McInally doesn’t care about goals as Peterhead thrash Elgin City 7-0

Peterhead's Rory McAllister has been his usual prolific self this term.

Delighted boss Jim McInally today warned Peterhead will be hard to live with if they maintain their red hot form.

The Blue Toon destroyed North rivals Elgin City 7-0 at Balmoor to hit the goal trail for the second game in a week.

It followed a 6-2 away defeat of table-topping Montrose on Saturday that emphatically underlined Peterhead’s title aspirations.

In-form Peterhead have now racked up six straight wins in all competitions – rattling home 23 goals in the process.

And in the hunt for the League Two title, McInally insisted it is three points, and not the margin of victory, that matters.

McInally said: “I couldn’t care less about the goals – so long as we score.

“We were so professional in the second half – we went long when we needed to and short when we needed to.

“If they do what they have been doing, they’re hard to live with.”

Peterhead have slashed the gap on league leaders Montrose to just one point and crucially have two games in hand.

Faltering Montrose dropped further points when they were held 1-1 at home by bottom side Cowdenbeath.

The Links Park side had gone nine games undefeated before losing to Peterhead at the weekend.

The whitewash of Elgin was played at a blustery Balmoor and McInally praised his side for handling the difficult conditions.

He said: “We knew the wind was going to play a part and we wanted to get to half-time still in the game.

“Going in at 1-0 was a bonus.

“We had a concern that Elgin hadn’t played the other day when we had.”

Peterhead grabbed the lead in the 27th minute when prolific striker Rory McAllister netted his 24th goal of the season.

McAllister has now scored in 10 of the last 11 Peterhead games, hitting 17 goals in the process.

Remarkably the Blue Toon went on to score another six times after the break with McAllister not on the scoresheet again.

Boss McInally substituted the striker with nearly 20 minutes to go.

He said: “Rory got his goal and I was delighted I was able to make the changes early after two games on astroturf and spread the game-time around.”

Jordon Brown doubled Peterhead’s advantage in the 54th minute.

Elgin City suffered a late collapse as Nick Riley made it 3-0 in the 65th minute, before Jamie Stevenson hit a quick-fire double.

Mason Robertson and Russell McLean scored late on to pile more misery on Elgin.