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Peterhead's recent run of miserable away form continued as the ten-man Blue Toon went down to East Stirlingshire, despite Rory McAllister's penalty giving them an early lead.

The former Brechin City striker found the net after just 77 seconds, but a double from Shire captain Kevin Turner put the home side in front, before Scott Ross was somewhat harshly sent off for the second time this season.

The Blue Toon were without captain Callum Macdonald and midfielder Dean Cowie through injury, but Martin Bavidge was fit enough to return to the bench after missing the win over Berwick. Bryan Deasley and Graeme Sharp came into the starting eleven.

And they couldn't have got off to a better start. Sharp's ball down the right channel found McAllister, who was wrestled to the ground by Steven Jackson right in front of the linesman.

Referee Gavin Ross, who took change of the infamous defeat to Elgin City earlier in the season, pointed to the spot after his linesman flagged for the foul, and McAllister typically made no mistake from 12 yards.

Peterhead had scored a similarly early goal on their last visit to Ochilview and went on to lose 6-3, though, so there was more work to be done.

It was the home side, though, who bounced back quickly and hauled their way back into the match.

Turner looked a genuine threat, and was twice denied by Paul Jarvie in the Peterhead goal, while another effort was narrowly wide of the post during a lively opening half-hour.

The striker finally got his reward after 32 minutes. Ryan Harding's clearance from a corner was sent back with interest by Ricky Miller, and Turner took the ball into his feet beautifully, before turning and dispatching beyond Jarvie.

The home side were well on top by now, and Peterhead's hopes were dented when the energetic Jamie Redman was forced off with an injury sustained in a wild challenge from Shire midfielder Sean Kelly which saw the home man go into the book.

Martin Bavidge replaced Redman, but it was McAllister who had the next chance for the Toon, his angled shot beaten away by Hay.

The scores remained level at the interval, but Shire were in front just six minutes into the second half. Turner got the better of Harding 20 yards out, before unleashing a curling left-foot strike that was beyond the grasp of the full-stretch Jarvie.

Six minutes later, Peterhead were reduced to ten men as referee Gavin Ross deemed a tackle from namesake Scott worthy of a straight red card, although Shire boss John Coughlin would later admit he felt the challenge was worthy only of a booking.

Stephen Maguire was sacrificed to allow Ross Smith to come on in defence, and the on-loan Dundee United man showed the kind of hunger that was sadly lacking from his team-mates, demanding the ball and trying to take it forward at any opportunity.

The Blue Toon did improve, and Sharp was unlucky to see his left-foot shot come back off the crossbar, Bavidge seeing his follow-up cleared off the line by Miller.

Bavidge came close again with just over 10 minutes remaining, his low volley deflected away for a corner following a Ryan Strachan knock-back.

And the striker turned provider for fellow sub Darren Kelly with four minutes remaining, the ex-Shire man denied only by a fantastic reflex save from goalkeeper Grant Hay.

In the end, though, the Blue Toon were beaten by the better team, and will be looking for a much improved performance when they host Stirling Albion on Saturday.

EAST SIRLING: Grant Hay, Craig Hume, Nathan Shepherd, Ricky Miller, Steven Jackson, Sean Kelly, Jamie McKernon, Michael Hunter, Kevin Turner (Mark Begg, 89), Paul Quinn (David Greenhill, 76), Scott Maxwell. Subs not used: Kyle Gillespie, Jamie Glasgow, Craig Gordon (gk).

Booked: Kelly, Hunter.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Ryan Harding, Scott Ross, Bryan Deasley, Ryan Strachan, Jamie Redman (Martin Bavidge, 38), Rory McAllister (Darren Kelly, 72), Stephen Maguire (Ross Smith, 59), Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Robbie Winters, Marc McCallum (gk).

Booked: Strachan, Deasley, Noble. Sent off: Ross.

Attendance: 296

Additional Info

  • Home Team East Stirling 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

Substitute Stephen Maguire bagged his first Peterhead goal with 13 minutes to go as the Blue Toon arrested their recent slump in form to claim victory over Berwick Rangers.

It was hard going, though, with the visitors having two goals chopped off in the dying stages.

Dean Cowie and Martin Bavidge both dropped out through injury following the humiliating Scottish Cup defeat to Deveronvale, both having taken ankle knocks, while Maguire had dropped to the bench.

Scott Ross returned from suspension, and Ryan Strachan from having his tonsils removed, while Robbie Winters took the place of Bavidge.

It was Ian Little’s Wee Rangers side who created the better chances in the first period, though perhaps not as many as their play deserved.

Paul Jarvie was called into action for the first time when Lee Currie’s cross found Chris Townsley at the back post. The centre-back headed powerfully from point-blank range, forcing the goalkeeper into a fine save.

And Jarvie was the Blue Toon hero again on the half-hour when he charged off his line to deny Stuart Noble following a short headed-passback from Ross.

The Blue Toon had been struggling to create anything in front of goal, long balls out of defence struggling to find either Winters or Rory McAllister.

But three minutes from the interval, the latter brought down a diagonal pass from Ross on the edge of the area, before seeing his effort claimed at the second attempt by Berwick keeper Youssef Bejaoui.

Peterhead did improve after the interval, but could have found themselves behind when Kevin McDonald’s angled strike flashed just beyond Jarvie’s left-hand upright.

McAllister had another chance shortly after weaving into the box following Callum Macdonald’s pass. The striker slipped, though, as he pulled the trigger, leaving Bejaoui with a simple save at his near post.

The prolific striker was becoming more and more threatening, and his cross from the left was narrowly over the head of Winters just after the hour mark.

Two minutes later, McAllister seized on Devon Jacobs’ misjudgement to put the Berwick goal under further pressure, but a combination of defender Douglas Bryden and goalkeeper Bejaoui saw the ball turned over the bar.

The breakthrough finally came after 77 minutes. Steven Noble win the ball in midfield and sent substitute Bryan Deasley haring away down the left. He crossed low, with McAllister’s step-over leaving Maguire the simplest of tap-ins.

Berwick thought they had levelled ten minutes later when Fraser McLaren tapped home, but Steven Notman was penalised for his challenge on Jarvie in the lead-up to the goal.

Two minutes later, Notman’s cross was flicked on by Damon Geilty for Dean Hoskins to bundle home at the back post, but Hoskins had strayed into an offside position and again the effort was ruled out.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Ross Smith (Bryan Deasley, 56), Steven Noble, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Harding, Ryan Strachan, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Darren Kelly, 86), Robbie Winters (Stephen Maguire, 69), Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Jake Fitzgerald, Marc McCallum (gk).

Booked: Redman.

BERWICK RANGERS: Youssef Bejaoui, Devon Jacobs, Dean Hoskins, Douglas Bryden, Chris Townsley, Lee Currie (Damon Geilty, 81), Steven Notman, Neil Janczyk, Stuart Noble (Darren Lavery, 59), Phillip Addison (Fraser McLaren, 59), Kevin McDonald. Subs not used: Andy McLean, Ian McCaldon (gk)

Booked: Hoskins.

Attendance: 455

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Berwick Rangers 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

Boss Jim McInally declared Saturday’s defeat to Highland League Deveronvale as the worst result he had been involved in, after his side crashed out of the William Hill Scottish Cup at the first hurdle.

The Blue Toon were 2-0 down within the first ten minutes, and 3-0 down before the interval.

A late red card for an X-rated Michele Lombardi challenge on Steven Noble allowed Peterhead back into the game, but goals from Ross Smith and Bryan Deasley in the last ten minutes came too late to prevent a cup upset.

Noble and club captain Callum Macdonald returned from suspension following the defeat at Annan seven days earlier, but on-loan Dundee United goalkeeper Marc McCallum was prevented from playing by his club.

Scott Ross saw out the second of his two-match ban, while Ryan Strachan was unavailable after having his tonsils removed through the week.

Vale opened the scoring after just 7 minutes. Lombardi was allowed to hit the bye-line on the right, and pulled back for Chris Blackhall to steer the ball past Jarvie.

Two minutes later, they doubled the lead. Again Lombardi was the supplier, this time sending a ball to the back post where two unmarked Deveronvale men waited to pounce.

Midfielder Graeme Rodger did the damage this time, lifting the ball over a helpless Jarvie to give his side an early cushion.

It could have been worse had Graeme Watt not been denied by the goalkeeper following a horrible Jamie Redman passback, but Peterhead immediately hit on the counter, and Rory McAllister should have done better as he attempted to round goalkeeper Darren McConnachie.

Smith headed a teasing Bavidge cross over the bar just before the half-hour, and Peterhead were left to rue their frivolity in front of goal.

More suspect defending saw a 37th minute corner cleared only as  far as Rodger, and he dinked the ball back into the area where Vale captain Scott Fraser sent a stunning volley across Jarvie and high into the net.

That sent the Vale fans into raptures and, you felt, signalled the end for Peterhead.

McInally responded by throwing on Deasley, just back after being forced out for three weeks through illness, for Dean Cowie before the interval.

During the second half, the match descended into a physical battle and just moments after Noble and Lombardi had clashed in an off-the-ball incident, the former Aberdeen forward exacted his revenge and saw red.

The wide-man threw himself at Noble with no intention of playing the ball, catching the ex-Stranraer man on the thigh and leaving referee Ryan Milne with no option but to show a red card.

Peterhead had already thrown on Robbie Winters, and sacrificed a defender as they threw on-loan centre-back Ryan Harding into attack, by now becoming a fourth man up top.

And Harding came close to handing his side a lifeline when, amid an almighty goalmouth scramble, his effort came back off the underside of the crossbar.

The Blue Toon did pull one back when, after a foul on Winters, Smith guided Deasley’s low free-kick past a helpless McConnachie. Game on.

Winters then squared for Deasley to drill low past McConnachie with four minutes remaining, but it was too little too late for McInally’s men, who have now been beaten in three consecutive games.

Having now suffered three straight defeats, McInally will have to pick his men up ahead of the visit of Berwick Rangers next Saturday.

DEVERONVALE: Darren McConnachie, Connor Rennie, Kevin Adams, Scott Henry (Grant Mitchell, 23), Scott Fraser, Graeme Rodger, Michele Lombardi, Craig Cowie (Jack Meldrum, 86), Kris Duncan, Chris Blackhall (Ivan Sinclair, 72), Graeme Watt. Subs not used: Franny More, James Blanchard (gk)

Booked: Duncan. Sent off: Lombardi

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Ross Smith, Steven Noble, Ryan Harding, Callum Macdonald, Dean Cowie (Bryan Deasley, 40), Stephen Maguire (Robbie Winters, 57), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge, Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Roy McBain, Jake Fitzgerald, Camran Knowles (gk)

Booked: Smith, Macdonald, Deasley.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Deveronvale 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

A remarkable second half saw Peterhead reduced to eight men as ex-Blue Toon winger Daniel Moore netted two second-half penalties to hoist themselves to top spot in Division Three, albeit level on points with the Blue Toon and Clyde.

The home side had been rocked by a midweek car accident that left six players requiring hospital treatment, one critically injured. Manager Ross Jack was able to re-focus his players on football for this derby played in front of a near-1000 strong crowd.

Peterhead had boasted an unbeaten league record and had been rewarded during the week as manager Jim McInally picked up the Irn Bru Phenomenal Manager of the Month award for August.

Macdonald becomes the first of three players sent off

He made one change from the win over Montrose before the international break, Martin Bavidge making his first league start of the season in place of Robbie Winters. Marc McCallum retained his place in goal.

The game started slowly, Elgin having changed their shape to match Peterhead’s 3-5-2, and the two sides cancelled each other out in the opening stages.

It was ten minutes in before Rory McAllister registered the first attempt on goal with a speculative bicycle kick which drifted wide of the target, following a Bavidge knockdown.

McAllister was involved again when he created space on the right and sent a low cross to the near post, only for the on-rushing Scott McLaughlin to be denied by a timely challenge.

Elgin were starting to come into the game but Peterhead’s stout defence was preventing them any clear shots at goal. Indeed, a fine challenge from Callum Macdonald denied Stuart Leslie a shot from the edge of the area midway through the first half.

Peterhead promptly launched a sustained assault on the home goal, forcing a series of corners before McAllister snatched at a left-foot volley, failing to trouble goalkeeper John Calder.

The former Brechin City striker was again on the goal hunt as he hit wide after Steven Noble’s pass with 12 minutes of the first half remaining.

McCallum was called into action for the first time after Macdonald’s foul allowed Craig Gunn to line up at 30-yard free-kick. The former Blue Toon striker fired a low shot towards goal, but the on-loan Dundee United goalkeeper got down to his left to turn the strike round the post.

But the first half finished with another half-chance for Peterhead. Dean Cowie stepped on to the ball after good buildup between Graeme Sharp and McAllister, but could only curl the ball over the top.

The second half, though, would be an entirely different proposition. The first blow came when Sharp was forced off through injury soon after the break, to be replaced by Ross Smith.

There was a warning that Elgin would improve going forward came when Dennis Wyness, the third of the home side’s ex-Peterhead men, got in behind the visiting defence, only to slice wide of the target.

And it all started to go wrong after 58 minutes. Leslie got in behind the Blue Toon defence and was upended by Macdonald. Referee Gavin Ross deemed it to deny a clear goalscoring opportunity, and Macdonald was sent off.

Moore stepped up to take but paused during his run-up, earning a booking for unsporting conduct. He made no mistake with the re-take, though, sending McCallum the wrong way and opening the scoring.

Eight minutes later, the home side were two-up. Smith was the culprit this time, bundling over Wyness in the area, and Moore this time sent the ball to McCallum’s right as the keeper went left.

Worse was to follow. Noble, booked earlier for a foul, embarked on a trademark run down the left, brought to an end by Jamie Duff’s foul. It all seemed simple enough until referee Ross deemed Noble had dived. The full-back had already been booked for a foul, and was subsequently shown a second yellow card, leaving Peterhead with just nine men.

Stephen Maguire had replaced Bavidge after the first red card and, in need of defensive cover, McAllister was sacrificed for Roy McBain following the second.

But it was a struggle for Peterhead to do much more than soak up the Elgin pressure by now, although the home side were limited to Gunn’s snap-shot after 84 minutes.

A miserable afternoon was compounded in the final minute when Scott Ross, already booked for a clash with Gunn, lashed out at Leslie, and was shown a straight red card, meaning Peterhead will be without three suspended defenders, and perhaps without the injured Sharp, for the trip to Annan next Saturday.

First, though, there’s the matter of the Martin Bavidge testimonial on Tuesday night, and it will be interesting to see whether that provides any clue as to the shape of next Saturday’s team.

ELGIN CITY: John Calder, David Niven, Stuart Leslie, Sean Crighton, Jamie Duff, Brian Cameron, Craig Gunn, Ross O’Donoghue (Paul McMullan, 84), Dennis Wyness (Paul Harkins, 75), Mark Nicholson, Daniel Moore. Subs not used: Paul Miller, Fraser Forbes, Stuart Black (gk).

Booked: Gunn, Moore, Duff.

PETERHEAD: Marc McCallum, Graeme Sharp (Ross Smith, 51), Steven Noble, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Dean Cowie, Ryan Strachan, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Roy McBain, 71), Martin Bavidge (Stephen Maguire, 61), Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Robbie Winters, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Ross, Noble, Smith, Strachan, McAllister.

Sent off: Macdonald, Noble, Ross.

Attendance: 945.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Elgin City 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
Sun 02 Sep 2012

Peterhead 2 Montrose 0

Debutant goalkeeper Marc McCallum notched up a clean sheet and two assists as he linked up superbly with striker Rory McAllister to hand Peterhead victory over Montrose, taking the Blue Toon clear at the top of Division Three in the process.

The on-loan Dundee United man had replaced Paul Jarvie in the Blue Toon goal, with the regular number one unavailable due to work commitments, and McCallum had a big say in the course of the game.

That was the one change from the win over Queen’s Park last week, with Jim McInally reluctant to tinker with a winning formula. Jarvie’s unavailability, though, meant McCallum had a chance to shine.

The goalkeeper was called into action after 8 minutes, diving to his left to turn a Craig McLeish effort past the post.

McLeish had been set up by David Gray, and the former Kilmarnock man had already threatened with a free kick that went wide of the target.

Gray had a similar effort after 27 minutes, but Peterhead began to come more into things after the interval.

Three minutes after the restart, Scott McLaughlin’s set-piece had the visitors goal under threat, but the touch to take his viciously inswinging corner over the line was sadly missing.

That was forgotten three minutes later when McAllister handed the Blue Toon the lead.

The striker latched on to McCallum’s long clearance, set himself at the edge of the box, and sent a superb curling effort into the postage stamp, leaving former Queen’s Park keeper David Crawford grasping at air.

Summer signing McLaughlin has proven himself to be an adept signing for McInally, and the midfielder seemed keen to get his name on the scoresheet.

He first went close when Steven Noble and Robbie Winters combined to put him through on goal, but the ex-Morton man shot straight at Crawford.

Just four minutes later he headed wide from a Graeme Sharp cross.

The Blue Toon really should have been 2-0 up when Sharp’s ball out of defence saw McAllister beat the offside trap, to get himself into a great position, but with too much time to think, he lifted the ball over Crawford and the crossbar.

Peterhead sealed the points when McAllister, after 71 minutes, bagged his second. Again McCallum was instrumental. It was his goal kick, after Leighton McIntosh had headed over, that sent McAllister through on goal.

The striker took one touch to knock the ball past goalkeeper Crawford and, with his second, rolled the ball past the goalkeeper from a tightening angle.

It took the striker’s tally to six in all competitions this season, and in this kind of form, he can be forgiven – just about- for the odd moment of indulgence.

Peterhead could have added another when substitutes Bryan Deasley and Martin Bavidge combined, the latter seeing Crawford turning his effort past the post.

But 2-0 it would remain, enough to lift Jim McInally’s men to the summit of the table, with Elgin City and Rangers to play on Sunday.

The Blue Toon now face a two-week break before squaring up to Elgin at Borough Briggs after the international break, but after this win have every reason to be confident.

PETERHEAD: Marc McCallum, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Dean Cowie (Stephen Maguire 74), Ryan Strachan, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Bryan Deasley 81), Robbie Winters (Martin Bavidge 55), Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Ross Smith, Trialist (gk).

MONTROSE: David Crawford, Stephen McNally, Ricky McIntosh, Paul Lunan, Alan Campbell, Terry Masson, David Gray, Craig McLeish, Leighton McIntosh, Garry Wood, Scott Johnston. Subs not used: Lloyd Young, Jon Crawford, Scott Gordon, Dale Reid, Sandy Wood (gk).

Attendance: 509.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Montrose 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

Rory McAllister bagged his third league goal in as many games to eventually earn the Blue Toon three points against Queen’s Park, and help the Blue Toon remain joint-top of Division Three after three games.

McAllister sent Spiders keeper Neil Parry the wrong way from the penalty spot, after being fouled by James Brough to give Peterhead a second straight win and a second straight clean sheet.

The last match at Balmoor had, of course, been something special as Rangers visited Balmoor on competitive duty fir the first, time, but their Glasgow neighbours proved equally tough opposition.

Jim McInally made just one change from the side that had beaten Clyde, Graeme Sharp returning in place of Ross Smith.

The first half was an admittedly uninspiring affair, with Parry’s turning the ball round the post after McAllister had thrown himself at a Robbie Winters cross the only noteworthy action of the opening stages.

But the game suddenly sparked into life in the final six minutes of the first half. A foul on McAllister gave Ryan Strachan the opportunity to send a 20 yard free kick whistling over, before Gardner Speirs’ side had the best chance so far.

The ever-dangerous Jamie Longworth crossed from the right and found Tony Quinn six yards out but goalkeeper Paul Jarvie produced a stunning save to deny the big striker.

At the other end, McAllister pulled the ball across goal for the unlikely figure of Dean Cowie, but the midfielder failed to get any convincing purchase on his effort, and Scott McLaughlin’s touch couldn’t direct the effort on target.

The second half was a different matter, with both sides getting into more threatening positions than they had before the interval, and seemingly at will.

McAllister set the tone as he twisted and turned to get a shot off, but Parry was more than equal to his 56th minute effort.

Two minutes later, McAllister again had a go, this time attempting a lob from a tight angle, but failing to hit the target.

The visitors’ top scorer, Lawrence Shankland, had started the game on the bench, but proved his awareness when he had his side’s best chance of the match.

Confusion between Jarvie and Blue Toon skipper Callum Macdonald gave the striker the opportunity but, under pressure from the recovering Scott Ross, Shankland struck wide when he would have been expected to open the scoring.

That miss was to prove costly as Peterhead, aided by the introduction of Martin Bavidge, began to pummel the Spiders goal and there was a big escape with 13 minutes left.

Jamie Redman’s effort was blocked by Parry but he couldn’t hold the ball. Bavidge reacted first, only for Brough to clear his shot off the line.

And there was another double-chance for the home side with ten minutes remaining, as Parry beat away a Robbie Winters header and prevented McLaughlin from finding the net with a follow-up effort.

The pressure had to tell and when Brough, his side’s hero just five minutes earlier, bundled McAllister over following a fine McLaughlin pass, referee Andrew Dallas was quick to point to the spot.

Rory just doesn’t miss from 12 yards, and he sent Parry the wrong way from the spot to earn the points for the Blue Toon.

It’s a quickfire return to Balmoor as the Blue Toon play host to Montrose next Saturday, looking to maintain an unbeaten start to the season that sees them trail Elgin City only on goal difference.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Dean Cowie (Martin Bavidge, 70), Ryan Strachan, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Bryan Deasley, 85), Robbie Winters (Stephen Maguire, 81), Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Ross Smith, Marc McCallum (gk).

Booked: Graeme Sharp, Scott Ross.

QUEEN’S PARK: Neil Parry, Ricky Little, Andrew Robertson, Peter Bradley, James Brough, Michael Keenan (Giuseppe Capuano, 85), Ian Watt (Lawrence Shankland, 70), David Anderson, Tony Quinn (Craig Smith, 85), Jamie Longworth, Sean Burns. Subs not used: Richard Sinclair, Blair Lochhead (gk).

Booked: James Brough, Sean Burns.

Attendance: 539.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Queen's Park 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
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