Play-off race not over yet as Toon win at Ayr

NEW PETERHEAD SIGNING GARY MCDONALD ON THE BALL
NEW PETERHEAD SIGNING GARY MCDONALD ON THE BALL

Peterhead finally broke a dismal away record in Scottish League 1 when they came from two goals down to win 4-2 at Somerset Park.

The Blue Toon had not won on their travels since January 10 when they beat Airdrieonians at the Excelsior Stadium.

The result means that with three games remaining Jim McInally’s side are still in with a slim hope of claiming 4th spot and the final promotion play-off place.

While mathematically possible though, the race is Brechin’s to lose.

Andy Jackson scored a injury time winner against Stirling at Glebe Park on Saturday to ensure that a win next weekend against Dunfermline will eliminate the Pars as well as Peterhead from being able to catch them, regardless of the result between the Toon’s home tie against league leaders Forfar.

Even if results in other games should go their way, Jim McInally’s side will have to show real character in their remaining fixtures with fellow play-off contestants Airdrieonians visiting Balmoor before an away trip to title-chasing Morton in the final game of the season.

Peterhead made their chances count and Jordan Brown scored a double before Gary McDonald sealed the win scoring the visitor’s fourth.

Ayr took the lead in the 18th minute and doubled the advantage in the 20th on Saturday, thanks to goals from Alan Forrest and Jordan Preston.

Graeme Smith was kept busy all game in the Toon goal and his brilliant performance helped inspire the comeback.

Andy Rodgers netted before the break to make it 2-1 at half time.

Peterhead made their chances count and Jordan Brown scored a double before Gary McDonald sealed the win scoring the visitor’s fourth.

The goal brings the former Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and Hamilton midfielder to an impressive six goals in 12 games since joining earlier this year.

In other results Dunfermline helped Forfar take top spot by beating Stranraer 1-0 at East End Park while the new league leaders were 2-0 victors at home to Airdrieonians.

Morton beat Stenehousemuir 3-2 in the other result of the day.

However, it’s Brechin’s late win over Stirling that could settle the play-off race.

If Brechin win against Dunfermline on Saturday and Airdrieonians fail to beat Ayr at home then the Glebe Park side will officially seal fourth spot.

A Dunfermline victory on the other hand could blow the competition wide open, especially if Peterhead and Airdrieonians can also win.