Peterhead boss McInally happy to win ugly against Berwick Rangers

Rory McAllister celebrates.
Rory McAllister celebrates.

Peterhead manager Jim McInally praised his side for finding a way to win against Berwick Rangers – despite not being at their best.

The Blue Toon won 1-0 in Saturday’s League Two encounter at Balmoor thanks to Rory McAllister’s goal 17 minutes from time.

The talismanic striker bundled home Jamie Stevenson’s cross to the back post from the right flank.

Buchan boss McInally was pleased to take the points against the Wee Gers, who left Balmoor with a win and a draw from two visits last season.

He said: “Last season against Berwick at home we drew and lost to them in much the same types of game.

“It was a good result with an average performance, we’re still trying to get to where we want to be.

“It was quite a hard game to watch because we had so much possession and for all the possession we had in the first half their goalie wasn’t worked.

“We were playing a team that was set in and we didn’t ask enough questions of them because we were trying to score the perfect goal at times and trying to walk it in.

“In the second half, it was much the same and then we had a moment where we nearly shot ourselves in the foot.

“Jamie Stevenson was short with a free-kick on halfway to Willie Gibson, they broke away and Greg Fleming had to make a save. That was the only way we were going to lose a goal was through slackness.

“The difference in the second half was that Jamie Stevenson got forward more and got good crosses into the box and eventually we scored off one.”

Something that did please McInally was Paddy Boyle making his debut, Ryan Dow making his first start and Mick Dunlop making his second start for the club.

McInally added: “Mick has played another 90 minutes, Paddy has come on for 20, but we’re getting there.

“I thought Ryan played well. When he gets the ball he drives at people and takes them out of the game.

“That was his first 90 minutes in a while so he was blowing a bit, but hopefully that will bring him on. You can see he has that bit of something different.”

“Individuals need to play better. Rory McAllister scored and that will boost his confidence.”