Peterhead FC: Fraserburgh suffer the Balmoor Blues

Graeme Sharp celebrated his testimonial by playing a key role in grabbing the bragging rights in this competitive Buchan Derby, writes Jim Irving.

The one time flying winger is now seen in a deeper role but he brought back the good old days with a hand in both goals that saw the Blue Toon take a comfortable victory over a Fraserburgh side who never gave up and played their part in an breathless game.

PETERHEAD V FRASERBURGH'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S GRAEME SHARP GETS AWAY FROM BROCH'S STEVEN MAIN

PETERHEAD V FRASERBURGH'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S GRAEME SHARP GETS AWAY FROM BROCH'S STEVEN MAIN

Peterhead gave their entire squad a run out at some point and although friendly matches should never have too much read into them, manager Jim McInally was rightly pleased the way his preparations are coming along.

The home started strongly and took a fifth minute lead with Sharp playing a big part.

It was his cross from out on the right wing that found the unlikely head of Steven Noble at the left corner of the six yard box.

The ball was heading at the far post when Andy Rodgers leapt in to make sure with Jordan Brown also in the thick of the action.

PETERHEAD V FRASERBURGH'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S REECE DONALDSON CLEARS FROM SCOTT BARBOUR

PETERHEAD V FRASERBURGH'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S REECE DONALDSON CLEARS FROM SCOTT BARBOUR

The Broch responded in the 10th minute with former Peterhead player PA Bruce setting up Scott Barbour but one of the Highland League’s rising stars sent a snap shot wide of the right hand post.

Sharp was involved in what should have been a second soon after going on a mazy run into the right side of the penalty area but when he laid the ball off, Fraser McLaren spurned a great opportunity by firing over.

A sweeping move by the visitors ended with Courtney Cooper shooting across goal and wide before Rodgers should have scored after chasing a long punt forward by Ryan Strachan only to be a bit too casual with only Scott Cowe to beat allowing the keeper to parry for a corner kick.

The scoreline was doubled though after 38 minutes. Sharp was heavily involved again sending a probing ball out of defence.

The experienced Russell McBride lost his bearings and could only head into the path of substitute Rory McAllister who lashed the ball low into the far corner in typically clinical fashion.

Three minutes later Fraserburgh could have made it interesting with Bruce then Grant Noble seeing shots well blocked by Graeme Smith.

The second half was a more subdued affair with perhaps the lack of match fitness catching up on both sides.

The best chance for the Blue Toon came soon after the restart, Strachan lofting the ball into the penalty box, Rodgers nudged it forward to McAllister with his shoulder and the normally deadly striker was denied by a fine save 
from Cowe.

There was a mass substitution with five players being swapped out just after the hour mark by the home side, a move that did not help the flow of the game.

However, with everyone getting more useful minutes of game time under their belts, nobody minded that the remaining half chances failed to produce more goals.

Next up is a midweek game against Dundee Utd in St Andrews.

Peterhead – Smith (McDonald 88), Sharp, Noble (McCann 62), Donaldson (Smith 62), Ross (Richardson 62), Cowie, Rodgers(Stevenson 62), Redman, McLaren (McAllister 32), Brown(Gilfillan 62), Strachan (Tait 88);

Referee – Thomas Shaw;

Attendance – 778