Pleasure of Tannadice replaced with pain of Airdrie

What a difference a week makes!

Airdrie 2

Carrick (43pen), 

Fordyce (71)

Peterhead 0

Last Saturday everyone of a Blue Toon persuasion was beaming after a 1-0 win at Dundee United in the Betfred Cup however a week later everyone is winching at the injuries that affected Jim McInally’s side as they went down 2-0 at Airdrie in their first League 1 game of the new season.

Josh Mulligan was already missing due an ankle knock picked up on his debut at Tannadice and Gary Fraser was isolating on the instruction of the Test and Protect Coronavirus Operation and the by the time the 90 minutes were up in Lanarkshire Simon Ferry and Isaac layne were limping and Gary Mackenzie had suffered a head-knock.

Peterhead were the better side in the opening minutes with Andrew McCarthy dominating the midfield and Layne keeping the home defence on their toes as he constantly looked to get in behind them.

Layne had the first opening on 14 minutes when he cleared two challenges on the edge of the Diamonds’ box to get a glimpse of goal however he sent his shot whistling over.

A minute later McCarthy, who had been fouled four times already, picked out Jason Brown with a cross to the back post however the defender sent his header over.

As the Blue Toon continued on top Simon Ferry looked to start an attacking move on 30 minutes however his cross-field pass was cut out. Airdrie darted forward as a result however Ferry took it upon himself to nullify the danger and raced back 30 yards to block out a cross.

Ferry’s desire came at the price as he had to limp off with a suspected hamstring injury with Alan Cook coming on as his replacement.

The break in play disrupted Peterhead’s rhythm and Airdrie sensed an opportunity to take control. Dale Carrick began to dominate on the left and the striker won a penalty on 43 minutes when Kyle Bailey slipped when making a tackle and Carrick hit the artificial turf.

Referee Barry Cook, who yellow-carded both managers for comments made during the first half, pointed to the spot and Carrick dusted himself down and sent Joshua Rae the wrong way from 12 yards out.

Peterhead regrouped during the break and came out determined to get level in the second 45 minutes. Airdrie came out just as determined not to concede and a stalemate set in until Jim McInally’s side suffered further misfortune.

Mackenzie who had stood strong in the heart of the visiting defence was involved in a head-knock just before the hour mark and as he was being treated Layne indicated that he had to come off after banging his knee on the ground following a challenge.

Manager McInally also took off Steven Boyd who had been well-shacked all afternoon with Derryn Kesson, Lyall Cameron and Derek Lyle all coming on.

After taking time to adjust Peterhead carved out a chance to equalise five minutes later when Kieran Freeman was released on the right however the on-loan Dundee United youngster sent his cross high over the head of the unmarked Lyle who had pepped up the visiting attack after coming on.

With 20 minutes left Bailey failed to cut out a through ball and Calum Gallagher looked set to double Airdrie’s lead however a superb sliding tackle from Jason Brown ended the danger.

However from the resultant corner Callum Fordyce rose to head home and secure the three points for the hosts.


Rae, Bailey, J Brown, Mackenzie (Kesson 59), Conroy, Freeman, Ferry (Cook 32), S Brown, Boyd (Cameron 59), McCarthy, Layne (Lyle 58)

Unused substitutes – Wilson

Manager Jim McInally’s comments will be uploaded tomorrow.


Responding to the UEFA statement from earlier today,a spokesperson for the Joint Response Group said:“The coronavirus outbreak is affecting leagues across Europe in many different ways depending, amongst other things, on their financial position, their broadcasting deals and the percentage of their clubs’ income derived from gate receipts.“In addition, the approach from individual governments varies according to the severity and timing of the lockdown and their success in dealing with the outbreak.“As a result, there can be no “one-size-fits-all” solution to the challenges facing the 55 countries under the UEFA banner.“Today’s UEFA announcement acknowledges that different leagues will have to carefully consider their own unique circumstances before deciding how best to progress.”

UEFA statement

Hooper’s return to fitness delayed

Hooper’s return to fitness delayed


Peterhead defender Scott Hooper’s return to fitness work from potential damage to his spleen and liver following a bout of glandular fever has been put on hold due to the impact the coronavirus is having on the National Health Service.

The 25 year old former Queen of the South and Annan player was a regular starter at the Blue Toon until he was withdrawn from the Balmoor side’s starting line-up just minutes before they were due to face Airdrie at Balmoor in February after he told the club’s medical staff that he felt unwell and did not have enough energy to play.

Tests revealed that Hooper had been suffering from glandular fever for six weeks and the lengthy period before discovering he was unwell may have caused damage to his spleen and liver.

Ultrasound checks were due to take place this month however they have been postponed with manager Jim McInally saying: “The good news is that Scott is feeling a lot better and is doing more work with his day to day employers. However, he cannot do any training until he has the ultrasound checks.”

“They have been put on hold just now and everyone can understand the reasons for that. It is frustrating for Scott but he knows that we want him back for the new season whenever that starts and hopefully that helps him at this difficult time.”

Craig Stewart