Second half heroes

PETERHEAD V ALLOA'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S JORDON BROWN DIGS IN AGAINST ALLOA'S  KEVIN CAWLEY
PETERHEAD V ALLOA'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S JORDON BROWN DIGS IN AGAINST ALLOA'S KEVIN CAWLEY

A gale was blowing at Ochilview Park on the day Jim McInally saw his Peterhead side blow East Stirlingshire away.

The opening exchanges were typical of the Toon’s early league form and Ryan McGeever conceded a penalty in the fifth minute.

Paul Quinn netted from the spot to put the Shire ahead and they held their lead through a half short on quality to go into the dressing room 1-0 up.

Strong words were said in the away changing room, not just by McInally but by members of a squad who have been increasingly frustrated by their team’s performances this year.

The Toon emerged early for the second half and East Stirling quickly felt the wrath of the disgruntled visitors, favourites for promotion before League 2 had even begun.

The appearance of mercurial striker Andy Rodger’s from the Peterhead bench for a lack lustre David Cox proved the turning point.

Jordon Brown leveled in the 57th minute after Rodger’s shot was blocked and from then on the momentum was with McInally’s men.

Eight minutes later Jamie Redman, one of Peterhead’s few stand-out performers in the league so far, tapped in a cross from captain Steven Noble to put the visitors ahead.

The wind was then with Peterhead. East Stirling struggled to regain the initiative playing into the weather.

Emergency loanee Stephen O’Neill, drafted in from the Aberdeen under-20s to add much-desired creativity in the centre of the park, joined in with a 75th strike.

Fellow loanee Ryan McGeever sealed the win with ten minutes remaining, quashing any hope the home side had of achieving their first run of four victories in 55 years.

Peterhead: Smith, McGlinchey, McGeever, Ross, Noble, McLaren (Richardson), O’Neill, Redman, Cox (Rodgers), Brown, McAllister (Buchan).

Subs not used: Jarvie (gk), Fitzgerald.

Referee - D Somers

Attendance - 286