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After scoring a barrel load of goals during their winning runs in League 1, it was typical that Peterhead and Dunfermline would play out a goalless draw.

But this contest was better than a stalemate suggested and while the Blue Toon could not manage a fifth straight win, they did extend their unbeaten record to 10 matches.
 
Jim McInally's men also remain undefeated against the Pars this season and look a good bet for a play-off berth, although the Balmoor manager was quick to rule out a title tilt when addressing the media at full time.
 
McInally stuck with the same line-up which ripped apart Stranraer last week, with the impressive Shane Sutherland continuing his fine form after a brace at Stair Park.
 
However, the first opening fell the way of the Fifers, Michael Moffat thwarted by Graeme Smith after Scott Ross got caught underneath a long ball forward from Brad McKay.
 
Smith then saved Fassal El Bakhtaoui's 14 yard shot from Josh Falkingham's cutback but it was by no means one-way traffic towards the home goal.
 
Sutherland's powerful running caused the league leaders problems and he tested Sean Murdoch with a shot on the turn midway through the half.
 
The former Inverness and Elgin attacker then set up Rory McAllister and Jamie Stevenson respectively but both players could not keep their efforts down.
 
The second half, playing against the wind, meant Peterhead had to be compact and dig in.  To their credit, they restricted the leaders to few sights at goal, although Andy Geggan went very close with a glancing header from Joe Cardle's cross, which went just wide.
 
Geggan was then denied by an outstanding Smith stop in the 64th minute from a set piece.  Michael Paton whipped in a free kick from the left and Geggan's goalbound header was superbly pushed behind for a corner by the Blue Toon number one.  
 
Not content to take a point, Peterhead pushed back the Pars in the closing stages but were unable to create a clear cut opening although Sutherland was unlucky to see his wicked inswinging corner evade his team-mates and go behind for a goalkick.
 
All in all, a plucky performance and a deserved draw.
 
PETERHEAD XI
                            Smith
 
        Strachan Ross Gilchrist Noble
 
Stevenson Ferry Dzierzawski Redman                   
 
                Sutherland McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Dunfermline 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Goalless but gritty against leaders

A ruthless display of finishing saw in-form Peterhead stretch their winning run as they eased to a 5-1 victory at Stranraer.

The Blue Toon were three goals ahead by the interval with the excellent Shane Sutherland scoring twice and Jamie Stevenson netting. 

Despite the hosts pulling one back in the second period, Jim McInally's men were far from done with Ally Gilchrist and substitute Leighton McIntosh getting in on the act.

This was Peterhead's fourth consecutive win and they have scored an impressive 16 goals during that run, ahead of the leaders Dunfermline visiting Balmoor next week.

McInally spoke to Peterheadfc.com at full time: "We were really good on a muddy surface."

"To be 3-0 ahead at half time was terrific and in the second half, we managed the game really well."

"Actually, had we taken a bit more care, we could have scored more than five but this was a great result."

"The work-rate of the players was good and they showed their quality on a boggy pitch."

"That was Shane's best game for us. He's been doing really well lately but today he was terrific and took his goals well."

Sutherland struck in the 17th minute to give the visitors the lead with a low shot from inside the box, which found the bottom corner.

The former Inverness Caley and Elgin scored again in the 36th minute, getting on the end of a Steven Noble delivery to beat teenage keeper Max Currie.

Stranraer were further behind before the break, Stevenson pouncing after a misplaced back pass in the 41st minute. Stevenson, back in a midfield role after deputising at full back, capitalised and drove a crisp shot into the net.

The last time Peterhead built up an early three goal lead on the road was back in Halloween and they threw it away.

That was at Stenhousemuir but there was no chance of a repeat happening at Stair Park, despite Craig Malcolm converting a Ryan Thomson cross in the 68th minute.

Rory McAllister limped off after picking up a knock but the band of away supporters were celebrating again in the 76th minute when Gilchrist sent a header home from Kevin Dzierzawski's corner.

Sutherland was denied a hat-trick thanks to a fine Currie save, although the goalkeeper was tasked with picking the ball out of his net again with three minutes remaining as McIntosh put the seal on another notable Blue Toon win.

Peterhead's wonderful winter continues!

Blue Toon XI  

                         Smith

     Strachan Ross Gilchrist Noble

Stevenson Dzierzawski Ferry Redman

           McAllister Sutherland

Additional Info

  • Home Team Stranraer 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 5
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Sutherland catches the eye in worthy win
First footing, hungover or the inclement weather were probably amongst the excuses for those who skipped Peterhead's maiden League 1 fixture of 2016.  
 
But the 588 hardy souls, who were in attendance at Balmoor, were treated to a trio of early Goal of the Year contenders and another great three points for a reshuffled Blue Toon, who won their third match on the bounce.
 
The two Jamies, Redman and Stevenson, slotted into an unfamiliar defence and were outstanding at both ends, each getting on the scoresheet.
 
Redman's opener came in the fifth minute.  The former Brechin player got on the end of Shane Sutherland's inswinging free-kick to send a glancing header high into the net.
 
Sutherland was involved again moments later, linking with Jordon Brown, who picked out Kevin Dzierzawski but his 14 yard effort missed the target.
 
Playing against the wind, Peterhead kept their focus despite floodlight issues causing a brief stoppage in play, as Stevenson hooked a Euan Murray header off the line in the 29th minute.
 
When the visitors did draw level, there was not too much that could have been done to stop it.  Alan Cook smashed a left foot from 30 yards in off the upright in the 33rd minute.  
 
It was a fantastic goal but Peterhead could have restored their lead before the interval when Rory McAllister blazed over after taking a neat touch from a fine Simon Ferry pass.
 
Conditions favoured the hosts in the second half and might have influenced Stevenson's decision to shoot from so far out in the 53rd minute.  
 
Last season's PFC Player of the Year was around 35 yards from goal when he unleashed a rocket, which flew past Matty Gould and into the top corner.
 
Enough to warm up any of the home fans on a dreadful afternoon of weather.
 
Soon after, and very much in the mood, Stevenson tried his luck with a couple of long-range free-kicks, which had to be closely watched by the Stenny goalkeeper but the Blue Toon scored a killer third goal in the 77th minute.
 
The impressive Sutherland played a clever one-two with McAllister and after his shot was well saved by Gould, McAllister was on hand to dispatch the rebound from inside the penalty area.
 
There was still time for one more screamer as Dzierzawski rifled a thunderous 22 yard shot high into the net with eight minutes remaining.
 
Happy New Year!
 
 
PETERHEAD XI
 

                           Smith

 
Stevenson Strachan Gilchrist Redman
 
               Dzierzawski  Ferry
                          Brown
 
     Sutherland  McAllister  Riley

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 4
  • Away Team Stenhousemuir 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Third straight win for third top Peterhead

Ally Gilchrist was the Boxing Day hero as Peterhead staged an incredible late fightback to defeat Airdrie 4-3 and maintain their excellent League 1 form.

The Blue Toon trailed by two goals in the closing stages but they refused to lie down and after Ryan Strachan and Jordon Brown struck to haul Jim McInally's men level, Gilchrist headed in a stoppage time winner.

 
Balmoor boss McInally spoke to Peterheadfc.com: "It was a bizarre match and an incredible finish."
 
"My head went down at 3-1 and I just thought it was going to be one of those days.. But thankfully the players did not think that."
 
"Even when we got it back to 3-3, it would have been easy for the boys to accept a draw but they kept going."
 
"Nicky Riley went on in the second half and was unbelieveable out on the left wing."
 
"The players showed real character to come away with three points."
 
Ex Peterhead man David Cox gave the Diamonds an early lead with a fine strike but the contest swung in the Blue Toon's favour midway through the half.
 
Leighton McIntosh was smashed by goalkeeper Neil Parry, who was sent off for the challenge, and Rory McAllister tucked away the penalty.  McIntosh didn't last much longer, though, because of the hefty blow, with Shane Sutherland coming on.
 
However, such was the odd nature of the game, 10-man Airdrie restored their advantage soon after as Liam Watt found the bottom corner with a free-kick.
 
Peterhead, despite having an extra man, could not find a route back into the match, even though they had lots of possession.  When Steven Noble was dismissed for bringing down Nicky Cadden, who converted the resultant 78th minute spot kick, the writing appeared to be on the wall.  
 
Far from it.
 
In the 84th minute, Strachan gave the Blue Toon hope with a well struck shot from outside the box and then Jordon Brown prodded in from close range to level proceedings with two minutes left.
 
Not content to settle for a point, the visitors continued to attack and they were rewarded for their bravery when Gilchrist nodded home from a few yards after Airdrie failed to clear a free-kick.
 
So Peterhead rise to third in the table after a game containing seven goals, two penalties, two red cards and an terrific turnaround.
 
Who says Scottish football is boring?
 
PETERHEAD XI
 
                       Smith
 
Blockley Strachan Gilchrist Noble
              
                       Ferry
    Dzierzawski        Redman
                       Brown
 
           McIntosh McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Airdrie 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 4
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Boxing Day drama at Airdrie
Peterhead once again showed they are more than a match for the top teams in League 1 after an excellent victory over title-chasing Ayr Utd.
 
All three goals came in a second half dominated by the Blue Toon, with Kevin Dzierzawski smashing home a stunning opener before Shane Sutherland's late double.
 
However, Jim McInally's men were just as impressive in the first period, showing grit, determination and discipline to get to the interval all square against a strong wind.
 
The result means Peterhead have now taken an impressive eight points from their matches against the top two, Dunfermline and Ayr, so far this season.
 
Given their recent run, the team almost picks itself at the moment.  But Scott Ross, in for the concussed Ally Gilchrist, did not last long because of an ankle problem so on came Sutherland in the 7th minute with Jamie Redman dropping into central defence.
 
The Blue Toon had Graeme Smith to thank early on, his impressive double-save denying Craig Moore, who probably should have done better.
 
The conditions forced Peterhead to defend more than attack but they still carved out a golden opportunity for Leighton McIntosh in the 10th minute.  November's Player of the Month latched on to Nathan Blockley's pass but he dragged his shot wide when through on goal.
 
In the 21st minute, Smith pulled off a great stop low down to his left to turn behind Alan Trouten's 20 yard effort and then Moore flashed a free-kick wide as half time drew to a close.
 
It was roles reversed in the second half with Peterhead asking the questions, but Ayr's backline was not as watertight.  Not that there was anything they could have done to prevent Dzierzawski's stunning 63rd minute goal.
 
The American midfielder collected a pass 25 yards out and unleashed a left foot shot which flew past Greg Fleming and into the top corner.
 
Smith kept out a Trouten strike while Andy Graham spooned a shot over as Ayr went in search of an equaliser, but the home side carried the biggest threat.
 
A quick break saw Rory McAllister set up Sutherland, who finished well from the right side of the penalty area in the 81st minute to just about wrap up the points.  
 
McAllister was then unlucky not to add to Peterhead's lead when he found the net from about 40 yards but referee Alan Newlands had blown for a home free-kick.  Albeit belatedly.
 
But the Blue Toon fans were soon celebrating another goal as Sutherland put the seal on the win with five minutes remaining.  
 
Fellow sub Jamie Stevenson clipped a cross into the penalty area and Sutherland planted a header into the corner to make it a Merry Christmas for Peterhead.
 
 
 
PETERHEAD XI
 
                      Smith
 
Blockley Ross Strachan Noble
 
                       Ferry
            Dzierzawski Redman
                      Brown
 
             McIntosh McAllister
 
 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Ayr 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Three second half goals at windswept Balmoor

Peterhead had to settle for a point at bottom of the table Brechin after a scrappy, stop-start encounter at Glebe Park.

Leighton McIntosh, the newly named SPFL League 1 Player of the Month for November, maintained his form by getting on the scoresheet again.
 
However, his early opener was cancelled out late on by substitute Robert Thomson, who netted from close-range to ensure a share of the spoils.
 
Blue Toon manager Jim McInally thought the equaliser should not have stood, claiming Isaac Layne, who provided the assist, was in an offside position when he advanced forward.  
 
The far-side assistant referee kept his flag down so the official in charge, Gavin Duncan, rightly, did not sound his whistle.  But that was a rarity in this match and he might need a new blower for Christmas after continually halting the play.
 
Granted, it is the time of year for handing out cards and the referee stayed true to tradition by flashing a series of yellows in a frustrating contest .
 
Peterhead, though, only have themselves to blame for not coming back up the A90 with all three points after passing up several chances.
 
They started well and broke the deadlock after seven minutes.  McIntosh fastened on to a Ryan Strachan pass and saw his angled 16 yard shot nestle into the net after taking a wicked deflection off Darren McCormack.
 
Jordon Brown then smashed a 20 yard drive inches over while Rory McAllister stung the palms of Brechin goalkeeper Graeme Smith following a forceful run.
 
There was not too much for Peterhead to be concerned about in the first period, although Nathan Blockley made a timely intervention to deny Andy Jackson from Layne's cutback moments before the interval.
 
McAllister, one of five visiting players to be cautioned, was incensed at not being awarded a penalty early in the second half when he appeared to be hauled down by Willie Dyer.
 
The game became messy but the shirt of Peterhead's Graeme Smith was untouched as he had little to do all afternoon.  But he had to pick the ball out of his net with 10 minutes remaining when Brechin drew level.
 
The lively Layne raced away down the right side of the penalty area and picked out Thomson, who slotted in from a few yards.  The goalscorer also netted twice when Brechin won 3-2 at Balmoor earlier in the campaign.
 
The Blue Toon finished strongly and could have forced a late winner.  McAllister had two good opportunities, shooting wide when in on goal and then forcing Smith into a smart save while Kevin Dzierzawski was also foiled by the Brechin stopper.
 
So after defeating Forfar on Tuesday, Peterhead could not complete an Angus double but they do stay fourth in the table.
 
PETERHEAD XI
                        Smith
 
Blockley Strachan Gilchrist Noble
                            
                         Ferry
           Dzierzawski Redman
                        Brown
 
            McIntosh McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Brechin 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon forced to settle for a draw
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