Peterhead 3 Clachnacuddin 1

Oct 29, 2023


Peterhead welcomed Highland League side Clachnacuddin to Balmoor on Saturday in the 2nd round of the Scottish Cup. With our Inverness opponents currently winless in their division, they made the trip south with all to play for in this cup fixture.

Starting XI: McKenzie, D. Strachan, Armstrong, Goldie, McAllister, Ward, Jack Brown, Ross, Wilson, Jo. Brown, Reid.

With Clachnacuddin labelled as the underdogs in this fixture, it was evident that Peterhead would go about their business as usual and not allow an upset in the Scottish Cup. As the match at Balmoor got underway, Peterhead tried to stamp their authority early, immediately enjoying spells of possession. It wasn’t long before The Blue Toon opened the scoring after a brilliant switch of play found Robert Ward on the left wing before turning in on his favoured right foot and slotting the ball past MacLennan in the Clachnacuddin goal. With Peterhead up 1-0 after 16 minutes played, the home side would not stop there as after more comfortable spells of possession and a Goldie booking, The Blue Toon would find themselves doubling their lead from the penalty spot. With a free kick routine taken straight from the training ground, McAllister was fouled in the Clachnacuddin penalty area and subsequently converted from the spot. With Peterhead’s lead doubled, the visitors provided an instant response only a minute later after a ball played in behind the off-guard Peterhead defence was able to find Ferguson as he slid the ball past McKenzie in The Blue Toon goal. With the visitors’ instant response just before half time, both sides went in at the interval with all to play for in the 2nd half as Clachnacuddin were suddenly right back in the game.

HT: Peterhead 2 – 1 Clachnacuddin.

With no changes for either side, it was Jordon Brown who would get the ball rolling for the next 45 minutes of Scottish Cup football. Clachnacuddin returned to the pitch in a similar fashion as they left; searching for an equaliser. With The Blue Toon defence under some pressure, Danny Strachan was the 2nd Peterhead player to enter the referee’s book after breaking up the visitors’ promising counter attacking effort. With 10 minutes gone in the 2nd half, a Peterhead triple substitution welcomed Jason Brown, Kieran Shanks and Conor O’Keefe to the pitch in place of Rory McAllister, Scott Ross and Jordan Armstrong. As the game progressed with both sides pushing for that all important goal, the visitors searched for a leveller whilst The Blue Toon would look to gain a more comfortable advantage. A Peterhead 3rd was close when a well worked move from Goldie down the right side was followed by a cross to Reid, whose effort was well saved by MacLennan of Clachnacuddin. The away side would then make their first change of the afternoon with Cooper replacing Adams and was quickly followed by a Mason yellow card after a foul on Shanks; the first Clachnacuddin player to see yellow in the fixture. McCarthy made his return to the pitch after a couple of weeks on the sidelines due to injury with 20 minutes left to play, as Jack Brown was the player to come off. With positive changes for The Blue Toon, the favourites kept pushing for that comfort goal. McCarthy’s quick thinking free kick was enough to catch the Clachnacuddin defence off-guard, leaving Shanks with plenty time and space to head home and extend the Peterhead lead by 2 goals once again. The visitors would again try their luck to pull a goal back and in the final minutes of the game, a Clachnacuddin roll of the dice would see Black, Sutherland and goalscorer Ferguson all make way for Lockett, Callum and Urquhart. In the dying minutes, bookings for Urquhart and Callum for challenges on Wilson and Shanks was enough to see out the game and send Peterhead into the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup.

FT: Peterhead 3 – 1 Clachnacuddin.

In a game where Peterhead were favourites to succeed against a not-to-be-underestimated Clachnacuddin, The Blue Toon were able to see out a comfortable 3-1 victory over the Inverness side.

Congratulations are in order to Peterhead talisman Rory McAllister whose converted penalty would be his 200th Blue Toon goal.