The Blue Toon blues

Peterhead keeper Graeme Smith tips a Willie Gibson free kick over the bar.

Peterhead keeper Graeme Smith tips a Willie Gibson free kick over the bar.

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Two second half goals sealed the points for Peterhead on Saturday after they weathered spells of pressure and chances from Stranraer.

The turning point in the game was the needless sending off of Stranraer winger and main threat, Willie Gibson but Peterhead were quick out of the traps. In the 3rd minute Jordan Brown played the ball forward to Rory McAllister who unselfishly set up strike partner Stefan McCluskey but his shot was blocked and cleared by defender Luke Watt.

The visitors responded with a Gibson shot taken in his stride that flew over the crossbar.

Kyle Turner crossed into the area after 18 minutes but veteran Christian Nade failed to make enough contact to trouble the home goal. As the visitors continued to threaten, a Gibson free kick went straight towards the top corner from the wing but Graeme Smith clawed the ball away from danger.

Craig Malcolm had the ball in the net as half time beckoned but his effort was ruled offside.

Eight minutes into the second half Gibson was shown a second yellow for petulantly kicking the ball away.

Then on 63 minutes McCluskey sent a glorious ball to McAllister who kept his composure to round keeper Cammy Belford and score the opener. Four minutes from time and Scott Brown secured the points and Peterhead’s first with over Stranraer in eight years.