Peterhead were made to pay for missed chances as they fell to a narrow defeat in Airdrie.
The visitors went into the game full of confidence after wins over title favourites Dunfermline and Championship side Falkirk, whilst Airdrieonians were licking their wounds following a five-goal midweek thrashing by Rangers.
Peterhead were in control in the first half and created the only real chances.
In the first minute Jordon Brown fired wide of Neil Parry’s right post, then two minutes later Nicky Riley’s effort on goal from 20 yards was blocked after Steven Noble slid a free kick to him.
In a rare Airdrie attack, Sean Crighton’s header from Liam Watt’s corner was cleared by Blue Toon ‘keeper Graeme Smith. The follow up saw Bryan Prunty flick Jordan Morton’s cross wide of the target.
Peterhead came close in 28 minutes as a long ball upfield picked out Rory McAllister and, after cutting inside, he curled a shot just wide.
A minute later the big striker volleyed a shot from 20 yards that was well taken by Parry.
The best chances of an otherwise uneventful first half came in the closing quarter of an hour.
On the half hour Jamie Redman and Shane Sutherland combined, and Sutherland’s threaded pass put Cammy Kerr in on goal.
Kerr was on target with his angled shot but Parry reacted superbly to turn the ball away for a corner.
In first half added time Riley’s pass to Brown was teed up for Sutherland and he fired wide of goal from the edge of the box.
The visitors used McAllister as their out ball in the second half with the in-form striker holding up play and bringing his team mates into the match.
A Watt miskick let Riley control the ball five minutes after the restart, and his volley from 30 yards was well taken by Parry.
Then the big keeper stopped Riley’s angled shot from 10 yards after 55 minutes, and pushed away McCallister’ free kick a minute later as he kept his side from conceding.
Crighton made a timely interception in 61 minutes inside the penalty box on Sutherland after McAllister had set up a real chance.
Both sides made changes but Peterhead were hit with a sucker punch in 71 minutes after Noble’s pass back to Smith was short, and substitute Jamie Bain raced in to fire the ball past the keeper into the right hand corner of the net.
In the final minute Bain’s delivery, again from the right, was flicked by David Cox and was net bound only to see Smith save and clear the danger.
In spite of late pressure from the visitors Airdrieonians held on for all three points.
Referee: Alan Newlands