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ANNAN 1-2 PETERHEAD

 

Peterhead got off to a winning start in League 2 after scoring two late goals to stun Annan at Galabank.

The Blue Toon had been staring at an opening day defeat after trailing to a first half header from Peter Watson.

But after David McCracken levelled in the closing stages, Jamie Stevenson rifled in a superb stoppage time winner.

A fine way to kick off the league campaign as the Balmoor team attempt to bounce back to Scotland's third tier at the first attempt following relegation.

Annan had a host of new players on show but it was one of their old guard, who broke the deadlock in the 28th minute.

Peterhead partially cleared a corner but when the ball came into the box at the second attempt, Watson headed home to give his team the lead.

Watson nearly scored again when he saw an effort pushed on to the post by Greg Fleming, who then denied the same player with another header seconds after.

At the start of the second half, Jordon Brown tested Jim Atkinson with a well-struck shot but Fleming continued to impress down the other end.

Jim McInally made a triple switch on the hour as Jack Leitch, Russell McLean and Nicky Riley were introduced from the bench.

The latter thought he had levelled in the 78th minute after seeing a shot pushed on to the post by Atkinson.

But Peterhead kept pressing and they were rewarded in the 86th minute when McCracken converted a corner to score for the second game in a row.

A good outcome then turned into a fantastic result thanks to Stevenson's strike in the dying embers.  Stevenson, who like McCracken netted at Elgin last week, unleashed a 30 yard shot, which flew past a helpless Atkinson.

 

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  • Home Team Annan 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Peterhead score twice in closing stages to claim opening day win

 

ELGIN 0-3 PETERHEAD

 

Peterhead were convincing winners at Elgin but, barring an incredible scoreline in the Dundee derby at Dens Park tomorrow, they will exit the Betfred Cup.

Harsh on the Blue Toon, who finished above Hearts, the team they impressively defeated on Tuesday night.

It's ironic that last year, Jim McInally's men topped their section on eight points.  This year, their nine point haul will not even be good enough to secure one of the best runners-up spots.

Peterhead are, as things stand, the fifth-best second placed team from the eight different groups.  

Therefore, only a Dundee Utd win by six goals, or a Dundee victory by eight goals, will see the Balmoor club progress. Only.

Anyway, there are encouraging signs for the new campaign after three Blue Toon wins from their four fixtures.

At Borough Briggs, Paul Cairney smashed Peterhead in front in the fourth minute with a fine effort.

It was the midfielder's first Blue Toon goal and David McCracken opened his account for his new team when he converted Willie Gibson's cross in the 33rd minute.

Jamie Stevenson then came up with a moment of magic nine minutes after the restart  to put Peterhead three up.  The versatile 33 year old cut inside from the left and found the far top corner with a stunning strike.

There were no more goals but plenty for Peterhead to build on going into next weekend's League 2 opener at Annan.

 

 

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  • Home Team Elgin 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Three goals and three points seal second spot

 

PETERHEAD 2-1 HEARTS

By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead produced a stirring display to stun Hearts and blow Group B in the Betfred Cup wide open.

Rory McAllister's last minute penalty gave the Blue Toon a deserved 2-1 victory after Jason Brown's early header was cancelled out by Kyle Lafferty's strike.

12 months ago, Jim McInally's team took a first-ever Premiership scalp when they defeated Dundee in the same competition.

But this result and performance was, arguably, better with Peterhead, particularly in the first half, causing the Jambos plenty of problems.  

Even before Brown's sixth minute goal, Hearts ought to have trailed.  Willie Gibson was desperately unlucky with a curling free-kick, which missed the target by inches.

Then McAllister, from a clever Gibson pass, dinked the ball over Jack Hamilton but Jordan McGhee slid in to make a goalline clearance.  

Hearts knew they were in a game and they trailed when Brown, efficient in both boxes, met Gibson's near post corner to bullet a header into the net.

The visitors did recover from their slow and sluggish start and after Ismael Goncalves flashed a 12 yard shot wide, Kyle Lafferty hauled his team level in the 17th minute

A measured pass from Jamie Walker sent Michael Smith clear down the right flank and after his cross was pushed out by Greg Fleming, Lafferty stroked home to score his fourth cup goal.

Back came Peterhead though, as McAllister tested Hamilton with a well-struck long-range free-kick in the 28th minute, before Fleming kept out a Walker drive down the other end.

There were a couple of half-chances for the Blue Toon in the second period, Stevenson firing over and McAllister heading a Gibson free-kick over the crossbar.

Hearts, despite having a bigger share of the possession as the match progressed, found it tough to break down a strong Peterhead defence as Scott Ross made two great interceptions.  

Goncalves should have done better in the 81st minute when he barged past Simon Ferry but, after breaking into the box, he delayed his shot and Scott Brown was able to block.

Walker then saw a header from a quickly-taken corner strike the frame of the goal before Stevenson cleared.

At this point, it looked as though the outcome would have to be decided by penalties as games, which end all square, go to spot-kicks with the victors earning a bonus point.

However, it turned out that one penalty was ample and it came in regulation play after substitute Jordon Brown was bundled over by Arnaud Djoum in the 90th minute.  

McAllister kept his composure, as is usually the case, to roll the ball into the corner, sending Hamilton the wrong way.  Three precious points in the bag.

Another win at Elgin on Saturday and Peterhead will, more than likely, advance to the last 16.  

It could get very complicated but, for now, lets just enjoy a fantastic result.

 

                              Fleming

             Jas.Brown Robertson Ross

S.Brown Ferry Gibson Cairney Stevenson

                   McAllister McLean

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Hearts 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon right back in mix after last-gasp victory

 

PETERHEAD 1-0 EAST FIFE

By Glenn Moir

 

Positive signs for Peterhead, who began with a narrow but deserved win in the Betfred Cup. 

East Fife were second best at Balmoor as a new-look Blue Toon got off to a fine start in Group B.

Greg Fleming, David McCracken, Mason Robertson, Jason Brown, Willie Gibson and Paul Cairney were all handed their competitive debuts.

Other new recruits Russell McLean and Samson Gabriel were introduced from the bench in the second half.

But it was a familiar face in Rory McAllister, who made the most telling contribution, the striker's early goal separating the sides.

McAllister nipped in to intercept a stray Mark Docherty pass and strode forward to slip the ball past Ryan Goodfellow from the edge of the penalty area.

The 30 year old was off and running for the season after just 11 minutes and the Blue Toon had further opportunities to build on their lead.

The impressive Jordon Brown flashed a header wide from a Gibson cross in the 25th minute, although there were a couple of scares for the hosts as half time approached.

Jason Brown found referee Graham Beaton to be in a lenient mood after appearing to bundle over Chris Duggan in the box and then Pat Slattery fired wide from close range. 

The most fluent football came from Peterhead though and just after half time, McAllister cheekily back-heeled for the onrushing Brown but Docherty made a timely intervention.  

After Gibson tested Goodfellow with an angled free-kick, the Blue Toon produced the move of the match in the 66th minute.  

Cairney linked with McAllister, who in turn fed Brown but the former Aberdeen youngster had more time than he realised as he hit a first-time, left-foot shot past the post.  

Brown then stung the palms of Goodfellow with a shot from distance, which the visiting goalkeeper pushed behind for a corner.

East Fife, without ever testing Fleming, did well to stay in the game and Jamie Stevenson had to be alert to clear a dangerous ball into the box from Paul Willis.

That was just about as uncomfortable as it got for Peterhead, who saw out the match to rack up three early points and join Dunfermline at the top of their section.

 

 

                             Fleming

Jas.Brown Robertson McCracken Stevenson

                        S.Brown Ferry

          Jor.Brown    Cairney    Gibson

                            McAllister

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team East Fife 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Eight debutants but McAllister makes the difference

 

Peterhead claimed a 3-2 win against former Highland League rivals Fraserburgh in a testimonial match for long-serving Broch forward Graham Johnston.

The Blue Toon took a two goal lead into the interval thanks to Rory McAllister's clever chip and a Scott Brown strike.

Jim McInally's team were pegged back in the second period when Paul Campbell netted and then teenager Ryan Sergeant headed home.

But Russell McLean, one of a clutch of new Peterhead signings on show, scored the winner in the closing stages.

Three trialists were involved in the match including Jordon Brown's younger brother Jason.

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Fraserburgh 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Recent recruit McLean on target as squad prepare for new season

 

PETERHEAD 1-5 FORFAR (Forfar win 7-2 on aggregate)
By Glenn Moir

 

"A horrific way to end a horrific season."

Jim McInally's assessment after Peterhead suffered a heavy, hurtful and humiliating defeat to Forfar to tumble down to Scotland's bottom tier.

The Blue Toon thought they were on the road to recovery after dodging relegation on the final day of the League 1 season a fortnight ago.

But this play-off route was still littered with potholes and failure to get out of first gear stalled their salvation bid.

Forfar, 2-1 ahead from the first leg, looked like scoring every time they got near the box at Balmoor. Actually they just about did.

They might be nicknamed the Loons but we will steer clear of the Men versus Boys stuff.

Peterhead, perhaps predictably, sorely missed Rory McAllister, who you have to feel some sympathy for.  A player with 26 goals to his name, the bulk of them in the league, yet still not enough for his team to stay up.

The feeling going into this decisive match was that the Blue Toon needed to score first. Instead, they trailed after just five minutes.

Ryan Strachan let a Jamie Bain throw-in sail over his head and Lewis Milne pounced to slot past the advancing Graeme Smith.

A bad start became a disastrous one when Gary Bollan's team netted again in the 17th minute, moments after Martyn Fotheringham blazed over from close range.

Milne turned provider, squaring for David Cox and the former Peterhead man, who was a constant menace, provided a neat eight yard finish.

Peterhead then went on to have a good spell of possession and created three or four very good openings, all of which were spurned.

The writing was on the wall when Forfar added a third goal six minutes into the second half and again Cox was involved, this time feeding Danny Denholm, who expertly curled in with the outside of his boot.

By this point, the Blue Toon were in need of the final whistle but there was further agony in the 68th minute as Aiden Malone back-heeled past Smith from a few yards out.

Scott Brown did manage a consolation strike in the 78th minute with a fine run and shot but Forfar substitute Josh Peters completed the scoring with seven minutes left, seconds after being introduced, to cap a calamitous campaign for the Blue Toon, who suffer relegation for the first time in six years. 

The rehabilitation starts now..that's the squad, or perhaps for the supporters as well.

 

                       Smith
          Ross Strachan Gordon
Stevenson                       McMullin

         Redman Ferry S.Brown

               Riley McIntosh

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Forfar 5
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title League 2 beckons after play-off misery
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