Peterhead traveled to New Douglas Park on Saturday as The Blue Toon took on Clyde in a vital clash at both ends of the League 2 table.
After an impressive performance at Balmoor last week, a trip to Hamilton awaited Peterhead as they looked to replicate the result. Coming off the back of a defeat to Elgin City and with only one win in their last nine outings, bottom of the table Clyde had a point to prove.
Starting XI: McKenzie, D. Strachan, Ross (C), R. Strachan, Duffy, McCarthy, Jack Brown, Ritchie, O’Keefe, Pawlett, Shanks.
It was the hosts who got the ball rolling at New Douglas Park and as Peterhead appeared to enjoy the majority of possession early on, it was Scott Ross who made a vital block to keep the scoreline level. After a scramble from the resulting corner, Peter Pawlett did well to avert the danger. With 27 minutes gone and minimal chances for either side, Andy McCarthy was the first player of the afternoon to enter the referee’s book as he received a yellow card for a late foul on Clyde captain Barry Cuddihy. Peter Pawlett closely followed when, after finding himself with a 2v2 situation with Shanks, was booked for apparent simulation when challenged. With Peterhead struggling to break down the Clyde defence who guarded their box well, Clyde midfielder Liam Scullion found himself with a bit of space and from 30 yards, his shot was calmly collected by McKenzie. Moments later, a ball in behind The Blue Toon defence found Jordan Allan, however as the referee raised his flag for offside, McKenzie made himself big to deny the striker. With a couple of minutes of regular time to play before the interval, a ball in from the right hand side fell to Barry Cuddihy who had space on the edge of the Peterhead box. His low driven shot from 25 yards was enough to beat McKenzie at his bottom right corner as the hosts broke the deadlock. After a half with minimal opportunities for either side, the hosts went in ahead at the break.
HT: Clyde 1 – 0 Peterhead.
With the visitors getting the game underway after half time, Peterhead immediately went on the offensive to attempt to draw the scoreline back level. Danny Strachan found O’Keefe in the Clyde box with a cross but Neil Parry in the Clyde goal pulled off a tremendous save from close range to keep his net empty. In a thrilling opening minutes after the restart, captain and goalscorer Barry Cuddihy found himself in a similar situation to where his first half strike came from, however this time McKenzie got down low to deny. As a ball in behind the Peterhead defence beat Ryan Strachan, Jordan Allan found himself 1 on 1 with McKenzie who timed his lunge perfectly to collect the ball from the striker’s feet. With end to end football and more opportunities already presented than in the first half, McCarthy’s long range effort flew over the Clyde crossbar. After 50 minutes, Peterhead made the first change of the afternoon as Rory McAllister replaced Conor O’Keefe. Clyde respond with a substitute of their own as Jaze Kabia was replaced by Robbie Leitch. As the tight Clyde defence proved difficult to break down, Peterhead introduced Robert Ward and Alfie Stewart to the mix as Hamish Ritchie and Jack Brown left the pitch. The hosts freshened things up also, with Jordan Allan making way for Martin Rennie. After only being on the pitch a few minutes, the Clyde striker attempted to beat McKenzie with a powerful shot from 25 yards out, however the Peterhead shot stopper denied Rennie’s effort with a strong hand. With twenty minutes of regular time to play, Peterhead made their final roll of the dice as Joe McKee and Jordon Brown replaced Andy McCarthy and Peter Pawlett. With ten minutes of regular time remaining, the hosts use their last replacement as Chris McGinn swapped places with Ross Lyon who entered the pitch. With The Blue Toon struggling to keep the hosts at bay, Martin Rennie found the net through an overhead kick however the goal did not stand as Alex King who provided the assist was deemed to be offside. As both sides scrambled for a goal for entirely different reasons, Rory McAllister was the latest player to be shown a yellow card after an altercation off the ball with Raymond Grant. With one minute to play, McAllister stood alone in the Clyde box after Logan Dunachie commited a foul and conceded the penalty. Rory does what Rory does best and beat Parry to his bottom left corner and converted the penalty.
FT: Clyde 1 – 1 Peterhead.
After a hard fought draw against a well organised Clyde side, Peterhead were able to clinch a late goal to claim a point at New Douglas Park.