Greenock men force replay
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