Peterhead FC: McAllister tops chart for Christmas

SCOT LG 2'PETERHEAD V STIRLING ALBION'(DUNCAN BROWN)'' PETERHEAD'S RORY MCALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS OPENER
SCOT LG 2'PETERHEAD V STIRLING ALBION'(DUNCAN BROWN)'' PETERHEAD'S RORY MCALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS OPENER

A trio of hits from front man Rory McAllister helped the Blue Toon pip title rivals Clyde to the Christmas number one spot.

The goals against visitors Stirling Albion also put the 26-year-old top of League 2’s scoring charts, taking his tally to 12 for the season so far.

McAllister struck early in the 3-1 victory on Saturday, capitalising on a mistake from hesitant Binos’ captain Jamie Bishop and lofting the ball over keeper David Crawford from a tight angle.

He added another before half time and put the result beyond doubt with a 75th minute penalty.

After the match the former Brechin forward said: “I’ve got more goals this year than I did at the same time last season so hopefully I can beat my record.

“I didn’t score for the first five games. Then I missed part of the Clyde game through injury and last week as well.

“I’ve always said though that if you can put me through with the ball then I can score goals.”

“But I try not to keep tally, it’s more important to win games than score personal goals.”

The form of the striker has mirrored that of his team - both had disappointing starts but have now hit their stride at the perfect time.

Peterhead manager Jim McInally said: “He was showing off today because his pals were here and I said to him after the game that if he needs to bring his pals every week, that’s what we’ll do.

“Rory’s a freakish boy and a great player to have.”

McInally also stressed the importance of McAllister’s in-form strike partner Andy Rodgers who won the late spot kick from a clumsy Luca Gasparotto challenge.

The 30-year-old has notched up six goals in his last seven games and his return to the team following suspension has ignited McAllister’s season.

The pair have score 11 goals between them in their last five appearances together.

Blue Toon boss McInally said: “What a touch from Andy Rodgers before the penalty, he’s the only player on the park capable of stopping the ball dead like that.

“We are blessed with both of them - Andy and Rory.”

Peterhead top the table on goal difference and the dynamic duo’s 18-goal haul, half their team’s strikes, is a big factor in the title push.

McAllister, however, has no doubt who is top dog.

He joked: “Me and Andy get on really well together and have a laugh off the park, but he knows I’m the goalscorer and that he’s there to support me.”