Stenny comeback costs Peterhead two away points

SCOTTISH LEAGUE 1
STENHOUSEMUIR V PETERHEAD

PETERHEAD'S JAMIE STEVENSON CLEARS FROM MARK GILHANEY
SCOTTISH LEAGUE 1 STENHOUSEMUIR V PETERHEAD PETERHEAD'S JAMIE STEVENSON CLEARS FROM MARK GILHANEY

When the Blue Toon exited the Ochilview pitch at the interval two up and coasting, few could have predicted the final 2 - 2 scoreline.

Stenny were a different team following the break and even Peterhead manager Jim McInally could not bring himself to deny that the home side’s draw was less than fair.

“We should have put the game to bed before half time,” he said, “So given where we were then it is obviously disappointing we did not go on to win.

“Nevertheless, this is a very tight league and there are a few full time teams in it and while Stenny may be bottom at the moment they have some good players in their squad.

“They put pressure on us by getting balls into the box and while I am disappointed we could not get the three points a draw was probably fair in the end.”

The Balmoor boss agreed that it must have been a good game to watch and he is not wrong.

The visitors dominated from the start and the only surprise was 17 minutes had elapsed before they opened their account.

Rory McAllister found Nicky Riley in the inside right channel at the edge of the box and the midfielder drilled low acoross the face of goal and in at the back post.

McAllister forced Colin McCabe into a decent save before the pressure paid off with a second in the 21st minute that was a real peach.

Steven Noble hit a cracking cross into the area and Kevin Dzierzawski raced in front of the defence to power a header into the back of the net at the near post.

Stenny’s new signing. 19 year old Frenchman Willis Alves Furtado flashed a shot inches wide just before the break, but there were little signs of what was to come as the teams left the park at half time.

The Warriors restarted with the intensity Peterhead had shown in the previous forty five minutes and seven minutes in Fraser Hobday was forced into an excellent point blank save from Oliver Shaw as the Hibs loanee got his head to a superb Furtado delivery only four yards out.

The keeper made another fantastic stop to deny McMenamin’s close range header, but could do nothing to stop Jamie McCormack’s header from a Stephen Stirling free-kick going down and inside the upright.

A similar delivery ten minute later restored parity in a game that had changed entirely from the first period. This time Alan Cook fired in a corner from the left and centre back Fraser Kerr rose at the back to head past a helpless Hobday

In keeping with the nature of a terrific match though, McInally’s men nearly nicked the point well into stoppage when sub Leighton McIntosh got a toe to a loose ball six yards out. The visiting contingent groaned and the home fans exhaled deeply, however, when the ball skidded inches wide of the target.

Peterhead scorer Dzierzawski was disappointed with the result, “It is always good to score and when my header went in to make it 2 – 0 we were well on top,” he said, “From that point of view it’s disappointing not to go on and win, but this is a tough league and there is a long way to go.”