Peterhead boss McInally rues two dropped League Two points at Galabank

Peterhead manager Jim McInally.

Peterhead manager Jim McInally felt it was two points dropped for his side after they drew 3-3 with Annan Athletic.

The Blue Toon led 2-0 at Galabank after first-half sub Russell McLean netted a brace before the break. Blair Henderson struck back for the home side in the second period.

Then McLean got his hat-trick with a penalty but another effort from Henderson and a late goal from Peter Watson meant it finished 3-3.

The Buchan side had hoped to close the gap on League Two leaders Montrose to three points with a win, but the gap stands at five points.

McInally said: “It’s frustrating because we were so much in control of the game at 2-0 and we gave a goal away under no pressure.

“Even when we got the third goal, we gave another goal away when we gave a pass away under no pressure. “Then it was 3-2 and they scored off a corner with five minutes to go.

“You would probably need to have seen it to have seen the control we had.

“It’s disappointing but to go away from home and score three goals you should win the game. “It is a feeling of two points dropped. You can draw an away game and think it’s a good point but because of how far ahead we were it’s two points dropped.”

Another blow to Peterhead was star striker Rory McAllister having to come off after half an hour with an ankle problem. It is hoped McAllister’s injury will not keep him out for too long, but the Blue Toon will have to wait to discover the extent of the damage.

But McInally was pleased for McAllister’s replacement, McLean, after he netted a treble.

McInally added: “It was brilliant for Russell McLean, as soon as he went on and scored we played some really good stuff in the first half and it’s a good time of the season for him to be hitting form.”

McInally gave French-Algerian striker Karim Belmokhtar a 20-minute run-out as a trialist in the game.

The 21-year-old impressed McInally and the former Edinburgh City man is now going to be offered a contract with Peterhead until the end of the season.