FIRST TEAM SQUAD
EVENT & CONFERENCE FACILITIES
Peterhead 0 Airdrieonians 3
Jan 9, 2023
Positives to take.
A late flurry of goals meant that Peterhead took no points from a game that they will feel that they deserved something from.
It was a fairly even first-half, with both sides having decent chances and a save from Tom Ritchie to deny Airdrie a penalty and the chance to go ahead.
After a competitive second-half, it looked like Peterhead may go unbeaten in two games before three late goals denied the home side – the first coming in the 84th minute, followed by the 88th and then a 90th minute penalty.
Callum Gallagher headed home a corner at the back post for the first goal before Callum Smith hit home the second with a shot from a tight angle then Airdrie sealed the win with a third from the spot as referee Lloyd Wilson deemed Danny Strachan to have taken down Ben Stanway in the box. Charlie Telfer then sent Ritchie the wrong way to take the three points down the road.
There were positives to take from the game as the gaffer said: “For 88 minutes there were a lot of good things there. Performances are getting better each week – the first two games were a disaster.
“Kieran (Shanks) came in for his first game and it wasn’t until the second half he showed what he can do. Glenn (Gabriel) tired a bit and obviously hasn’t played too much football.
“There were a lot of positive things but we switched off from a corner kick. As we’re bringing players in, the others have got to rise to the challenge. Most of them have but one or two are stuck, because of the results.
“We’ve got more players coming in this week and we’ll definitely have one available for Dunfermline next week. I said to the players we’re playing against a team in Airdrie who’ve had the same players for the whole season.
“We’re trying to get there and it’s a slow process. Three-nil is disappointing. We tried to push the game and as soon as we did, lost a goal straight away.
“Tom Ritchie stepped up – he’s been fantastic since we’ve been here. He’s had a lot of disappointments but was rightly the best player on the park.
“The players are positive and there’s a freshness about the whole thing. We’ll get a few more slaps in the face before the end of the season but it’s about how you recover from them.”