Peterhead manager Jim McInally was delighted that recent recruits Brett Long and Niah Payne showed what they were about during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Alloa that started the Blue Toon’s League 1 season on a high with the Balmoor boss also pleased that Andy McCarthy showed his versatility.
Goalkeeper Long kept a clean sheet, Payne made one and scored one with McCarthy shining in a right back role after agreeing to a move from his usual midfield berth against the Wasps.
Long dealt with the attempts Alloa had on his goal with the former East Fife shot-stopper earning praise for calming things down in the latter stages with Jim saying: “Brett was not over-worked as we put in a very strong performance however what he had to deal with he did. Towards the end Alloa launched a couple of dangerous crosses into our box and when that happens you look for your goalkeeper to be decisive and come out and claim them.”
“He did that well and that ensured Alloa could not get a foothold.”
As for Payne Jim said: “That was Niah’s best game for Peterhead. He got a few games at the end of last season and there were some glimpses of what he could do. He has a terrific attitude and I knew that there was more to come from him and we saw some of that at the weekend.”
“I believe that Niah can have a great season for us and if he is doing that guys like Russell McLean will benefit.”
Finally Jim said: “Andy McCarthy was Man of the Match for many people on Saturday. He agreed to play at right back and he showed all his dogged qualities in that role as well as playing a part in both of the goals with passes up the right wing. It was good to try him there from the start of a game.”
“He was just coming back from an injury so that is why he came off but it is something we could try again.”