Peterhead produced a much-improved performance and gained a valuable point at a cold Balmoor on Saturday. Davie Robertson introduced two new signings who both went into the starting line up with the Blue Toon looking more of a threat up front. German national Glenn Gabriel and ex-Arbroath striker Daniel Fosu. “I was pleased with the way we performed and it’s given the boys a lift in confidence knowing that we can get the ball forward” said Davie, “there was a lot more hunger and desire, and with the new players coming in, it’s given everyone a bit of a lift”.
Tom Ritchie was forced into making an early save from a Blair Lyons header before Peterhead’s first chance of the game fell to debutant Gabriel. His long-range effort was just too high and flew off target. The same striker then had a golden chance on 19 minutes when he watched his right footed shot saved well by keeper Sinclair. Former Balmoor hitman Rory McAllister had a great chance to put Montrose one up just before the break but his angled drive from outside the area was saved by Ritchie.
After a goalless break both teams had their chances in the second half. The Blue Toon looked dangerous going forward and cheered on by an enthusiastic and appreciate support almost saw their favourites score the first goal of the year on 63 minutes. Jack Wilkie who was posing as a menace on the left wing received the ball inside the Montrose half and, like a ferret up a drainpipe, dashed forward into the opposing penalty area. He decided to shoot himself and watched as his goal bound shot narrowly missed the net as he dragged the ball inches wide of the post.
The flashpoint of the game came in the last minute. Trialist Boris Melingui found himself through one on one with keeper Sinclair. Both players raced to get to the ball first and clashed. Boris fell to the ground just outside the penalty area, Peterhead were awarded a free kick and referee Iain Snedden ordered Sinclair off. The ball then hit the Montrose wall after Andy McDonald’s free kick and the game ended goalless.
There were some excellent individual performances and Kevin Joshua, signed last week, was powerful in defence and received the man of the match award sponsored by Millbank Coaches. Speaking to the media afterwards he said “I really enjoyed it; the fans were good and the lads were great. We put in a good shift and we’re all really happy we got our first clean sheet of the season, it’s a foot in the right direction”.