Peterhead FC: Unbeaten run broken in ‘unreal’ game

Peterhead's players and manager were baffled by the way the game panned out.
Peterhead's players and manager were baffled by the way the game panned out.

After his title contending team slumped to a 2-0 defeat away at East Stirling, Peterhead boss Jim McInally said he had never seen anything like it.

The manager, confined to the stands for two matches following last week’s SFA disciplinary appeal, told The Buchanie the match was ‘quite unreal.’

PETERHEAD V CELTIC'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S MANAGER JIM McINALLY LOOKS ON.

PETERHEAD V CELTIC'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S MANAGER JIM McINALLY LOOKS ON.

He said: “I’ve never known an away team to have so much of the ball.

“They just put everyone back in defence.

“We had too much of the ball - that sounds ridiculous but at our level there aren’t many players technically good enough to open up a defence when they’re sitting in like that.”

The visit to Ochilview Park came on the back of an impressive nine-game unbeaten run which saw striker Rory McAllister shine.

Though he admitted the hitman was not fully fit after feeling his hamstring tighten last week, McInally risked him from the start but even his star man could not undo the stubborn shire rearguard.

It is a problem Peterhead have faced before when playing at home.

Visiting teams often look to play on the counterattack.

For some teams it has proved successful.

But McInally continued: “It wasn’t like when teams come to Balmoor and sit in, it wasn’t like anything I’ve ever seen before.

“The first half was like a training session, attack against defence.

“Then as the second half wore on we lost our shape and our discipline.

“It was an incredible game to lose because of the gulf I felt was there.”

Peterhead had more than 60 percent possession in the match and recorded more shots, more shots on target and more corners.

However it was from a corner the home side first scored.

In their first push into Peterhead’s half, 15 minutes into the game, John Coughlin’s men won a corner and Chris Townsley nodded in.

The Shire have their stopper Grant Hay to thank for keeping them in it.

The 20-year-old denied McAllister on more than one occasion with flying saves and kept his side in it long enough for David Greenhill to poke home from a long ball.

McInally concluded said: “I don’t think anybody will play like that again, not until we play the Shire again.”

Although Peterhead remain top of the League 2 table, rivalsAnnan - who beat Berwick Rangers 4-1 - are now only two points behind and have a game in hand.