Football: Toon spoil Spider’s Hampden leaving party

ELGIN V PETERHEAD'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S ANDY RODGERS TURNS TO CELEBRATE HIS OPENER
ELGIN V PETERHEAD'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S ANDY RODGERS TURNS TO CELEBRATE HIS OPENER

A ruthless Peterhead side embarassed Queen’s Park in their final match at Hampden before they move out for the Commonwealth Games.

The 5-0 final scoreline underlined both the visitors’ title credentials and the Spiders’ weakened squad.

Goals from Rory McAllister, Bryan Gilfillan and Graeme Sharp helped securethe win.

It was, however, two more goal-of-the-month contenders from maverick striker Andy Rodgers that added panache to an otherwise straight-forward team display.

The 30-year-old added to last week’s stunning overhead kick with a backheeled flick and 35-yard lofted shot.

Rodgers has now scored as many goals at Hampden this calendar year (he netted twice at the end of last season) as the Scottish national team.

With four goals in his last three matches and his longest run in the team this season, Rodgers looks to be back to his best.

He said: “I think we’ve probably been threatening that for a few weeks now. We knew at some stage we were going to get a break and get the result which would kickstart our season.

“It was a good day for us.”

Never far from the spotlight, the plaudits that have come from Peterhead fans and pundits alike are matched in volume by the vitriol Rodgers faces when he travels away from Balmoor.

He seems to thrive on it however and a more serious threat to his form is an ongoing osetitis publis problem.

After the match Blue Toon manager Jim McInally praised Rodgers and his strike partner McAllister.

McInally said: “I said to Gardner Spiers on the sidem when you’ve got those two up front it can be game changing.

“Andy’s first was a cleaver goal and his second was a bit of class.

“The main thing is that we’ve closed the gap. That’s nine goals in two away games.

“It’s a crazy league but we just can’t win at home.”