Nov 2015

It's League 2 versus League 1 but Jim McInally says Peterhead are by no means favourites for their Petrofac Training Cup semi final.

Queen's Park welcome the Blue Toon to Hampden on Saturday, with Rangers or St Mirren lying in wait for the winners.

Peterhead have scored 11 goals on route to the last four, knocking out Brechin, upsetting last season's Scottish Cup finalists Falkirk and easing past Stenhousemuir.

But Gus MacPherson's men have also overcome three hurdles, including taking the scalp of Championship side Dumbarton.

McInally told "The bottom line is although we are from the bigger league, their home advantage cancels that out because I don't think there is a lot between the leagues."

"Queen's Park have already beaten a Championship club in Dumbarton in the earlier rounds so we know we will need to play well to win the game."

"But by the same token, I think they will need to perform well to beat us so it should be a really good game."

Anticipation has been building since the semi final draw was made last month and McInally says his players are relishing the chance to make history by guiding the club through to a first final since joining the Scottish Football League 15 years ago.  

Peterhead's form has been patchy of late, but they head to Hampden off the back of an encouraging display at Dunfermline.  It finished goalless last week in a match the Blue Toon were unfortunate not to win.

McInally continued: "We have known about this tie for a few weeks and I'm glad it's coming because it has been in the back of everyones minds."

"It is such a big game, with the opportunity of getting to a final and possibly playing Rangers so it would be a big thing for the club."

"Being at Hampden talking to the journalists with Gus MacPherson today and seeing that fantastic pitch, I'm sure everyone will go and enjoy it."

"We put in a good performance at Dunfermline last week and if we play to that level again on Saturday, we will give ourselves a great chance."

Simon Ferry is set to miss out with a foot injury while Cammy Kerr is suspended but Jamie Stevenson and Nicky Riley will return to the squad.