Peterhead 1 FC Edinburgh 1

Oct 30, 2022

Further evidence that the rebuilt Blue Toon are knitting together was seen at Balmoor where Jim McInally’s side played out a 1-1 draw with second top FC Edinburgh. Jack Brown fired the hosts in front early in the second half however the loss of Julien Carre to a red card was quickly followed by an equaliser and Peterhead had to settle for a point on a day when their display probably merited three.

Manager McInally again showed his desire to get the right mix on the pitch by handing a debut to free agent Florent Hoti as a trialist and there was also the welcome sight of the 2021/22 Players’ Player of the Season, Andrew McCarthy in the match day squad for the first time in this campaign. Max Gillies was also back with the on-loan Queen’s Park youngster sitting alongside McCarthy on the bench as well as David Wilson, who made way for a fully-fit again Ryan Strachan, and Conor O’Keefe who was replaced in the starting line-up by Hoti. Former Dundee United man Hoti was handed a midfield role and that allowed Jack Brown to be deployed as a second striker alongside Ryan Dow to good effect. Jack Wilkie had the first glimpse of goal in the game however his effort from the edge of the Edinburgh box on three minutes rose high over. The visitors had an opening five minutes later when Ouzy See was picked out in front of Tom Ritchie’s goal with the striker thankfully volleying over. On 17 minutes Peterhead almost opened the scoring – twice. A Dow pass released Hoti and his stinging drive forced a fine save from Robbie Mutch at the expense of a corner. Hoti took the dead-ball and Ryan Strachan’s close-range header looked net bound however it flashed just wide. Ten minutes later Hoti tried his luck from a direct free-kick which Mutch was able to watch fly past his goal.

City had their best moment of the opening half on 40 minutes when Innes Murray fired for goal from 22 yards out with the post coming to Ritchie’s and Peterhead’s rescue. Three minutes into the restart Jack Brown almost found the net from a tight angle however Mutch produced a super stop. The Peterhead attacker did however come out on top against Mutch on 54 minutes when Dow picked him out with a precise through ball and the former Rothes attacker showed nerves of steel to slot home. Hoti was just off-target when he tried to add a quick-fire second with a shot from 16 yards with the Trialist suffering the same fate with another drive shortly afterwards. Carre was booked midway through the second period for a foul on Murray and, after Ritchie made a stop from a Liam Fontaine header, Carre unfortunately picked up a second yellow after being penalised for a challenge on the same player. Manager McInally looked to reshuffle his team and McCarthy was brought on for goal-scorer Brown however before the change could make an impact Edinburgh equalised on 76 minutes.

Ritchie’s punch out from a cross landed at the feet of Danny Handling and he fired through a forest of legs to find the net. Despite their numerical handicap the hosts’ Jason Brown ventured forward for a pop at goal with five minutes left with his shot just going over. A late effort from Handling did likewise before Michael Hewitt came close to finding a winner for the ten men with a shot from 16 yards.

Peterhead – Ritchie, Walusimbi, Ryan Strachan, Jason Brown, Danny Strachan, Hewitt, Carre, Wilkie, Hoti (O’Keefe 88), Jack Brown (McCarthy 73), Dow. Unused Substitutes – Gillies, Scullion, Wilson, Jordon Brown, Murray, Wood (G/k)

Manager Jim McInally Post-match –
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