For McInally revenge is a dish best served first

PETERHEAD V STIRLING ALBION'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S ROSS SMITH HOLDS OFF DAVID WEATHERSTON
PETERHEAD V STIRLING ALBION'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S ROSS SMITH HOLDS OFF DAVID WEATHERSTON

As the fixtures for the new SPFL campaign are unveiled, Peterhead manager Jim McInally says his side are desperate to avenge their trophy day embarassment to Stirling.

The Binos came to Balmoor on the day McInally and his men received the League Two trophy but spoilt the celebrations with a 4-0 demolition.

McInally admitted his side were already in party mood that day but warned Stirling Albion they are out for revenge.

He said: “We’re still smarting from the last time we played Stirling.

“It was a wake up call playing them that day we got the cup.

“It still hurts and we’re certainly out for revenge.”

That day Stirling took advantage of the end-of-season attitude at Balmoor to fire four past Graeme Smith.

Two goals from Craig Comrie and one apiece from David Weatherston and Graham Weir ended Peterhead’s hopes of going a whole league season unbeaten at Balmoor.

McInally continued: “Don’t get me wrong though, from a mentality point of view it’s a totally different game for us.

“That day they beat us they were striving to reach the playoff whereas we’d already achieved our goal.”

And reach the playoffs they did - the Binos stole into third place in the final table and followed Peterhead up to League One through the playoffs.

After the Blue Toon face Stirling on Saturday, August 9, they travel to Airdrieonians before the first ‘special’ game of the campaign.

Though the manager is excited by all the new teams his side will face, McInally singled out the clashes with Dunfermline and Morton as highlights.

Dunfermline, favourites for promotion along with Rangers last season, failed to progress in the playoffs and are now seen as the team to beat.

McInally’s old side Morton came down after a lacklustre season in the Championship but are expected to challenge for the title this year.