Never-say-die attitude returns to Balmoor

THIRD DIVISION'PETERHEAD V QUEENS PARK'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S CALLUM McDONALD GETS ABOVE QUEENS STRIKER  ANTHONY QUINN TO CLEAR
THIRD DIVISION'PETERHEAD V QUEENS PARK'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S CALLUM McDONALD GETS ABOVE QUEENS STRIKER ANTHONY QUINN TO CLEAR

Last season this game would undoubtedly have ended goalless but a never-say-die attitude and battling spirit saw the Blue Toon deservedly grab all three points and go joint top with Elgin.

There was little between the sides in the first half but a second half battering of the Queen’s Park goal eventually brought its reward.

THIRD DIVISION'PETERHEAD V QUEENS PARK'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S RORY McALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS PENALTY

THIRD DIVISION'PETERHEAD V QUEENS PARK'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S RORY McALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS PENALTY

After his wedding, Graeme Sharp returned to the side with Ross Smith dropping to the bench.

The first period saw an open game but few chances from either side. Peterhead looked like they were about to take an 8th minute lead when Rory McAllister dived to get his head on Robbie Winters pinpoint cross only for Neil Parry in the visitors goal to claw the ball away for a corner.

Just before the break Ryan Strachan floated a free kick just beyond the junction of the post and crossbar for the only other real opportunity of note.

The Spiders played some neat football but never really looked capable of scoring until, as half time approached, a point blank effort by Antony Quinn was saved by Paul Jarvie.

After weathering some early pressure from Queen’s Park, the second half belonged to Peterhead.

After 52 minutes Dean Cowie burst forward from midfield and looked to have taken the ball around Parry only for the keeper to recover and and get a hand on the ball and knock it out for a corner.

McAllister then had a couple of half chances in quick succession but neither his shot or attempted lob carried enough menace and Parry dealt with them without breaking sweat.

Queen’s Park should have taken the lead in the 75th minute with their only real chance of the second half. Some slackness in the Peterhead rearguard allowed sub Lawrence Shankland a clear sight of goal but perhaps it was due to only being on the field five minutes but he wastefully shot wide from just 12 yards out. A lucky escape for the home side.

Martin Bavidge came off the subs bench and after 77 minutes drove a shot that looked netbound until a superb goal line clearance from James Brough saved the day for the Spiders.

With ten minutes left, a double save by Parry from Winters seemed the last throw of the dice from the Blue Toon but they persevered and levelled in the 82nd minute.

Scott McLaughlin threaded an inch perfect ball from midfield down the inside left channel for McAllister who was bundled to the ground by Brough with McAllister himself making an immaculate job from the spot sending the seemingly unbeatable Parry the wrong way to grab a valuable victory.

On Saturday it’s another home game with Montrose arriving at Balmoor and more of the same from Peterhead should see the momentum they seem to be building up, keeping on going.

PETERHEAD: jarvie, Sharp, Noble, Scott, Ross, Macdonald, Cowie (Bavidge 70), Strachan, Redman, McAllister,( Deasley 85), Winters (McGuire 81), McLaughlin. Subs: McCallum, Smith.

Attendance: 539