Bonnyrigg Rose 2 Peterhead 2

Apr 10, 2024

Peterhead travelled to New Dundas Park on Saturday as The Blue Toon faced Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic in League 2.

Ahead of Saturday’s match, Peterhead traveled south coming off the back of a 4-1 victory over Clyde; whilst Bonnyrigg had failed to win in their last ten matches in all competitions.

Starting XI: McKenzie, R. Strachan, Jas. Brown (C), Goldie, Duffy, McKee, Stewart, Pawlett, Ritchie, Ward, McAllister.

At a blustery New Dundas Park, it was the visitors who got the ball rolling as The Blue Toon aimed to continue their unbeaten form against opponents Bonnyrigg Rose this season. The first real opportunity of the game however came from Bonnyrigg midfielder Bradley Barrett, who fired his shot wide of McKenzie’s goal. With the hosts pushing for an opener, it was Barrett who found the back of the Peterhead net after 22 minutes played. With Peterhead on the back foot, a series of corners were well defended by The Blue Toon as they prevent Bonnyrigg from doubling their lead. A goal down; Peterhead began to come into the game as the first half progressed; with Hamish Ritchie forcing a good save from Paddy Martin in the home goalmouth to deny The Blue Toon a leveler. With half-time approaching, Pawlett’s effort was high as the midfielder was unsuccessful in finishing off a Peterhead counter-attack. From the resulting goal kick, Bonnyrigg attempted to hit back and double their lead heading into the break; however Mailer was unable to find the target after a quick counterattack from the hosts.

HT: Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 1 – 0 Peterhead.

The hosts kick off the second half and in similar style to the previous 45 minutes of football, Peterhead searched for an equaliser. The Blue Toon’s first chance of the half came from the head of Ryan Strachan who forced Paddy Martin into action to deny the defender a goal. Five minutes after the interval, Bonnyrigg made their first change as goalscorer Bradley Barrett was replaced by Conor Doan. Pushing to bring the scoreline level, McKee’s free kick effort was narrowly high of Martin’s goal; followed by a big chance for Rory McAllister who was through on goal however scuffed his shot and sent the ball wide. With eight minutes played in the second half, Peterhead inevitably found the back of the net via the head of Hamish Ritchie who guided his effort into the far corner after Joe McKee’s delivery from a free kick. After sixty minutes, Mailer was the first player to enter the referee’s book as he received a yellow for a foul on Robert Ward. Subsequently, Peterhead made their first change of the afternoon as Kieran Shanks came on for Flynn Duffy as The Blue Toon aimed to take control. With the match at a stalemate, McGachie and Goldie were both shown yellow cards. In their bids to break the deadlock, Peterhead replaced Caleb Goldie and Alfie Stewart with Scott Ross and Jordon Brown, as Bonnyrigg swapped Watson in for Gray. Looking to make an instant impact, Jordon Brown was unable to keep his header down from McKee’s delivery. With less than ten minutes of regular time remaining, Rory McAllister was booked for a foul on the edge of the Peterhead Penalty area. Lee Currie stepped up to take the resulting free kick and was able to beat McKenzie with his set piece shot. With the hosts in front, they made their final change as Dunsmore came on for Mailer. In the final moments, Jordon Brown, Lee Currie and Robert Ward were all shown yellow cards as The Blue Toon once again pushed for an equaliser. Into injury time, a long ball was fired forward and controlled by Pawlett who played a through ball to McAllister who slotted home an equaliser. With a draw seemingly not a satisfactory score, the match ended with Peterhead trying for a winner as Shanks headed wide from McKee’s corner.

FT: Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 2 – 2 Peterhead.

After committing the foul that lead to the hosts’ second goal, Rory McAllister took matters into his own hands as he redeemed a late point for The Blue Toon on the road.

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