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PETERHEAD 2-4 AIRDRIE
By Glenn Moir
 
During brief floodlight failure at Balmoor, the lights really did go out on Peterhead's chances of stopping Airdrie's march to a sixth straight win in League 1.
 
It was a complete switch-off, literally, as the Blue Toon conceded three goals in six daft minutes to give themselves a mountain a climb.
 
In fairness, when the stadium was illuminated again, Jim McInally's men got turned on as well but it was too little too late as the Diamonds survived a nervy conclusion.
 
Peterhead actually started well but trailed after 14 minutes when Iain Russell scampered down the right and squared for Andy Ryan to slot in from eight yards out.
 
One goal was recoverable, two was tough as Sean McIntosh looped a header over the stranded Graeme Smith just a couple of minutes later, after the home defence failed to deal with a corner.
 
Three down was pretty much game over, Peterhead getting caught trying to hold a high line and Ryan nipped in behind a static rearguard to cut the ball back for Russell to tap home.  
 
Leighton McIntosh should have reduced the arrears but fired straight at Rohan Ferguson midway through the half, although Nicky Riley did offer a glimmer of hope with a 33rd minute reply.
 
Scott Brown weaved his way in from the left and after seeing his shot parried by Ferguson, Riley's first time effort flew high into the net.
 
When Airdrie passed up a couple of great chance early in the second half, you wondered if Peterhead could actually get right back into the match.
 
Crucially, however, substitute Kevin Dzierzawski failed to convert a 66th minute penalty after Riley was upended by Joe Gorman, Ferguson diving to his right to make a great save.  Gorman then hacked the ball off the line as another replacement, Jamie Redman, tried to steer in the rebound.
 
By no means was the towel being thrown in though, as Riley won another spot-kick with five minutes remaining.  This time, McIntosh, who missed a golden opportunity moments earlier, made a tidy job from 12 yards to haul the Blue Toon to within one.
 
Mark Wilson's men were sweating more than they should have been until Ryan scored his second and Airdrie's fourth deep in stoppage time to seal the deal.
 
The Diamonds stay second, just a point off title favourites Livingston, but Peterhead slip to seventh. 
 
Rejoining the promotion race will mean an improvement on their form at Balmoor, where they have won just twice.
 
                          SMITH
 
STEVENSON KELLEHER ROSS NOBLE
       
                          FERRY
           S.BROWN         BLOCKLEY                      
                        J.BROWN 
 
                RILEY          MCINTOSH

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  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Airdrie 4
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Conceding three goals in six minutes proves crucial

PETERHEAD 0-1 ALLOA

By Glenn Moir

 

Two years ago, Peterhead exited the Scottish Cup at the third round stage to a solitary Jamie Longworth strike at Balmoor.

Well, the exact same thing happened today as Alloa, rather than Stranraer in 2014, scraped a 1-0 victory.

The Blue Toon had chances to come out on top in this tie but after failing to convert any of them, the writing was on the wall.

No question, Jim McInally's team will produce worse performances this season and win, although the former Morton boss later admitted his players need to be more ruthless in front of goal.

"Has it always got to be Rory?" said Jim, who wants others to take more responsibility in the final third.

Actually, McAllister did have one early sighter but the angle was very tight as he took the ball around Neil Parry and directed his effort into the side-netting.

Simon Ferry, at the back post, then saw a 27th minute shot blocked on the line by Ryan Hoggan and when the ball broke out to Nathan Blockley at the edge of the penalty area, his low drive was too hot to handle for Parry.

Graeme Smith was called into action to keep out Iain Flannigan's shot in the 36th minute before Greig Spence sent a free header straight at the home goalkeeper.

As half time approached, Leighton McIntosh ought to have given Peterhead the lead when he pounced on a mix-up in the visiting defence but Parry spread himself to block at the former Dundee forward's feet.

If that stop was impressive, his save two minutes after the interval was even better, diving at full-stretch to touch a 12 yard McAllister effort behind for a corner.

Parry's opposite number was as effective down the other end in the 63rd minute, tipping Jordan Kirkpatrick's clip around the post and from the resulting corner, Andy Graham glanced a header over.

Midway through second half, Mcinally was sent to the stand for talking out of turn.and his mood did not improve as subtitute Longworth came up with the key moment in the 74th minute.

The striker had only been on the pitch a short period of time when he drove a crisp 20 yard shot through the legs of a Peterhead defender beyond the outstretched Smith.

After a scramble in the box, the hosts thought they had levelled but Scott Brown's close-range shot hit McIntosh and somehow ended up over the crossbar.

Towering defender Fiacre Kelleher was thrown up front in the closing stages and the on loan Celtic youngster so nearly forced a replay, his effort deflecting behind for a corner after a neat turn in the box.

In the end, no goals for the home support to salute although a bizarre first half incident gave them something to cheer...a mid-air seagull being struck by the ball.

It was fine afterwards, the yellow Mitre that is.

Not entirely sure about the state of the bird though!


                     Smith
Stevenson Kelleher Ross Noble
      Blockley Ferry S.Brown
     McIntosh McAllister Riley

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  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Alloa 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon stung as Wasps claim narrow win

LIVINGSTON 1-2 PETERHEAD

By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead scored in each half to shock League 1 leaders Livingston and continue their excellent away form.

Leighton McIntosh netted the opener before Scott Brown doubled the visitors' advantage.

Although Liam Buchanan pulled a goal back for David Hopkin's team, the Blue Toon held firm to collect their tenth point on their travels from their last four trips.

Rory McAllister was back in Jim McInally's starting line-up after missing the goalless draw against Queen's Park at Hampden.

With skipper Simon Ferry suspended, there was a recall for Ryan Strachan, who started on the bench last weekend.

Lethal Livi had scored 18 goals in their six games at the Tony Macaroni Arena prior to the visit of Peterhead, who were impressive in keeping their opponents at bay.

They restricted the hosts to very little and when a chance came along of their own six minutes before the break, they seized it.

The home defence failed to clear the danger as the ball fell into the feet of McAllister in the box and the striker fed McIntosh, who slotted in from close range.

10 minutes into the second half, Peterhead survived a scare when Danny Mullen blazed over from six yards out after Shaun Byrne whipped in a teasing cross.

Livi forward Mullen, who scored twice in the reverse fixture at Balmoor, was denied by the frame of the goal just after the hour mark, his lob over Graeme Smith striking the crossbar.

Getting men behind the ball and hitting on the break was proving an effective tactic for the Blue Toon, who came desperately close to scoring again as McAllister flashed a well-hit shot inches over the crossbar in the 72nd minute.

However, Scott Brown gave Peterhead a two-goal cushion a couple of minutes later, finding the corner of the net with a fine curling effort from outside the penalty area.

They were made to work for all three points though, especially after Buchanan reduced the deficit with 10 minutes remaining.

The much-travelled 31 year old striker sent a header beyond the advancing Smith but Peterhead saw out the closing stages to record an impressive victory and avenge a harsh defeat when the teams last met.

McInally's men stay sixth going into a trio of home matches, starting with Alloa next weekend.

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  • Home Team Livingston 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon continue their fine away form

QUEEN'S PARK 0-0 PETERHEAD

No goals and not much action as Peterhead picked up a point against Queen's Park following a Saturday stalemate at Hampden.

It was a third away game unbeaten for the Blue Toon, who had to do without the services of the injured Rory McAllister.

In McAllister's absence, Leighton McIntosh led the line but chances were few and far between for the former Dundee forward.

However, in the end, a draw was not the worst result particularly after Simon Ferry's dismissal in the closing stages.

Nicky Riley tested David Muir with a well-struck shot in the 26th minute but the first half did not produce too much else.

Not that the second period was all that eventful either.

But, the hosts felt agrieved that they were not awarded a penalty when Fiacre Kelleher, after misjudging a high ball, went unpunished for a challenge on Spiders sub John Carter.

Sixth placed Peterhead nearly made the most of the reprieve in the 75th minute, Jamie Stevenson delivering a low cross for McIntosh, whose flick was well kept out by the home goalkeeper.

WIth six minutes remaining, Ferry saw red for bringing down the lively Carter when through on goal.

Thankfully for the Blue Toon and the small band of travelling fans, referee Nick Walsh gave a free-kick just outside the box and not a penalty as the visitors saw out the last phase of the match with minimal fuss.

Not a great deal of highlights from this fixture, but three clean sheets from Peterhead's last four matches is an encouraging statistic.

No doubt, they will need to be defensively sound again next weekend at leaders Livingston, who have already rattled in 18 goals from their six games at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Queen's Park 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Ferry off in goalless draw against Queen's Park

PETERHEAD 1-3 BRECHIN
By Glenn Moir


Peterhead were punished for having too many players off form as Brechin ended the Blue Toon's three match winning run thanks to Ross Caldwell's hat-trick.

In wintry conditions at Balmoor, Jim McInally's side trailed at the interval, despite playing the first period wind assisted.

Any hope of finding a route back into the match was dashed when the visitors scored two more after the break.

Rory McAllister did at least give the home support something to cheer in the latter stages but his third goal in his last four games proved too little too late.

Peterhead boss Jim McInally said: "We were poor."

"I just went through the players individually and think probably nine out of 11 were not at their standard."

"It is hard to win a game when you are not at it."

McInally went on: "Having the wind at our backs in the first half, we played into Brechin's hands a bit."

"We needed to try and get the ball down and I know it's easy for me standing here criticising when the wind was that strong."

"But we needed to pass through their three centre backs and to fall a goal behind was sore because at least if we went in 0-0 at half time, it gives you more of a chance."

"I did feel we did okay against the wind but it was disappointing that Brechin did not have to work particularly hard for their goals."

"The one thing I can say to the players credit is that they never gave in and when it went 3-0, they kept at it and never threw the towel in."

Peterhead stay sixth in the table and will look to recover when they meet Queen's Park at the national stadium next weekend, before visiting leaders Livingston.

McInally said: "We have got to get back at it again."

"We have two good away games coming up at Hampden and Livingston so hopefully we can find our form again."

"We are miles better than what we showed against Brechin, that is for sure."

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Brechin 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Caldwell's hat-trick ends Blue Toon's mini run

PETERHEAD 2-0 STRANRAER

By Glenn Moir

 

A song called The Fear, by Lily Allen, topped the music chart the last time Stranraer were beaten at Balmoor.

That was way back in February 2009.

But the Stair Park men were unable to put the frighteners on Peterhead today as their long unblemished record in the north east ended.

Ahead of Halloween, Stranraer were spooked by their own player, Willie Gibson, whose daft dismissal swung an even match in the Blue Toon's favour.

The former Kilmarnock and Dunfermline winger collected a cheap yellow card for mouthing off in the first half.

Failing to heed the warning, he booted the ball away in a show of petulance eight minutes after the interval.

Referee Colin Steven was not in the mood to keep cards in his pocket, although on this instance he did not have much option but to send off Gibson, who ironically had been one of the best performers on the pitch.

Peterhead made the most of the extra man and space, with Rory McAllister scoring the opener 11 minutes after Gibson's gaffe and Scott Brown putting the seal on a third straight victory in the closing stages.

The Blue Toon did pass up a couple of huge opportunities inside the first five minutes, Stefan McCluskey failing to beat the impressive Cammy Belford, who then dived to keep out McAllister's close-range effort.

Home manager Jim McInally later admitted he worried those chances might have come back to haunt his team.

Had Gibson kept his cool, they could well have proved costly.

But Peterhead capitalised on his bad-temper in the 64th minute, McCluskey superbly sending McAllister away with a sublime pass and the Blue Toon frontman rounded Belford and rolled the ball into an empty net.

Belford then foiled Jordon Brown, whose volley from another McCluskey pick-out was goalbound, but Scott Brown made sure of the points with four minutes remaining.

With his pace and power, the former St Johnstone midfielder ran half the length of the pitch before drilling the ball inside the far corner.

Another win and another clean sheet.


                             SMITH

STEVENSON KELLEHER STRACHAN NOBLE

            SBROWN FERRY JBROWN
                             RILEY
             MCALLISTER MCCLUSKEY

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Stranraer
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Patient Peterhead make extra man count
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