Peterhead hold on to defeat East Fife with 10 men
Peterhead overcame a second half red card to claim three points from a 2-1 win over East Fife at Balmoor on Saturday.
Goals by Lyall Cameron and Scott Brown gave the Blue Toon the win with the visitors unable to make the most of an extra man for the closing 25 minutes after Gary Fraser was sent off.
Skipper Brown stated Peterhead’s intent within the opening few minutes when he managed to create space for himself inside the box and got a shot away which Brett Long stopped with his legs.
Peterhead had started the game well and took the lead when Cameron was the first to react to a loose ball in the edge of the box and sent his low drive beyond Long.
Jack Hamilton impressed for the Fifers and he was at the heart of the equaliser.
The striker managed to slip his marker and beat the offside trap to pick up a through ball.
Hamilton raced clear on goal but with Joshua Rae narrowing down his angle, the on-loan Livi man squared the ball along goal for Danny Denholm to convert.
The home side appealed for offside but were left frustrated by the officials’ call.
Five minutes into the second half Peterhead’s second goal arrived when Brown was in the right place at the right time at the edge of the East Fife box.
He had plenty of work to do but finished off a neat move forward by lashing a stunning volley well out of Long’s reach.
It was a goal of the season contender and gave the hosts something to hold onto.
But with 25 minutes to go East Fife’s chances were given a boost when Peterhed’s Gary Fraser was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident.
East Fife almost made their hosts pay straight away, Ross Davidson’s curling shot clipping the outside of the post.
The visitors camped out inside the Peterhead half as the home side pulled everyone back to defend.
But, from East Fife’s point of view, too many passes and long balls forward were wasted.
On one rare occasion when East Fife did get the ball out wide, Ryan Wallace’s cross was met by the unmarked Hamilton but he couldn’t beat Rae for a second time.
Peterhead boss Jim McInally was delighted to get a win which lifted his side above third-bottom East Fife in the League 1 table, on a day when the bottom two sides, Clyde and Forfar, were also beaten.
He said: “It’s a brilliant outcome. They are a good side and to play with 10 men for as lonmg as we did the most pleasing thing was we never got really opened up at any point.
“A lot of hard work went into that. I did feel we had good spells in the game. It was a pretty even game but I thought we deserved to be ahead.
“But I’m proud of them because our goalkeeper’s not really been troubled.
“You just need to look at the results in this league to see how cutthroat it is so that was a big win.”