Peterhead maintained the positive start to their cinch league 2 campaign with an impressive 2-1 away win against Clyde. Two first half goals was enough to claim the points as the visitors rarely threatened Stuart McKenzie in the Peterhead goalmouth. It was another good all round performance from the players with the only bad mark being a Kieran Shanks ordering off late in the game. Nevertheless Jordon and Ryan’s team can feel happy with the performance and the effort of their players.
The game could not have got off to the worst of starts with an early Clyde goal after just 5 minutes. Former Dumbarton midfielder Conor Scullion’s ball floated into the penalty area and Fraser Malcolm ghosted into the box unchallenged to send a neat header past McKenzie. There was no initial panic in the Blue Toon ranks and their response was immediate. The effervescent Jack Brown watched his low drive from 20 yards out skiffle narrowly past the post in search of the equaliser. Combining well on all edges of the penalty area were Robert Ward on the left hand side, who was a constant menace all afternoon, Hamish Ritchie through the middle and Conor O’Keefe with his fast pace down the right hand side. All three began to cause Clyde sporadic moments of panic and the latter named managed to claim the equaliser after 22 minutes. Ward unleashed a fantastic delivery into the penalty area to the feet of the unmarked O’Keefe who neatly, and with an element of cheek, successfully lobbed the ball over Leighfield’s head. It was a deserved equaliser and paved the way for the rest of the match.
Clyde pushed the ball forward at every opportunity they could and good goalkeeping from Stuart McKenzie kept them out. At one point the ball floated along an open goal line only to rebound back safety into McKenzie’s hands. Clyde’s intensity dropped which allowed Peterhead to dominate the rest of the half. After 32 minutes, Hamish Ritchie saw his goal bound effort rattle the crossbar and by now the Toon were in the ascendancy as they grew more and more into the game. It was no surprise when, just on half-time Kieran Shanks added another goal to his seasons tally. His one touch shot from an O’Keefe cross was drilled well past Leighfield into the net.
Peterhead pressure continued into the second half with chances being created from Robert Ward, Hamish Ritchie and Conor O’Keefe which saw no reward. Game management was the key here as attacks from Clyde were very infrequent. This made way for controlling the game and many interchanging moves were witnessed as well as constant holding of possession. This was distinctly lacking last season and therefore pleased the small band of ardent fans who had made the trip South. As the match neared it’s conclusion the referee was kept busy with a number of hard challenges from both teams which resulted in a flurry of bookings, one of which was a red card for Kieran Shanks who will now miss next Saturday’s match at home to Spartans. Overall it was an impressive performance and the unbeaten run now stretches to four in all competitions.