Peterhead FC: Toon rue dismal 0-0 draw with Rovers

Graeme Sharp and Scott Ross will be hoping to keep Peterhead at the top of the league
Graeme Sharp and Scott Ross will be hoping to keep Peterhead at the top of the league

The small band of travelling Peterhead fans were forced to endure a bleak performance at one of the country’s bleakest grounds on Saturday.

Albion Rovers, who are set to play Rangers in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup, have only lost once at their infamous Cliftonhill home since Peterhead triumphed 2-1 over them back in September.

Manager Jim McInally described his team’s performance as ‘professional’ and fans and players alike will be hopeful this will be the Blue Toon’s final visit to the fabled ‘San Siro.’

McInally said: “It was a professional performance and we controlled the game.

“We didn’t do enough to win the game but it’s a good point for us given the conditions and the fact we were missing a few bodies.”

The Peterhead boss watched on from a vantage point in the empty stand above the dugout but there was little for him and suspended striker Rory McAllister to see let alone get excited about.

The brightest thing on the pitch was undoubtedly Blue Toon goalkeeper Graeme Smith, decked out in a fluorescent tangerine jersey.

On 36 minutes he made a stunning reaction save to deny a bullet header from Michael Dunlop

After the interval the Wee Rovers had a strong penalty appeal dismissed by referee Euan Anderson after Ross Smith seemed to take out Dominic Kennedy .

The finest chance of the game fell to Peterhead’s Ryan McCann.

He rounded Neil Parry in the Albion goal but his cushioned shot bobbled on the poor surface and was cleared by Barry Russell.

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

Unused: Jarvie (GK), McGlinchey, Richardson, Tully.

Referee: Euan Anderson

Attendance 442