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Peterhead win at Forfar to rise to fourth

Tue 08 Dec 2015

Goals from Jordon Brown and Jamie Stevenson saw Peterhead move into the top four with a hard fought League 1 win over Forfar at Station Park.

Brown struck in the 37th minute after a well worked move and sub Stevenson rifled in the second with five minutes remaining to put the seal on the victory.

After losing to Championship side Livingston in the Scottish Cup last time out, it was no real surprise that Blue Toon manager Jim McInally reverted back to the team and shape which destroyed Cowdenbeath.

The only change to the 7-0 drubbing saw Ally Gilchrist taking the place of the injured Scott Ross and the on loan St Johnstone defender was outstanding throughout in front of the watching Tommy Wright.

Gilchrist and the rest of the back four kept the Forfar forwards in check for most of the match, although Graeme Smith caused panic early on by rushing out of his box and bringing down Scott Martin near the corner flag.  He escaped with a yellow card.

Midway through the half, a long punt forward by Smith was expertly controlled by Rory McAllister and he fed Brown, whose 25 yard shot curled wide.  Then Leighton McIntosh fizzed a great ball across the face of goal which just eluded McAllister.

But McInally's men went in front eight minutes before the interval with a well-taken goal.  Kevin Dzierzawski found McAllister on the right and he took a neat touch to get past Iain Campbell before firing the ball across goal for the onrushing Brown to steer home a close range volley.

McAllister then strung the palms of Rab Douglas with a long range effort and just before referee Matt Northcroft blew for half time, McIntosh drove an angled shot inches wide.

The second period followed a similar pattern to the first, both sides seeing an equal amount of the ball with the visitors conjuring up the bulk of the chances. 

Douglas pushed behind a McAllister shot for corner in the 55th minute and the Blue Toon striker might have done better soon after with a delayed effort, which was eventually deflected wide.

McIntosh scooped a 74th minute shot over from inside the penalty area but the key moment in the match came with seven minutes remaining when Nathan Blockley cleared a towering Chris Templeman header off the line.  Blockley was guarding the back post when the corner came in but he reacted superbly to deny the Loons a late leveller.

Almost immediately, Peterhead went down the other end and wrapped up the points.  Simon Ferry rolled the ball for Stevenson, who had earlier replaced Brown, and he cracked a low 16 yard shot beyond Douglas.



Blockley Strachan Gilchrist Noble


    Dzierzawski    Redman


       McIntosh    McAllister