The Blue Toon gave the Balmoor faithful something special to celebrate this Christmas with a victory over a strong Stirling side, writes Joshua King.
Striker Rory McAllister recovered from a pulled hamstring in time for kick off and rewarded his friends who had travelled from Aberdeen to see the game with a hattrick.
The man of the match dominated proceedings from the off and fired Peterhead ahead in the first five minutes with a precisely executed lob over Stirling keeper David Crawford.
Throughout the game McAllister linked up well with partner Andy Rodgers and in the 13th minute the former Stenhousemuir man curled a ball through the Stirling defence into McAllister’s path.
The 26-year old skipped into the box and when his low shot was parried by Crawford only a timely interception from Kieran McAnespie denied onrushing fullback Graeme Sharp.
On 34 minutes Rodgers put McAllister through again and Crawford could do nothing to prevent his shot.
Remarkably Stirling kept the deficit at 2-0 well into the second hald and pulled on back through Ross Forsyth.
In his post-match press conference Jim McInally bemoaned his side’s failure to kill off the game before the Binos’ strike but a penalty from McAllister saved the Blue Toon from a nail-biting end.
On-loan Rangers defender Luca Gasparotto brought down Rodgers and McAllister sealed the win.
Peterhead: Smith, Sharp (McCann), Noble, Donaldson, Ross, Cowie, Rodgers (McLaren), Redman, McAllister, Brown (Gilfillan), Strachan.
Unused: Jarvie (GK), McGlinchey, Buchan.
Referee - Bobby Madden
Attendance - 521