Lacklustre Peterhead snatch a late equaliser at Balmoor

Peterhead's Jamie Redman attempts to get through the Brechin defence.
Peterhead's Jamie Redman attempts to get through the Brechin defence.

A late equaliser grabbed Peterhead a point they barely deserved but will certainly take in a match that the impressive visitors dominated but couldn’t convert into more than a single goal.

Manager Jim McInally summed the game up perfectly, stating: “ We were poor. We didn’t have enough crosses or shots so it was a good point all things considered.“

Peterhead's Bryan Gilfillan celebrates his goal with Andy Rodgers.

Peterhead's Bryan Gilfillan celebrates his goal with Andy Rodgers.

After a fine win at Ayr the previous week, a more positive performance was hoped for but in the end, by the time the leveler materialised, the game should have been out of sight as City created and wasted a string of decent chances in both halves.

Both sides could have gone into a play-off place with a win combined with results elsewhere and it was Brechin who looked the more likely virtually from the hick off.

Inside the first ten minutes it took some desperate home defending, often at the expense of corners to keep the visitors at bay.

The Blue Toon response was muted and a poor free kick then a miss-hit shot wide by Jamie Stevenson were the nearest they came to a goal before a subdued Rory McAllister, hatrick hero the week before, chipped narrowly wide after running onto a long ball forward in the 37th minute.

Peterhead's Jamie Stevenson has a shot at goal.

Peterhead's Jamie Stevenson has a shot at goal.

Brechin could have taken a deserved lead two minutes later but a free kick from fully 30 yards from Jamie Masson crashed off the crossbar.

The script read more of the same after half time and substitute Alan Trouten should have done better after 58 minutes following a cut back by Andy Jackson but his effort was high and wide when well placed.

The home goal survived another scare soon after, Jamie Redman making a life-saving clearance off the line from a Bobby Barr shot but the inevitable opener finally arrived in the 63rd minute.

The Peterhead rearguard failed to clear the danger after a swift pass into the penalty area and Trouten made amends for his earlier miss with a crisp finish 
from 12 yards.

A second would surely have been fatal and a shot from a tight angle by Barr left many relieved faces inside Balmoor as the ball struck the 
left hand post.

Peterhead looked dead and buried but a game is never over at 1-0 and so it proved as the Blue Toon showed courage to claw their way to an equaliser.

It was created and scored by two of their substitutes, Andy Rodgers gaining possession just inside the penalty area and Brian Gilfillan lashed the ball home from 20 yards for a welcome if not fully deserved point that keeps Peterhead in a comfortable mid-table position.

PETERHEAD: Smith, Kerr, Noble, Ross (Cowie 34), Donaldson (Gilfillan 64), Strachan, Millar, Redman, McAllister, Stevenson, Cox (Rodgers 64). Subs (unused): Jarvie, Brown, Richardson