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Below Par Peterhead suffer heavy Dunfermline defeat

Sat 22 Jul 2017




It was a tough afternoon for the Blue Toon at East End Park as Dunfermline scored five to enhance their chances of getting out of Group B in the Betfred Cup and, in doing so, hinder Peterhead's prospects.

The Pars, who put six past Elgin last weekend, were relentless and were three goals ahead at the interval.

Declan McManus rifled Alan Johnston's men in front in the seventh minute and then Joe Cardle added a quick-fire double before the midway point of the first half.

Peterhead were, at least, more stable after the interval once McManus netted his second and his team's fourth two minutes after the restart.

Rory McAllister scored a consolation goal from the penalty spot in the 64th minute after Lee Ashworth handled in the box.

McAllister's team-mate Scott Ross then found the net 10 minutes later but sadly for the visitors, it was an own goal, as the substitute sliced the ball past Greg Fleming.

Peterhead boss Jim McInally, who made just one change from the 1-0 win over East Fife with Samson Gabriel coming in for Paul Cairney, said: "It was tough."

"But apart from the way we defended, I thought we played some decent stuff and contributed to a decent game to watch for people."

"The first 30 minutes, especially, Dunfermline's passing and movement was really good and they were clinical."

"We have a pretty new team and probably we needed that to a certain extent because everything has been too good so far."

"Pre-season has exceeded all expectations but that was a wake-up call for us."