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Redman the matchwinner as Peterhead win 3-2 again

Sat 20 Feb 2016

COWDENBEATH 2-3 PETERHEAD 
By Glenn Moir

Tyres are scattered around the stockcar track, which rings the Cowdenbeath pitch - but the wheels would not come off for Peterhead, who continued their amazing League 1 run.

Stand-in skipper Jamie Redman scored the winner at Central Park as the second top Blue Toon stretched their unbeaten streak to 14 matches.

Twice Jim McInally's team gave away the lead in a topsy-turvy match but Redman's 75th strike was decisive and deserved.

Given the condition of the surface, this was never going to be a spectacle for the purest, but it was not short of action.

Cowden keeper Alin Roman was named man of the match, an indication of the Balmoor club's pressure on the home goal.

Roman made the first of several stunning stops in the third minute from Rory McAllister, who linked neatly with Shane Sutherland before getting his shot away.

But there was absolutely nothing the Romanian could do to keep out Ryan Strachan's thunderbolt in the 16th minute.

Strolling out of defence, Strachan unleashed a left foot screamer from 35 yards, which pinged into the corner of the net.

It was almost 2-0 to the visitors in the 23rd minute when Sutherland stung the palms of Roman with a well-struck effort from the left side of the penalty area.

Ally Gilchrist made a couple of important blocks down the other end as the Blue Brazil grew into the match and they drew level in the 28th minute.

Greig Spence cut the ball back across goal for Declan McDaid, who was able to squeeze a low shot home from 10 yards.

However, Peterhead's response was almost immediate.

Leighton McIntosh, who scored a hat-trick when the teams last met in November, forced the ball past Roman with a shot from inside the box on the half hour.

McIntosh, unfortunately, would not last too much longer after suffering a foot injury when colliding with two Cowden defenders, seconds after Roman had pulled off another top spot.

There was a scare for the visitors just before the break when Jack Beaumont fluffed his lines from close range after being picked out by McDaid.

Sutherland was foiled by Roman early in the second period and soon after it was all square again.

Strachan was penalised for handball out on the left in the 53rd minute. Beaumont's whipped delivery eluded bodies in the box and the ball flew past Graeme Smith.

The equaliser prompted the Blue Toon to up their level on a muddy surface and they carved out several openings.

McAllister sent a header from Sutherland's corner wide and he then blazed a shot over from Strachan's pick-out, before driving another effort too high.

McInally's men kept going and they were rewarded with 15 minutes remaining.

McAllister passed to Nicky Riley, who replaced McIntosh in the first period, and the former Dundee winger's cross was swept into the net from 10 yards by Redman.

Delight for the travelling band of away fans, which included the matchwinner's parents and sister.

Jamie Stevenson almost put the seal on the victory with a shot, which deflected just wide after good work from debutant Marc Lawrence, who came on as a late substitute.

So another 3-2 success for Peterhead, who have amassed 34 points from the last 42 available. An incredible return.

                        Smith

Stevenson Strachan Gilchrist Blockley

Redman Dzierzawski Ferry Sutherland

              McAllister McIntosh