Peterhead 0 Bonnyrigg Rose 0

Feb 23, 2024

Peterhead hosted Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic to Balmoor on Tuesday evening as The Blue Toon took on the then 6th placed side in League 2.

Starting XI: McKenzie, R. Strachan, Wilson, Goldie, Duffy, McKee, McCarthy (C), Stewart, Ritchie, Shanks, McAllister.

It was the visitors who got the ball rolling at Balmoor on Tuesday evening as Peterhead aimed to replicate their second half performance of the previous Saturday where The Blue Toon came from three goals behind to secure a point away at Forfar. The first attempt of the match came from Bonnyrigg defender Mercer; who after robbing Goldie of possession, curled his shot from distance wide. As The Blue Toon attempted to not concede an early goal, the home side looked to attack the Bonnyrigg goal as, after a well-worked sequence of play, McAllister’s flicked on header fell to Shanks however the number ten couldn’t make clean contact with the ball to direct his shot on target. In the opening half hour, The Blue Toon looked to be in control of the match as Ritchie drove forward with the ball but fired his shot straight at Paddy Martin in the Bonnyrigg goal. Defending well, the away side conceded a foul on the edge of the penalty area, however Joe McKee was unable to capitalise as his attempt was high of the crossbar. With Ritchie getting the better of Bonnyrigg defender Martynuik down the right hand side, he was able to cut inside and get his shot away, however his attempt was well blocked by the visiting defence and again, after a similar move, well saved by Paddy Martin. To conclude the first half, Alfie Stewart received the first booking of the evening following his first foul of the evening.

HT: Peterhead 0 – 0 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic.

As Shanks kicked off the second half after the interval, Alfie Stewart was only on the pitch momentarily as he was shown a second yellow card in the 47th minute for a late challenge. With The Blue Toon now down to ten men for the majority of the second half, Peterhead were forced to make a change as the injured Ryan Strachan was replaced by Danny Strachan. Despite a man short, The Blue Toon were still on the offensive as McAllister bursts down the right hand side and got his cross away. After a failed clearance, the ball fell to Ritchie however his headed attempt looped over the Bonnyrigg bar. A second Peterhead substitution welcomed Pawlett in place of Ritchie. Bonnyrigg midfielder Lee Currie was the first visiting player to be booked after a string of fouls; followed by the away side making their first replacements of the evening as Barrett, Doan and Gray were replaced by Jarvis, McGale and Watson. Still on the attack, Shanks’ effort was blocked on the edge of the Bonnyrigg box. With eighteen minutes of regular time to play, Peterhead made a triple change and their final substitutes of the evening as Robert Ward, Jordon Brown and Conor O’Keefe replaced Rory McAllister, Kieran Shanks and Joe McKee. With The Blue Toon pushing to break the deadlock, the away side made changes of their own as Stewart and Byrne made way for Connelly and Osadolor. After good link-up play between Pawlett and O’Keefe, the latter was denied twice by Martin in the Bonnyrigg goal to keep the scoreline level; followed by McCarthy’s effort which flew over the crossbar from range. After coming on and looking to break the deadlock; the second half concluded in similar fashion to the first; with a booking for Jordon Brown.

FT: Peterhead 0 – 0 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic.

MOTM: David Wilson

Attendance: 672

As The Blue Toon keep their first clean sheet since early November, David Wilson is named man-of-the-match on his return to Balmoor after injury.

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