Peterhead FC: Rodgers stars as Toon defence slip up

SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V EAST STIRLINGSHIRE'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S ANDY RODGERS MAKES IT FOUR
SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V EAST STIRLINGSHIRE'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S ANDY RODGERS MAKES IT FOUR

The Blue Toon shared the spoils with the Shire on Saturday as the two sides played out a draw in their friendly tie at Grangemouth Stadium.

Manager Jim McInally was quick to praise striker Andy Rodgers who he said played some ‘out of this world’ football.

Rodgers himself was pleased with his performance and believes a new fitness regime will help him hit the ground running for this campaign.

Now a stone lighter than he was at this point last year, the 30-year-old former Shire forward struck with an impressive curling shot in the 12th minute.

He doubled his tally moments later from the penalty spot after Jordon Brown was brought down trying to round the Richie Barnard in the Shire goal.

A defensive error soon cost the visitors when David McKenna stole in and slotted a poorly timed headed pass back past Graeme Smith.

East Stirlingshire, now under the stewardship of former Blue Toon coach Craig Tully, equalised in the 53 minute after good work from a pair of trialists.

After the match Jim McInally said: “We went two up quite early and to be quite honest it could have been four or five, the way we were playing.

“I wouldn’t have termed it the ‘first team’ or ‘starting XI’ and after we made all our changes the last half and hour was really poor.”

Rodgers added: “I got a couple of goals but we got a wee bit slack in the second half.

“Last season I wasn’t in good enough shape and looking back that showed in the first quarter. With us going up a league I’ve needed to improve.”

Peterhead: Graeme Smith (Jarvie 63), Sharp (Strachan 63), Richardson (Noble 63), Ross Smith (Tait 63), Donaldson, Brown (McAllister 63), McCann, Redman (Cowie 63), Rodgers, Stevenson, Cox (Gilfillan 63).

Referee: Grant Irvine