No shots on target as Toon fail to trouble Stranraer

Blue Toon boss Jim McInally was disappointed that the team's long journey resulted in a loss of vital points
Blue Toon boss Jim McInally was disappointed that the team's long journey resulted in a loss of vital points

A goal in each half was more than enough to extend Stranraer’s lead at the top of Scottish League 1 to four points and put a dent in Peterhead’s play-off spot chase.

The game started as it meant to go on - slowly.

Neither team managed any real attempts until the 20th minute when Stranraer’s Willie Gibson fired a shot on goal which forced Graeme Smith into a good save.

The home side kept up the pressure and just five minutes later were rewarded through a Jamie Longworth goal.

John McShane’s shot for the home side once again forced a good finger tip save from Graeme Smith but the Peterhead keeper could only force the ball into the path of Longworth who put the ball over the line from close range.

Peterhead tried to get back into the game but Scott Ross could only manage to fire a long range shot narrowly wide off the home side’s goal.

The second goal of the game came just five minutes after the break.

Graeme Smith once again made a crucial save from Grant Gallacher’s powerful shot but could only parry the ball into the path of a Stranraer player as John McShane pounced on the ball to double the home sides lead.

The result was a fair assessment of the game as Stranraer didn’t put in the sort of performance expected of a side top of the league and Peterhead will no doubt be upset they were unable to capitalise and put in an equally poor performance by their own standards.

Next up for Jim McInally’s men is a home tie against Ayr United this weekend.