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STRANRAER 1-0 PETERHEAD
By Glenn Moir


Peterhead scored nine goals on their two visits to Stranraer last season.

Just one would have done at Stair Park today.

The Blue Toon crashed to their third defeat in four League 1 matches and in those trio of losses, they have failed to find the net.

Not that they did not have chances.

Stranraer were hanging on as Jim McInally's men piled on second half pressure.

Goalkeeper Cameron Belford, named the hosts' man of the match, superbly turned a long range effort onto the post and the one time he was beaten, defender David Barron was back on the goalline to make the clearance.

Peterhead new boy Scott Brown, pitched in for his first start less than 48 hours after signing a season-long contract, should have capped his debut with a goal but he blazed over in the closing stages.

Other chances also came and went for the visitors, who threw on Nicky Riley and Leighton McIntosh to add to the attacking threat provided by Rory McAllister and Stefan McCluskey.

But the game's decisive moment came in the 26th minute. Craig Thomson, on loan from St Johnstone, burst forward and released Mark McGuigan, who beat Fraser Hobday with an angled shot from inside the penalty area.

Brian Reid's team also hit the woodwork in the first half, Craig Malcolm's header rattling the crossbar from Willie Gibson's cross.

Despite Peterhead turning up the heat after the break, they could not respond and this result saw them sink to the foot of the table, on goal difference below Stenhousemuir, who got their first point in a 2-2 draw against Airdrie.

At least, the Blue Toon are, game by game, tightening up at the back. The sequence of conceded goals has gone from four, three, two and one.

Hopefully this means a clean sheet in their next league outing.

 

PETERHEAD LINE-UP

Hobday, Blockley, Ross, Kelleher, Strachan, Baptie, Ferry, S.Brown, J.Brown, McCluskey, McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Stranraer 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title McGuigan makes his Mark as Blue Toon hit rock bottom

PETERHEAD 2-2 ALBION ROVERS
By Glenn Moir


Usually throwing away a two-goal lead would be looked upon as a couple of points dropped.

But considering the amount of oportunities Albion Rovers created at Balmoor, Peterhead should be grateful they came away with something.

This match should have been all over by half time with Blue Toon goalkeeper Fraser Hobday, in for the injured Graeme Smith, quite rightly voted the sponsors' man of the match.

Had it not been for the on loan Huntly youngster's saves and some slack Rovers finishing, Peterhead would have been dead and buried.

It annoyed visiting boss Darren Young that his team could not convert but he was even more angry that they trailed at the interval thanks to a well-taken free-kick from Ryan Baptie, who impressed at full-back.

From the off, it was all very shaky from the hosts, who despite stringing five defenders along the back, could not stem the flow.

Paul Willis drove a 16 yard shot over in the first few minutes before Ross Stewart sent a free header off target at the far post.

Hobday did well to push behind a 24th minute Scott McBride free-kick for a corner, from which Baptie cleared a Willis header off the line. The rookie goalkeeper then made a flying save to keep out Stewart's rising shot from outside the box.

However, against the run of play, Peterhead went ahead after Rory McAllister drew a free-kick 20 yards from goal. Baptie took responsibility and his low effort crept inside the far post.  It was one of several dead balls that Baptie executed well, with his corners and deliveries a constant threat.

Hobday was required again before half time when the ball, after a long punt forward, somehow found its way to Stewart but despite having plenty of time, he shot straight at the home goalkeeper.

Another opportunity came the way of the Coatbridge club early in the second half but once more Hobday was up to the task, pushing behind a Willis effort for a corner.

Despite their latest scare, Peterhead were far more dangerous in the second period and they doubled their lead on the hour. McAllister peeled off his marker at the front post to send a neat volley past the helpless Albion goalkeeper from 12 yards.

Going forward, the Blue Toon started to look confident again but they were still unconvincing at the other end and Albion quickly pulled a goal back.

Michael Dunlop's 22 yard shot was blocked by Scott Rumsby but the ball fortuitously broke the way of Stewart, who made a tidy job of slotting into the net.

Peterhead could not be accused of sitting back on their lead. Instead, they chased a third and new signing Stefan McCluskey took the place of Rumsby for his debut.

But while Jim McInally's men continued to bomb forward, they got caught with too many players up the park in the 74th minute as Willis crossed for Stewart to score his and Albion's second.

It finished honours even but at least Peterhead are off the mark and up and running.

               

                       Hobday
Strachan Ross Kelleher Rumsby Baptie
              Ferry Dzierzawski
       McIntosh. McAllister. Brown

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Albion Rovers 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Hobday impresses in his first League 1 start

PETERHEAD 3-2 BRORA RANGERS
By Glenn Moir

 

Billy Ocean's 'When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Gets Going' rang out around Balmoor after Peterhead fought back to snatch victory away from Brora in the IRN-BRU Cup.

The Great Escape theme tune would have been a more appropriate choice though.

The Blue Toon appeared down and out against the Highland League team, who must be kicking themselves for passing up a glorious chance to move through to the third round.

Brora deservedly had a two-goal lead and were on course to make their long journey very worthwhile.

But on came substitutes Rory McAllister and Nicky Riley with the guile, and the shovels, to dig Peterhead out of a huge hole.

Up until then, Jim McInally's men were exiting a competition they reached the final in last season.

"What a terrible performance' were the post-match comments of the manager, who must have been disappointed that his fringe players failed to grasp their opportunity.

Grant Munro's men outplayed them for most of the match and they went ahead in the 18th minute, moments after Paul Brindle volleyed over Gavin Morrison's inswinging free-kick.

The goal was well executed, Zander Sutherland taking a great first touch to kill an Andrew Greig pass and then slot the ball inside the far corner from a tight angle.

There were further opportunities for the visitors and one almost came gift-wrapped from Ryan Strachan, who tried to head the ball back to Fraser Hobday from 25 yards.

Brindle read it and rose to get there ahead of the debutant Peterhead goalkeeper. Scott Rumsby was able to clear the danger though and stop the League 1 side falling further behind.

However, the second half was just three minutes old when the Cattachs doubled their lead and it was route one.

Joe Malin's long punt forward somehow went all the way through to Brindle, who slotted past Hobday from 12 yards.

Replacements were required and McInally did not muck about in bringing on McAllister and Riley, who injected a much-needed enthusiasm into the team.

From there, Jamie Redman saw a header from Ryan Baptie's corner well saved by Malin before Jordon Brown gave Peterhead hope in the 75th minute.

Brown nodded home from 10 yards after McAllister's shot was parried by the visiting keeper. The former Aberdeen rookie got clattered in the process, but it sparked the revival.

Two minutes later, the tie was all square when McAllister smashed a low, crisp shot inside the far corner. His well-struck, first time hit gave Malin absolutely no chance.

Then, in the 80th minute, Peterhead incredibly scored again, Leighton McIntosh netting a breakaway goal, which proved to be the winner.

Up the other end, Brora had a corner but Peterhead quickly turned over possession and after Riley picked out McIntosh, the striker composed himself before sliding the ball into the net.

What a turnaround.

Progression for Peterhead but only just.

             

                           Hobday
           Kelleher Strachan Rumsby
Samuels Blockley Nassor Redman Baptie 
                    Brown McIntosh

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Brora Rangers 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Cup progression for the Blue Toon

PETERHEAD 0-3 EAST FIFE

By Glenn Moir

 

Jim McInally issued an apology to the Peterhead supporters after watching his team crash to a 3-0 defeat to League 1 newcomers East Fife.

Little wonder the Blue Toon manager was frustrated - his team conceded all three goals from set pieces, not for the first time this season and it's only mid August.

Peterhead saw as much of the ball as East Fife but they failed to muster much in an attacking sense. In fact, Willie Muir in the visitng goal was a virtual spectator.

The players' plan, no doubt, was to start on the front foot and try and put a couple of heavy defeats to Alloa and Rangers behind them.

Instead, they found themselves behind after just five minutes and it was avoidable.

Charging off his goal-line, Graeme Smith thought he could deal with Mark Lamont's corner. However, Jason Kerr beat him to the ball and the big defender steered an eight yard header into an empty net.

Had Jamie Redman levelled in the 15th minute, the outcome might have been different. But his header from Steven Noble's corner was cleared off the line by Scott Robinson.

One down at the break would not have been a disaster. However, the Blue Toon let in a morale-sapping second just before half time.

They were again vulnerable dealing with Lamont's corner, which was needlessly conceded by Fiacre Kelleher.

The delivery found its way to the back post for the unmarked Kevin Smith, who nodded past Graeme Smith from close range.

Leighton McIntosh, on early for the injured Jamie Stevenson, had a half chance near the beginning of the second period when he chased down a long Kevin Dzierzawski pass.

McIntosh used his pace to get to the ball before the onrushing Muir, who had come scampering off his line, but he was unable to direct his effort on target.

Jordon Brown and Salim Nassor were introduced from the bench but they were unable to perk up Peterhead, who conceded a third in the 66th minute.

Again Lamont was over the ball. Again it resulted in a goal.

This time, his free-kick from down beside the corner flag flashed past a ruck of bodies and the ball ended up in the net.

The game was up. There was no way back in this match.

There is, however, plenty of time to recover from a shaky start to the season.

 

                          Smith
      Strachan Ross Kelleher Noble
Stevenson Ferry Dzierzawski Redman
                   McAllister Riley

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team East Fife 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Three set piece goals prove Peterhead's downfall

RANGERS 5-0 PETERHEAD

By Glenn Moir

 

When the draw was made, the Betfred Cup tie against Rangers could not come quickly enough.

But there came a point during this Ibrox encounter when you were wishing it was over.

It was a long and tough night for Peterhead as Mark Warburton's side cruised through to the quarter finals.

The Gers scored five unanswered goals and credit to Graeme Smith, who made a series of saves to keep the score down.

Off the back of Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Alloa in their League 1 opener, the Blue Toon recalled the fit-again Simon Ferry to skipper the side.

Nathan Blockley came in as well, with Jordon Brown and Kevin Dzierzawski dropping down to the bench.

The visitors fell behind in the 19th minute but there was not too much they could have done about it as Niko Kranjcar rifled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.

It will have disappointed boss Jim McInally that the second goal in the 35th minute came from a corner his team did not defend properly.

Veteran defender Clint Hill eventually prodded in at the far post, after the ball was trapped beneath his feet, from Kranjcar's delivery.

Trailing by two at the interval, the last thing Peterhead needed was to concede early in the second half. They did.

On loan Celtic youngster Fiacre Kelleher turned the ball into his own net from Michael O'Halloran's byline cross in the 48th minute.

The game was beyond Peterhead by the time Blockley was sent off in the 55th minute, the former Airdrie midfielder given his marching orders for rashly chopping down Joey Barton about 25 yards out.

Almost immediately, the home team added a fourth goal. Again it was Hill from another set-piece, guiding a header beyond Smith from Kranjcar's corner.

In the 65th minute, the Balmoor team fell further behind. Ghanian Joe Dodoo scored his first goal at Ibrox with a near post effort from James Tavernier's cutback.

Peterhead did manage to stop the bleeding in the last part of the match, despite the hosts continuing to pour forward.

It finished 5-0.

A hard shift for Peterhead, who will be pleased to return to Balmoor on Saturday after three tough trips on the road.

Att 27,076

Additional Info

  • Home Team Rangers 5
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Blockley off as Rangers coast through

ALLOA 4-0 PETERHEAD
By Glenn Moir

Hands up if you saw this result coming?

Peterhead are traditionally slow starters but a heavy 4-0 defeat was not in the script.

In their last seven seasons, the Blue Toon have failed to win any of their league openers.

Generally, they begin with a draw but a share of the points never appeared likely at Alloa, who came flying out of the traps to continue their outstanding start to the season.

The Wasps, like Peterhead, topped their group in the Betfred Cup.

Not only that, they won all of their four games including a victory over Ross County, which knocked out last season's winners.

They are also 10 unbeaten, continuing from the tail end of the last campaign, so this was always going to be a tough test for Jim McInally's team.

The bookies have Alloa title favourites and generally they know their stuff.

This game was pretty much done by half time as the hosts took a three goal lead into the interval.

Jordan Kirkpatrick made the breakthrough with a rising shot in the ninth minute and Kevin Cawley struck five minutes later to give Peterhead a mountain to climb.

A sublime Kirkpatrick free-kick just before the break made a comeback even more unlikely and while the visitors made a better fist of it in the second half, Isaac Layne came off the bench to make it four with 20 minutes left.

Pre-match, the Peterhead manager said their visit to Clackmannanshire would be a good guide for his team, regarding the standard of opponent, who will be challenging at the top end of the league.

He now knows.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Alloa 4
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Alloa win well to justify favourites tag
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