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PETERHEAD 0-2 BERWICK RANGERS

By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead did not wear their traditional blue shirts against Berwick and they were certainly off colour as the Borderers claimed the points at Balmoor.

It was flat from both teams for most of the match, although the Blue Toon did look likeliest to make the breakthrough.

However, conceding a 74th minute goal from a set-play for the second home game in a row did not amuse boss Jim McInally, whose team then shipped a killer second in the closing stages.

Barring a double save from Greg Fleming in the 29th minute to deny Aaron Murrell, there was not too much for Peterhead to be concerned about.

In fact, the hosts were denied an interval lead by the woodwork as Mason Robertson rattled the crossbar with an eight yard header from Willie Gibson's cross three minutes before the break.

The match was still deadlocked after an incredible miss from Blue Toon midfielder Jack Leitch on the hour mark. Jamie Stevenson played in the surging Aidan McIlduff, who rolled the ball across goal for Leitch but from just two yards out, the former Airdrie player somehow spooned the ball over the crossbar.

It was a real shocker but as Peterhead began to probe, there was a sense that the Berwick backline could be breached..

Stevenson drew a great save from Bobby McCrorie when he collected a Gibson pass and curled a left foot shot, which was sneaking inside the far corner until the visiting goalkeeper superbly tipped the ball behind for a corner.

Berwick boss Robbie Horn, who played in an infamous 9-2 drubbing at Balmoor in 2008, would probably have accepted a point as the clock began to tick down.

However, his team went ahead from a free-kick, which the hosts failed to deal with. Chris McDonald clipped the ball into the box and Oliver Fleming took advantage of slackness from Scott Brown to prod in from close range at the far post.

The Black & Golds made sure of the points with seven minutes remaining as Peterhead, pushing for a leveller, were caught on the break from their own corner and Michael McKenna rounded Fleming before steering his shot in off the underside of the crossbar.

 

                              Fleming

Stevenson Jas.Brown Robertson McIlduff

            Gibson Ferry S.Brown Leitch

                       Smith McAllister

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Berwick Rangers 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Second half goals prove costly for Peterhead

 

EDINBURGH CITY 0-3 PETERHEAD

It has been a couple of happy away days for Peterhead, who followed up on their demolition of Cowdenbeath with a commanding win against Edinburgh City at Ainslie Park.

In a first-ever meeting between the teams, the Blue Toon, who brought back Jack Leitch in place of the rested Simon Ferry, were ahead at the interval.

Central defender Jason Brown made the breakthrough with his second goal for the club in the 21st minute.

Russell McLean, after recovering from a foot injury, came on as a second half substitute and the big striker gave the visitors a two-goal cushion with eight minutes remaining.

Moments later, Scott Brown, for the second game in a row, put the seal on the victory as an efficient Peterhead climbed a place to second in the table.

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Edinburgh City 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Capital gains for Blue Toon after win moves them to second spot

COWDENBEATH 0-4 PETERHEAD

 

Peterhead moved up to third in League 2 with an impressive victory at Cowdenbeath, who slipped to the bottom of the table.

A ruthless display of finishing saw the Blue Toon take a three goal lead into the interval and they added another after the break.

Boss Jim McInally was able to field a strong starting line-up with Rory McAllister and Jamie Stevenson shrugging off injuries to declare themselves fit.

Cowdenbeath included former Blue Toon defender Scott Rumsby in their team.

Following a sixth minute free-kick, Allan Smith notched from close range and the same player netted again from six yards in the 19th minute.

The visitors were certainly in the mood and Willie Gibson added a third with a shot from inside the box in the 22nd minute.

WIth the points as good as in the bag, Peterhead managed a fourth goal in the 77th minute when Scott Brown got in on the scoring act.

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Cowdenbeath 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 4
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Peterhead climb to third with thumping victory

 

PETERHEAD 1-1 MONTROSE
By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead outplayed Montrose but their lack of height and strength in comparison with their opponents proved pivotal.

After Jack Leitch had given the Balmoor team a fully deserved lead with a glorious goal, the visitors levelled deep in stoppage time from a set-piece.

Chris Templeman peeled off Willie Gibson, Peterhead's top performer, to score with a header from Martyn Fotheringham's corner.

There was only ever going to be one winner in the Templeman v Gibson contest from a dead ball delivery but in fairness to Jim McInally's men, there were powerhouses aplenty to pick up.

The Blue Toon's giant striker Russell McLean was designated to mark Templeman but he came off injured early in the second half.

It was still a good delivery and a fine header but that did not make it any easier for Peterhead, particularly as they never looked like conceding from open play.

The home team impressed, especially in the first half, and Montrose were fortunate not to trail by a couple of goals early on.

Rory McAllister rattled the crossbar with a cracking left foot shot from the edge of the penalty area in the sixth minute, just before McLean sent a free header wide from Gibson's cross.

Jason Brown then looped a header just over, before McLean forced Allan Fleming into a smart save from another Gibson centre.

Montrose did very well to get to half time level pegging and they continued to ride their luck in the second period as McAllister prodded wide from substitute Nicky Riley's pass.

Peterhead were finally rewarded for their play and pressure in the 71st minute through a stunning Leitch strike.

Gibson's free-kick was only partially cleared by the visitors and when the ball broke out to the former Airdrie midfielder, he hit a first-time shot from 20 yards into the top corner of the net.

Given that the Gable Endies had offered next to nothing, Peterhead would have felt confident of finishing off the job.

McInally later admitted he faced a dilemma, sacrifice forward-thinking creative players in order to bulk up his backline or go with the flow and seek a second?

He opted for the latter, not that he had too many options from the bench in terms of physicality.

Anyway, Montrose got their goal, which maintained their unbeaten start, but it was very tough on the Blue Toon.

                   

                            Fleming
S.Brown Jas.Brown Robertson McIlduff
                  Gibson Ferry Leitch
             McLean McAllister Smith

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Montrose 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Montrose maintain unbeaten start after injury-time goal wipes out Leitch stunner

 

PETERHEAD 2-0 ANNAN
By Glenn Moir

 

Second half goals from Russell McLean and Rory McAllister floored Annan as Peterhead booked their place in the IRN-BRU Cup third round.

McLean converted a penalty to open his account for the Blue Toon and then McAllister came off the bench to score a fine second and make sure of the win.

It turned out to be very comfortable for the 2015/16 finalists, who gave a debut to new signing Aidan McIlduff, 24 hours after the former Celtic rookie signed a contract until the end of the season.

Following a largely forgettable first half, McLean ought to have made the breakthrough three minutes after the interval when he missed the target with a free header. Nicky Riley, Peterhead's shining light, swung over a free-kick from the left but McLean, from about six yards out, nodded over when it looked easier to score.

However, the towering striker's telling contribution came in the 58th minute when he won and scored a spot-kick.

Steven Swinglehurst clambered all over the back of McLean, who dusted himself down to send Alex Mitchell the wrong way from 12 yards.

Referee Craig Napier was right to award a penalty for that piece of clumsy defending. But only he will know why he never pointed to the spot again in the 70th minute.

Riley was quick to react to a slack backpass from Ellis Pearson but after knocking the ball past Mitchell, he was brought down by the goalkeeper. Not only did the official fail to spot the contact between the two, he cautioned Riley for diving. Double whammy.

At least it never looked like being a game-changing decision due to Petehead's dominance in the second half.

The extra bit of quality that came from substitutes McAllister and Willie Gibson also ensured the Blue Toon's place in Tuesday's draw.

Indeed, the pair combined for the killer second with 12 minutes remaining. Gibson's low, driven corner to the front post was expertly controlled by McAllister, who then unleashed an angled shot into the top corner.

A vital victory after a couple of League 2 losses.

 

                              Hobday
Jas.Brown McCracken Robertson McIlduff
           Adams Ferry Lawrence Riley
                       Smith McLean

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Annan 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title First Blue Toon goal for McLean in 2-0 win

 

PETERHEAD 2-4 STIRLING ALBION
By Glenn Moir

 

Scott Ross, it would appear, does not have a future at Peterhead after boss Jim McInally stated he would no longer consider the defender for selection following his red card in the Blue Toon's defeat to League 2 pacesetters Stirling Albion.

The 26 year old, after being cautioned in the first period, was shown a second yellow for a flailing elbow in the 73rd minute.

That was the eighth dismissal for Ross during his time at the club and McInally, post-match, claimed his patience had run out.

McInally said: "Going out to start the second half, my last words to Scott were, don't get sent off."

"That will cost him dearly because as long as I'm here, he won't play."

When pressed further on the situation, the Peterhead manager added: "Scott has let us down once too often."

"I have stuck up for him umpteen times and he will pay the price this time."

"He was actually having a decent half but he got away with a challenge before he put an elbow into the back of the Stirling player's head, which is unacceptable."

The Ross red card came near the end of an action-packed game, which Stirling bossed for large spells.

The Binos scored four in the first half, despite trailing early on, to maintain their winning start to League 2.

Paul Cairney's fifth minute goal, which came courtesy of a sumptuous Jamie Stevenson cross, ought to have given Peterhead a shot in the arm.

But some disastrous defending handed the initiative to Stirling and they certainly made the Blue Toon suffer.

The reshuffling at the back, following an injury picked up by Mickael Ngango Dikobo, did not help but that was not an excuse for how easily the visitors got their goals.

Dave Mackay's men were level in the 18th minute when Darren Smith shrugged off the attentions of Samson Gabriel and after his effort was clawed away by Greg Fleming, Calumn Morrison fired in the rebound.

Three minutes later, it was 2-1 to the league leaders after Liam Caddis picked out Smith, whose crisp first-time effort flashed into the net.

Peterhead could not cope and they fell further behind in the 25th minute, Scott Brown misdirecting a header into Ross Kavanagh's path and he drilled the ball past Fleming.

When Peter Macdonald set up Darren Smith on the left side of the penalty area in the 36th minute, Stirling scored a fourth and they actually had a couple of other chances to go further in front.

At least Peterhead did win the second half with Rory McAllister netting a penalty in the 54th minute, after a handball from ex teammate Ross Smith, to claim his landmark 150th Blue Toon goal.

Another spot-kick was awarded in the 58th minute, this time for Stirling, when Jason Brown was adjudged to have blocked a Caddis drive with his arm but Macdonald could not beat Fleming, who superbly tipped the ball onto the crossbar before the home defence scrambled clear.

It kept alive Peterhead's faint hopes but the Ross ordering off put paid to their chances of mounting an unlikely comeback.

Red mist, red card.

 

                       Fleming
Stevenson Jas.Brown Ross Dikobo 
           S.Brown Ferry Leitch
       Gibson McAllister Cairney

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Stirling Albion 4
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Ross red card will be costly, claims Peterhead gaffer
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