Club News

Peterhead 2 Ross County 0

Sun 14 Jul 2013

Manager Jim McInally was pleased with his team's efforts, although he was keen to play down the result, as they saw off top division side Ross County to kick off their pre-season friendlies with a win.

Andy Rodgers netted a stunning opener late in the first half and Bryan Gilfillan sealed the win with a penalty late in the second, as the Blue Toon lifted the inaugural Les Taylor Memorial Trophy.

McInally said "The win helps morale, but I don't look too much into it. I'm quite pleased with where we are because we've got a squad of players that were here towards the end of last season. We've got a good spirit and work hard, and if if you do that then you've always got a chance.

"I feel as though we are a wee bit behind in our physical preparation, but we have a lot of naturally fit boys in our team. We've done really well against an SPL team. I know our goalie got man of the match, but he only made two saves!

"Considering how many changes we made at half-time, I think it makes it all the better. It is tempting when you're 1-0 up to leave it and not make any changes, to try and get a result. That's not what it's about. We've got a game tomorrow as well, and it's more about trying to get a bit of fitness."

The manager had praise for a trio of Trialists who took part in the match, with former Aberdeen youngster Jordon Brown playing the first half, before fellow midfielder Ryan McStay and left-sided player Dean Richardson being given the second half to impress.

McInally is keen to tie up Brown in particular, and continued "Jordon Brown was the trialist in the first half, and it's more he's having a look at us rather than us having him on trial. We will try to sign Jordon. He's a good player, and it'd be nice to get him in.

Jordon Brown challenges Richie Brittain

"The other trialists in the second half all acquitted themselves quite well. When you make so many changes it's not so easy. We had to change the formation to try to make everybody feel comfortable."

Rory McAllister was unavailable for this match, but McInally was delighted with the spectacular goal Rodgers netted in his strike partner's absence.

"It was a great goal," he continued. "That's what Andy's all about. He's a goalscorer and he's got quality about him like that. When you've got him and McAllister, who are capable of scoring goals like that, you've always got a chance. We were without Rory today, and he'll be sick when he sees the result!"

A full match report is available here

  • Yesterday's win over Ross County was followed by a 2-1 defeat to SPFL Championship side Alloa Athletic in a closed-doors match at Banks 'O' Dee today. The Wasps were two-up thanks to an Andy Kirk double, the first a penalty, before Ryan McCann pulled a late goal back for the Blue Toon.