Peterhead earn a draw against table toppers Ayr United

Peterhead's goal scorer Jamie Redman clears from Albion's Darren Young
Peterhead's goal scorer Jamie Redman clears from Albion's Darren Young

A late Jamie Redman equaliser earned Peterhead a 1-1 draw against table toppers Ayr United at Somerset Park on Saturday.

The Blue Toon dominated proceedings in the first half, but squandered several chances to take the lead, before falling behind in the 55th minute to a Nicky Devlin header.

Just when it looked like Ayr would hold on, midfielder Redman rose highest from an 87th minute Kevin Dzierzawski corner to nod home and snatch a point.

Peterhead made one change from the side that lost 3-2 at home to Brechin City last weekend, and a crucial one it proved to be with Redman being the player who came into the starting line-up, in place of Scott Ross.

A point represents a good result, but it could have been three for Peterhead – had they taken more of the chances they created.

The first and maybe clearest chance of the first half came on 18 minutes.

Nicky Riley was sent clear after a neat interchange on the edge of the box but his shot was blocked by Ayr United goal scorer and man of the match, Nicky Devlin.

Later on in the half, Rory McAllister played in strike-partner Shane Sutherland, and the ex-Inverness Caledonian Thistle man attempted to go around the goalkeeper before taking an unnecessary tumble.

Ayr had a couple of chances of their own, with Jordan Preston looking lively up top for The Honest Men.

He fired over the home side’s best move of the first half from 20 yards.

Into the second half and the visitor’s dominance continued – only for Ayr to take the lead through Nicky Devlin from a poorly defended Brian Gilmour corner.

Ian McCall’s side had chances to extend their lead with both Jordan Preston and Robbie Crawford denied by some brave defensive blocks.

However, they were made to pay for not doubling their advantage.

Peterhead regained dominance for the last 15 minutes. Substitute Leighton McIntosh was sentthrough to round the keeper, but was flagged offside despite the ball coming off of an Ayr defender last.

Their eventual equaliser three minutes from time was well-deserved.

Similar to Ayr’s opener, it was a close-range header from a corner that levelled the scores for McInally’s men.

The draw means that Peterhead are now winless in five but they move up one place to sixth in the table, whilst Ayr remain the early-season pace setters – now on 17 points.