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The Blue Toon brought a valuable point back from the National Stadium, but had goalkeeper Graeme Smith to thank as a string of fine saves kept them level against an impressive Queen’s Park side. The home side had the better chances throughout, with their right-flank combination of Paul McGinn and Aidan Connolly particularly effective.

The Toon welcomed Scott Ross back after suspension and Jamie Redman came back into the starting eleven after the head injury he picked up against Elgin City saw him restricted to a seat on the bench last Saturday. Robbie Winters also started, with Rory McAllister and Graeme Sharp dropping to the bench. David Cox also dropped to the role of substitute as his permanent move to Balmoor was only confirmed after Jim McInally had picked his team. Martin Bavidge was tasked with dropping deep to help nullify the threat of the Spiders right-flank duo Paul McGinn and Aidan Connolly but all too often Blue Toon left-back Steven Noble was left exposed.

The first chance came after just two minutes, McGinn providing the cross from the right which Tony Quinn headed wide of the upright, and a few minutes later, David Anderson ran onto a loose ball in the area, only to send his effort fizzing past the post. Peterhead had offered little going forward in the opening stages, but the vision of Ryan Strachan saw him take a quick free-kick to Winters after 18 minutes. The striker was challenged and the ball broke towards Noble, only for Ricky Little to avert the danger.

Within a minute, the Spiders should have been ahead, and Peterhead had keeper Smith to thank for keeping the scores level. Again it was McGinn who sent in a cross from the right, this time met by Michael Keenan, only for Smith to get a strong hand to the ball and turn it clear.

McInally was constantly tinkering with his side to find a way into the game and, as the first half wore on, they began to get a foothold in the game. Encouraged, they made a strong start to the second half. Scott Ross had two headers in the space of three minutes, the first going wide from a Ryan Strachan corner and the second seeing him turn Scott McLaughlin’s right-wing delivery over the bar.

The former Aberdeen man showed his prowess at the other end, as he read a dangerous Sean Burns cross and dived full length to head behind. McAllister was introduced with 25 minutes to go, and within two minutes he had played in Winters with a neat pass, only for the veteran striker to be crowded out.

At the other end, Connolly and Quinn combined to set Keenan up with a fine chance, which Smith did well to save. Connolly though he had put his side in front as he turned home from the rebound, but Quinn was penalised for a foul as he battled to win the loose ball.

And the home side came close again, twice, in injury time with substitute Lawrence Shankland sending the best of the efforts into the side-netting when he really should have done better. After struggling to get a grip on the game in the first half, the share of the points will be welcome, but McInally will be looking for improvement in this Sunday’s match against Rangers at Balmoor.

PETERHEAD: Graeme Smith, Dean Cowie (Graeme Sharp, 72), Steven Noble, Scott Ross, Ross Smith, Ryan Strachan, Ryan McCann, Jamie Redman, Robbie Winters (David Cox, 72), Martin Bavidge (Rory McAllister, 64), Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Tully, Jarvie (gk)

Booked: G. Smith, Sharp, R. Smith, McCann, McLaughlin.

Att: 584

Additional Info

  • Home Team Queens Park 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
Mon 28 Jan 2013

Peterhead 0 Rangers 1

Rangers were missing captain Lee McCulloch through an ankle injury, the visitors made just one change to the side that had beaten Berwick Rangers handsomely, with Ian Black returning to the side in place of Dean Shiels, having completed a one-match suspension. Peterhead made two changes from the side that had lined up at the National Stadium, with David Cox and Rory McAllister coming in for Robbie Winters and Martin Bavidge.

In freezing conditions a record Balmoor crowd of 4,855 saw Peterhead started brightly and after just four minutes it was Peterhead who were first to threaten. Dean Cowie was fouled in the midfield and Ryan Strachan’s teasing free-kick delivery was met by Scott Ross with Neil Alexander in the Rangers goal doing well diving low to his left to turn away the header.

Alexander was certainly the busier keeper in the opening stages but on 13 minutes referee Mike Tumilty had to issue the first yellow card of the game to Ryan McCann who showed a bit too much enthusiasm when he produced a late challenge on Templeton. As expected the Blue Toon were well organised and worked exceptionally hard and Rangers looked for Templeton to provide a spark in the last third of the pitch.

But before the half hour mark it was Rangers stand-in skipper Lee Wallace that was the architect for the Rangers’ goal, his powerful, low shot from 20 yards was spilled by Smith and Sandaza was there to fire his shot high into the net with the keeper grounded.

On 36 minutes Peterhead looked to respond and after strong forward play from Rory McAllister he teed up David Cox who fizzed a shot across goal but wide of target. It was a good period of play from the toon and when Cox floated a corner kick to the back post Ross Smith’s net bound header was blocked on the line when he should have scored.

The Blue Toon started the second half brightly, too, as Cox squeezed out Black on the touchline and cut inside before flashing a left-footed effort over the crossbar. There was more of an edge to proceedings early in the second period, with Dean Cowie putting in a couple of typically robust challenges which seemed to unsettle the Rangers players. Referee Mike Tumilty had his yellow card out again shortly before the hour mark as Rory McAllister went into the book for a foul on Wallace and Strachan swiftly became the third player booked.

The visitors were starting to gain a territorial advantage and came close when Lewis McLeod's cross found the head of Chris Hegarty at the back post but his header failed to trouble Smith. Peterhead's task was made much harder after 65 minutes when Rory McAllister was harshly adjudged to have handled in the area, and received a second booking, reducing his side to 10 men.

The home side had certainly been more physical in the early stages of the second half but they will have been disappointed to lose their main goal threat so softly.

Kyle Hutton became the first Rangers player to be booked, after a foul on Cowie, with 15 minutes to go and that came as the home side began to find their way back into the game. Rangers could have sealed the points with five minutes remaining. McLeod `s clever reverse pass found Templeton in acres of space on the 18-yard line, but the former Hearts man sent his effort wide of the upright.

Peterhead were determined to battle for everything, though, and that was evidenced as Ross Smith became the fifth Blue Toon player to pick a up a booking - the central defender throwing himself into a challenge midway inside the Rangers half. In injury time, Alexander was forced to turn a Cox corner over his own crossbar but Peterhead could not find an equaliser that few would have begrudged them.

PETERHEAD: Smith, Cowie (Winters 79), Noble, Ross, Smith, Strachan (Sharp 74), Cox, Redman, McAllister, McLaughlin, McCann (Bavidge 57). SUBS: Maguire, Jarvie.

BOOKED: McCann, McAllister, Strachan, Ross, Smith
 
SENT OFF: McAllister

RANGERS: Alexander; Hegarty, Cribari, Perry, Wallace; Hutton; Little, Black (Crawford 66), Macleod, Templeton; Sandaza (McKay 81). SUBS: Gallacher, Faure, Shiels   .

Bookings: Hutton

REFEREE: Mike Tumilty

ATTD: 4,855

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Rangers 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
Sat 05 Jan 2013

Peterhead 0 Montrose 1

After a promising festive period, Peterhead were brought back to earth with a thump after playoff rivals Montrose sealed a narrow win at Balmoor.

And Jim McInally’s side had Graeme Smith to thank for keeping the score down, as the visitors dominated the first half, and could have been out of sight by half time.

Following their impressive win over Elgin City in midweek, Jim McInally made just one change to his side, bringing in Graeme Sharp for Jamie Redman, Sharp having impressed after replacing the latter early on against Elgin. With six stitches in a head wound, Redman was left on the bench.

Any hopes that the Borough Briggs victory could act as a springboard for the Blue Toon were quickly forgotten, as Montrose took the lead early on. A succession of corners ended with Scott Johnston firing into the net after Lloyd Young’s delivery was only partially cleared.

The visitors could have been further ahead within ten minutes, with Smith making a fine double-save to deny Terry Masson and Gary Wood, the ball eventually going out for a corner.

When Young delivered again, defender Alan Campbell met the ball well, only for Sharp to pop up on the line and head clear.

It was almost midway into the first half when Peterhead threatened for the first time, Martin Bavidge finding David Cox at the back post, and Sandy Wood turning his header over the crossbar.

Normal service was, though, swiftly resumed. Campbell’s ball over the top sent the on-loan Dundee forward Leighton McIntosh clear, only for Smith to once again come to Peterhead’s rescue.

A minute later, midfielder Terry Masson saw a header come off the inside of the post, and Ryan Strachan make a timely appearance on the line to clear the danger as it seemed a second goal was inevitable.

And keeper Smith was called into action once more, after slack play in the midfield from Cox allowed McIntosh through on goal. Smith again did well to deny the striker, but Young’s failure to find the target was inexplicable.

One can only imagine the message McInally put across at the interval, but his side certainly came out after the interval with a renewed sense of vigour. They were not quite as threatening as Montrose had been during the first 45, but had a lot of second-half possession.

Sharp served notice of their intentions when he sent a 25-yard strike skipping towards the goal, but Wood was equal to it, and turned the effort away for a corner kick.

And Rory McAllister looked all set to level after 62 minutes when Strachan’s wickedly curling cross seemed destined for his head, only to fizz over the former Brechin City man, and narrowly wide of the far post.

Robbie Winters and Stephen Maguire both entered the fray as Peterhead looked for a way through the well-drilled visiting defence, with even Craig Tully thrown up front when he was came on late in the game.

But try as they might, Peterhead struggled to put Wood’s goal under any real threat, and they were left to rue the chance to build on consecutive wins in their last two games.

PETERHEAD: Graeme Smith, Dean Cowie (Craig Tully, 85), Steven Noble, Ryan McCann, Ross Smith, Ryan Strachan, David Cox, Graeme Sharp (Stephen Maguire, 76), Rory McAllister (Robbie Winters, 63), Martin Bavidge, Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Jamie Redman, Paul Jarvie (gk)

Attendance: 594

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Montrose 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

The Blue Toon brought a valuable point back from the National Stadium, but had goalkeeper Graeme Smith to thank as a string of fine saves kept them level against an impressive Queen’s Park side.

The home side had the better chances throughout, with their right-flank combination of Paul McGinn and Aidan Connolly particularly effective.

Peterhead welcomed Scott Ross back into their starting eleven after suspension, and Jamie Redman came back into the starting eleven after the head injury he picked up against Elgin City saw him restricted to a seat on the bench last Saturday.

Robbie Winters also started, with Rory McAllister and Graeme Sharp dropping to the bench. David Cox also dropped to the role of substitute as his permanent move to Balmoor was only confirmed after Jim McInally had picked his team.

The home side were a constant threat in the first half, with their best play coming down the right flank where Paul McGinn and Aidan Connolly were linking up superbly.

Martin Bavidge was tasked with dropping deep to help nullify that threat, but all too often, Blue Toon left-back Steven Noble was left exposed.

The first chance came after just two minutes, McGinn providing the cross from the right which Tony Quinn headed wide of the upright, and a few minutes later, David Anderson ran onto a loose ball in the area, only to send his effort fizzing past the post.

Peterhead had offered little going forward in the opening stages, but the vision of Ryan Strachan saw him take a quick free-kick to Winters after 18 minutes. The striker was challenged and the ball broke towards Noble, only for Ricky Little to avert the danger.

Within a minute, the Spiders should have been ahead, and Peterhead had keeper Smith to thank for keeping the scores level. Again it was McGinn who sent in a cross from the right, this time met by Michael Keenan, only for Smith to get a strong hand to the ball and turn it clear.

McInally was constantly tinkering with his side to find a way into the game and, as the first half wore on, they began to get a foothold in the game. Encouraged, they made a strong start to the second half.

Ross had two headers in the space of three minutes, the first going wide from a Ryan Strachan corner and the second seeing him turn Scott McLaughlin’s right-wing delivery over the bar.

The former Aberdeen man showed his prowess at the other end, as he read a dangerous Sean Burns cross and dived full length to head behind.

McAllister was introduced with 25 minutes, and within two minute he had played in Winters with a neat pass, only for the veteran striker to be crowded out.

At the other end, Connolly and Quinn combined to set Keenan up with a fine chance, which Smith did well to save. Connolly though he had put his side in front as he turned home from the rebound, but Quinn was penalised for a foul as he battled to win the loose ball.

And the home side came close again, twice, in injury time with substitute Lawrence Shankland sending the best of the efforts into the side-netting when he really should have done better.

After struggling to get a grip on the game in the first half, the share of the points will be welcome, but McInally will be looking for improvement in this Sunday’s match against Rangers at Balmoor.

PETERHEAD: Graeme Smith, Dean Cowie (Graeme Sharp, 72), Steven Noble, Scott Ross, Ross Smith, Ryan Strachan, Ryan McCann, Jamie Redman, Robbie Winters (David Cox, 72), Martin Bavidge (Rory McAllister, 64), Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Tully, Jarvie (gk)

Booked: G. Smith, Sharp, R. Smith, McCann, McLaughlin.

Att: 584

Additional Info

  • Home Team Queen's Park 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw

There was a twenty minute delay to the kick off as the bus carrying players to the match broke down, the unusual thing was it was the home team that was affected, the Glasgow based Peterhead players became stranded south of Stonehaven and alternative transport was arranged. So it was a relived Jim McInally that was able to send out an unchanged side for only the second time this season, Ryan McCann and Bryan Deasley being joined on the bench by Stephen Maquire and Robbie Winters.

It was a clod day at Balmoor and no sign of the fierce storm that had lashed the town the night before, however whether it was the delay in arriving or the weather Peterhead started the game poorly. Annan had the best chance to open the scoring when failure to clear the line’s effectively, meant that Annan Attacker Andrew Donnelly was one on one with Graeme Smith, fortunately for the Blue Toon, he slipped his effort just past the post.

This seemed to spark a response from Peterhead and Galabankies goalkeeper Alex Mitchell needed to be alert after 16 minutes to beat away Steven Noble's goal bound effort. Scott McLaughlin had sight of goal seven minutes later, but was unable to hit the target with a curling strike from the edge of the area. However both teams were cancelling each other out to great effect and although Peterhead were enjoying greater possession, no real clear chances were being created.

The second half started with no changes to either team, but Peterhead looked to have more purposes about them, former Annan player David Cox being in the thick of the action and he was to have the first chance of the second half, after 52 minutes, when under pressure from the Annan defence he fired over the bar from close range.

Peterhead finally made the breakthrough after the ball was played out to Jamie Redman and his teasing cross was perfectly placed between the Annan Keeper and defence, who both delayed coming for the ball and Rory McAllister slid in at the back post to force the ball over the line, for the striker’s seventh league goal of the season.

Peterhead were now on top and looked to get the killer second goal, a long ball over the Annan defence saw Martin Bavidge power past his marker into the box, before sidestepping back inside him to get onto his favoured foot and the sharp shot forced a great save down low by the keeper. It was Stephen Nobles turn next to have a shot saved after good work from David Cox saw him drawing the Annan defence and slipping the ball into Stig’s path.

Rory McAllister almost doubled his tally in the game, hitting the post from six yards in the 79th minute. However it only took another five minutes for the Blue Toon to double theirs when Martin Bavidge found the top corner, after Good work on the right hand side with Noble and Cox, the ball was played into Bavidge’s feet and he superbly spun his marker, firing past the keeper from 14 yards.

Jim McInally was delighted with the teams second half showing, “ We deserved the win today, after getting the goals we played with a freedom and quality and saw the game out really well, we have battled and played well against Elgin and Berwick, the players understand that you have to earn the right to play with freedom, winning the tackles and the second balls. However you can see the belief is coming back into the side.”

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Annan Athletic 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

Martin Bavidge returned to the Peterhead side in an otherwise unchanged Peterhead side that drew with Elgin on the Wednesday night, new signing Ryan McCann had to make do with a place on the bench. It was to be ultimately another frustrating match for the blue Toon, however with the recent upturn in form the reward of three points can’t be that far away.

Peterhead opened brightly with Rory McAllister heading just wide before David Cox saw a fierce effort blocked in a crowded box by Berwick keeper Youssef Bejaoui. The toon continued to press; Bejaoui again smartly turned away a close-range strike from Cox before Ryan Strachan blazed over from the edge of the box.

Berwick Rangers stated to get into the game as Steve Notman was just off target with a glancing header. It was Peterhead that was to make the early dominance count on 25 minutes when Scott McLaughlin stroked the ball into the bottom-right corner from 12 yards out, for his first goal since the opening day of the season, after McAllister neatly turned two defenders on the edge of the box to create the required space.

Rory McAllister was only a fraction away from doubling the tally early in the second half, shaving the bar with a free kick from 20 yards, and then Martin Bavidge split the home defence with a super cross only to find there were no takers. However, Berwick fought their way back into the game and just before the hour mark Graeme Smith let a Dean Hoskins corner slip from his grasp and Lavery pounced to sweep the loose ball home.

However Graeme Smith was to make amends minutes later when only a great fingertip save prevented Lavery adding another with a blistering 30-yarder as Berwick began to take the upper hand but time ran out with both teams having to settle for a share of the points.

Berwick: Bejaoui, Jacobs, Townsley, Brydon, Hoskins, Gray (O'Brien 90), Notman, Janczyk, McDonald, Lavery (Morris 90), Ferguson (McLaren 76).

Subs Not Used: Sandison, McLean.

Peterhead: Graeme Smith, Ross Smith, Strachan, Scott Ross, Redman, Cowie, Cox, McLaughlin, Noble, McAllister (Winters 90), Bavidge (McCann 76).

Subs Not Used: Jarvie, Deasley, Maguire.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Berwick Rangers 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
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