Despite going in at half-time two goals to the good against Inverurie Locos in the Scottish Cup on Saturday, Peterhead made things difficult for themselves and never looked like being comfortable winners on the day.
Neil MacLean gave the home side hope, and left the travelling fans feeling more than a little blue, following the second-half kick-off when his 14-yard shot passed into the Peterhead goalmouth. Locos continued to snap at the heels of Peterhead and the end scoreline could have been much different on another day.
Peterhead held out and, following a sublime finish from Rory McAllister, came home with the hard-fought win, which could see McInally’s men take on the likes of Celtic or Rangers in the next round.
Speaking to the Buchan Observer, McInally said: “We deserved to win, so it was a big relief, not just for me, but for everyone, when McAllister scored. It was a terrific goal at a time where we were under pressure.
“The next round offers the opportunity to play against a big team in the SPL. Considering the outlay Peterhead have had this year, we are hoping for that. It would be good for the club and the fans.
“A local derby, especially, the likes of Aberdeen, would be good.”
Peterhead have a break before facing Queen’s Park in the league, something McInally hopes to fill with pre-match preparation.
“We’re trying to sort something out for the break in terms of a friendly, but nothing is definite as of yet. There’s nothing to celebrate so far, we’re just going to take it one game at a time and see how far we can go. In the meantime, we need to get some more League wins,” added McInally.
Blue ‘Toon fans will be hopeful that the team can convert some of their Cup form into a League run of success, and win on Saturday, December 3.
Maybe then, the club will have something to smile about.