Peterhead v Kelty Hearts Match Preview

Sep 17, 2022

Peterhead welcome Kelty Hearts to Balmoor for the first ever time on league duty with Blue Toon boss Jim McInally hoping to clip the wings of the Fife side. The clubs met on Scottish Cup duty in 2018 and on League Cup business two years later with boss McInally identifying Kelty wide-men Kallum Higginbotham and Joe Cardle as a substantial threat to his side. Jim said: “Kelty have a good number of strong and dangerous players across their team that we will need to defend against but most importantly we need to stop them out wide.” “Joe Cardle and Kallum Higginbotham can make them a very potent side if we let them get on top. They have bags of experience and, as well as creating chances, they can score goals as well. The defenders need to ensure that they mark them tightly and their team-mates need to help out by ensuring they do not get any service.” “If we do that work well, then we can look to take the game to Kelty. We have players that can be creative and we will do that if we work together to blunt Kelty’s threat.” The Fifers head north after securing a 2-0 win over Falkirk with Jim adding: “Kelty remind me a lot of Cove Rangers in that they have moved up the leagues by winning a lot of games in the past couple of seasons with virtually the same squad.” “That breeds confidence but there is a step-up from League 2 to League 1 and after going a few games without winning they will have welcomed tasting it again. They will look to build on that against us.” “We are still a work-in-progress but I am seeing things knit together tighter in every training session. I am now looking for that to be taken onto the pitch. We will have to change the team around again due to injuries and other issues but that gives players the chance to secure a starting jersey for our next game.”
Team news – The Peterhead squad now looks to have a great deal of depth on paper now however manager McInally has nine players unavailable for selection. Ramez Hefzalla is on international duty with the Egyptian under-20 team with new recruits Enock Walusimbi and Loran Venrooy not available as the club is awaiting the appropriate paperwork to be completed by outside agencies. Max Gillies, Ewan Murray, Andrew McCarthy, Hamish Ritchie, Russell McLean and Ola Adeyemo are out injured however better news is that Andrew McDonald, Conor O’Keefe and Christiano Kisuka are available.
Attending the game – Peterhead FC do not operate a cash at turnstile facility. The club ticket office is located in the car park adjacent to main entrance at Balmoor Stadium.
Ticket prices are as follows:
GROUND Adult £15
Concessions £8
U13’s FOC (if accompanied by an adult)
Concessions £10
U13’s £2
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Winners of free tickets courtesy of Match Sponsor – Linda Pirie, Amy Coull, Ronald Park, Debbie McIntosh, Kev Stephen