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ALLOA 0-1 PETERHEAD

Peterhead were rewarded for their battling qualities after claiming all three points at second top Alloa.

The statistics were all in favour of the hosts in this match aside from the key one, the scoreline, which came courtesy of Leighton McIntosh's strike early in the second half.

It turned out to be an eventful afternoon for the strikers.

Rory McAllister was forced off in the first period due to illness.

His replacement, McIntosh, netted the decisive goal but he made his team-mates sweat for the victory after getting sent off in the 75th minute.

One of the highlights was the debut of Partick defender Michael McMillan, the teenager playing his part in a resolute display less than 24 hours after signing on loan for the rest of the season.

McMillan was pitched straight into the team, with fellow loanee Liam Gordon still not quite ready to feature.

The 19 year old slotted in well but Peterhead's chances of turning over the Wasps appeared to lessen when McAllister, who had netted in each of his last two matches, had to come off in the 34th minute.

However, Jim McInally's men stayed organised and when a chance came along in the 49th minute, they seized it.

McIntosh drove a shot into the corner of the net from the left side of the penalty box from Nicky Riley's assist.

The former Dundee man then picked up two cards in the space of a minute, the second a harsh straight red for apparent violent conduct following a sliding challenge on Jason Marr.

Another forward down, Peterhead had to cling on in the closing stages but they got over the line to come away with a second successive 1-0 win on their travels.

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Alloa 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title McIntosh hits winner before getting sent off

PETERHEAD 2-3 LIVINGSTON

Five goals, a penalty save, the woodwork rattled and one of the worst decisions you are ever likely to see.

Peterhead and League 1 pacesetters Livingston brought the best out of each other in an action-packed contest at Balmoor.

Shaun Byrne's clever backheel in the 78th minute eventually separated the sides after the Blue Toon had twice come from behind.

Livi had the ball in the net early on but Graeme Smith was adjudged to have been fouled by Danny Mullen when trying to deal with Sean Crighton's looping header.

Smith was certainly responsible for ensuring the scores were still level at the break after saving Liam Buchanan's 44th minute penalty.

Scott Rumsby hauled down Mullen on the left edge of the box but Buchanan's spot-kick was weak as Smith dived to his left to keep the ball out.

Now on to the madness of the second half..

Towering defender Declan Gallagher broke the deadlock in the 50th minute by powering home a backpost header from a corner.

Livi's lead lasted just two minutes as Jordon Brown dug out a cross from the right and Nicky Riley stooped to nod past Liam Kelly from close range.

The home fans were still smiling by the time David Hopkin's team immediately reclaimed their advantage, Buchanan going straight down the other end to tuck the ball beneath Smith.

Back came Peterhead again, this time Rory McAllister lashing in a six yard shot from substitute Leighton McIntosh's cutback, moments after Mullen had smashed the Peterhead post.

Could the hosts hold on this time or even nick a winner?

Well when Livi were ridiculously denied a 71st minute goal, it appeared as if Jim McInally's troops would get something.

Simon Ferry's short backpass was never reaching Smith and Buchanan nipped in to round the goalkeeper and slot into an empty net.

But bizarrely, the assistant referee claimed to have spotted a Livi player getting a touch on the ball so flagged for offside.

It was a poor call and the decision of referee David Lowe to back his colleague was even worse.

Feeling a sense of injustice, Livi upped the tempo in the closing stages, aided by their superior full-time fitness levels.

They got their rewards when Byrne flicked in Nicky Cadden's left wing cross from a few yards out.

This time there was no way back for Peterhead but they can definitely take encouragement from their contribution to this super spectacle.


By Glenn Moir

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Livingston 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Leaders Livingston go nine points clear at top

BRECHIN 0-1 PETERHEAD

A happy New Year for Peterhead, who started 2017 with a morale-boosting win at third top Brechin.

Rory McAllister's second half goal separated the sides at Glebe Park as the Buchan team climbed out of the relegation play-off zone.

New signing Aaron Comrie, on loan from St Johnstone, was pitched straight into the team for his debut.

The youngster, operating in the problem right back position, played his part in helping Peterhead keep a welcome clean-sheet.

Keeping the opposition at bay gave the visitors a platform and they turned one point into three thanks to McAllister's 77th minute header.

The Blue Toon striker found the net to claim his first goal since notching against the same opponents in a 3-1 Balmoor defeat.

Drought over for McAllister as Peterhead ended their winless run, which stretched back to the 19th November.  

Back then they beat leaders Livingston, who visit the north east on Saturday.


                          SMITH
COMRIE KELLEHER ROSS NOBLE
STEVENSON S.BROWN FERRY RILEY
                        J.BROWN
                     MCALLISTER

Additional Info

  • Home Team Brechin 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title McAllister's second half goal ends winless run

PETERHEAD 0-2 STENHOUSEMUIR

A Boxing Day body blow for Peterhead as Stenhousemuir won the battle of the strugglers to climb off bottom spot.

Rory McAllister scored an own goal in the 71st minute and the Warriors doubled their lead soon after to wrap up the victory.

The outcome saw Stenny leapfrog Stranraer in the table and move to within a point of the Blue Toon, whose miserable Balmoor record continued.

Jim Mcinally's men have won just twice at home in League 1 all season, which has now reached the half way stage.

It's unlikely you would want to watch a re-run of this contest, which was anything but a Christmas cracker.

It was spoiled by the ferocious swirling wind, although the overhead conditions were as tricky for one team as the other.

The frustration for Peterhead was that, in failing to find a breakthrough, they could not keep their opponents out at the other end.

In a game of such importance, if you can't win then make sure you don't lose.

There were no real signs that Peterhead would end up on the receiving end here though.

They were, however, given an 11th minute scare when Fraser Hobday pushed out Alan Cook's shot and the rebound from Furtado Willis was superbly blocked by the outstretched Fiacre Kelleher.

Peterhead carved out a couple of good opportunities as half time approached. Firstly, McAllister shrugged off the challenge of David Marsh to tee up Jamie Redman but the midfielder delayed getting his shot away and Colin McCabe made a comfortable save.

That was followed by a curling 18 yard Scott Brown effort, which flew just wide of the target.

The big moment of the match came and went in the 53rd minute, Nicky Riley fluffing his lines with the goal gaping. The former Dundee man ran on to Redman's pass but after taking the ball round the Stenny goalkeeper, he failed to slot into an empty net.

The miss looked even more crucial when the visitors broke the deadlock in the 71st minute. Cook's inswinging corner had pace and bend as the ball skimmed off McAllister's head and flew into the far corner of the net.

Immediately, Jordon Brown replaced Ryan Baptie and the former Aberdeen youngster nearly scored with his first touch but McCabe saved well to keep out his near post effort.

Any chance Peterhead had of salvaging something vanished 11 minutes from time. Cook's free-kick from distance was parried by Hobday and the ball broke out for Jamie McCormack to stroke home the rebound.

For long spells, it looked like the weather would be the winner in this match. In the end it was Stenhousemuir.

 

By Glenn Moir

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Stenhousemuir 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Stenny clamber off bottom spot with Balmoor win

EAST FIFE 2-0 PETERHEAD
By Glenn Moir

Two second half goals condemned Peterhead to defeat as new East Fife boss Barry Smith got off to a winning start in League 1.

Jason Kerr gave the Fifers the lead minutes after the interval and Kevin O'Hara struck soon after.

The Blue Toon had their moments in Methil but their lack of firepower again proved costly.

Peterhead are the second lowest scorers in the division with just 20 goals from 17 games. Leaders Livingston have 41.

The headline team selection saw Fraser Hobday replace Graeme Smith in the Blue Toon goal.

However, it was his opposite number Ryan Goodfellow, who was nearly beaten in the seventh minute, Jordon Brown directing a header against the upright.

The visitors shaded a cagey first half but they trailed three minutes after the restart. Scott Mercer's free-kick was headed on by Jonathon Page and Kerr tucked the ball away at the back post.

In the 56th minute, East Fife were well on their way to their third win of the season against the Aberdeenshire team in all competitions when Tony Wallace slipped in O'Hara, who drove a shot beyond Hobday.  

Nicky Riley tried to launch a Peterhead fightback but his 79th minute effort rattled the frame of the goal.

Jim McInally's men tumble to eighth with this latest setback, two points ahead of second bottom Stranraer, who were beaten by Brechin. Peterhead-based Connor McLennan, on an emergency loan from Aberdeen, netted for the Hedgemen to claim his first senior goal.

At least someone from the Buchan town has a smile on their face.

Additional Info

  • Home Team East Fife 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Fifers off to a flier under new manager

PETERHEAD 1-1 ALLOA
By Glenn Moir

Failure to hold on to a lead meant Peterhead had to accept a share of the points against Alloa in League 1.

Fiacre Kelleher's strike midway through the second half looked as though it might have been enough to give Jim McInally's team victory.

Alloa, however, hit back following indecision in the Blue Toon penalty box to keep the Buchan team seventh in the table.

The Wasps' reply was disappointing from a Peterhead perspective but in a match of few clear goalscoring opportunities, the outcome was about right.

Like in most games, the Blue Toon started well and the tempo in their play pinned their opponents back.

Scott Ross nearly gave them an 11th minute lead with a downward header from a Steven Noble corner but Neil Parry made an impressive stop.

Almost immediately, following a long punt forward, Alloa got in far too easily as Greig Spence drew a good save from Graeme Smith and Kelleher blocked Jamie Longworth's rebound.

A couple of half chances followed at either end but a contest which, promised so much in the opening stages, turned in a scrappy affair.

Peterhead were just about shading it when Leighton McIntosh fizzed a 16 yard shot just wide on the hour mark.

Alloa were not exactly on the ropes but they fell behind in the 67th minute from a set-piece.

In one of his quietest games, Rory McAllister, from a tight angle, smashed a driven free-kick towards goal and after his effort was blocked, Kelleher reacted quickest to prod home the loose ball.

It was another example of the Irishman's usefulness in the opposition penalty area although he was involved in a communication mix-up with Smith, which led to Alloa's leveller less than 10 minutes later.

Scott Taggart's right wing cross should have been comfortably dealt with, but Kelleher let the ball float over his head following a shout from Smith, who dithered and substitute Jordan Kirkpatrick swept his back post volley into the net.

In an attempt to regain the advantage, Simon Ferry, central to everything that was good in Peterhead's play, picked out McIntosh with an inventive chip but the forward ran out of room after rounding the visiting goalkeeper and the ball went behind for a corner.

There was almost a Wasps winner with five minutes remaining when Kirkpatrick's 18 yard shot spun off Ross and Smith, at full stretch, superbly tipped the ball over the crossbar.

The final chance fell the way of the Blue Toon as, deep in stoppage time, substitute Ryan Baptie delivered a deep free-kick, which Kelleher knocked back across goal but Jordon Brown, another replacement, could not divert the ball in.

 

                          Smith
      S.Brown Kelleher Ross Noble
 McIntosh Dzierzawski Ferry Redman
                   Riley McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Alloa 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Kelleher's second half strike quickly cancelled out
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