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EAST FIFE 1-2 PETERHEAD

Goals from Jamie Redman and Craig Reid saw Peterhead return to winning ways at the eleventh attempt as East Fife's top four push took a dent.

Redman opened the scoring midway through the first half but his goal was cancelled out by Jason Kerr before the break.

However, Reid, restored to the team after recovering from a hamstring strain, notched the winner 10 minutes after the interval to give the Blue Toon a much-needed victory.

The three points were significant in their quest to beat the League 1 drop with basement boys Stenhousemuir going down 1-0 to newly crowned champions Livingston.

Stranraer, though, ensured Jim McInally's men remain ninth in the table after their win over Airdrie going into the remaining three fixtures.

Following last week's defeat to Queen's Park, Reid was back in the starting line-up along with Aaron Comrie and Nicky RIley as Jordon Brown, Grant Anderson and Steven Noble made way.

Having lost on both visits to Methil this season, once in the league and the other in the League Cup group stage, it was imperative Peterhead got off to a good start.

They did just that by making the breakthrough in the 25th minute. Rory McAllister laid the ball into the path of Redman, who slotted home from close range.

But the Fifers were behind for just six minutes as Kerr got on the end of a Nicki Paterson corner to send a header past Hobday.

Peterhead hit back with a set-peice of their own in the 55th minute with a goal, which proved to be the winner.

Jamie Stevenson swung in a corner and Reid reacted quickest to send the ball past Mark Hurst to revive his team's survival chances.

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  • Home Team East Fife 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Redman and Reid on target as East Fife suffer Blue Toon revival

QUEEN'S PARK 2-0 PETERHEAD

On the second weekend of April last year, Peterhead faced Rangers in the Challenge Cup final at Hampden.

Exactly 12 months on, the Blue Toon were back at the national stadium but they will not remember their latest visit with much fondness.

A 2-0 defeat against Queen's Park sunk Jim McInally's men deeper in the League 1 mire.

The Spiders scored in each half to pile the pressure on the Buchan team, whose winless run of matches extended to double figures.

Fraser Hobday was recalled in goal while Scott Ross took the place of the injured Craig Reid. The other changes from the Airdrie draw saw Jamie Stevenson coming in for Aaron Comrie and Jordon Brown preferred to Nicky RIley.

Despite the switch between the sticks, there was absolutely nothing Hobday could have done about the hosts' opener in the 29th minute.

On loan Hearts forward Dario Zanatta powered a superbly struck shot into the net from outside the box.

Rory McAllister had a decent opportunity prior to the goal and the Blue Toon top scorer went close twice more before the interval.

Scott Brown nearly drew the visitors level three minutes into the second half but their hopes of salvaging something from the match vanished in the 72nd minute.

Queen's Park doubled their lead through former Balmoor loanee Ryan McGeever, who was sent off when the teams last met. The big defender slotted in at the back post after Kalvin Orsi drilled a shot towards goal.

On a day of home wins in League 1, there was a crumb of comfort for Peterhead in that eighth-placed Stranraer were also beaten.

However, basement side Stenhousemuir cranked up the heat on the Blue Toon with a victory to cut the gap at the bottom to just two points.

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  • Home Team Queen's Park 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Ex Blue Toon defender scores in Spiders win

PETERHEAD 1-1 AIRDRIE
By Glenn Moir

 

McAllister scores early, Peterhead cannot build on their lead and end up with a share of the points after being forced into a defensive switch.

This could actually have been the opening script for the Stranraer draw last Saturday rather than today's match against Airdrie, which again ended all square.

Except the Blue Toon did not need a stoppage time goal to save themselves this week. Instead, they were rueing the Diamond's equaliser and whether or not it should have stood.

Kyle Hutton lofted a ball into the box, Graeme Smith dropped it and Sean McIntosh pounced to fire into an empty net. Peterhead's grievance was that there were Airdrie players, including Simon Mensing, in an offside position putting pressure on the big goalkeeper.

The argument is a valid one, although Smith should still have caught it anyway and there would have been no drama.

Ironically, Smith had been the hero prior to McIntosh's 35th minute leveller with a superb penalty save to deny Iain Russell, after Jack Leitch went down under a challenge from Steven Noble.

The spot-kick award was of the soft variety but Smith threw himself to his right to make a great stop.

At this point, Peterhead were in front courtesy of McAllister's customary goal in the eighth minute. The 29 year old showed his strength to shrug aside McIntosh and then expertly steer a shot inside the far corner from 10 yards.

Just before the opener, the hosts had been forced into a change at the back with Craig Reid suffering a hamstring injury and Michael McMullin, who himself had to be substituted last weekend, taking his place.  

Chances were at a premium in the second half and although Peterhead tried to up the ante, they had Aaron Comrie to thank twice for keeping them level.

The on loan St Johnstone defender cleared off the line to thwart McIntosh and he was handily placed again to block a goalbound Mensing effort with a few minutes remaining.

Joint fourth Airdrie, who have lost more games than Peterhead despite the positions of the teams in the table, were given a slight scare in injury time when McAllister went relatively close with a sweetly-struck volley from Grant Anderson's cross but a draw was just about right.

Whether it will be good enough by the 6th May remains to be seen.  

 

                       Smith
   Comrie Reid Strachan Noble
Anderson S.Brown Ferry Redman
                        Riley
                    McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Airdrie 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon unable to end winless run

PETERHEAD 2-2 STRANRAER
By Glenn Moir


Only time will tell the significance of Jamie Redman's stoppage time equaliser against Stranraer.

The goal was fortuitous and timely but it was necessary to keep Peterhead in with a fighting chance of remaining in League 1.

Stranraer were quite rightly aggrieved that a corner was given the home team's way after Grant Anderson's initial set-piece appeared to go out off a colleague.

It was not an outright goal though and the visitors still had a chance to defend the second delivery.

They failed to do so as Redman got across his marker to head past Cammy Belford at the near post.

The celebrations from the home support were probably more of relief than joy or jubilation.

But the result still saw Peterhead plummet a place to ninth and, certainly prior to kick-off, a home draw against another team scrapping for survival would have been looked upon as another slip-up.

Wins, not draws, will keep Jim McInally's men up and they have six games remaining to muster enough points.

They got off to a positive start through Rory McAllister's eighth minute free-kick. From about 30 yards out, he smashed a low shot past Belford, who won't want to watch BlueToonTV for a re-run.

The shot was almost straight down the middle of the goal but Peterhead were guilty of not building on their opener.

Stranraer quickly set about getting back on level terms and they did so in the 18th minute when Craig Malcolm chased Liam Dick's long ball forward and clipped the ball past Graeme Smith.

Heads dropped and the confidence disappeared - and that was just the fans.

Therefore, it did not come as a major surprise when the Stair Park club scored again in the 24th minute and this time it was a well-worked goal.

Malcolm and the clever Scott Agnew combined and when the ball eventually found Scott Robertson on the right side of the penalty box, the full-back's 12 yard effort beat Smith and nestled into the net.

Peterhead survived a couple of scares to get to the interval at just one behind and they were better in the second period after a half-time dressing down from the management team.

That said, there were not too many signs of a leveller although Anderson was desperately unlucky with a shot from the edge of the penalty area that was blocked on the line by Steven Bell.

Just when Stevie Farrell's side thought they had done enough to make their long trip worthwhile, referee Graham Beaton awarded the home team a contentious corner with seconds remaining.

From Anderson's inswinger, Redman did well to meet the ball and guide it into the net to stop seventh-placed Stranraer pulling four points clear.



                            Smith
         Reid Gordon Ross Comrie
Anderson S.Brown Strachan Redman
                             Riley
                         McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Stranraer 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Four goals shared but Peterhead slip to ninth

ALBION ROVERS 0-0 PETERHEAD

Neither Albion Rovers or Peterhead can buy a win lately so it was hardly a big surprise that this contest between the strugglers finished all square.

There were just four goals all afternoon between the 10 teams in League 1 so it was not the worst point to pick up with seventh placed Stranraer and basement side Stenhousemuir both suffering narrow defeats.

Peterhead brought back Rory McAllister after a one match ban while Ryan Strachan and Michael McMullin also came into the starting line-up.

Dropping out were Nicky Riley, Jordon Brown and the injured Steven Noble.

McAllister did go close on more than one occasion while Grant Anderson sent a shot just wide early on.

Albion's attacking threat was blunted by the absence of their top scorer Ross Stewart, who had netted three goals against the Blue Toon this season.

Keeping a clean sheet was a Peterhead positive, their first since January against Queen's Park, which was the last time they won a match.

This stalemate keeps Jim McInally's team sitting nervously in eighth in the table, just ahead of today's opponents, who play the first of their two games in hand against East Fife on Tuesday.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Albion Rovers 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Struggling sides slog out a stalemate

PETERHEAD 0-1 BRECHIN

By Glenn Moir

 

The last time Peterhead were on a morale-sapping winless run, they beat Brechin to get back on track.

That was in the New Year fixture, when they ended a five game streak without a victory.

However, they could not repeat the trick today as Darren Dods' team came out on top to increase the pressure on the out-of-form Blue Toon.

The only positive in defeat was that fellow strugglers Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers were both beaten as well but it is getting way too close for comfort at the bottom.

This game produced little in the way of goalscoring chances but Brechin will argue they did enough to go back down the A90 with the points.

They would have a decent case because Peterhead's top two performers were their centre-backs.

One of them was pitched straight into the team for his debut, Craig Reid, who has spent time in Iceland playing for Keflavik, having previously been at Dunfermline, Motherwell, Morton and Queen of the South.

Considering he had not played competitvely since September, the 31 year old was solid and steady and his partner at the heart of the Blue Toon rearguard, Liam Gordon, was impressive throughout.

Peterhead had to contend with a couple of scares in the first half as Michael McMullin, on early for the injured Steven Noble, cleared an Ally Love effort off the line while Graeme Smith superbly kept out a Finn Graham drive.

The Blue Toon did fashion a big chance in the 36th minute when Nicky Riley chose to square for Jordon Brown, whose shot was blocked and when the ball broke out to Jamie Redman, the midfielder's goalbound strike was desperately cleared by the visiting defence.

In truth, it was untidy from both teams prior to the interval and although the hosts began to settle early in the second period, they fell behind on the hour mark.

A Brechin corner was only partially cleared to Willie Dyer, whose shot was anything but cleanly struck. However, the ball landed at the feet of Andy Jackson and the former St Johnstone striker was not going to miss from close range.

Substitute Leighton McIntosh had the Blue Toon's best chance for an equaliser but his header from a deep Grant Anderson delivery lacked power and conviction.

Had it not been for some smart Smith saves, Brechin could actually have added to their lead in the closing stages as Jim McInally threw extra players forward leaving space for the Glebe Park outfit to exploit.

However, Peterhead were always going to find it hard to get back into the match.

The statistics would prove that because in their previous three meetings with the Hedgemen this season, only Rory McAllister had netted for the Blue Toon.  

Sadly, he was sitting in the stand serving a suspension.

 

                          Smith

        Comrie Gordon Reid Noble

                       Stevenson
Anderson S.Brown J.Brown Redman

                            Riley

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Brechin 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Jackson's second half goal proves decisive
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