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PETERHEAD 1-1 MONTROSE
By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead outplayed Montrose but their lack of height and strength in comparison with their opponents proved pivotal.

After Jack Leitch had given the Balmoor team a fully deserved lead with a glorious goal, the visitors levelled deep in stoppage time from a set-piece.

Chris Templeman peeled off Willie Gibson, Peterhead's top performer, to score with a header from Martyn Fotheringham's corner.

There was only ever going to be one winner in the Templeman v Gibson contest from a dead ball delivery but in fairness to Jim McInally's men, there were powerhouses aplenty to pick up.

The Blue Toon's giant striker Russell McLean was designated to mark Templeman but he came off injured early in the second half.

It was still a good delivery and a fine header but that did not make it any easier for Peterhead, particularly as they never looked like conceding from open play.

The home team impressed, especially in the first half, and Montrose were fortunate not to trail by a couple of goals early on.

Rory McAllister rattled the crossbar with a cracking left foot shot from the edge of the penalty area in the sixth minute, just before McLean sent a free header wide from Gibson's cross.

Jason Brown then looped a header just over, before McLean forced Allan Fleming into a smart save from another Gibson centre.

Montrose did very well to get to half time level pegging and they continued to ride their luck in the second period as McAllister prodded wide from substitute Nicky Riley's pass.

Peterhead were finally rewarded for their play and pressure in the 71st minute through a stunning Leitch strike.

Gibson's free-kick was only partially cleared by the visitors and when the ball broke out to the former Airdrie midfielder, he hit a first-time shot from 20 yards into the top corner of the net.

Given that the Gable Endies had offered next to nothing, Peterhead would have felt confident of finishing off the job.

McInally later admitted he faced a dilemma, sacrifice forward-thinking creative players in order to bulk up his backline or go with the flow and seek a second?

He opted for the latter, not that he had too many options from the bench in terms of physicality.

Anyway, Montrose got their goal, which maintained their unbeaten start, but it was very tough on the Blue Toon.

                   

                            Fleming
S.Brown Jas.Brown Robertson McIlduff
                  Gibson Ferry Leitch
             McLean McAllister Smith

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Montrose 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Montrose maintain unbeaten start after injury-time goal wipes out Leitch stunner

 

PETERHEAD 2-0 ANNAN
By Glenn Moir

 

Second half goals from Russell McLean and Rory McAllister floored Annan as Peterhead booked their place in the IRN-BRU Cup third round.

McLean converted a penalty to open his account for the Blue Toon and then McAllister came off the bench to score a fine second and make sure of the win.

It turned out to be very comfortable for the 2015/16 finalists, who gave a debut to new signing Aidan McIlduff, 24 hours after the former Celtic rookie signed a contract until the end of the season.

Following a largely forgettable first half, McLean ought to have made the breakthrough three minutes after the interval when he missed the target with a free header. Nicky Riley, Peterhead's shining light, swung over a free-kick from the left but McLean, from about six yards out, nodded over when it looked easier to score.

However, the towering striker's telling contribution came in the 58th minute when he won and scored a spot-kick.

Steven Swinglehurst clambered all over the back of McLean, who dusted himself down to send Alex Mitchell the wrong way from 12 yards.

Referee Craig Napier was right to award a penalty for that piece of clumsy defending. But only he will know why he never pointed to the spot again in the 70th minute.

Riley was quick to react to a slack backpass from Ellis Pearson but after knocking the ball past Mitchell, he was brought down by the goalkeeper. Not only did the official fail to spot the contact between the two, he cautioned Riley for diving. Double whammy.

At least it never looked like being a game-changing decision due to Petehead's dominance in the second half.

The extra bit of quality that came from substitutes McAllister and Willie Gibson also ensured the Blue Toon's place in Tuesday's draw.

Indeed, the pair combined for the killer second with 12 minutes remaining. Gibson's low, driven corner to the front post was expertly controlled by McAllister, who then unleashed an angled shot into the top corner.

A vital victory after a couple of League 2 losses.

 

                              Hobday
Jas.Brown McCracken Robertson McIlduff
           Adams Ferry Lawrence Riley
                       Smith McLean

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Annan 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title First Blue Toon goal for McLean in 2-0 win

 

PETERHEAD 2-4 STIRLING ALBION
By Glenn Moir

 

Scott Ross, it would appear, does not have a future at Peterhead after boss Jim McInally stated he would no longer consider the defender for selection following his red card in the Blue Toon's defeat to League 2 pacesetters Stirling Albion.

The 26 year old, after being cautioned in the first period, was shown a second yellow for a flailing elbow in the 73rd minute.

That was the eighth dismissal for Ross during his time at the club and McInally, post-match, claimed his patience had run out.

McInally said: "Going out to start the second half, my last words to Scott were, don't get sent off."

"That will cost him dearly because as long as I'm here, he won't play."

When pressed further on the situation, the Peterhead manager added: "Scott has let us down once too often."

"I have stuck up for him umpteen times and he will pay the price this time."

"He was actually having a decent half but he got away with a challenge before he put an elbow into the back of the Stirling player's head, which is unacceptable."

The Ross red card came near the end of an action-packed game, which Stirling bossed for large spells.

The Binos scored four in the first half, despite trailing early on, to maintain their winning start to League 2.

Paul Cairney's fifth minute goal, which came courtesy of a sumptuous Jamie Stevenson cross, ought to have given Peterhead a shot in the arm.

But some disastrous defending handed the initiative to Stirling and they certainly made the Blue Toon suffer.

The reshuffling at the back, following an injury picked up by Mickael Ngango Dikobo, did not help but that was not an excuse for how easily the visitors got their goals.

Dave Mackay's men were level in the 18th minute when Darren Smith shrugged off the attentions of Samson Gabriel and after his effort was clawed away by Greg Fleming, Calumn Morrison fired in the rebound.

Three minutes later, it was 2-1 to the league leaders after Liam Caddis picked out Smith, whose crisp first-time effort flashed into the net.

Peterhead could not cope and they fell further behind in the 25th minute, Scott Brown misdirecting a header into Ross Kavanagh's path and he drilled the ball past Fleming.

When Peter Macdonald set up Darren Smith on the left side of the penalty area in the 36th minute, Stirling scored a fourth and they actually had a couple of other chances to go further in front.

At least Peterhead did win the second half with Rory McAllister netting a penalty in the 54th minute, after a handball from ex teammate Ross Smith, to claim his landmark 150th Blue Toon goal.

Another spot-kick was awarded in the 58th minute, this time for Stirling, when Jason Brown was adjudged to have blocked a Caddis drive with his arm but Macdonald could not beat Fleming, who superbly tipped the ball onto the crossbar before the home defence scrambled clear.

It kept alive Peterhead's faint hopes but the Ross ordering off put paid to their chances of mounting an unlikely comeback.

Red mist, red card.

 

                       Fleming
Stevenson Jas.Brown Ross Dikobo 
           S.Brown Ferry Leitch
       Gibson McAllister Cairney

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Stirling Albion 4
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Ross red card will be costly, claims Peterhead gaffer

 

STENHOUSEMUIR 3-1 PETERHEAD

 

There is something about Stenhousemuir that Peterhead just don't seem to like.

Last season, the Warriors had the Indian sign over the Blue Toon, even though both teams ended up getting relegated to League 2.

And today at Ochilview, the Balmoor club's wretched record against Brown Ferguson's team continued.

Nathan Blockley, released from Peterhead in the summer, was among the scorers for the hosts as they registered their first victory of the season.

The Blue Toon, after knocking East Fife out of the IRN-BRU Cup on Tuesday, reverted back to a team along the lines to the one, which eased to victory over Elgin.

However, there was no Rory McAllister, who failed to shrug off a hamstring strain. Scott Ross was also absent from the starting line-up.

Stenny went in front after just seven minutes, Mark McGuigan clipping the ball over Greg Fleming and into the net.

After Blockley went close to a second, Jim McInally's men drew level on the half hour mark. Mason Robertson peeled off at the back post to send a free header past Chris Smith to score against his former employers.

But Peterhead trailed again seven minutes into the second half after conceding an untidy goal. Following a scramble in the penalty area, Blockley bundled home from close range.

Jamie Longworth then wrapped up the points with nine minutes remaining to inflict a first league defeat on the Blue Toon.

The good news is that they don't face Stenny again until November 11th.

 

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Stenhousemuir 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Nathan comes back to haunt Blue Toon at Ochilview

 

EAST FIFE 0-2 PETERHEAD

Marc Lawrence and Scott Adams scored their first goals for Peterhead, who progressed to the second round of the IRN-BRU Cup with a fine win away to East Fife.

Teenager Lawrence gave the Blue Toon the perfect start with a close range finish early on and fellow youngster Adams doubled their advantage in the second half.

From there, the 2015/16 finalists safely saw the match out to book their place in Thursday's draw.

Balmoor boss Jim McInally took the opportunity to freshen up his team with Mikael Ngango Dikobo making his debut.

Fraser Hobday, Samson Gabriel and Russell McLean were also handed starts, along with Lawrence and Adams.

The visitors needed just two minutes to go in front, Lawrence prodding in from a few yards out after an error from Fifers keeper Tom Cordery.

Just after the half hour, Darren Young's side thought they had levelled when Scott Linton cracked a shot, which beat Hobday but the ball came back off the upright.

Allan Smith, who netted his first Peterhead goal in the League 2 win against Elgin on Saturday, was nearly celebrating again in the 59th minute but he was unable to direct his header on target.

However, Adsms gave the Blue Toon a two-goal cushion in the 63rd minute, the 20 year old midfielder cashing in on slack defending to find the back of the net.

Experienced heads Willie Gibson and Rory McAllister were then introduced from the bench as Peterhead held firm to defeat the Methil men for the second time in a month, following their Betfred Cup win.

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team East Fife 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Lawrence and Adams send Blue Toon through in IRN-BRU Cup

 

PETERHEAD 3-0 ELGIN
By Glenn Moir

 

Three goals and three points for Peterhead, who strolled to victory over former Highland League rivals Elgin.

It usually takes time for the Blue Toon to get up and running in league business so two wins from two games is a more than decent start.

The Balmoor boys, who defeated Annan last weekend, will undoubtedly have tougher tests ahead but the signs are positive.

They enjoyed the lion's share of possession against Elgin and created plenty of chances, although their goals did come gift-wrapped.

Midway through the first half, Rory McAllister swept home from a tight angle after robbing Stephen Bronsky, who dithered on the ball in his own box.

Then, just as half time approached, the same players were involved again as the Blue Toon went further ahead.

McAllister, with his back to goal, fell to the ground under close attention from Bronsky. Referee Craig Charleston spotted a tug and the Peterhead striker sent Marc Waters the wrong way from the spot.

A two-goal interval lead was a fair reflection of Peterhead's superiority and they had Elgin camped inside their own half for most of the second period.

Scott Brown, who replaced Scott Ross at the break, nearly scored with a rising shot, which flew just over, and then Willie Gibson tested Waters with a well-struck free-kick.

It appeared only a matter of time before Elgin shipped a third and, sure enough, in the 58th minute they conceded, what Black and Whites manager Jim Weir branded, "an absolutely ridiculous goal which you would see in a playground."  

Actually his description of the opener was the exact same.

Waters attempted to launch the ball upfield with a clearance but, unaware Allan Smith was lurking, he kicked the ball straight into the former Dunfermline and Forfar forward. Smith then lashed into an empty net to score his first goal for the club.

The contest was well and truly over although Peterhead substitute Nicky Riley got a card to match the colour of Waters' face when he was sent off in the 77th minute.

Riley, unhappy at an earlier challenge from Thomas Reilly, got his marching orders for a poor tackle on the former St Mirren man.

But Riley's dismissal was the only low point as Peterhead defeated the Borough Briggs team 3-0 for the second time in a fortnight following their Betfred Cup victory.

 

                          Fleming
Ja.Brown Ross McCracken Stevenson
             Robertson Ferry Leitch
            Smith McAllister Gibson

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Elgin 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Dominant Peterhead defeat Elgin by three goals again
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