Extra time goal knocks Toon out of Challenge Cup

IRN BRU CUP
DUNDEE UTD V PETERHEAD
(DUNCAN BROWN)

DUNDEE UTD KEEPER  LUIS ZWICK IS ALL OVER PETERHEAD 'S RORY MCALLISTER
IRN BRU CUP DUNDEE UTD V PETERHEAD (DUNCAN BROWN) DUNDEE UTD KEEPER LUIS ZWICK IS ALL OVER PETERHEAD 'S RORY MCALLISTER

Peterhead managed to withstand a second half barrage of attacks to force extra time in their Challenge Cup tie with Dundee United on Saturday.

However, the Blue Toon’s resilience fell just short as the home side managed to grab a winning goal after 116 minutes of play.

Peterhead travelled to Tannadice where a full strength United awaited and it took less than 60 seconds for the Championship side’s quality to show.

The Blue Toon defence stood off Charlie Telfer who rifled a shot at goal from 22-yards with the power beating Fraser Hobday.

Peterhead got back on level terms just before the half hour mark when Leighton McIntosh pinched the ball off Lewis Toshney and proceeded to thread it through to Rory McAllister.

McAllister then proceeded to do what he does best and picked out the far corner of the net brilliantly from 18 yards.

Peterhead were only level for five minutes however as Tony Andreau played the ball to Nick Van Der Velden and the Dutch striker took it past two players inside the penalty box before placing the ball into the bottom left corner.

Before the United fans had even stopped celebrating Peterhead were back on level terms, McAllister and McIntosh combining again this time with the latter heading a cross past Zwick from inside the penalty area.

United had a couple of good chances just before the break with Hobday doing well to save while one on one with Tony Andreau before Lewis Toshney scuffed a shot wide from six yards.

Hobday produced probably his finest save of the afternoon on 56 minutes when Lewis Toshney’s cross from the right channel found Edjenguele who rose highest and headed the ball at goal producing a fantastic diving save.

Peterhead could have gone ahead but for a great last ditch tackle from Toshney to deny McAllister inside the area.

United brought on Simon Murray and the substitute must have felt like he was the unluckiest man in Tannadice after rattling the cross bar twice in the space of ten minutes first with a shot then with a header as Hobday was beaten both times.

United hit the cross bar for a third time on 87 minutes, this time from a Blair Spittal cross which came back off the woodwork and was cleared.

The first half of extra time came and went without any real chances for either side before United finally broke the resilient Peterhead defence on 116 minutes when Blair Spittal delivered a cross from the left channel into the unmarked Tony Andreau who headed past Hobday from six yards.

With just one minute left Peterhead could have forced penalties with a move that started with a great double save by Fraser Hobday first from Murray then from Spittal.

Peterhead broke up the pitch, the ball was crossed into Rory McAllister who put Zwick under pressure and the United keeper makes a crucial error, dropping the ball at the feet of McAllister.

The movement of the ball took it away from goal and made the angle difficult for McAllister who could only place a right foot effort across the face of goal.