Peterhead boss Jim McInally hails his blend of experience and youth
Peterhead boss Jim McInally has hailed a blend of youth and experience as key factors in the Blue Toon securing League 1 football at Balmoor for another season
Last Thursday’s 3-1 win at East Fife, the Fifers’ first home league defeat of the season, was enough to guarantee McInally’s side would finish outside of the relegation play-off spot.
It was Peterhead’s third win on the trot as McInally’s side came from behind to win – with their recovery bookended by goals from players at opposite ends of their football careers.
Veteran Derek Lyle’s first goal of the season just before half-time cancelled out Aaron Dunsmore’s opener for the home side.
And after taking the lead through Andy McDonald’s free-kick early in the second half – a surprise to his manager - Peterhead sealed victory with a third goal from teenager Danny Strachan.
McInally said: “I'm just delighted. We didn't start the game particularly well, then we give a goal away.
"The pleasing thing is that we don't often come from a goal behind and I thought we got better and better as the game went on.
"After a poor 20 minutes we really kicked on. We deserved our equaliser and never really looked back, I thought we got stronger and stronger.
"He's not played a lot of football and I'm just so happy for Del. There's not many 40-year-olds score in senior football and even his performance in the first half was excellent.
"But his fitness is so good that it doesn't surprise me.
"I didn't even know Andy could take a free-kick! And for young Danny to get his first senior goal, being a local boy - I know he's a Dundee player but he's a Peterhead boy - I was delighted for him as well.”
"We've a young team there and it would be good if we can try and look to next season now and try and get some of them re-signed."
"We have got good experienced players like Simon and Ryan Conroy, although he's been injured, and Derek Lyle - they lead the way really well
"But sometimes energy's good and what I thought was a great part of our game was the way we pressed as a team, we never stopped and Simon Ferry's training takes a lot of credit for that because he really gets them to chase and hound."