Are the Blue Toon cursed by stupid errors?

PETERHEAD V EKGIN CITY''(DUNCAN BROWN)''''NEW PETERHEAD SIGNING RYAN McGEEVER CELEBRATES HIS GOAL
PETERHEAD V EKGIN CITY''(DUNCAN BROWN)''''NEW PETERHEAD SIGNING RYAN McGEEVER CELEBRATES HIS GOAL

In the space of five days Peterhead FC threw away two opportunities to register important wins at Balmoor.

And on both occasions individual errors cost Jim McInally and his squad.

First came Stenhousemuir, a golden chance to progress to the quarter final of the Ramsdens Cup.

Then the visit of Elgin City for the Highland Derby, an opportunity to seize a valuable first league victory.

But the Toon scorned both those chances, first with a 3-1 extra-time defeat to Stenny and then with a lack lustre 2-2 draw with Elgin.

Following Saturday’s Highland Derby, in which former Balmoor man Craig Gunn stole a sloppy back pass from new signing Ryan McGeever to put Elgin 2-0 ahead, McInally was perplexed as to why his team keep making mistakes.

“Ryan’s come in to the dressing room and apologised and I told him not to because it’s been happening all season.

“He’s not the first one to do it. I don’t think I’ve ever personally been involved in a team that’s ever done anything like this, lost so many of these goals.

“I’ve said to the players, you’ll not always shoot yourselves in the foot. The day they stop shooting themselves in the foot, we might win.”

McGeever, who partially atoned for his mistake with a goal at the other end, said after his debut: “I would have rather not scored and not made the mistake because my game’s defending the goal.

“After the game the manager said that’s been happening to us week in week out. I don’t want to call it a curse, but hopefully we can get a couple of clean sheets on the board.”

McGeever is just the latest in a growing line of Toon men to make such a blunder.

Against Stenny David Cox, one of the team’s top performers, made a similarly poor back pass which led to a goal.

In the dying minutes Ryan Strachan then let the chance to win the cup match slip with a woeful penalty.

Strachan would not have taken the spot kick had Rory McAllister played but the hitman was ruled out by a club ban following a misdemeanour - yet another mistake.

If there is a curse at Balmoor, McInally needs to find a way to lift it fast.