Lowly Clyde shock Toon with victory

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THIRD Division strugglers Clyde shocked promotion seeking Peterhead at the weekend with two second-half goals which saw the bottom club take all three points

Adding insult to injury, the Blue Toon finished the game with ten men after Ryan Strachan was given a straigh red after a shirt-pulling incident with Clyde attacker Kieran McGachie.

The defeat adds to an already frustrating run of form for manager Jim McInally as his side aim to finish in the top four.

It was the home side who started off in blistering form with Pat Scullion smashing a 20-yard shot off the Peterhead crossbar.

That seemed to wake up a somewhat lacklustre Peterhead and Bryan Gilfillan came close just minutes later when he headed against the bar from a Cox corner.

Cox was in the mix just four minutes before the interval when he had his volley from the right tipped over the bar by Jamie Barclay. And moments later he attempted an audacious 30-yard shot which beat the goalie, only to come back off the bar.

It was Peterhead’s turn to pile on the pressure in the second half and Rory McAllister came close when he turned Iain Gary before having his shot tipped over the bar by the in-form Clyde keeper Barclay.

It was therefore a surprise to the watching crowd when Clyde took the lead after Watt headed home from close range.

Blue Toon boss McInally changed things up a bit with a double substitution with Graeme Sharp and Andy Rodgers coming on.

However, Peterhead were caught in a breakaway attack shortly afterwards when Ryan Strachan lost possession to Clyde substitute McGachie and tried to haul him back.

Referee Des Roache immediately produced the red card and Sweeney converted the resultant penalty, adding more misery to Peterhead’s day.

The Blue Toon will have to up their game this Saturday when they are at home to Elgin City who are nipping on their heels with a game in hand, and keen to take the coveted fourth place spot.