Scot Brown is match winner as Peterhead end Partick Thistle run
Peterhead made it two wins on the trot with a fine 1-0 victory over title hopefuls Partick Thistle at Firhill on Saturday.
Skipper Scott Brown’s strike on the half-hour saw the Blue Toon follow up the previous week’s win over East Fife with another victory to end the first round of League 1 fixtures on a high.
Thistle, on a six-game unbeaten run themselves, threatened early on with Joe Cardle breaking forward but firing over the bar.
But it was Peterhead who broke the deadlock on 30 minutes when Steven Boyd found space on the right and he set up Brown who tucked the ball past Kieran Wright.
Thistle tried to strike back and Brian Graham just failed to get on the end of a James Penrice cross.
But Peterhead could have scored again just before the break, Gary MacKenzie unable to force the ball over the line after Wright failed to collect a Gary Fraser cross.
Early in the second half Brown sent another effort just wide and substitute Alan Cook then saw an effort saved by Wright.
Thistle pushed Peterhead box in the closing stages and Si Ferry had to clear a Shea Gordon header off the line.
But despite nine minutes of injury time, due mainly to a lengthy stoppage for treatment to Thistle striker Graham, Peterhead held on for a fine win.
Blue Toon boss Jim McInally said: “I thought we deserved it. They maybe had more possession, especially in the second half, but I thought we counter attacked them really well when we broke out and if it wasn’t for a poor final ball I think we would have picked them off again.
“I was really pleased with the way we defended. It would be ludicrous to think you’re going to go down there and dominate a full-time team with a few big hitters.
“But I thought we contained them well, apart from maybe 20-25 minutes in the first half where they passed it round us quite well, our goalkeeper had two saves and he’s not been worked after that.
“Although they had a bit of pressure on us with crosses and corners, they didn’t open us up in open play which was really pleasing.”
The win moved Peterhead up to sixth in the table with 12 points from their first nine games.