Durnan (26 own goal)
McManus (9, 24, 62 pen)
Peterhead went down 3-1 to Falkirk in their first home game of 2020 with one-time Aberdeen striker Declan McManus enjoying his return to the north-east by hitting a hat-trick.
The Balmoor side made three changes from last weekend’s outing at Raith Rovers with Jason Brown and Ryan Conroy dropping to the bench and Paddy Boyle missing out all together after having 11 stitches inserted into his cheek after the Kirkcaldy game.
Cammy Eadie, Mick Dunlop and Rory McAllister came in with new recruit Andrew McCarthy starting his Peterhead career as a substitute.
McManus scored twice in the opening 24 minutes however Peterhead roared into the game with the aid of an own goal just two minutes later.
The Blue Toon pushed Falkirk, who have moved up to second place in the table, hard for an equaliser however a penalty and a red card with just over an hour gone took the game away from the hosts.
Peterhead fell behind early for a second week running when McManus opened the scoring on 9 minutes when he drilled the ball past Greg Fleming after Morgaro Gomis had burst into the home side’s box.
Peterhead look to get back into things quickly and visiting defender Mark Durnan did well to deny Derek Lyle as the striker broke forward.
It was 2-0 on 24 minutes when Falkirk put together a fine move which started when Michael Doyle ventured down the right wing.
The full back sent the ball across the 18-yard line where Charlie Telfer let it run to Connor Sammon who teed up McManus to shoot into the net.
The hosts got a footholdl quickly when Durnan turned the ball into his own net just before Cammy Eadie got a toe onto a Mick Dunlop header from a Jack Leitch cross.
Before the break Lyle and then Rory McAllister went close with shots and Eadie had a header saved by Robbie Mutch as Peterhead pushed for an equaliser.
McCarthy came off the bench for his debut on 58 minutes however before he could make an impact David Ferguson was penalised for a pull on Sammon in the box.
Referee Steven Reid dismissed Ferguson before McManus slammed the penalty past Fleming from 12 yards out.
Aidan Smith and Jason Brown were introduced as manager Jim McInally looked to get his team back into the game despite their numerical disadvantage whilst keeping Peterhead from adding to their tally.
McManus had a chance to make his day even more memorable however he passed it up with former Peterhead coach David McCracken’s side seeing things out without any damage with only a late long-distance drive from Jamie Stevenson causing any concern.
Fleming, Ferguson, Eadie, Dunlop (Brown 65), Hooper, Leitch, Brown, Armour (McCarthy 58), Lyle (Smith 63), Stevenson, McAllister
Fraser, Dimov, Conroy, Wilson (G/k)
|January 11, 2020||12:02 pm||Scottish League One||2019/20|