Scottish Daily Mail



QUEEN’S PARK should have known bet­ter. When Rory McAl­lis­ter went to ground on the edge of the box, there was only one player go­ing to take the free-kick. The Peter­head striker, un­sur­pris­ingly, did the busi­ness. His goal at Ham­p­den helped the Blue Toon cre­ate history by seal­ing their first ever cup fi­nal spot. McAl­lis­ter’s use­ful abil­ity to find the net has been cru­cial to Peter­head’s run, the 28-year-old scor­ing in each round of Petro­fac Train­ing Cup — in­clud­ing all five in a win at Falkirk in round two. Peter­head now must wait to see if Rangers or St Mir­ren will join them in the Fi­nal on April 10. While McAl­lis­ter fan­cies his chances against Saints, the prospect of fac­ing the Glas­gow gi­ants brings back great mem­o­ries. He scored for Peter­head in a fa­mous 2-1 win at Ibrox in April 2013 when Rangers were in the Third Di­vi­sion. ‘It’s dif­fi­cult to pick be­cause we’ve got a bet­ter chance of beat­ing St Mir­ren, but ev­ery­one wants to play the best teams and, ob­vi­ously, I think we’ll all want Rangers in the Fi­nal,’ said McAl­lis­ter. ‘We’ve beaten them be­fore but they are a dif­fer­ent team now. It will be a tougher prospect but it’s a one-off, so we’ll see how it goes.’ A small group of Peter­head fans made the long trip to Ham­p­den to watch Jim McI­nally and his play­ers seal the fa­mous vic­tory. McAl­lis­ter is, nat­u­rally, ex­cited about the Fi­nal but ad­mit­ted it will be a spe­cial oc­ca­sion for the club. ‘A lot of peo­ple be­hind the scenes do a lot of work and put hours in,’ he said. ‘Peo­ple don’t see that but it’s a fam­ily club and there are a lot of nice peo­ple. It’s good for them to have a day out at the Fi­nal.’ Queen’s Park were look­ing to reach their first na­tional cup fi­nal in 115 years and kept their dream alive when a Paul Woods penalty can­celled out McAl­lis­ter’s free-kick opener. But the visi­tors were back in front be­fore the break when Leighton McIn­tosh scored. Spi­ders mid­fielder Jamie McKer­non was shown a late red card for dis­sent. Reach­ing the semi-fi­nal was an achieve­ment in it­self and for Queen’s Park de­fender An­thony Ralston, it was an ex­pe­ri­ence he hopes will ben­e­fit him in the long run. The 16-year-old — on loan from Celtic — said: ‘The ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing against men ev­ery Satur­day is only go­ing to help you in your ca­reer go­ing for­ward.’

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