The Blue Toon Boys returned from Dumbarton on Saturday with a valuable win against a well drilled Dumbarton side. A second half strike 4 minutes from full-time by midfielder Hamish Ritchie was enough to separate the sides and send the Blue Toon faithful home in happy mood.
It was a turgid affair with both sides trying hard to avoid defeat which resulted in a sticky game with no real flow. In the stop start first half; chances fell to both sides. Durnan almost opened the scoring after 6 mins but his shot, from a corner, was hit well over the bar. The visitor’s reply was swift and just 3 mins later O’Keefe had the chance to finish but his flick hit defender Orsi and the chance was gone. Dumbarton’s Greig Young left the field with a bad injury after a lengthy delay on 22 mins and we wish him well in his recovery. Ryan Strachan then blocked a Shiels chance on the line on 27 minutes which prevented The Sons from going ahead and then at the other end O’Keefe again watched his shot curl narrowly past the post on 39 minutes. Both teams huffed and puffed for the remainder of the half without any scoring.
Intent was stated at the start of the second half by strong running from O’Keefe, who was proving to be a pain for the home side, but good goalkeeping by former Blur Tooner, Brett Long, was enough to thwart any real goalmouth threat. It was looking like one goal would settle the game and following substitutions which saw McKee being replaced by Ritchie and O’Keefe being replaced by Reid, the outcome became a little clearer. The arrival of Reid provided a lot of pace down the right hand side which forced everyone forward and Peterhead began to dominate proceedings and take the game to their hosts. The winner came just 4 minutes from the end when Jack Brown, who worked tirelessly all afternoon, threaded the ball through to McAllister in the penalty area and Rory’s flick to the far post was met the diving foot of Ritchie. The ball slid into the back of the net and the players turned to celebrate together. It was a fine reward for their efforts throughout the game and with Ritchie’s goal gave them the desired three points and also a clean sheet.