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Peterhead blow away Ayr

Sat 19 Dec 2015

Peterhead once again showed they are more than a match for the top teams in League 1 after an excellent victory over title-chasing Ayr Utd.
 
All three goals came in a second half dominated by the Blue Toon, with Kevin Dzierzawski smashing home a stunning opener before Shane Sutherland's late double.
 
However, Jim McInally's men were just as impressive in the first period, showing grit, determination and discipline to get to the interval all square against a strong wind.
 
The result means Peterhead have now taken an impressive eight points from their matches against the top two, Dunfermline and Ayr, so far this season.
 
Given their recent run, the team almost picks itself at the moment.  But Scott Ross, in for the concussed Ally Gilchrist, did not last long because of an ankle problem so on came Sutherland in the 7th minute with Jamie Redman dropping into central defence.
 
The Blue Toon had Graeme Smith to thank early on, his impressive double-save denying Craig Moore, who probably should have done better.
 
The conditions forced Peterhead to defend more than attack but they still carved out a golden opportunity for Leighton McIntosh in the 10th minute.  November's Player of the Month latched on to Nathan Blockley's pass but he dragged his shot wide when through on goal.
 
In the 21st minute, Smith pulled off a great stop low down to his left to turn behind Alan Trouten's 20 yard effort and then Moore flashed a free-kick wide as half time drew to a close.
 
It was roles reversed in the second half with Peterhead asking the questions, but Ayr's backline was not as watertight.  Not that there was anything they could have done to prevent Dzierzawski's stunning 63rd minute goal.
 
The American midfielder collected a pass 25 yards out and unleashed a left foot shot which flew past Greg Fleming and into the top corner.
 
Smith kept out a Trouten strike while Andy Graham spooned a shot over as Ayr went in search of an equaliser, but the home side carried the biggest threat.
 
A quick break saw Rory McAllister set up Sutherland, who finished well from the right side of the penalty area in the 81st minute to just about wrap up the points.  
 
McAllister was then unlucky not to add to Peterhead's lead when he found the net from about 40 yards but referee Alan Newlands had blown for a home free-kick.  Albeit belatedly.
 
But the Blue Toon fans were soon celebrating another goal as Sutherland put the seal on the win with five minutes remaining.  
 
Fellow sub Jamie Stevenson clipped a cross into the penalty area and Sutherland planted a header into the corner to make it a Merry Christmas for Peterhead.
 
 
 
PETERHEAD XI
 
                      Smith
 
Blockley Ross Strachan Noble
 
                       Ferry
            Dzierzawski Redman
                      Brown
 
             McIntosh McAllister