Comfortable away win for Blue Toon against Airdrie

Peterhead's David Cox holds off Stirling Albion's Craig Comrie
Peterhead's David Cox holds off Stirling Albion's Craig Comrie

SPFL League One

Two goals in four minutes provided an away victory for Peterhead at the weekend against rivals Airdrie.

The home team looked confident in the first half as they created multiple chances to score but just couldn’t find the back of the net.

Airdrie’s Liam Watt was on target but Peterhead keeper Graeme Smith did well to save the shot.

Within minutes a Paddy Boyle attempt was strong enough to be worthy of a goal but the Airdrie player shot it wide and past Lister.

Both Parker and Watt received yellow cards for unsporting behaviour before Peterhead’s first goal opportunity in the 26th minute but Graham Sharp’s cross was too heavy and Steven Noble’s shot was well wide.

Smith saved a powerful volley by Watt in the 30th minute.

There was controversy early on in the second half when Keigan Parker went to ground just outside the box as he raced through on goal.

The airdrie striker felt he had been fouled by the Toon’s Reece Donaldson but referee Gavin Duncan disagreed and Parker was given a second yellow to send him off.

This proved to be a critical moment as the home team were down to 10 men and Peterhead proceeded to push on towards victory.

Jim Lister fired a low shot to Smith in the 65th minute but luck proved to be on the Blue Toon’s side.

Just eight minutes later, Graeme Sharp’s cross into the box found Andy Rogers who had time to control the ball and fired a shot past Airdrie goalkeeper Andy McNeil.

Peterhead gained their second goal four minutes later as David Cox proved to be too quick for defender Marc Fitzpatrick.

Substitute Cox outpaced Fitzpatrick, racing on to slot the ball past McNeil and into the goal.

Peterhead now have four points from their opening two League 1 matches.