Jim McInally – We gave ourselves mountains to climb

Jul 25, 2021

Peterhead manager Jim McInally was left frustrated as his side went down 3-1 to Stirling Albion in their final Premier Sports Group A game at Forthbank.

The Blue Toon fell behind early, hit back instantly, only to go behind again and the loss of a third goal less than two minutes into the second half saw the Binos triumph.

Jordan McGregor put Stirling ahead on six minutes following a corner however Scott Brown replied instantly from the penalty spot after Hamish Ritchie had been fouled.

The hosts quickly regained the lead when Martin McNiff netted after another corner with former Balmoor favourite Jack Leitch ensuring that Stirling finished second in the table with a fine strike early in the second half to leave Jim saying: “The goals we lost were disappointing. We did not deal with their corners early on and lost two goals from that. The first goal should have been cleared and then to lose a second in similar circumstances after getting level was annoying.”

“We spoke at half-time about going out and winning the game. Within two minutes a ball travels 60 yards and their player brings it down and scores from 20 yards. It was a good strike from Jack however it was a poor goal both from a defensive point of view and when it was scored.”

“We had plenty of good possession after that but did not threaten enough. It was disappointing to lose in the manner we did and we have some issues to work on before the league starts next weekend.”