Peterhead FC hosted Spartans at Balmoor for their 2nd meeting of the season. With Spartans taking home the 3 points in the two sides’ previous meeting in the group stages of the ViaPlay Cup, The Blue Toon were eager to come out on top over the Edinburgh side.
As the Peterhead sun made an appearance, the match got underway with not a breath of wind in the air – not a common occurrence at Balmoor. Both sides looked to take the advantage early on however no real opportunity arose for either team. After 16 minutes, Andy McCarthy picked up a yellow card for a foul in midfield. Peterhead and Spartans continued to share equal spells of possession and apply pressure to each other’s defence as they sought for a breakthrough as the match progressed. After a penalty shout from Peterhead through Jason Brown going down in the Spartans box, the referee signalled to play on. Neither goalkeeper faced any real danger as the two teams paused at half time.
HT: Peterhead 0 – 0 Spartans.
The match resumed with similar style to the first half; an even match with little chances for either side. Breakthrough for Spartans came after 61 minutes when a mistake from defence lead to Cameron Russell playing the ball into the heart of the Peterhead penalty box to be met by Jamie Dishington who passed the ball by McKenzie into the bottom corner. With Spartans leading 1-0, tactical changes in the form of Joe Mckee, Jordon Brown and Danny Strachan replaced Conor O’Keefe, Aaron Reid and Robert Ward. As The Blue Toon searched for a response, limited attacking options on the bench saw some players assuming unnatural positions; with Jack Brown adopting various positions from defensive midfield through to striker. As the match neared completion, Jordon Brown managed to find the back of the net however celebrations were short lived as his effort was flagged for offside. As The Blue Toon threw everything at Spartans to try and find an equaliser, several counter attacks heading for the corner of the pitch meant Spartans were able to defend well and run the clock down to see out the win.
FT: Peterhead 0 – 1 Spartans.
In a match of fine margins, The Spartans once again took all 3 points back to Edinburgh.