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Peterhead can perhaps count themselves unfortunate to still be searching for a first league win under Jim McInally, despite returning from Stranraer with nothing.

Bryan Deasley had given the Blue Toon the lead just before the hour mark, but Stranraer substitute Michael Moore levelled matters ten minutes from time, and Stephen Stirling added a second in injury time to complete the turnaround.

Deasley had started up front alongside Rory McAllister, with Martin Bavidge dropping to the bench and Graeme Sharp coming in on the flank, the only change McInally made to the team that had been denied victory at Queen’s Park a fortnight ago thanks to another late goal.

Sharp and Deasley had combined to create the first chance after nine minutes, the latter heading narrowly wide of the target as Peterhead took the game to their hosts.

Callum Macdonald saw a header come back off the crossbar, but the home side came into things and Raymond Jellema was forced into action to turn a Craig Malcolm shot round the post, after Martin Grehan had flicked on a long ball.

Stranraer defender Frank McKeown, who scored in the fixture between the sides at Balmoor earlier in the season, headed wide from the resultant corner.

And McKeown came close again, as his stunning strike forced Jellema to push over.

The sides were level at the interval, but Deasley opened the scoring just before the hour with a well-worked strike.

His pass had seen McAllister home in on goal, only for the Blue Toon’s top scorer to see his shot palmed away by home goalkeeper Ryan Marshall. The ball fell to Jamie Redman, but his cross was headed behind for a corner.

Deasley took a short corner, exchanging passes with Dave Ross before finding the angle for a shot which curled in at the far post, though Redman may claim a touch as the ball whizzed over his head.

McAllister passed up an opportunity to make the points safe, before Moore levelled matters, creating space inside the area to fire into the corner of the net from 12 yards.

It looked like the Blue Toon would at least hold on for a point, until they were cruelly undone in injury time.

Jellema’s goal kick was won in the midfield by John Kane, and he lifted a ball deep into Peterhead territory. Moore flicked on, and Stirling was perfectly placed to fire home from 20 yards.

It was a cruel defeat for the Blue Toon who remain bottom of the table ahead of Tuesday night’s rearranged match at home to Berwick Rangers.

STRANRAER: Ryan Marshall, Scott Taggart, Steven Noble, David McGregor, Frank McKeown, John Kane, Sean Winter (Michael Moore, 67), Stephen Stirling, Craig Malcolm, Martin Grehan, Stuart McColm. Subs not used: Grant Gallagher, Shepherd, Dean Agnew, David Mitchell (gk).

Booked: McColm.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Strachan, Dave Ross, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Dennis Wyness, 80), Bryan Deasley (Martin Bavidge, 65), Graeme Sharp (Shaun Robertson, 86). Subs not used: Lewis Davidson, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: McBain, Redman.

Attendance: 290.

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

The team could have been forgiven for letting thoughts of the Scottish Cup and Celtic after the team bus rolled into Hampden, however it is the bread and butter of the league results that Jim McInally will be judged on. The rain was relentless and it was bitterly cold but the blue toon almost made a hot start.

Martin Bavidge’s first touch was to nutmeg Meggatt as he drove in from the right, but his cross was cleared for a corner and again showed how dangerous he can be with a strong turn in the box five minutes later, holding off McGinn and firing in a low shot that was deflected for a corner. Queen’s Park were making chances also with a free header from a McBride corner straight at Jellema, followed up with the McGinn cutting inside and feeding Longworth on the edge of the box, where the striker turned and fired a low shot which the Jellema took low down

Peterhead responded four minutes later with Dave Ross forcing the spiders’ keeper to palm a shot from 20 yards over the bar. The keeper was beaten from the corner as Bavidge again rose first only to head onto the top of the bar and over. Peterhead were exerting some pressure now, Deasley had a shot blocked for a corner and it took a fine stretching clearance by Little to prevent Bavidge getting in again after a nice through pass by Strachan.

Queens reacted and started to get back into the game, Roy McBain was booked for pulling back Watt and Callum MacDonald had to dive full length to head over his own bar and prevent the resulting free kick reaching the queens striker. Queen's won a second corner and there was an almighty scramble in the Peterhead box as first Meggatt and then Watt couldn't connect properly with shots before the danger was cleared. Peterhead suffered a blow when Davie Donald had to go off in 37 minutes with a knock to his ribs, with Graeme Sharp coming on.

Peterhead came out determined for the second half and it paid rewards into the second half, Queens’s defender Little's awkward attempt at a headed back-pass went for a corner. The kick was cleared, but only out to Ryan Strachan and his whipped cross found Rory McAllister who headed high into the net.

Rory should have made it two up for the toon when he rounded Queens’s keeper Parry and then shot into the side net. The referee was alone in thinking the game was boiling over as he booked Strachan, Scott Ross, Deasley and Bavidge in quick succession, the blue toon fans were struggling to remember a bad challenge in the match.

Queens were now on top and they came so close to an equaliser, with having two shots cleared off the line with Jellema beaten. Murray skipped into the box on the left to win yet another corner but again McBride's delivery found a Toon head and was cleared. On 71 minutes Queens equalised McGinn got past first Ross after a nice one-two and then glided past MacDonald as he got to the by-line and his cutback was swept behind Jellema by Murray.

The fussy referee found five additional minutes and queens could have won it in the last minute, the queens striker played a one two on the edge of the box to find himself unmarked 10 yards in front of goal, put the effort wide.

There was bad news for the toon at the final whistle when news of East Stirlingshire’s victory over Annan, had pushed the toon to the bottom of Scottish league football. Jim McInally needs to get the team back to winning ways soon where it matters; the cup match will take care of itself.

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

Peterhead under 19’s team travelled again to West Lothian on Sunday to play their delayed match in the third round of the Scottish Youth Cup. The match on the 13th had been delayed previously when the Peterhead under 19’s bus broke down on the journey down to West Lothian.

Unfortunately the Peterhead young guns exited out of the competition against a very good Livingston under 17’s side, the young Livi lions have only been defeated once this season. Peterhead under 19’s team had comfortably defeated the Broch in the previous round three nil but Livingston was a different proposition.

The sides met at Albyn Park in Broxburn and home advantage told with Livingston running out 5-1 winners. There was no disgrace for the young Peterhead team who delivered a spirited display.

Peterhead went in front on twelve minutes and a shock looked on the cards, however the Peterhead resistance was broken on 28 minutes with a low angled shot from the edge of the box. Livingston took the lead 6 minutes later when a speculative effort from Gray from distance beat the Blue Toon keeper.

Livingston stepped up a gear in the second half and Livingston’s Gray added his second and third goals of the match on 47 and 69 minutes. The scoring was completed in 74 minutes but the match was a valuable learning experience for the young Buchan side.

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  • Home Team Livingston (u19s) 5
  • Away Team Peterhead (u19s) 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

Peterhead fell to defeat against Banks o' Dee in a controversial Aberdeenshire League match at Balmoor last night.

The Blue Toon led thanks to Jamie McLauchlan's 7th minute goal, flicked in by the youngster after Conor Legge and Dane Ballard had both flicked on a Paul Jarvie goal kick.

But midfielder Paul Watson was sent off for a frustrated swipe at fresh air which referee Thomas Shaw deemed an act of violent conduct after half an hour, and from the resultant free-kick the visitors levelled.

Ballard had already been subsituted by this point, and Peterhead were forced to use the second of their two substitutes when Ewen Morgan was stretchered off ten minutes from the break.

The Blue Toon were reduced to nine men when Barry Sellars was deemed to have brought down a Dee player in the area, though the award looked soft and the punishment harsh.

The resultant penalty was converted and worse was to follow as Legge was forced off with a knock, leaving the Blue Toon with just eight men - before half-time!

Kevin Will's side netted twice in the second half to lead 4-1, but Paul Campbell thumped home a stunner from 25 yards with two minutes left to bring a some respectability to the scoreline.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Lewis Davidson, Roy McBain, Ewen Morgan (Greg Alexander, 35), Matt Fraser, Barry Sellars, Graeme Sharp, Paul Watson, Conor Legge, Jamie McLauchlan, Dane Ballard (Paul Campbell, 24).

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  • Home Team Peterhead 2 (u21s)
  • Away Team Banks O'Dee 4 (u21s)
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

Inverurie Locos made life tough for Peterhead, but it was Jim McInally’s men who eventually won through to round four of the William Hill Scottish Cup, as the Blue Toon edged a six-goal thriller at Harlaw Park.

Strikes from Jamie Redman and Martin Bavidge seemed to have the game killed off after just 22 minutes, but Steven Park pulled one back for the hosts.

Callum Macdonald restored the two-goal advantage but Neil McLean hit back again for the home side who battled hard in a bid to level the scores, before Rory McAllister’s stunning free kick eventually killed off their hopes.

There was one change to the side that had drawn with Alloa last week, Bavidge returning to the starting eleven in place of Dennis Wyness after recovering from an ankle injury.

The Blue Toon were first out of the traps and Bryan Deasley sent an early shot wide of the target.

But goalkeeper Raymond Jellema spared his side’s blushes in the fifth minute as Locos co-manager Kenny Coull exchanged passes with Keith Thomson before the full-back saw his low shot turned round the post by the ex-Alloa custodian.

Deasley again hit wide before Peterhead took the lead in the 18th minute. Jamie Redman did the hard work, turning on Davie Donald’s pass and ghosting past three challenges before Thomson’s attempted clearance came back off Redman’s foot and found the back of the net.

And they were quick to double their advantage. Deasley took a short corner to Ryan Strachan and from the return pass the winger got into the area and cut back for McAllister who saw his shot blocked.

Dave Ross took a swing at it, but it was Bavidge who got the final touch, spinning quickly to fire home from close range.

If Peterhead thought they were home and dry, that notion was quickly removed as Steven Park rose to head home John Maitland’s corner at the back post just two minutes later, and it was game on again.

Jellema had to be at his best to turn away McLean’s effort ten minutes before the break as Locos hunted for a leveller, but Peterhead restored their two-goal advantage on the stroke of half-time.

The lively Deasley was again involved, his corner this time flicked on by Ross at the near post, and Macdonald rose highest to head home at the back post.

Again the Locos hit back, and again Peterhead were undone by a corner. Maitland was allowed to take a short kick to Craig Ross who crossed for Park. His header was punched away by Jellema, but fell nicely for McLean to lash home from 15 yards.

Once more the Highland League side took heart from their goal and they could have been level when Andy Reid’s free kick bounced all the way through to Neil Gauld, who saw his header flash inches wide of the post.

A minute later, Gauld’s free kick was only just wide of the other post as Locos took the game to their Third Division opponents, but they were to be hit with a cruel sucker punch.

McAllister won a free kick wide on the left and took it himself, unexpectedly curling a superb effort into the net from a tight angle.

That was to cement Peterhead’s place in the next round, but if Jim McInally is looking for his men to use this win as a building block towards improving their league form, then he will be disappointed that a replay between his side’s next two opponents, Elgin City and Queen’s Park, means the trip to Borough Briggs will now be postponed.

INVERURIE LOCOS: Andy Reid, Keith Thomson, Simon Scott, Scott Begg, Steven Park, Ryan Broadhurst, Craig Ross (Jamie Michie, 81), Neil McLean, Kenny Coull (Jack Strachan, 74), Neil Gauld (Marc Young, 81), John Maitland. Subs not used: Kieran Adams, Chris Ainslie (gk)

Booked: Begg, Park.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Lewis Davidson (Dennis Wyness, 78), Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Strachan (Roy McBain, 68), Bryan Deasley, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Graeme Sharp, 81), Martin Bavidge, Dave Ross. Subs not used: Paul Watson, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Macdonald, Strachan.

Attendance: 998

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  • Home Team Inverurie Locos 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

The Blue Toon's improved form of late continued as they showed a battling spirit to grind out a point against high-flying Alloa Athletic.

Both sides were tipped to be closely matched at the sharp end of the league following relegation and subsequently overhauling their squads in the summer.

But after a close cup encounter at the start of the season, which Peterhead eventually won on penalties, their seasons have differed dramatically.

The Blue Toon lie just two points off the bottom of the table and recently replaced John Sheran with Jim McInally, while Paul Hartley has moulded an attractive Wasps side who sit second in the table.

The early part of McInally's reign at Balmoor has been spent trying to eradicate defensive errors which have blighted the side over the past 18 months, and there are signs his influence is starting to pay off as his men already look harder to beat.

That said, they had suffered defeat to leaders Annan Athletic in midweek, and there was one change to the side which had played that game, as Paul Watson dropped to the bench to be replaced by Lewis Davidson.

And the Blue Toon had an early sight of goal, but Dennis Wyness was unlucky to see his effort from close range blocked on the line.

It was Hartley's side, though, who would take of the first half, and veteran hitman Robbie Winters, perhaps inspired by Kenny Miller's Scotland goal on Friday night, pulled down a long ball after 11 minutes, only to see his quick lob drop over the crossbar.
Winters' captain and former Aberdeen team-mate Darren Young pulled a shot wide from the edge of the box, but it was midfield partner Ryan McCord who came closest to breaking the deadlock.

On the half-hour, he curled in a free kick from the left wing which evaded everyone and looked to be heading towards the top corner of the net, before Peterhead's former Wasps' keeper Raymond Jellema palmed the ball to safety.

The keeper was helpless when McCord tried his luck again from 25 yards three minutes before the interval, looking on as the former Dundee United man's effort crashed back off the crossbar.

Peterhead improved, after the interval, and a neat interchange between Rory McAllister and Bryan Deasley saw the former Dundee winger shuffle the ball onto his left foot before curling wide.
Alloa responded as Winters pulled out onto the right flank to orchestrate a move involving Ross McCord and Graeme Holmes, who found Kevin Cawley with his low cross, but the former Celtic man struck over the bar.

Peterhead had by now replaced Wyness with Martin Bavidge, and the striker posed a fresh problem for the Wasps defence who had previously looked solid.

The added aerial presence of Bavidge was evident as he got in to put goalkeeper Craig McDowall under pressure from a Davidson cross. The experienced hitman flicked the ball away from the keeper, but Dave Ross was unable to turn the ball home left-footed.

Peterhead were now looking much more comfortable in possession and perhaps even looked the more likely to open the scoring when they were hit with a cruel sucker punch.
Alloa substitute Armand One used his imposing physique to out-jump Bavidge at the near post, turning home Ryan McCord's corner at the near post with just shy of 15 minutes remaining.

Just a few weeks ago, that would have seen Peterhead buckle, but not so now. Instead they pushed forward in search of an equaliser, and that was rewarded.

McAllister won a corner down the Peterhead right, and Deasley's inswinging delivery put McDowall under pressure, the goalkeeper punching the ball into his own net as he attempted to clear the danger.

That sealed what was a deserved share of the points for McInally's men, and though they now have to put their improved defending together with the attacking prowess shown earlier in the season, the result will be a boost ahead of next Saturday's William Hill Scottish Cup trip to Inverurie Locos.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Lewis Davidson, Ryan Strachan, Callum Macdonald, Scott Ross, Dennis Wyness (Martin Bavidge, 64), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Bryan Deasley, Dave Ross. Subs not used: Paul Watson, Roy McBain, Shaun Robertson, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Scott Ross.

ALLOA ATHLETIC: Craig McDowall, Mark McCullagh, James Doyle, Ben Gordon, Ryan Harding, Darren Young, Ross McCord (Mark Docherty, 64), Ryan McCord, Robbie Winters (Armand One, 67), Graeme Holmes, Kevin Cawley (Max Wright, 86). Subs not used: Craig Campbell, Scott Bain (gk).

Booked: Ryan McCord, Ryan Harding.

Referee: Mat Northcroft.

Attendance: 528

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  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Alloa Athletic 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
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