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Peterhead finally kick-started their season with a deserved, if at times nervy, victory over East Stirlingshire.

Bryan Deasley and Rory McAllister were both on the scoresheet for the second successive game, as John Sheran's side recorded their first Division Three victory in six years, against the same opponents as their last win at this level.

Martin Bavidge was the only survivor from the May 2005 meeting, and he started in an attack-minded Blue Toon lineup, that included four strikers, and four changes from the side that had lost out to Annan last week.

Goalkeeper Neil Duffy, club captain Callum Macdonald and winger Aaron Conway all dropped to the bench, with midfielder Paul Watson dropping out completely as Raymond Jellema, Alan Rattray, Lewis Davidson and Dave Ross returned to the starting eleven.

John Coughlin's Shire side had be as drastically reshaped as the Peterhead side over the summer, but they were quickly on the attack, and Jordyn Sheerin saw his header come off the outside of the post, Jellema looking less concerned than perhaps he might have about the effort.

Predictably Peterhead looked dangerous going forward, and their first chance fell to Barry Sellars who saw his free-kick go wide of the target after a foul on Ross.

McAllister, as ever, was looking sharp with the ball at his feet, but the former Brechin man will admit he should have done better when he shot straight at Calum Antell just before the quarter-hour.

The hitman's work-rate and unselfish play are perhaps overshadowed by his scoring rate but his exchange of passes with Deasley saw the former Dundee forward, having cut in from the left, hit narrowly wide of the near post.

There was concern at the other end of the park, though, as Ally Love blocked a Sellars clearance and homed in on goal, only the intervention of Rattray denying the winger an effort at goal.

And Rattray earned his wages again when he provided the cover to block after Sheerin had turned Sellars.

Jamie Redman shot over after McAllister had knocked a Roy McBain pass into his path, but it would not be long before Peterhead opened the scoring.

Bavidge's ball picked our McAllister who sidestepped Antell, but as the ball threatened to roll out of the striker's reach, Deasley stepped in to fire home.

If there was any expectation the goal would open the floodgates, Shire dispelled those thoughts as they came out fired up after the restart, and David Cane saw his header come back off the bar just two minutes in.

But Peterhead were quickly back in the groove. Redman hit over from a McAllister pass, and a minute later the striker saw his header from Deasley's pass brilliantly turned over by Antell.

The hero could have quickly turned to villain as an Antell clearance was charged down by McAllister, but the goalkeeper recovered before Deasley could pounce.

Peterhead finally doubled their advantage after 68 minutes. A Deasley corner pinballed around the penalty area as the hosts failed to clear their lines, and after Redman was fouled by Scott Beveridge, McAllister stepped up to net from the spot.

Within a minute, Ross was denied by a block having been played in by McAllister, but it would be Shire who finished the game strongly, and were unlucky not to grab consolation when Cane saw another header strike the bar.

The Blue Toon held firm though, and recorded a first win in 90 minutes this term. More important as far as John Sheran will be concerned though, are the three points which belatedly get his side off the mark.

EAST STIRLING: Calum Antell, Iain Chisholm, Ryan Frances, David Cane, Stuart Beveridge, Michael Hunter, Scott Maxwell, Andy Stirling, Joe Savage (Kevin Turner, 72), Jordyn Sheerin (Alex Lurinsky, 72), Ally Love (Nico Gibson, 72). Subs not used: Fraser Team, Gavin Sorley (gk).

Booked: Chisholm, Hunter.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Barry Sellars, Alan Rattray, Lewis Davidson, Dave Ross,

Additional Info

  • Home Team East Stirlingshire 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

John Sheran takes his side into the international break knowing there is work to be done after they were brought back to earth by Alloa Athletic.

The Blue Toon travelled to Recreation Park looking to build on a first league win of the season, but ended up with nothing despite taking a lead into the interval.

Sheran stuck by the starting eleven that had beaten East Stirlingshire, with Bryan Deasley fit to play despite picking up a slight back strain against the Shire.

And at times during the first half against Paul Hartley's side, they were full of promise. Sharp passing and a will to get forward gave them chances.

The first fell to Deasley after 10 minutes, but Wasps goalkeeper Scott Bain was untroubled by his long range effort.

Three minutes later, former Celtic and East Stirling man Kevin Cawley tested Raymond Jellema with a shot to the near post but the former Wasps goalkeeper reacted well to save.

With both sides playing a 4-5-1 formation, they were having trouble making the ball stick in the final third so it was the half-hour before either goal was really put under threat again, but it was to prove fruitful for the Blue Toon.

Deasley's probing run was ended by a push 20 yards from goal, and from a central position, top scorer Rory McAllister smashed through the wall and into the corner of the net for his fifth goal of the season.

Cawley came close to levelling within a minute, peeling towards the near post to head Mark Docherty's cross only for Jellema to push wide.

But the striker was on target less than thirty seconds into the second half.  The ball was slipped down the outside of Barry Sellars and Cawley raced onto it, drawing Jellema out before firing across the helpless goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net.

There were chances at either end, Donald's cross from the left going wide off Dave Ross' foot, before Jellema plucked a Cawley scissors-kick out of the air from a Graeme Holmes cross.

But Alloa had been boosted by their leveller, and went ahead midway through the half, with Cawley again doing the damage.

This time it was a solo effort, sparked by a fine run down the left channel, before he used Alan Rattray as a shield to curl a high effort beyond Jellema.

Martin Bavidge saw Bain push over as his looping header from another Donald cross as Peterhead looked to draw level again.

And perhaps they thought their luck was starting to turn when, after Ross McCord had gone down under Rattray's challenge, referee Barry Cook waved play on.

However, a Deasley volley from sub Graeme Sharp's cross was their only chance in the closing minutes, and his wild strike summed up another frustrating day at the office for Sheran's men.

ALLOA ATHLETIC: Scott Bain, Michael Doyle, Mark Docherty, Ben Gordon, Ryan Harding, Darren Young (Ryan Caddis, 75), Peter Innes, Ryan McCord, Kevin Cawley, Graeme Holmes, Ross McCord (Campbell, 83). Subs not used: Armand One, Mark McCullagh, Craig McDowall (gk).

Booked: Innes.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Barry Sellars, Alan Rattray, Lewis Davidson (Callum Macdonald, 55), Dave Ross (Graeme Sharp, 75), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge (Aaron Conway, 75), Bryan Deasley. Subs not used: Dennis Wyness, Neil Duffy (gk).

Booked: Donald, Rattray, McAllister.

Attendance: 509.

Additional Info

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

Two former Blue Toon men were prominent as Elgin City condemned John Sheran's men to a fourth defeat in five league games this season.

Craig Gunn netted the opener for the visitors, and Daniel Moore set up two further goals as Ross Jack's men climbed to the top of the table.

Barry Sellars pulled a goal back for Peterhead just after the interval, but they were unable to close the gap further despite enjoying much of the possession in the second half.

Sellars was playing in a more customary midfield role as Peterhead looked to kick-start their season, and there were four changes to the starting eleven.

Out went Lewis Davidson, Dave Ross, Martin Bavidge and Bryan Deasley, their places taken by Callum Macdonald, Dennis Wyness, Paul Watson and new loan signing Garry Wood.

But Elgin were ahead after just four minutes, as Gunn returned to haunt his former side.  He took a Moore throw-in in his stride, striding past Alan Rattray and sliding a low shot into the corner of Raymond Jellema's goal.

And if the first goal had been the result of poor defending, the second compounded rubbed salt in a fresh wound.

Rattray was again found wanting as Mark Nicolson peeled off him and rose unchallenged to meet Moore's corner to double his side's advantage with just eight minutes gone.

It was a nightmare start for Peterhead, but it could have been so different had Jamie Duff's challenge on Wyness been deemed worthy of a penalty as the former Aberdeen and Hearts man thought.

It was McAllister's former Brechin team-mate Jamie Redman who forced Elgin keeper Zander Clark into action for the first time, his low shot turned wide by the goalkeeper.

Wyness curled an effort wide from the edge of the area, before McAllister saw a diving header from a Watson corner crash back off the crossbar.

By this stage, Elgin had lost top scorer Gunn to injury, but they would add a third on the stroke of half-time.

Moore was again the provider, swinging in a free-kick from the left, from which Jamie Duff got in front of Macdonald to head past the helpless Raymond Jellema.

The second half was only a matter of seconds old when Peterhead pulled one back. Sellars' free-kick looked more of a cross than an attempt at goal, but evaded everyone as it found the back of the net.

And the ball was in the net again when substitute Deasley found Wood, but the on-loan Ross County man was flagged offside as he turned home left-footed.

The impressive Moore would go into the book for a foul on another sub, Graeme Sharp, with just under 15 minutes remaining, and that would prove costly for the Elgin winger.

With just two minutes left on the clock, he was deemed by referee Paul Robertson to be guilty of timewasting, and was shown a second yellow and the inevitable red followed.

There was one final chance for Peterhead as Macdonald saw his header held by Clark, but it was a comfortable and deserved win for Jack's man.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Barry Sellars, Callum Macdonald, Alan Rattray, Dennis Wyness (Bryan Deasley, 64), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Garry Wood (Martin Bavidge, 72), Paul Watson (Graeme Sharp, 55). Subs not used: Ross, Duffy (gk).

Booked: McBain, Redman, McAllister, Watson, Deasley.

ELGIN CITY: Zander Clark, David Niven, Archie McPhee (Blair Lawrie, 60), Paul Kaczan, Jamie Duff, Graeme Beveridge, Craig Gunn (Craig Frizzel, 40), Brian Cameron, Stuart Leslie, Mark Nicolson, Daniel Moore. Subs not used: Zander Jack, Ciaron McLean.

Booked: Moore. Sent off: Moore.

Attendance: 596

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Elgin City 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
Sun 6 July 13:00 Peterhead v Aberdeen Friendly
Sat 12 July 15:00 Peterhead v Fraserburgh Graeme Sharp Testimonial
Tues 15 July 19:30 Dundee United reserves v Peterhead Friendly
Sat 19 July 15:00 East Stirlingshire v Peterhead Friendly
Sat 26 July 15:00 Montrose v Peterhead Petrofac Training Cup
Sat 9 Aug 15:00 Peterhead v Stirling SPFL League One
Sat 16 Aug 15:00 Airdrieonians v Peterhead SPFL League One
Sat 23 Aug 15:00 Peterhead v Morton SPFL League One
Sat 30 Aug 15:00 Brechin v Peterhead SPFL League One
Sat 6 Sep 15:00 Peterhead v Livingston Petrofac Training Cup
Sat 13 Sep 15:00 Forfar v Peterhead SPFL League One
Sat 20 Sep 15:00 Peterhead v Stenhousemuir SPFL League One
Sat 27 Sep 15:00 Dunfermline v Peterhead SPFL League One
Sat 4 Oct 15:00 Peterhead v Ayr SPFL League One
Sat 11 Oct 15:00 Stranraer v Peterhead SPFL League One
Sat 18 Oct 15:00 Peterhead v Airdrieonians SPFL League One
Sat 25 Oct 15:00 Stenhousemuir v Peterhead SPFL League One
Sat 8 Nov 15:00 Peterhead v Dunfermline SPFL League One
Sat 15 Nov 15:00 Ayr v Peterhead SPFL League One
Sat 22 Nov 15:00 Peterhead v Brechin SPFL League One
Sat 6 Dec 15:00 Stirling v Peterhead SPFL League One
Sat 13 Dec 15:00 Peterhead v Stranraer SPFL League One
Sat 20 Dec 15:00 Morton v Peterhead SPFL League One
Sat 27 Dec 15:00 Peterhead v Forfar SPFL League One
Sat 3 Jan 15:00 Dunfermline v Peterhead SPFL League One
Sat 10 Jan 15:00 Airdrieonians v Peterhead SPFL League One
Sat 17 Jan 15:00 Peterhead v Stirling SPFL League One
Sat 24 Jan 15:00 Brechin v Peterhead SPFL League One
Sat 31 Jan 15:00 Peterhead v Stenhousemuir SPFL League One
Sat 7 Feb 15:00 Forfar v Peterhead SPFL League One
Sat 14 Feb 15:00 Stranraer v Peterhead SPFL League One
Sat 21 Feb 15:00 Peterhead v Ayr SPFL League One
Sat 28 Feb 15:00 Peterhead v Morton SPFL League One
Sat 7 Mar 15:00 Stenhousemuir v Peterhead SPFL League One
Sat 14 Mar 15:00 Peterhead v Brechin SPFL League One
Sat 21 Mar 15:00 Stirling v Peterhead SPFL League One
 Sat 28 Mar 15:00 Peterhead v Stranraer SPFL League One
Sat 4 Apr 15:00 Peterhead v Dunfermline SPFL League One
Sat 11 Apr 15:00 Ayr United v Peterhead SPFL League One
Sat 18 Apr 15:00 Peterhead v Forfar SPFL League One
Sat 25 Apr 15:00 Peterhead v Airdrieonians SPFL League One
Sat 2 May 15:00 Morton v Peterhead SPFL League One
     
PETERHEAD - SCOTTISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Sat Jul 27 Brechin City 2-1 Ramsdens Cup 1
Sat Aug 3 Alloa Athletic 0-2 S.F.L. Cup 1
Sat Aug 10 Annan Athletic 2-2
Wed Aug 14 England v. Scotland (Friendly)
Sat Aug 17 Stirling Albion 0-2
Tue Aug 20 Stenhousemuir Ramsdens Cup 2
Sat Aug 24 Elgin City 2-2
Wed Aug 28 S.F.L. Cup 2
Sat Aug 31 East Stirlingshire 4-1
Fri Sep 6 Scotland v. Belgium
Sat Sep 7 Ramsdens Cup 3
Tue Sep 10 Macedonia v. Scotland
Sat Sep 14 Queen's Park 2-1 S.F.A. Cup 1
Sat Sep 21 Montrose 1-2
Wed Sep 25 S.F.L. Cup 3
Sat Sep 28 Albion Rovers 2-1
Sat Oct 5 S.F.A. Cup 2
Sat Oct 12 Clyde 1-1
Sun Oct 13 Ramdens Cup Semi-Final
Tue Oct 15 Scotland v. Croatia
Sat Oct 19 Annan Athletic 0-2
Sat Oct 26 Berwick Rangers 1-1
Wed Oct 30 S.F.L. Cup 4
Sat Nov 2 S.F.A. Cup 3
Sat Nov 9 Elgin City 4-2
Sat Nov 16 East Stirlingshire 1-1
Sat Nov 23 Queen's Park 5-0
Sat Nov 30 Montrose 3-0 S.F.A. Cup 4
Sat Dec 7 Clyde 3-1
Sat Dec 14 Albion Rovers 1-1
Sat Dec 21 Stirling Albion 3-1
Sat Dec 28 Berwick Rangers 3-1
Thu Jan 2 Elgin City 2-1
Sat Jan 11 East Stirlingshire 0-2
Sat Jan 18 Montrose 3-2
Sat Jan 25 Queen's Park 1-0
Sat Mar 4 Annan Athletic 3-1
Sun Feb 2 S.F.L. Cup Semi-Final
Sat Feb 8 Stirling Albion 2-1 S.F.A. Cup 5
Sat Feb 15 Clyde 2-0
Sat Feb 22 Albion Rovers 0-0
Sat Mar 1 East Stirlingshire 4-0
Sat Mar 8 Elgin City A S.F.A. Cup 6
Sat Mar 15 Berwick Rangers H
Sun Mar 16 S.F.L. Cup Final
Sat Mar 22 Annan Athletic A
Sat Mar 29 Queen's Park A
Sat Apr 5 Montrose H
Sun Apr 6 Ramsdens Cup Final
Sat Apr 12 Clyde A S.F.A. Cup Semi-Final
Sat Apr 19 Albion Rovers H
Sat Apr 26 Stirling Albion H
Sat May 3 Berwick Rangers A
Wed May 7 S.F.L. Play-Off Semi-Final (1)
Sat May 10 S.F.L. Play-Off Semi-Final (2)
Wed May 14 S.F.L. Play-Off Final (1)
Sat May 17 S.F.A. Cup Final
Sun May 19 S.F.L. Play-Off Final (2)
 

Fixtures are subject to change.

Compiled in association with Atos.

PETERHEAD - SCOTTISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE THIRD DIVISION Sat Jul 27 Ramsdens Cup 1 Sat Aug 3 S.F.L. Cup 1 Sat Aug 10 Annan Athletic H Wed Aug 14 England v. Scotland (Friendly) Sat Aug 17 Stirling Albion A Wed Aug 21 Ramsdens Cup 2 Sat Aug 24 Elgin City H Wed Aug 28 S.F.L. Cup 2 Sat Aug 31 East Stirlingshire A Fri Sep 6 Scotland v. Belgium Sat Sep 7 Ramsdens Cup 3 Tue Sep 10 Macedonia v. Scotland Sat Sep 14 Queen's Park H S.F.A. Cup 1 Sat Sep 21 Montrose A Wed Sep 25 S.F.L. Cup 3 Sat Sep 28 Albion Rovers A Sat Oct 5 S.F.A. Cup 2 Sat Oct 12 Clyde H Sun Oct 13 Ramdens Cup Semi-Final Tue Oct 15 Scotland v. Croatia Sat Oct 19 Annan Athletic A Sat Oct 26 Berwick Rangers H Wed Oct 30 S.F.L. Cup 4 Sat Nov 2 S.F.A. Cup 3 Sat Nov 9 Elgin City A Sat Nov 16 East Stirlingshire H Sat Nov 23 Queen's Park A Sat Nov 30 Montrose H S.F.A. Cup 4 Sat Dec 7 Clyde A Sat Dec 14 Albion Rovers H Thu Dec 26 Stirling Albion H Boxing Day Sat Dec 28 Berwick Rangers A Thu Jan 2 Elgin City H Sat Jan 11 East Stirlingshire A Sat Jan 18 Montrose A Sat Jan 25 Queen's Park H Sat Feb 1 Annan Athletic H Sun Feb 2 S.F.L. Cup Semi-Final Sat Feb 8 Stirling Albion A S.F.A. Cup 5 Sat Feb 15 Clyde H Sat Feb 22 Albion Rovers A Sat Mar 1 East Stirlingshire H Sat Mar 8 Elgin City A S.F.A. Cup 6 Sat Mar 15 Berwick Rangers H Sun Mar 16 S.F.L. Cup Final Sat Mar 22 Annan Athletic A Sat Mar 29 Queen's Park A Sat Apr 5 Montrose H Sun Apr 6 Ramsdens Cup Final Sat Apr 12 Clyde A S.F.A. Cup Semi-Final Sat Apr 19 Albion Rovers H Sat Apr 26 Stirling Albion H Sat May 3 Berwick Rangers A Wed May 7 S.F.L. Play-Off Semi-Final (1) Sat May 10 S.F.L. Play-Off Semi-Final (2) Wed May 14 S.F.L. Play-Off Final (1) Sat May 17 S.F.A. Cup Final Sun May 19 S.F.L. Play-Off Final (2) Fixtures are subject to change. Compiled in association with Atos.

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