Blue Toon stay on top despite few clear-cut chances

SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V QUEENS PARK'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S SCOTT ROSS HEADS THE OPENER
SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V QUEENS PARK'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S SCOTT ROSS HEADS THE OPENER

PETERHEAD 1 
QUEENS PARK 0

The good news after a poor afternoon’s fare was the three points which keeps the Blue Toon five clear at the top of Division Two, writes Jim Irving.

However, the performance was not the stuff of champions with clear cut chances easily able to be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Although there was never a hint of an away win, at no stage did this look like a top v bottom clash and new Queens Park boss Gus McPherson was rightly proud of his young side.

Peterhead never imposed themselves on the game and the opener, which proved to be the winner, came out of the blue ten minutes before the break.

Graeme Sharp hooked over a corner kick from the left and Scott Ross rose completely unchallenged to head in from three yards out.

The goal apart, there were barely two chances of note from the home side, Rory McAllister chasing a long ball out of defence before curling a low shot into the grasp of Lucas Birnntsingl in the 6th minute.

McAllister then headed a cross from the virtually anonymous Andy Rodgers wide as the first half drew to a close.

The Spiders moved the ball around at pace but carried no real menace although an effort from the ever dangerous Blair Spittal and a 20 yarder from Thomas Collins kept home stopper Graeme Smith on his toes.

The second half promised, but failed to deliver, a livelier affair with a Ross header over from a tempting Ryan Strachan free kick from the left wing six minutes after the re-start.

Hopes of a step up in tempo failed to materialise and it was the visitors who went in search of an equaliser with greater thrust.

Shaun Rooney took the ball on a mazy run down the right wing before seeing his cross blocked for a corner.

Spittal then cut in from the left and tested Smith with a well struck shot.

In the 67th minute a low Strachan free kick was played into the penalty area and saw McAllister crumple to the ground in a challenge with the diminutive Davie Anderson but no penalty according to the referee.

At the other end a Spittal corner kick was spilled by Smith but his blunder was saved by a block to stop a shot from Anthony Quinn then the follow up from substitute Joao Vitoria was cleared off the line.

On Saturday Peterhead’s mettle will be tested by the visit of third-placed Annan Athletic.

Peterhead - Smith, Sharp, Noble, McGlinchey(McCann 63), Ross, Cowie, Rodgers(McLaren 63), Redman(Brown 75),McAllister, Gilfillan, StrachanUnused; Jarvie, Buchan

Attendance: 542