Terrific Toon hit the top

THIRD DIVISION'PETERHEAD V MONTROSE'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S CALLUM McDONALD AND MONTROSE' GARY WOOD IN ACTION
THIRD DIVISION'PETERHEAD V MONTROSE'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S CALLUM McDONALD AND MONTROSE' GARY WOOD IN ACTION

Three points, two goals for Rory McAllister and another clean sheet added up to a good day for Peterhead which took them to the top of the Third Division.

All the plus points came after the break when the now tradition playing towards the road end of the ground, brought a more positive response and the goals that put an end to the resistance of a stubborn Montrose side.

THIRD DIVISION'PETERHEAD V MONTROSE'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S RORY McALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS SECOND GOAL WITH JAMIE REDMAN

THIRD DIVISION'PETERHEAD V MONTROSE'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S RORY McALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS SECOND GOAL WITH JAMIE REDMAN

With Paul Jarvie unavailable due to work commitments, Mark McCallum took over between the sticks and proved an able deputy.

The first half was a huge disappointment for the Blue Toon fans with not a single effort of note on the visitor’s goal.

At the other end, the Gable Endies could easily have gone in at least a goal up having looked the more likely to break the deadlock.

Montrose went close after only 80 seconds, a David Gray free kick from 25 yards that flashed past the left hand post, a manoeuvre he was to repeat from a similar position after the 27th minute.

In between Craig McLeish pulled a decent save out of McCallum with a shot following a short corner.

However, as so often has been the case, Peterhead were a transformed side after the break and with their lucky end to shoot towards, they duly took the lead in explosive fashion six minutes after the resumption.

McAllister turned inside and let fly from the edge of the penalty area with an almost identical effort to the one against Rangers.

Fortunately Neil Alexander wasn’t between the posts this time and his shot had a goal written all over it from the moment it left his boot until it hit the net in the postage stamp corner.

Three minutes later Scott McLaughlin was sent clear with a close range pass from Robbie Winters but his shot was blocked by Montrose keeper David Crawford.

McAllister could have scored again after 63 minutes with an odd attempted chip over Crawford which resembled a shot with a sand wedge given the height he achieved but the ball fell just beyond the crossbar.

Montrose didn’t look as threatening in the second half as they had in the first but the reassuring second goal came after 72 minutes. A long ball forward from McCallum picked out McAllister who coolly took the ball around Crawford before stroking it into the empty net for game, set and match.

Two minutes from the end, substitute Brian Deasley set up fellow sub Martin Bavidge who sent a well struck effort goalward only to be denied by a diving save from Crawford.

So, an excellent performance after the break but something similar will be required in both halves of a game if a sustained challenge on top spot is to be achieved.

PETERHEAD: McCallum, Sharp, Noble, Scott Ross, MacDonald, Cowie (Maguire 74), Strachan, Redman, McAllister (Deasley 82), Winters (Bavidge 55), McLaughlin. Subs (not used): Trialist, Smith.

Attendance - 509