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A solitary goal from Robbie Winters was enough to ensure Peterhead rounded out their pre-season campaign with a win over near neighbours Fraserburgh, and saw them retain the annual Buchan Cup.

But it was a tight affair and definitely not a game for the purists, the goalscoring form that had seen Jim McInally’s side smash ten past Turriff United and Huntly in the days prior having suddenly been forgotten.

Peterhead had completed the signing of Winters, along with that of Dean Cowie from the Broch, before kick-off. While Cowie went straight into the midfield, Winters had to make do with a place on the bench.

It was the visitors who were quicker out of the blocks, and Graham Johnston really needed to do better than to blaze over when he found himself in behind the Blue Toon’s three-man defence after just seven minutes.

Chances were at a premium, but not so the tackles in a first half that was more likely to catch light due to a fight than some silky skill.

It was beyond the half-hour mark when a Scott McLaughlin corner found Stephen Maguire at the near post, his header comfortably held by Broch keeper John Calder.

Maguire would go off with a groin injury before the interval, and that change saw Winters enter the fray. He was quickly joined, at the interval, by Bavidge as The Blue Toon switched to three up front, and they were immediately more threatening.

Callum Macdonald headed a Bryan Deasley corner over the bar ten minutes after the restart, but the Blue Toon went in front just after the hour.

Bavidge made space for a cutback on the right, only to see his pass cut out by Neil Main. Caught in two minds between controlling the ball and playing out from the back or clearing first time, Main presented the ball straight to Winters who gleefully chipped Calder from 20 yards.

It was a spectacular finish from the former Aberdeen man, and if he hadn’t already endeared himself to the home support with his performance against Huntly, scoring against Kris Hunter’s side would have done the trick.

Still chances were few and far between, though, and it was two minutes from time before Winters threatened again – and again he was close to lofting the ball into the net.

This time it was former Blue Toon man Paul Leask he’d spotted wandering off his line, but Winters was unable to find the target on this occasion.

While a win is always welcome, the nature of this game gave the Blue Toon management more questions than answers ahead of the Cup game against East Fife on Saturday.

PETERHEAD 1st HALF: Paul  Jarvie, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ross Smith, Jamie Redman, Dean Cowie, Rory McAllister, Scott McLaughlin, Stephen Maguire (RobbieWinters, 44).

PETERHEAD 2nd HALF: Marc McCallum, Darren Kelly, Steve Noble, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Scott McLaughlin, Ryan Strachan, Bryan Deasley, Martin Bavidge, Robbie Winters, Rory McAllister (Roy McBain, 65).

ATTENDANCE: 730

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Fraserburgh 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

Despite impressive spells at either end of the match, Peterhead lost out to Second Division side East Fife in the First Round of the Ramsdens Cup.

The Blue Toon had started brightly but fell behind after ten minutes to a Scott McBride penalty, before trialist striker Collin Samuel doubled the Fifers' advantage.

Rory McAllister fired home from close range to give Jim McInally's men a way back into the game, but despite sustained pressure, they couldn't force what would have been a deserved leveller.

Steven Noble and Scott McLaughlin made their competitive debuts for the club, while Dean Cowie was making his second debut after returning to the club on a one-year deal.

McAllister seemed isolated as the sole front man in a 4-5-1 formation, but the Blue Toon looked good in the opening stages, taking the play to Gordon Durie's side.

Scott Ross headed a Ryan Strachan corner wide as early as the third minute, but although the Blue Toon continued to attack, it was the visitors who took the lead.

Rory mcAllister celebrates his goal

Callum Macdonald challenged Gareth Wardlaw as the former Ayr United and St Mirren man shaped to shoot and, perhaps a little harshly, referee Greg Aitken pointed to the spot. McBride stepped up and although Paul Jarvie guessed the correct way, the ball was just above his reach.

There was almost an immediate response as Jamie Redman worked hard to win the ball wide on the right before slipping a pass to Graeme Sharp who cut onto his left foot and crashed a shot off the upright.

Midway through the half, Sharp's ball out of defence found McAllister in space on the right. He set himself to fizz a ball across goal, but there were no takers.

A minute later, goalscorer McBride set up Sean Jamieson for an angled effort which flashed just wide of Jarvie's left hand post.

Sharp, playing at right-back, was involved in much of the noteworthy first half action, and as the game became more even, he was well positioned to block Samuel's header on the line following a Craig Johnstone corner.

The pair combined again when the Fifers doubled their lead. Johnstone embarked on a fine run down the left and his pinpoint cross was met by Samuel, who peeled off his man and threw himself at the ball to make it 2-0.

It looked like game over, but after the introduction of Robbie Winters and Martin Bavidge suddenly gave the Blue Toon fresh impetus, although only a superb tackle from Noble denied Samuel what was surely going to be his second goal of the afternoon.

With 20 minutes left, Bavidge held the ball up well and presented Strachan with a chance, but the usually reliable midfielder had a rush of blood to the head and blazed over the bar.

Five minutes later, though, Peterhead were back in it. Strachan's corner from the left was met by Ross, and though visiting keeper Michael Brown was on hand to block, he couldn't hold the effort and McAllister powered home from close range.

The scores could have been level just sixty seconds later. The veteran Winters angled a ball out to McAllister on the left, and he tried a cheeky cross-cum-shot which curled narrowly wide of the far post.

Energetic midfielder McLaughlin was running in, and any touch from the ex-Queen of the South man would have diverted the ball into the net.

McLaughlin did have a shot at goal with ten minutes remaining as more excellent link-up play between Bavidge and Winters presented him with a chance, only for the effort to be blocked.

Strachan was next up with a 25-yard snap-shot which looked like it was flying into the top corner, but came up narrowly wide of the upright.

The Fifers now looked at sixes and sevens, and another clever pass from Winters sent McAllister through with just the goalkeeper to beat. He did everything right, but Brown stuck out an arm to beat away the former Brechin man's strike.

That was to prove the final chance of the game, leaving the Blue Toon disappointed to have lost out in a game that was there for the taking.

They have a quick chance to pick themselves up as they are in action again on Tuesday night, facing SPL side Dundee in the first round of the Scottish Communities League Cup at Balmoor.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Dean Cowie, Ryan Strachan, Jamie Redman (Martin Bavidge, 58), Rory McAllister, Bryan Deasley (Robbie Winters, 58), Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Darren Kelly, Roy McBain, Marc McCallum (gk).

EAST FIFE: Michael Brown, Scott Durie, Craig Johnstone, Steve Campbell, Darren McCormick, Darren Smith, Trialist A (Trialist B, 84), David Muir, Gareth Wardlaw (Ross Brown, 28), Sean Jamieson, Scott McBride. Subs not used: Ross Brewster, James Martin.

ATTENDANCE: 520

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team East Fife 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
Sun 22 Jul 2012

Huntly 1 Peterhead 6

Peterhead's pre-season preparations continued with a comprehensive win against Huntly today.

The Blue Toon went behind to former coach Dave McGinlay's side, but a stunning second half performance saw them run out 6-1 winners, with trialist Robbie Winters impressing.

Jim McInally switched from 3-5-2 to a 4-4-2 formation for this match, with captain Callum Macdonald, midfielder Jamie Redman and striker Rory McAllister among those players rested.

Graeme Sharp started at right back, with the rest of the back four along more familiar lines, summer signing Steven Noble on the other side. Dave Ross and Roy McBain started on the wings, with Ryan Strachan and Scott McLaughlin in the centre of midfield. Bryan Deasley partnered Martin Bavidge in attack.

The Highland League side were first to threaten, veteran Russell Guild hitting over from 25 yards after referee Andy Milne had allowed a good advantage following a Strachan foul in midfield.

Peterhead's first chance fell to McBain, making his first start of pre-season. A Paul Jarvie clearance was flicked into the past of the former Caley Thistle man, and his dinked effort was just over.

But the home side took the lead from the penalty spot after Dave Ross was penalised for handball as a strange bounce struck his arm. David Booth stepped up and struck the opener low to Jarvie's right as the goalkeeper dived the other way.

Ross was well-placed at the back post to make amends shortly afterwards, but from McBain's cross, the hitman was unable to direct his header on target.

Bavidge was closer to bagging a leveller when he charged down a Barry Somers clearance and got into the penalty area, before firing just inches wide of the upright.

Bavidge was involved again as he took on a Strachan pass and then played in McBain for another chance, the legs of Hastie this time coming to Huntly's rescue.

The afternoon was to be marred five minutes from half-time when Dave Ross went down under a strong aerial challenge, physio  Greig Smith immediately signalling his involvement was over with a suspected broken collarbone.

The Blue Toon soldiered on with ten men until the interval, but managed to draw level in that short period. Strachan picked out McBain who shuffled the ball onto his right foot before finding the far corner of the net.

Winters came on for the stricken Ross at the break, and just five minutes after the break he put Peterhead in front, steering home a Strachan corner from the right at the near post.

A minute later, after linking up well with Bavidge, the former Aberdeen, Dundee United and Scotland man found McLaughlin at the back post, but he could find only the outside of the post.

Jim McInally's men were well in control now and Bavidge was unlucky not to connect with Noble's cross after the former Stranraer man went on a strong run down the left.

Bavidge did find the net a minute later, perfectly placed to pick up the scraps after Huntly keeper Neil Hastie had failed to hold a Deasley free kick under pressure from Ross Smith.

The striker bagged his second, and Peterhead's fourth, of the afternoon just three minutes later, rising to head home Deasley's corner at the near post.

With fifteen minutes to go, Winters combined well with sub McAllister down the left, the latter eventually passing for the former to striker narrowly over the junction of bar and post.

The striker did net again four minutes later, on hand to prod past Hastie after a monumental mix-up in the home defence.

And Winters was unlucky not to claim a hat-trick to cap an outstanding 45 minutes, taking advantage of mistake in the midfield to turn and strike a 30-yard lob off the crossbar. The ball did find the net, though, eventually going in off the luckless Hastie.

The Blue Toon's final pre-season game will be against Fraserburgh on Tuesday night, where McInally will be hoping his men are in similar form before the first competitive game against East Fife in the Ramsdens Cup on Saturday.

HUNTLY: Neil Hastie, Grant Campbell, Craig Dorrat, Adam Naismith, Barry Somers, Mark Gray, Russell Guild, Alexander Thoirs, David Booth, Trialist, Neale Davidson. Subs (all used): Jason Coyle, Michael Clark, Daniel Stewart, Lewis Robertson, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist (gk).

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie (Marc McCallum, 46), Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Scott Ross (Callum Macdonald, 60), Ross Smith, Roy McBain (Trialist - Dean Cowie, 71), Ryan Strachan, Dave Ross (Trialist - Robbie Winters, 46), Bryan Deasley (Rory McAllister, 71), Martin Bavidge, Scott McLaughlin.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Huntly 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 6
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

Peterhead lost out by the odd goal in three to Highland League side Inverurie Locos, as Jim McInally's reshaped squad were given their first public outing at Harlaw Park.

Former Blue Toon man Stuart McKay scored one and set up the other, either side of a spectacular Graeme Sharp goal, as Locos ran out deserved winners.

The home side enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges, and rattled the crossbar twice in the opening half-hour.

Ross had the woodwork shaking after 11 minutes, as he got on the end of a McKay cross to loop a header beyond on-loan Dundee United goalkeeper Marc McCallum and off the bar. The rebound fell to Bagshaw, but he could not hit the target.

And McCallum was beaten all ends up as defender Kieran Adams sent a wickedly curling shot towards goal after 26 minutes, only for his effort to also crash back off the frame of the goal.

Peterhead began to work their way into the game, though, and recent signing Stephen Maguire looked lively in the area.

On the half-hour, he worked space for an effort, but pulled his shot wide of the goal. A few minutes later, he had another go, this time firing narrowly wide of the top-left corner.

Another summer signing, Scott McLaughlin, looked to have opened the scoring when his effort from range dipped over Locos goalkeeper Stewart Gray, but the goalkeeper threw himself backwards to push the effort round the post.

The last action of the first half saw Maguire head down a Graeme Sharp cross, before turning, only to see Adams turn his shot away for a corner.

Peterhead made four changes at half-time with Martin Bavidge and trialist Robbie Winters up front, and Bryan Deasley and Darren Kelly also joining the fray.

Bavidge was involved almost immediately as he beat the offside trap to run onto a Strachan ball over the top, but his attempt to curl a low shot round Gray saw the keeper get down to save.

The striker is beginning his testimonial season, and a few minutes later got on the end of a cross from Winters, but was unable to direct his header on target.

Veteran striker winters still has an eye for a pass as proved again when he sent Ryan Strachan clear, but the former Celtic man couldn't get the power behind his effort to trouble Gray.

A clash between McKay and Kelly saw the latter forced off with a dislocated shoulder, and it was while Peterhead were down to ten men that Locos broke the deadlock.

Indeed, it was McKay who created the chances, his cutback from the right turned in at the near post by Neil Gauld.

But Peterhead were quickly level after the introduction of Greg Alexander returned them to a full complement.

Graeme Sharp cut in from the right flank and unleashed an effort from 25 yards that took a deflection and looped over Gray, finding the net via the underside of the crossbar.

Locos regained the lead when sloppy play from Strachan in the midfield allowed McKay a chance, and from 20 yards, he fired a low shot in off the inside of McCallum's right hand post, giving the young goalkeeper no chance.

Winters set up Sharp for a late chance to level, but the winger's powerful shot was pushed to safety by the diving Gray.

PETERHEAD: McCallum, Sharp, Noble, S. Ross, Macdonald, Smith (Kelly, 46 (Alexander, 65)), Strachan, Redman (Deasley, 46), McAllister (Bavidge, 46), Maguire (Winters, 46), McLaughlin. Subs not used: Jarvie (gk)

Additional Info

  • Home Team Inverurie Locos 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
Sun 22 Apr 2012

Peterhead 1 Clyde 1

Although Peterhead can still mathematically qualify for the playoffs, a late header from Clyde captain Declan Gallagher all-but ended those aspirations with two games still to play.

In truth the draw was a fair result, but the Blue Toon will be ruing opportunities they passed up to build on the lead handed to them by Iain Gray's freak own-goal just after the interval.

Paul Jarvie continued in goals despite playing through injury in the 3-0 win over Stranraer a week earlier, the only change seeing Ryan Strachan return in place of the suspended Roy McBain.

However, it was the Bully Wee who started the stronger of the sides, Jason Marr and Gavin Brown both passing up chances in the opening five minutes.

They came within inches of opening the scoring after 14 minutes when Lee Sharp curled a free-kick off the inside of the post from 20-yards with Jarvie beaten all ends up.

The best Peterhead had mustered thus far was a Rory McAllister volley which flew well over the bar, but as half-time approached thy began to get a foothold in the game.

Jamie Redman flicked a header wide from Ryan Strachan's corner, before another Strachan cross, this time from the right allowed captain Callum Macdonald to beat the offside trap.

Macdonald seemed taken by surprise, though, and was unable to pull the ball across goal, Clyde keeper Nick Feely happy to pick up the loose ball.

David Donald sliced an effort wide shortly before the interval, but the Blue Toon went ahead shortly after the break.

Scott Ross carried the ball out of defence and combined with Craig Tully to send Martin Bavidge away down the left. He was brought down by Jason Marr, but referee Barry Cook allowed a good advantage as the striker squared for Bryan Deasley.

Deasley's low shot was fumbled by on-loan Celtic man Feely, and when Gallagher attempted to hack clear, the ball came off Gray and found the back of the net.

A defensive header from Bavidge after 69 minutes sent McAllister away, the striker holding the ball up well for Deasley whose shot moved in the air before being held by Feely at the second attempt.

McAllister himself had a chance after Marr failed to deal with Ross Smith's ball out of defence, but with just Feely to beat, the former Brechin man opted to take on the first-time shot, dragging his effort across the face of goal.

Tully was next to threaten, but the veteran failed to connect with his shot after pulling down Donald's cross from the right.

Peterhead had been forced to replace Jarvie with Ray Jellema at half-time and the goalkeeper had not been seriously troubled until Pat Scullion forced him into a diving save from a 20-yard free-kick with ten minutes remaining.

And in injury time, another set-piece led to the leveller. Brown swung the ball out to sub Kris Irvine on the right and his cross found Gallagher who headed home from close range.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie (Ray Jellema, 46), Davie Donald, Craig Tully, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ross Smith, Ryan Strachan, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Lewis Davidson, 81), Martin Bavidge (Dennis Wyness, 90), Bryan Deasley. Subs not used: Graham Webster, Shaun Robertson.

CLYDE: Nick Feely, Iain Gray,  Lee Sharp (Kris Irvine, 86), Declan Gallagher, Jason Marr, Gavin Brown, John Neil, John Sweeney, Michael Oliver, Pat Scullion (Steph McDonald, 81), Drew Ramsay (Ryan Kane, 72). Subs not used: Jack Sloss, Barry McCue (gk).

Booked: Scullion, Neil.

Attendance: 497.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Clyde 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw

Goalkeeper Neil Duffy returned to the first-team squad as Raymond Jellema was working offshore and Paul Jarvie was a major doubt with a hip problem. Paul played the game but all his goal kicks were taken by Callum MacDonald.

David Ross continues to be missing with a knock and Ryan Strachan also missed out due to injury with, Graham Sharp is in Australia it was Craig Tully that filled the centre midfield slot and Bryan Deasley returning after playing in a behind-closed-doors game against Aberdeen.

Peterhead were on the front foot from the start. McAllister threatened on seven minutes when he got on the end of a Jamie Redman cross and fired just over. The on form striker went even closer on 22 minutes when David Donald swung the ball in from the right and he lunged out a leg to divert the ball on to the bar. Stranraer finally created an opening on 26 minutes when Frank McKeown launched the ball forward but Craig Malcolm smashed his effort high and wide.

Then, on 30 minutes, Nathan Shepherd wriggled free inside the box but Scott Ross made a superb last-ditch block. Stranraer were playing some nice passing football, but the direct approach paid off for the Blue Toon on 34 minutes.

Rory McAllister ran on to a long ball from Bryan Deasley before rounding David Mitchell and slotting home, to notch a strike for the fourth game in a row. Moore got on the end of a Chris Aitken free-kick five minutes after the restart, but he was denied by Paul Jarvie. It was the only time the Bloo Toon keeper was tested.

Peterhead got the second they deserved on 74 minutes, when Rory McAllister broke forward and smashed a right-foot shot in from the edge of the box. Roy McBain was superb all day and got a well-deserved goal with a tap-in nine minutes from time after good work from Martin Bavidge.

Peterhead still have an outside chance of finishing in the top four but are six points adrift with three games left and boss McInally said: “I thought we would do well today because we needed to win. Rory McAllister said: “Nobody could grudge us a play-off place the way we’ve been playing since Christmas, but I think we let ourselves down at the start of the season. We’re proving that now with the way we’re beating teams. Now we can’t do anything but win our games. If we get there great, but if we don’t it’s our own fault. We’ll just look forward to next season.”

Additional Info

  • Home Team Stranraer 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
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