Peterhead FC: Blue-blooded Rory could be goal king

Rory McAllister is on course for a record goal haul.
Rory McAllister is on course for a record goal haul.

Another day, another double for Peterhead’s unstoppable boy in blue Rory McAllister, writes Joshua King.

The 26-year-old’s two goals against Queen’s Park on Saturday put him joint first in the Scottish goal-scoring charts with 25 league goals, level only with Ayr’s Michael Moffat.

Remarkably, the double has also lifted the former Brechin man to third in all the UK’s senior leagues.

So who is ahead of McAllister in the line of succession?

In second is fellow Scot Ross McCormack.

The Leeds United front man has netted 27 times in the English Championship, but has played 38 games, eight more than McAllister.

The undisputed goal-scoring champion of British Football however is Liverpool and Uruguay sensation Luis Suárez who has 29 league goals in 29 appearances.

While McAllister is unlikely to topple Suárez, there is a very real chance he could be crowned king of the SPFL goalscorers.

But, despite his record-chasing goal tally, the striker’s focus remains on Peterhead’s title campaign.

After Saturday’s triumph over a dogged Queen’s Park he said: “I’ve had enough of the play-offs.

“I’ve been beaten in four play-off finals, three with Brechin and one (last season) with Peterhead so I want this season over before then.

“It’s good to get the win and I’m glad we’re back to a big gap over Annan.

“We’ve taken another step towards winning the title.”

McAllister was once again centre of attention as his team visited the Spiders’ temporary home at Airdrie’s glamorously monikerd Excelsior Stadium.

Referee Colin Steven denied him a what looked to be a certain penalty when he was brought down by a clumsy Bair Lochhead challenge.

The official even had the gall to book McAllister for simulation, a decision he unsurprisingly disputed.

“It was a penalty. I’m not one for diving about and he did push me, but the ref thought otherwise.”

The home support bombarded the 26-year-old with abuse throughout the game - not the first time McAllister has bourne the frustration of his opponents - but it only served to motivate him.

He went on to score from the penalty spot, and was on hand to net the rebound from a Jordon Brown effort.

“I was getting a bit of stick but that’s part of football.

“But who cares, we’re top of the league.”