Peterhead FC: Berwick toppled 3-0 at Balmoor

The most telling moment in Jim McInally’s post-match press conference was when he described his team’s performance against Berwick as ‘average.’

Peterhead netted three times and never looked like conceding, let alone securing anything other than three points.

SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V BERWICK RANGERS'(DUNCAN BROWN)' 'BERWICK'S PAUL CURRIE AND PETERHEAD'S DEAN COWIE SCRAP

SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V BERWICK RANGERS'(DUNCAN BROWN)' 'BERWICK'S PAUL CURRIE AND PETERHEAD'S DEAN COWIE SCRAP

But he is right, such a display is now par for the course with this Blue Toon team and it shows how far McInally’s men have come from the side which struggled to get going at the beginning of the season.

McInally said: “I’d been really worried about this game the whole week and I was pleasantly suprised how dominant we were, especially in the first half.

“We had the wind at our backs and we were disappointed not to go in at half time with another goal.

“It was a great result after an average performance - there’s no point kidding yourself on, we can certainly play better but we’re showing plenty of resilience

SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V BERWICK RANGERS'(DUNCAN BROWN)' 'PETERHEAD'S BRYAN GILFILLAN (10) OPENS THE SCORING WITH A HEADER

SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V BERWICK RANGERS'(DUNCAN BROWN)' 'PETERHEAD'S BRYAN GILFILLAN (10) OPENS THE SCORING WITH A HEADER

The home side began this game the better of the two sides and looked relaxed both on and off the ball.

At the back, Ross Smith called out orders to his team mates in the back line and up front Andy Rodgers and Rory McAllister exchanged the intuative first-time flick ons which have become a hallmark of their season.

It took only 13 minutes for Peterhead to find a goal.

Midfielder Bryan Gilfillan, who has looked rejuvenated in recent games, fired a header past William Bald from Graeme Sharp’s corner.

SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V BERWICK RANGERS'(DUNCAN BROWN)' 'PETERHEAD'S RORY MCALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS GOAL

SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V BERWICK RANGERS'(DUNCAN BROWN)' 'PETERHEAD'S RORY MCALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS GOAL

From that moment the game never looked in doubt.

Berwick, in hot pursuit of a play off berth, needed something from this game and once they stepped out to take the initiative Peterhead were able to cut them apart.

Rodgers and McAllister worked in tandem, one dropping deep to collect the ball and quickly finding his partner.

In the 20th minute Rodgers latched onto a ball over the top and was able to steer it around the onrushing William Bald but his usually deft touch took it too wide and he was unable to curl it in from a tight angle.

Despite their dominance, the home side had to wait until after the break to add to their tally.

Unsurprisingly it was the Rodgers and McAllister combination which undid the Berwick backline.

This time it was 21-goal McAllister’s turn to strike and he was able to blast the ball under Bald from the corner of the box.

Former Berwick front man Fraser McLaren came off the bench to replace an increasingly riled Andy Rodgers, and quickly showed his 100 metre sprint credentials when, following a Berwick corner, McAllister set him free on the right flank and he outstripped two defenders despite a 10-yard head start.

Unfortunately the move came to nothing, and McLaren was unable to make ammends for the red card he received in this fixture when the Black and Gold visited Balmoor earlier this season.

He did, however, play a part in Peterhead’s third goal. Ryan McCann burst down the right channel and rifled in a cross which McLaren dummied for Jordon Brown to bundle in from two yards out.

Peterhead: Smith, Sharp, Noble, Ross, Strachan, Smith, Cowie, Redman, McAllister (McCann), Rodgers (McLaren), Gilfillan (Brown);

Unused:Jarvie (GK) McGlinchey, Richardson, Low;

Referee: Kevin Graham

Attendance: 497