Here’s to next season!

PETERHEAD V EAST STIRLING'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S BRIAN DEASLEY CLEARS FROM SHIRE'S  ANDREW STIRLING
PETERHEAD V EAST STIRLING'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S BRIAN DEASLEY CLEARS FROM SHIRE'S ANDREW STIRLING

And so ends a season that promised so much and delivered so little with the consolation of a fifth place finish at the end of a six match unbeaten run that at least gives some hope for better things next time.

In many ways this game summed up their season. Peterhead played some nice football at times but squandered chances meant a comfortable win that wasn’t necessarily reflected in the scoreline.

PETERHEAD V EAST STIRLING'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S  SCOTT ROSS  CELEBRATES HIS GOAL WITH CALLUM MACDONALD, BRIAN DEASLEY AND MARTIN BAVIDGE.

PETERHEAD V EAST STIRLING'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S SCOTT ROSS CELEBRATES HIS GOAL WITH CALLUM MACDONALD, BRIAN DEASLEY AND MARTIN BAVIDGE.

The game was settled by a goal in each half and the opener was a well worked effort. Ross Smith had the visitors’ backline turning on their heels with a pass forward from midfield. Rory McAllister sped into the left side of the penalty area before squaring to Jamie Redman who sidefooted home from six yards.

A minute prior to the goal McAllister sent a firmly struck free kick from the edge of the box which hit the target but failed to trouble keeper Grant Hay who gathered with ease.

By half time the lead should have been healthier. After 22 minutes man-of-the-match Brian Deasley put a chance on a plate for Martin Bavidge but the striker scuffed his shot wide. A moment later he cut in from the left and fired a rasping shot into the side netting.

Just short of the half hour mark Davie Donald overlapped down the right and set up Bavidge again but this time he side footed wide.

East Stirling rarely threatened but they should have levelled five minutes before the break when chunky forward Jordyn Sheran shot wide when it looked easier to score.

The game was put to bed five minutes after the re-start, Smith heading a Deasley corner against the crossbar and Scott Ross nodded in the rebound.

McAllister then had two well struck shots cleared off the goal line in quick succession by Steven Jackson.

The remainder of the match was end to end with both sides going for broke. McAllister only just failed to chip the ball over Hay whilst at the other end Sheran headed over the bar.

Next season will surely hold better things in store for the long suffering Blue Toon fans. The club has the right Manager in Jim McInally and if the prolific McAllister can be retained along with the players that were involved in this game supplemented by a bit more experience and quality, a top four finish will be comfortably achieved.

Peterhead: Jellema, Donald, McBain (Sharp 57), Scott Ross, Macdonald, Strachan, Smith, Redman, McAllister (Wyness 77), Bavidge (Davidson 77), Deasley. Subs not used: Duffy, Tully.

Attendance: 494