Blue Toon bag another pre-season victory

PETERHEAD V FALKIRK (DUNCAN BROWN)''RORY McALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS SECOND GOAL WITH AARON CONWAY AND PAUL WATSON.
PETERHEAD V FALKIRK (DUNCAN BROWN)''RORY McALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS SECOND GOAL WITH AARON CONWAY AND PAUL WATSON.

PPETERHEAD are yet to concede a goal in pre-season after following their 1-0 win over Inverurie Locos with a 2-0 victory against First Division side Falkirk at Balmoor on Saturday.

Summer signing Rory McAllister, now in his second spell at Balmoor, bagged his first goal since moving to the club from Brechin after 18 minutes, and rounded off a neat move 12 minutes later to double his tally.

The visitors had the better of the opening stages and had the ball in the net when Kallum Higginbotham turned in a Kieran Duffie cross on the quarter-hour, but his celebrations were cut short by a raised offside flag.

And Peterhead made their opponents pay just three minutes later. Martin Bavidge beat Tam Scobbie in the air to flick a Davie Donald throw-on, and McAllister beat Darren Dods for pace before poking the ball beyond Bairns keeper Michael McGovern.

It could have been two when Aaron Conway made space on the right and sent in a teasing cross, but the unmarked Bavidge could only head straight at the relieved McGovern.

But it was 2-0 after half-an-hour and McAllister this time started and finished the move. He win the ball in midfield and combined with Bavidge and then Jamie Redman, who picked out Donald on the right.

The full-back knocked the ball on for McAllister who had burst forward, and he nonchalantly lifted the ball over McGovern to double the Blue Toon’s advantage.

Steven Pressley’s side could have pulled one back just before the interval as Stephen Kingsley got down the left flank, but fizzed his shot wide of the upright.

And the defender saved his side just after half-time, with a timely challenge to prevent Conway pulling the trigger after he was slipped in by Redman.

At the other end, Blue Toon substitute keeper Neil Duffy was forced to turn over a Dods header, and Blair Alston saw his volley deflected wide.

A flurry of second-half substitutions saw the play peter out, but Dave Ross was unlucky to see his effort saved by the feet of McGovern late in the game, and there was still time for Paul Watson to drag an effort wide after Falkirk failed to clear a Ryan Strachan free kick.

PETERHEAD: Jellema, Donald, McBain, Sellars, Macdonald, Redman, Bavidge, Watson, McAllister, Conway, Deasley. Subs: Wyness, Sharp, D. Ross, S.Ross, Bruce, Young, Rattray, Davidson, Strachan, Duffy (gk). Attendance: 394.