PETERHEAD edged past Alloa and into the next round by the narrowest of margins with only a missed penalty in the shoot-out by Darren Young the difference between the two favourites for the Third Division title.
In a game of few chances in normal time, once the visitors equalised, extra time always looked likely.
The Blue Toon could and should have won during the additional half-hour but their 100% record from the penalty spot was to prove enough to pip a resilient Athletic who, like their hosts, have rung the changes big time since the end of last season.
Peterhead were looking to carry their perfect record in pre-season friendlies into the meaningful games but the first half was largely disappointing.
The fans were awoken from their slumber by a stunning strike to give Alloa the lead after 16 uneventful minutes. Ross McCord unleashed a lightening shot into the postage stamp corner from 25 yards when nothing looked on.
Rory McAllister will surely be a star for Peterhead this season and his class showed whenever he touched the ball.
He should have given his side the lead after 23 minutes though after Paul Watson fed him with a ball down the left channel.
However, his shot that was heading towards the bottom corner ended up striking the right hand post.
Bryan Deasley was a constant threat with his trickery and he levelled on the half hour.
Some neat footwork created space for himself at the edge of the penalty box and his exquisite finish low into the corner brought the Blue Toon back into the match.
Deasley had a half chance 12 minutes after the re-start but his 20 yarder bobbled past.
McAllister struck on the hour to nudge the home side in front with a goal that was down to determination and persistence. He cut into the left side of the six-yard box evading a couple of tackles on route before curling the ball into the far side of the net from a tight angle.
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