Nightmare first leg for Toon

CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY OFFS
PETERHEAD V AYR UTD
(DUNCAN BROWN)

PETERHEAD'S SIMON FERRY HOLDSOFF ROBBIE CRAWFORD
CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY OFFS PETERHEAD V AYR UTD (DUNCAN BROWN) PETERHEAD'S SIMON FERRY HOLDSOFF ROBBIE CRAWFORD

Peterhead’s chances of Promotion to the Scottish Championship look all but over after losing 4-1 to Ayr in the first leg of the play-off semi finals last night.

The result also makes it seven defeats in a row for Jim McInally’s side who will now need a small miracle to qualify for the next round of fixtures.

Michael Donald opened the scoring at Balmoor for the visitors before Leighton McIntosh scored his 13th league goal of the season to make it 1-1 after 35 minutes.

Peterhead were unable to keep the scores level at half time as Jordan Preston put his side 2-1 up on 41 minutes.

The Blackburn Loanee then got his second of the game just before the hour mark.

Robbie Crawford finished up the scoring to give Ayr a 4-1 lead to take into the second leg at Somerset Park on Saturday.

It will be a massive up hill battle for Jim McInally’s side if they are to still qualify for the next round of fixtures but the Blue Toon boss isn’t ruling anything out.

“Ayr lost 3-0 at home to Airdrie last week.” Said McInally.

“Nothing is impossible but obviously it is going to be difficult.

“We’ll have Rory (McAllister) and Scott Ross back for the next game which will be a massive boost.

“When you’re playing a side like Ayr you need to have your best team out on the pitch and I didn’t have that last night.

“Ayr were up in Peterhead on Monday night to train and their preparation showed.

“We were poor defensively for three of the goals and I think maybe it’s just been a step to far for us.

“That being said, it’s given me the chance to see the character in this squad and equally where there is a lack of character and I have a very good idea of where we need to strengthen next season.”