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PETERHEAD 1-0 AIRDRIE

By Glenn Moir

 

The last time Peterhead forward Andy Rodgers scored at Balmoor, he took personal satisfaction in denting Dunfermline's promotion push from League 1.

That was 11 months ago.

But his goal against Airdrie was all about helping his own team's bid to move up to the Championship.

Rodgers struck in the 76th minute to give the Blue Toon a narrow but deserved win and the significance of it was confirmation of Peterhead's place at the end of season play-offs.

It was near enough confirmed anyway, but certain is better than probable and to achieve it with five games remaining is commendable.

Rodgers latched on to a pass from fellow substitute Jordon Brown to roll in the winner.

This time he didn't bother running the length of the pitch celebrating because the Pars fans, who love to hate him, obviously weren't there and Airdrie's army give him less grief.

But he still more than enjoyed his moment. It was his first goal this season so why shouldn't he?

For long spells, Peterhead looked like they were heading for another goalless draw after their Stranraer stalemate.

But this was better than Tuesday and while Airdrie goalkeeper Neil Parry did not have too much to do, the hosts were on top and did enough to merit the three points.

First half opportunities fell the way of Nicky Riley and Scott Ross, from Ryan Strachan corners.

Steven Noble then cracked a right footed shot off the crossbar at the start of the second half, with Rory McAllister unable to direct the rebound on target.

McAllister spurned another chance as the clock ticked down and he eventually drifted out to the left so that Rodgers could take centre stage. Literally.

The 32 year old's finish was cool and composed as he tucked away his effort on his left foot.  

Impressive as well, given the fact his game time has been very limited this season due to the form of McAllister, Shane Sutherland and Leighton McIntosh, who have all won League 1 Player of the Month Awards this season.

Airdrie could not respond although Graeme Smith did make an important save to keep out Nicky Cadden's long-ranger.

So the Diamonds' scramble for the play-offs continues. No such worries for Peterhead, who are there already.

PETERHEAD XI
                 Smith
Blockley Strachan Ross Noble
    Lawrence Ferry Redman
  Sutherland McAllister Riley

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Airdrie 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Toon take the shine off Diamonds

PETERHEAD 0-0 STRANRAER

By Glenn Moir

 

You get some goalless draws, which throw up drama, entertainment and action.

Sadly this was not one of them.

It was perhaps surprising that free-scoring Peterhead failed to breach the Stranraer goal and an even bigger shock they could not muster a single opportunity.

But the Blue Toon did show heart and fight to ensure if they could not win the game, they would not lose it either.

Therefore, it was a point gained, which stretched their unbeaten run to 18 matches in League 1, exactly half the season.

Pride and praiseworthy for Peterhead, who came into the match tucked in behind title favourites Dunfermline and near stick on certainties for the play-offs.

Having swept aside Stenhousemuir on Saturday, manager Jim McInally made three changes to freshen up the team.

Rory McAllister and Simon Ferry returned from suspension while Jordon Brown was promoted from the bench. The trio making way were Nicky Riley, Marc Lawrence and the injured Jamie Stevenson.

Scott Ross, who was named Man of the Match by the sponsors, made a key contribution in the 14th minute to prevent the visitors going in front. Willie Gibson's low cross was pushed out by Graeme Smith into the path of Andy Stirling and his eight yard shot was well blocked by Ross.

Stirling will feel he should have scored and Scott Robertson ought to have done better in the 36th minute as Brian Reid's team continued to enjoy the lion's share of possession. Kyle Turner pulled the ball back from the right flank but Robertson could not keep his 12 yard effort down.

Apart from a poked 18 yard Jordon Brown effort, which went wide, Peterhead failed to ask questions of the Stair Park men, although goalkeeper Cameron Belford almost gifted the Blue Toon a chance with a poor clearance.

The Petrofac Training Cup finalists did improve after the break and they saw much more of the ball but finding a way through a stubborn Stranraer rearguard continued to be a struggle.

Not that Smith was overworked down the other end. Far from it, although he was forced to turn behind Turner's 20 yard shot for a corner.

Leighton McIntosh, who scored a screamer at Ochilview at the weekend, was introduced alongwith Nathan Blockley and Riley but the game petered out and both teams were content to take a point apiece.

Neither of tonight's two Champions League matches could serve up a goal either so maybe this spectacle was not too bad after all.

 

PETERHEAD XI
                    Smith
   Strachan Ross Gilchrist Noble
Redman Ferry Dzierzawski Brown
         Sutherland McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Stranraer
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Drab draw sees points shared

Stenhousemuir 1-4 Peterhead
By Glenn Moir

Another display of clinical finishing saw Peterhead power past Stenhousemuir to consolidate second spot in League 1.

Goals from Jamie Stevenson and Leighton McIntosh, either side of Shane Sutherland's double, gave the Blue Toon their latest victory.

Stenny did pull one back through Carlos Martinez and had other opportunities to further cut the deficit.

However, the visitors, minus the suspended Rory McAllister, had already sealed the points by then to right the wrongs of their last visit to Ochilview when they let slip a three goal lead.

Peterhead manager Jim McInally, whose men are now 17 undefeated, said: "I'm happy that we have come away with the win."

"It was not as straightforward as the result might suggest but I thought we looked a confident side and took our goals well."

"We got a bit complacent and sloppy in the second half and conceded too many chances to them, especially in the last 15 minutes."

"It was probably in the back of the everybody's mind what happened the last time down here so the players did well to overcome that."

"It's also pleasing that we have managed to score another four goals, even without Rory."

"We don't make a fuss about suspensions, we just get on with it, knowing that we have a squad of good players capable of winning matches and to go almost the half the season unbeaten is brilliant."

A left foot drive by Stevenson saw Peterhead take a 13th minute lead and then Sutherland scored the first of his goals just before the interval.

Warriors goalkeeper Colin McCabe was fortunate to escape a red card when he floored McIntosh in the 54th minute and Sutherland converted the resultant penalty.

McIntosh soldiered on to score the Blue Toon's fourth midway through the second half before Martinez's late consolation.

So more plaudits for the players, who keep re-writing the script with this remarkable run. Happy days..or is it?

McInally joked: "Graeme Smith came in moaning about our lack of clean sheets!"

PETERHEAD XI
                Smith
Strachan Ross Gilchrist Noble
Lawrence Dzierzawski Redman
  Stevenson Sutherland Riley

Additional Info

  • Home Team Stenhousemuir 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 4
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Warriors outfought by Blue Toon

Albion Rovers 1-1 Peterhead
By Glenn Moir

Persistent Peterhead salvaged a point with a stoppage time penalty, despite an unconvincing display against Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill.

Ally Love's 16th minute strike looked like condemning the Blue Toon to their first League 1 defeat in more than four months.

But after Scott McBride was punished for handball in the box, Rory McAllister kept his cool to slot in the spot kick with seconds remaining.

Relief for the Balmoor outfit, who ended up strengthening their grip on second spot, with Ayr losing at bottom of the table Brechin.

Blue Toon manager Jim McInally said: "We were really poor in the first half and probably should have been out of it."

"We kept playing in the wrong areas and Graeme Smith had to make a great save to stop us going two goals behind."

"We did not have any quality so to score that late penalty and come away with a point is pleasing and with Ayr losing, it actually makes it a terrific result."

Peterhead's last visit to Coatbridge was decided by Love's solitary goal and the exact same outcome appeared on cards.

Love struck with a close range effort to give Darren Young's team a lead, which looked like being decisive.

But the second half introduction of Marc Lawrence at the heart of the midfield aided the Blue Toon, who could not have left it much later to preserve their undefeated run.

McInally continued: "Marc really showed our players how to do it.  He is just 17 but he came on and did a great job in the middle of the park."

"He showed a real enthusiasm, which helped us stay in the game and so did Scott Ferries, who is now back with us after his loan at East Stirling."

"Their energy gave us a lift when we needed it."

"It was not a good performance but at least the players did not give in so we will take the point."

PETERHEAD XI

                          Smith

   Stevenson Ross Strachan Blockley 

         Dzierzawski Ferry Redman

                          Brown

             McAllister  Sutherland

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Albion Rovers 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Teenager Lawrence impresses boss

PETERHEAD 4-1 BRECHIN
by Glenn Moir

"He's just a legend here, isn't here? He knows that and we know that."

The words of Jim McInally, who heralded Rory McAllister after his latest hat-trick helped Peterhead to another League 1 victory.

The 28 year old came back to haunt his former employers Brechin, who continue to prop up the League 1 table.

It was the second time McAllister had claimed a treble this season, on top of the five he bagged at Falkirk in the Petrofac Training Cup in August.

That's already 30 goals for the Blue Toon frontman, just three shy of his best tally when he helped the Balmoor club win the League 2 title two years ago.

McAllister could have been up and running in the fifth minute after taking a touch to go round Graeme Smith. But sensing a collision with the visiting goalkeeper, he went to ground and was cautioned for simulation, meaning his ever-present tag will end in a fortnight with a suspension now confirmed.

However, he did find the net in the 25th minute, stroking the ball in from a few yards out after unselfish work from Shane Sutherland, who picked out his fellow forward with a neat cutback.

McAllister netted again, seconds before the referee blew for half time. After seeing his free-kick blocked by the Brechin wall, McAllister slammed a well-struck 22 yard shot beyond Smith.

Without being anywhere near their best, Peterhead were well in control but Darren Dods' team gave them a fright when Liam Watt replied in the 63rd minute.

The on loan Airdrie midfielder's 16 yard shot found the far corner and from nowhere it was game on.

When Peterhead keeper Graeme Smith fumbled a corner, it appeared as if the hosts were in danger of throwing away a lead until McAllister struck down the other end with a quarter of an hour left.

Latching on to a throughball, the League 1's top marksman clipped a delightful effort over the advancing Smith. Cunning, cute and classy.

The matchball was McAllister's but only after Sutherland put the seal on the win with a cool finish when through on goal in stoppage time.

Winning handsomely without hitting top form - can't be bad.

PETERHEAD XI
                      Smith
Stevenson Ross Gilchrist Strachan
     Dzierzawski Ferry Redman
     Sutherland. McAllister Riley

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 4
  • Away Team Brechin 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Three for Rory and four for Peterhead

COWDENBEATH 2-3 PETERHEAD 
By Glenn Moir

Tyres are scattered around the stockcar track, which rings the Cowdenbeath pitch - but the wheels would not come off for Peterhead, who continued their amazing League 1 run.

Stand-in skipper Jamie Redman scored the winner at Central Park as the second top Blue Toon stretched their unbeaten streak to 14 matches.

Twice Jim McInally's team gave away the lead in a topsy-turvy match but Redman's 75th strike was decisive and deserved.

Given the condition of the surface, this was never going to be a spectacle for the purest, but it was not short of action.

Cowden keeper Alin Roman was named man of the match, an indication of the Balmoor club's pressure on the home goal.

Roman made the first of several stunning stops in the third minute from Rory McAllister, who linked neatly with Shane Sutherland before getting his shot away.

But there was absolutely nothing the Romanian could do to keep out Ryan Strachan's thunderbolt in the 16th minute.

Strolling out of defence, Strachan unleashed a left foot screamer from 35 yards, which pinged into the corner of the net.

It was almost 2-0 to the visitors in the 23rd minute when Sutherland stung the palms of Roman with a well-struck effort from the left side of the penalty area.

Ally Gilchrist made a couple of important blocks down the other end as the Blue Brazil grew into the match and they drew level in the 28th minute.

Greig Spence cut the ball back across goal for Declan McDaid, who was able to squeeze a low shot home from 10 yards.

However, Peterhead's response was almost immediate.

Leighton McIntosh, who scored a hat-trick when the teams last met in November, forced the ball past Roman with a shot from inside the box on the half hour.

McIntosh, unfortunately, would not last too much longer after suffering a foot injury when colliding with two Cowden defenders, seconds after Roman had pulled off another top spot.

There was a scare for the visitors just before the break when Jack Beaumont fluffed his lines from close range after being picked out by McDaid.

Sutherland was foiled by Roman early in the second period and soon after it was all square again.

Strachan was penalised for handball out on the left in the 53rd minute. Beaumont's whipped delivery eluded bodies in the box and the ball flew past Graeme Smith.

The equaliser prompted the Blue Toon to up their level on a muddy surface and they carved out several openings.

McAllister sent a header from Sutherland's corner wide and he then blazed a shot over from Strachan's pick-out, before driving another effort too high.

McInally's men kept going and they were rewarded with 15 minutes remaining.

McAllister passed to Nicky Riley, who replaced McIntosh in the first period, and the former Dundee winger's cross was swept into the net from 10 yards by Redman.

Delight for the travelling band of away fans, which included the matchwinner's parents and sister.

Jamie Stevenson almost put the seal on the victory with a shot, which deflected just wide after good work from debutant Marc Lawrence, who came on as a late substitute.

So another 3-2 success for Peterhead, who have amassed 34 points from the last 42 available. An incredible return.

                        Smith

Stevenson Strachan Gilchrist Blockley

Redman Dzierzawski Ferry Sutherland

              McAllister McIntosh

Additional Info

  • Home Team Cowdenbeath 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon beat Blue Brazil
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