Greenock men force re­play

The Herald on Sunday - - SPORT -

MORTON are fac­ing a night­mar­ish jour­ney to the north-east on Tues­day and con­tem­plat­ing the loss of a key striker after hav­ing to come from be­hind to se­cure a re­play against a side two di­vi­sions be­low them.

In­deed, they may con­sider them­selves for­tu­nate to have a se­cond bite at the cherry as Peter­head con­tend there was an in­fringe­ment in the build-up to the hosts’ equal­is­ing goal.

Peter­head were ahead in 27 min­utes when Scott Brown fin­ished in style after link­ing well with Ryan Dow, whose trick­ery and skill set up the op­por­tu­nity.

Then came the mo­ment of con­tro­versy when Peter­head felt that Jack Iredale had fouled Jamie Steven­son be­fore cross­ing for Bob McHugh who clin­i­cally net­ted with a header.

Peter­head boss Jim McI­nally said: “There was a foul in the build-up to their goal and if they don’t get it, we might have won the game.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing be­cause their player has pulled Jamie Steven­son back.

“We have maybe missed our chance be­cause the re­play is on Tues­day and we have a lot of aches and pains and our boys have got to work while they are full-time.”

Gary Oliver had to go to hos­pi­tal for an X- r ay aft er dam­ag­ing his shoul­der and that com­pounded a frus­trat­ing day for Jonatan Jo­hans­son, who ad­mit­ted Peter­head de­served an­other crack even if his side squan­dered a match-win­ning chance. Three min­utes into stop­page time, Robert Thom­son crossed from the left and McHugh had the chance to score but placed his header wide.

Jo­hans­son said: “I’m dis­ap­pointed. Our play wasn’t good enough and we failed to take the few chances we had.

“We had a real chance at the very end but the qual­ity in the fi­nal third wasn’t re­ally there for us.

“That would have won it for us, but it wasn’t to be and over­all I can’t com­plain too much about the re­sult.

“Peter­head worked very hard and they have play­ers who have played at a higher level.

“Gary has a bad one. We have sent him to hos­pi­tal and it doesn’t look good. We also lost Jim McAlis­ter at half-time as he wasn’t feel­ing well, but we have to be ready for the re­play.” BY ALAN TEM­PLE COLIN McMENAMIN is tak­ing noth­ing for granted in his bid to be named per­ma­nent Sten­house­muir man­ager de­spite lead­ing the War­riors to a stun­ning Scot­tish Cup tri­umph over fal­ter­ing Falkirk. In the mean­time, a free pint at the bar will suf­fice.

A brace from 18-year-old Conor McBrearty and strikes by Sean Dick­son and Mark McGuigan sealed a 4-2 win over their fierce lo­cal ri­vals as they ut­terly be­lied their lowly berth at the foot of League 1.

Goals from Paul Pa­ton and Joe McKee will be a mere foot­note in the most em­bar­rass­ing chap­ter of an ab­ject cam­paign for Falkirk.

They were torn apart by their Ochil neigh­bours in front of around 1400 trav­el­ling fans.

“I’m do­ing the job to the best of my abil­ity and we’ll see what the board have to s ay,” s aid beam­ing McMenamin. “I guess this [re­sult] can’t do any harm!

“I’ve been told that I’ve earned a free drink at The Wee Bar and, I’ll tell you some­thing, at this club that’s a ma­jor suc­cess!

“I’ve made it clear that I’d like to be con­sid­ered for the po­si­tion. I’ve got this club at heart and have loved my time here – it’s a great place and I want to help them grow.”

There were no in­di­ca­tions of the tra­vails to come when Falkirk raced into an early lead through Pa­ton, who con­verted from close range after Den­non Lewis’s shot was blocked.

How­ever, Stenny ral­lied and were

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