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Berwick Rangers 0

Peterhead 5

 

Peterhead chalked up their biggest win of the season with a 5-0 demolition of Berwick Rangers.

The Blue Toon needed just two minutes to open the scoring and it was a sign of things to come for the hosts, who shipped two more before half-time.

Jim McInally’s men added another couple of goals in the second half to round off a superb show at Shielfield Park.

Jack Leitch struck first with a rising shot, which flew past Sean Brennan and into the top corner.

Leitch then turned provider in the 13th minute, laying the ball off for Rory McAllister, who drove a low left shot into the net.

Berwick could not get to grips with their opponents and it was 3-0 in the 36th minute whenJason Brown headed in Jamie Stevenson’s corner.

When Peterhead scored again six minutes after the interval, home boss Johnny Harvey must surely have wanted the full-time whistle as Russell McLean stroked in number four.

That goal came from a set-piece and so did Stevenson’s effort in the 78th minute, the versatile 34 year old rifling a free-kick into the bottom corner to complete the rout.

It was a confidence-boosting performance and result ahead of Tuesday’s table-topping trip to Edinburgh, who still lead the way after a narrow win at Annan.

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  • Home Team Berwick Rangers 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 5
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon record biggest win of season to stay second

Peterhead 2

Annan Athletic 1

 

Peterhead remain second in League 2 after scoring late to defeat Annan at Balmoor.

The Blue Toon got off to the perfect start thanks to Derek Lyle’s goal after just two minutes.

But when the Galabankies levelled from the spot in the 81st minute, a draw looked on the cards.

Russell McLean had other ideas though, firing in the winner with five minutes left to keep Peterhead two points behind leaders Edinburgh.

The capital club show no signs of slipping up but Jim McInally’s men don’t either and they moved on to 10 league victories from 13 matches.

Paddy Boyle was the creator of Peterhead’s opener, finding Lyle who netted from close range.

But despite their fast start, the game was still in the balance going into the closing stages and when Max Wright won, what appeared to be, a soft penalty following Jason Brown’s foul, Tony Wallace converted to level the scores.

McLean had the final say, however, smashing a rising shot from inside the penalty box beyond Alex Mitchell to hand the home team a vital three points. 

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  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Annan Athletic 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Striker’s 85th minute strike keeps Blue Toon in touch with Edinburgh

Peterhead 0

Morton 3

 

Peterhead had reason to be hopeful in the Scottish Cup after taking Morton back to Balmoor.

But two games in four days against the Championship side proved too much for the Blue Toon. 

Following a 1-1 draw at Cappielow, Morton meant business second time around  and they needed just 10 minutes to take the lead.

Peterhead could not defend Michael Tidser’s corner and Kerr Waddell sent a header past Greg Fleming.

Jim McInally, looking to dump his old side out of the famous knock-out competition, must have been encouraged when Jason Brown forced a save out of Derek Gaston nine minutes into the second half.

But Robert Thomson’s strike in the 61st minute put Morton firmly in control of the tie. 

The former Brechin frontman buried a shot into the bottom corner after being set up by Bob McHugh, Ton’s scorer in Saturday’s tie.

Blue Toon striker Russell McLean was unlucky with a 71st minute effort, which rebounded off the post.

Had the ball go in, it would have set up a nervy ending for the visitors, who instead added a third with seven minutes remaining.

Chris Millar smashed a shot, from a difficult angle, into the net to confirm Morton’s fourth round tie against East Fife.

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  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Morton 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Cappielow club win Balmoor replay

Morton 1-1 Peterhead

 

Peterhead remain alive and kicking in the Scottish Cup after earning a third round replay with Morton following a 1-1 draw at Cappielow.

Scott Brown gave the Blue Toon the lead in the 27th minute but his goal was cancelled out by Bob McHugh’s header as half time approached.

Neither team could find a winner in the second period so they will try again on Tuesday with an away trip to East Fife the prize for the winners.

Greg Fleming had to look lively in the early stages before Peterhead went in front.

Ryan Dow was the provider, weaving his way to the byline and cutting the ball back for Brown to beat Derek Gaston from 10 yards.

However, the Blue Toon were unable to get to half time ahead as  McHugh restored parity four minutes before the break.

Jack Iredale kept the ball in and delivered a front post cross, which was headed in by McHugh.

Jack Leitch nearly gave the visitors the advantage again with a hooked effort, which was cleared off the line by Michael Tidser.

Moments later, as Morton broke down the other end, Reghan Tumilty tested Fleming with a rising shot.

By no means were Peterhead content to sit in and accept a draw and Willie Gibson was unlucky with a long range free-kick, which flew inches wide of the target.

Then it was Morton’s turn to go close right at the end, McHugh just heading wide deep in stoppage time from substitute Robert Thomson’s cross.

It all means the teams will do it all over again in just a few days time.

QUEEN’S PARK 2-0 PETERHEAD

 

Peterhead suffered defeat at Hampden as Queen’s Park scored either side of the interval to end the Blue Toon’s seven-game winning streak.

Ciaran Summers claimed both goals and the result meant Edinburgh City seized top spot again following their win over Albion Rovers.

Jim McInally’s men were unchanged from last week’s victory over Rovers but they found themselves behind in the 27th minute.

Summers struck a free-kick past Greg Fleming, his left-foot effort nestling into the bottom corner of the net.

There were opportunities for Peterhead to draw level but when Summers netted again six minutes into the second half, the Spiders were firmly in command.

Summers, from out on the left wing, deceived Fleming with what appeared to be a cross.

Queen’s Park finished the game with 10-men after Dominic McLaren was dismissed with six minutes remaining for picking up two yellow cards in quick succession.

But this was a rare League 2 off-day for the Blue Toon, who crashed to just their second loss of the season.

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  • Home Team Queen’s Park 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon’s status as league-leaders shortlived after Hampden defeat

PETERHEAD 2-1 ALBION ROVERS

Att 590

 

Peterhead are the new League 2 leaders after beating basement side Albion Rovers in a game of two halves at windswept Balmoor.

Derek Lyle kept up his excellent recent form to grab the two goals, which proved just enough.

The Blue Toon impressed in the first half while Albion were in disarray but the visitors got their act together after the interval and reduced the deficit.

The home side needed Greg Fleming to make some important saves to preserve their lead but they held on to move above Edinburgh, who were beaten by Clyde.

Paddy Boyle picked up an injury in the warm-up but the late change to the starting line-up did not hinder Peterhead, who began positively.

Rory McAllister, literally straight from the kick-off, fired inches over with a cheeky effort from the centre spot.

In fact, it was an indication of how strong the overhead conditions were that Albion’s John Cunningham tried the exact same thing at the start of the second period and his 50 yarder was tipped over by Fleming.

But McAllister was the key man before the break, laying on both goals for Lyle.

The opener arrived in the fifth minute when the Blue Toon captain chased a long punt forward and then clipped the ball across for his striker partner Lyle to shoot past Peter Morrison.

Morrison had a fine game but it was his lapse, which brought about Peterhead’s second. 

The goalkeeper’s misplaced pass was seized upon by McAllister, who squared for Lyle to slot in his fifth goal from his last three appearances.

Some neat combination play in the 21st minute nearly produced a third but Ryan Dow was denied by Morrison and countless other chances went awry.

You still sensed two goals would be enough but Albion were a different proposition in the second half.

They carried a threat and had Peterhead on the back foot, although McAllister could have settled the contest with a breakaway in the 64th minute.  Instead, he took a bad touch and ended up shooting wide of the target.

Albion set up a nervy ending by scoring in the 71st minute from a set-piece, Barry Eley heading in Gerard Hernando Escuriola’s corner at the front post.

Fleming saved well from Jamie Watson’s 22 yard free-kick with five minutes left as Peterhead stood firm to go top of the table.

 

Fleming, J.Brown, Stevenson, Eadie, W.Gibson, Ferry, S.Brown, Leitch (Home 87), Dow, McAllister (McLean 68), Lyle (Kavanagh 75)

Unused. R.Gibson. McDonald

 

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  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Albion Rovers 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Bottom team Albion make Blue Toon work for win
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