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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
Fri 11 Nov 2011

Peterhead 0 Clyde 0

There seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel for Peterhead as they recorded a second consecutive clean sheet to draw with ten-man Clyde.

Despite a squad so ravaged by injuries that an unfit Roy McBain sat on the bench alongside U19 players Shaun Robertson and Ewen Morgan, Jim McInally's men defended resolutely to battle out a 0-0 draw with Jim Duffy's side.

Garry Wood and Martin Bavidge were the latest additions to the injury list and their places were taken by Lewis Davidson and Dave Ross, the only changes from the side that had beaten Nairn County in the cup a fortnight ago.

And they were put under pressure early on by Clyde, with Raymond Jellema pleased to see John Neil head a Paul Hay cross wide when he really should have done better after just seven minutes.

The former Alloa goalkeeper kept the scores level when he spread himself to block from Steph McDonald after the striker had pulled down Declan Gallagher's long ball out of defence.

But still Clyde pushed forward, and after a Neil free-kick was blocked by Rory McAllister, John Sweeney saw his ambitious 30-yard effort deflect away for a corner.

It was 39 minutes in before Peterhead got a first sight of goal, Bryan Deasley exchanging passes with Ryan Strachan before seeing his left-foot shot blocked by the head of Lee Sharp.

Although Clyde could have opened the scoring through Gallagher shortly after the interval, it was clear Peterhead were determined to pose more of a threat, although their efforts were not helped by McAllister taking knocks to an ankle and then his head in quick succession.

He was forced off just after the hour to make way for Robertson, by which point Peterhead had begun to edge their way into the match as an attacking force.

Strachan saw an effort deflect tamely into the arms of Clyde's former Manchester City goalkeeper Filip Mentel, before Davie Donald hit high and wide on a foray forward down the right.

One of Robertson's first involvements was to play in Lewis Davidson, with the local lad slicing an effort narrowly over the crossbar.

But it was a neat move down the right which saw Peterhead create their best chance.Donald linked up with Dennis Wyness, and though the full-back's cross was cut out, the clearance fell to Wyness who stung the palms of Mentel. Still the danger wasn't cleared until Deasley had a low shot blocked.

And Deasley would be involved again as Clyde were reduced to ten men with five minutes remaining.

Hay had already been booked for a foul on Jamie Redman when he hauled back Deasley on the edge of the area, and referee Andrew Dallas was left with no alternative but to flash a second yellow.

Deasley's free kick was blocked by the wall, and the Blue Toon failed to capitalise on their extra man in the dying minutes, but will be happy to have earned a point.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Lewis Davidson, Ryan Strachan, Callum Macdonald, Scott Ross, Dennis Wyness, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Shaun Robertson, 62), Bryan Deasley, Dave Ross. Subs not used: Paul Watson, Roy McBain, Ewen Morgan, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Deasley, Macdonald, Strachan, McAllister.

CLYDE: Filip Mentel, Iain Gray, Lee Sharp, Declan Gallagher, Brian McQueen, Paul Hay, John Neil, John Sweeney, Steph McDonald (Mark Archdeacon, 73), Liam Cusack, Michael Oliver (Pat Scullion, 76). Subs not used: Kris Irvine, Jack Sloss, Barry McCue (gk).

Booked: Gallagher, Hay. Sent off: Hay.

Referee: Andrew Dallas.

Attendance: 517

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  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Clyde 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw

A first-half Martin Bavidge double eased Peterhead beyond the challenge of Highland League leaders Nairn County and into Round Three of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

It was a first win for new boss Jim McInally, who is already starting to make his mark on the Blue Toon side.

McInally opted for a 3-4-1-2 system, which saw Scott Ross come into the defence alongside Callum Macdonald and Gary Wood.

Jamie Redman returned from injury to partner Ryan Strachan in the centre of midfield, while Davie Donald and Bryan Deasley filled the wide positions.

Dennis Wyness started behind a front two of Martin Bavidge and Rory McAllister.

But Nairn started brightly, and former Blue Toon man Conor Gethins, starting despite picking up a groin strain on league business the week before, flashed an early effort across the face of goal.

However, Peterhead settled into the game quickly, and took the lead after 12 minutes. Deasley was the creator with a jinking run into the area, and he stood the ball up for Bavidge who could hardly fail to head home from close range.

A long ball out of defence from Ross saw McAllister work a chance shortly after, but from 20 yards his effort was held well by visiting goalkeeper Callum Donaldson.

But after 25 minutes, it was 2-0. Wyness slipped Donald in with a fine pass, and the former Aberdeen man bravely slid into retain possession with Donaldson bearing down on him, and squared for Bavidge to stroke home from 12 yards.

It was comfortable now for Peterhead, and McAllister tried his luck from a tight angle wide on the left, missing the target by just inches moments after half-time.

Strachan also came close with a 20-yard free kick which had Donaldson beaten but crashed back off the crossbar.

Still the Blue Toon pressed in search of a killer third goal, and defender Scott Ross had two shots from range in quick succession, both of which forced Donaldson to save.

Les Fridge’s side had hardly threatened, but gave it a go in the final ten minutes, and were unlucky not to pull one back with ten minutes remaining.

A corner from the right was cleared as far as substitute Gregg Main, and his spectacular 20-yard effort was pushed away by the fingertips of Raymond Jellema, the goalkeeper having been restored to the starting eleven.

PETERHEAD: Jellema, Donald, Deasley, Wood, Macdonald, Redman, Wyness (Sharp, 64), Strachan, McAllister, Bavidge (D. Ross, 77), S. Ross. Subs not used: Sellars, Davidson, Jarvie (gk)

Attendance: 625

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  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Nairn County 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

The task ahead of new Peterhead manager Jim McInally will have become a little clearer to the former Morton and East Stirling boss after Stranraer comfortably took the points on his debut in the Blue Toon dugout.

McInally had taken charge of a bounce game against Brechin City during the week and had seen enough from makeshift centre-half Gary Wood that he pitched the on-loan Ross County striker into the same role in this game, while midfielder Paul Watson stepped in at left-back.

Bryan Deasley was restored the left flank, while Ryan Strachan joined Barry Sellars in the middle of the park.

And Peterhead had an early chance, though Rory McAllister dragged his low shot wide of the near post from the edge of the penalty area.

But the fragile home defence was breached after just 12 minutes. Chris Aitken's corner found defender Frank McKeown unchallenged in the middle of the penalty area, and he didn't even have to jump to head his side in front.

And Keith Knox's side could have doubled their lead soon after. Sean Winter picked out Grant Gallagher with a pass, and the winger opened his foot up well but shot narrowly over the bar.

Chances at either end were scarce at this point, but Martin Bavidge seemed caught in two minds about what to do as he chased onto a clipped Sellars pass just before the half-hour. In the end he opted to pass, but failed to find Deasley.

And six minutes before the interval, Peterhead were punished again. Watson and Callum Macdonald could only half-clear a ball from the left between them, and when the latter's clearance fell to Stephen Stirling, he fired a 20-yard shot into the net.

McInally changed things with the introduction of Scott Ross to the midfield and Alan Rattray to the defence, and to their credit, Peterhead began to get closer to their opposition.

Indeed, they pulled a goal back midway through the second half, McAllister heading home a Deasley corner to give his side a chance.

The good work was almost undone immediately as Stranraer sub Michael Moore was allowed to head narrowly wide just two minutes later, but Peterhead were to have their best spell over the next ten minutes.

They could have been level after Bavidge worked space to clip a ball towards the back post, but Deasley's diving header flew tamely across the face of goal.

Moore had another chance to make the points safe when he turned on a Gallagher pass, only to see his effort palmed away by Paul Jarvie, but the striker finally got on the scoresheet in the final minute when, looping a header beyond Jarvie from another Gallagher cross.

PETERHEAD: Jarvie, Donald, Watson (Rattray 55), Strachan, Wood, Macdonald, Conway (Ross 55), Bavidge, McAllister, Sellars (Wyness 66), Deasley. Subs not used: Davidson, Jellema (gk). Booked: Strachan, Wood, Macdonald, Bavidge, Rattray, Ross.

STRANRAER: David Mitchell, Kane, Noble, Taggart, McKeown, Aitken (Danny Mitchell 58), Gallagher, Stirling, Malcolm, Grehan (Moore 65), Winter. Subs not used: McColm, Shephard, Marshall (gk). Booked: Moore.

Attendance: 405

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  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Stranraer 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
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