Football: Boss delighted with new kid at the back

New Peterhead signing Reece Donaldson was chosen as man of the match against East Stirlingshire.
New Peterhead signing Reece Donaldson was chosen as man of the match against East Stirlingshire.

Amidst a disappointing draw against League Two leaders East Stirlingshire, it was Peterhead’s new loan signing who stood tallest.

Manager Jim McInally added 19-year-old Raith Rovers defender Reece Donaldson to his squad late last week and he was immediately involved the action.

SCO LGE 2'PETERHEAD V EAST STIRLINGSHIRE'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S ANDY RODGERS  IS MOBBED BY HIS TEAM MATES AFTER HIS OPENER

SCO LGE 2'PETERHEAD V EAST STIRLINGSHIRE'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S ANDY RODGERS IS MOBBED BY HIS TEAM MATES AFTER HIS OPENER

Despite the high-stakes of Saturday’s game against McInally’s former club, the manager threw his trust behind the youngster.

Donaldson joined club captain Steven Noble and 37-year-old coach-come-player Craig Tully at the back and quickly won over Peterhead management and supporters.

When he was announced as the match sponsor Shearer, Bruce and Paterson’s man of the match, Donaldson was loudly cheered by a soaked Balmoor crowd.

McInally said: “He played 29 games on the bounce for Raith Rovers last season.

“He’s a good warrior and he showed that today. I didn’t expect him to head it so well. because he’s no the biggest but he was gernaerally really good.”

After the match, Edinburgh-born Donaldson said: “I’m delighted to come back into first team football.

“It’s unfortunate that in the last minute we let in a goal - it’s put a downer on things.

“I’ve come in to try and do a job and that’s what I’ve done.

“Obviously I want to get some first-football under my belt here and hopefully when I go back to Raith I can try and break in again.”

McInally, whose squad has been blighted by defensive injuries, added: “Just looking at Scott Ross, how quick he is and how good a defender he is, if we can have Reece in to play right, left or centre, it really helps us.

“Hopefully we can push on. We need competition in the squad - competition is healthy.”

The 19-year-old defender from Raith Rovers has joined Peterhead on emergency loan until January 11.

The arrival of the youngster will be a welcome reprieve for the Blue Toon, who have yet to keep a clean sheet this season .

Centre backs Scott Ross, Callum MacDonald and Ryan Strachan are all currently out of action.

Remarkably the Donaldson is one of The Rovers’ longest-serving players.

Donaldson joined the club when he was only 14 and signed a full-time contract in the summer of 2010.

He played a part in Raith’s 3-0 victory over Annan Athletic in the Ramsdens Cup semi-final in October.