Toon fightback earns win

Peterhead showed patience and a fighting spirit to come back from 3-1 down to take victory against Airdrie on Saturday.
Peterhead showed patience and a fighting spirit to come back from 3-1 down to take victory against Airdrie on Saturday.

Peterhead came away with three magnificent points on Saturday as they came from behind to beat Airdrie in a three-goal thriller.

On-loan defender Ally Gilchrist headed in the winner in the dying minutes of the game as the Blue Toon scored three times in the last six minutes to take an amazing victory.

With a player sent off from each side, Peterhead battled hard to take the win, which puts them firmly back in the play-off places, moving up to third in League One.

Peterhead boss Jim McInally was absolutely delighted with his side’s fighting spirit but admitted there was still room for improvement.

“We are on a good run of at the moment and despite not playing to the best of our ability we are picking up points,” he said.

“Leighton McIntosh was brave when he went for the ball when we got the penalty at 1-0 and I thought that at 1-1, and with their goalkeeper having been sent off, that we were heading for a win.

“However, poor play led to the second goal being given away to them and at 3-1 I was thinking that we were probably finished.

“We had a one-man advantage over them for almost an hour and we hadn’t taken it.

“I thought it was all over at that point, but all credit must go to the players as they put their heads down and fought back.

“We switched our play round a bit from side to side and we moved them around,” he said.

“We managed to get the benefit of that in the final few minutes when we suddenly scored a rush of goals and I think much of our play was deserved.

“I was beginning to think that it was just going to be one of those days, but we kept at it.

“Despite the game levelling out in respect of numbers, Idid think Airdrie were looking tired towards the end.

“Airdrie are a good side with plenty of energy and I thought our former player David Cox was terrific for them on Saturday.

“But all credit to the guys for taking home all three points at the end of the day.”