Brechin come from behind to beat Peterhead

SCOT LEAGUE ONE
BRECHIN CITY V PETERHEAD
(DUNCAN BROWN)

PETERHEAD'S NICKY RILEY HOLDS OFF THE BRECHIN DEFENCE
SCOT LEAGUE ONE BRECHIN CITY V PETERHEAD (DUNCAN BROWN) PETERHEAD'S NICKY RILEY HOLDS OFF THE BRECHIN DEFENCE

Decent performance, bad result was the story of another tale of woe for the Blue Toon.

Despite dominating the second half of this encounter, a late sucker punch saw them leave empty handed as Manager Jim McInally boldly went for a win with the game all square.

McInally made changes after the draw at Stenhousemuir with Jamie Stevenson starting at right back, Simon Ferry returning to the starting line up and Stefan McCluskey dropping to the bench.

Crucially, the other change saw Graeme Smith return between the sticks replacing Fraser Hobday but the experienced keeper had a day to forget with his errors proving costly.

An end to end first half produced a goal apiece.

The visitors took a 32 nd minute lead with Ferry slipping the ball a few yards forward to Rory McAllister who scored in typical fashion dinking the ball into the bottom left corner with Brechin’s Graeme Smith rooted to the spot.

That advantage should have been taken into the interval but some slackness gifted the home side a leveller two minutes before the half time whistle.

Andy Jackson was allowed space on the left side of the penalty area but his low shot from an angle should have been held or at least put out of harms way by Smith but instead he pushed the ball into the path of a grateful Ally Love who scored with ease.

Both sides had chances before the goals to score.

League meetings between the sides last term had produced 18 goals and more seemed on the cards after City went close in the 3 rd minute, Love stinging the hands of Smith from distance which the keeper took no chances with and palmed over the crossbar.

At the other end the 26 th minute sparked a couple of decent chances, first Scott Brown pulled a decent save out of Smith before the Brechin number one did the same again moments later this time at the expense of a corner.

The second half belonged to Peterhead.

Ten minutes in a Stevenson free kick 25 yards out went in low and hard and was well saved by Smith with Ferry being denied from the rebound by a superbly timed tackle from Euan Smith.

Just short of the hour McAllister went on a mazy dribble but as he tried to pull the trigger he just couldn’t get the ball out from under his feet.

After 70 minutes another free kick from almost exactly the same spot was left by Stevenson and after McAllister’s first effort hit the wall, his second dipped over the bar.

McInally went for broke by sending on strikers McCluskey and Leighton McIntosh but six minutes from the end they were caught on the break with Brechin’s first shot on target of the half.

Jackson was sent clear but Smith rashly raced from his goal when perhaps he could have stayed nearer his line and left the defence to approach the striker. Although the finish with a lofted shot over his head was well executed, it was preventable and instead of leaving with a point that could easily have been three, ended with none at all.