Club News

By Glenn Moir

When the opposition misses an early penalty, you want to take full advantage and make the most of the reprieve.

Thankfully, Peterhead did just that to get the better of Queen's Park and record a much-needed victory.

At the fifth attempt, this was the Blue Toon's maiden win in League 1 this season.

In fact, it was their first collection of three points since the 19th March, stretching back to last term when they faded badly towards the end.

Two players, who have been on the fringes so far, Jamie Redman and Nicky Riley, scored the all important goals in the second half.

But the first period was as much of a triumph.

Getting to the interval goalless was as good as Peterhead could have hoped for because they could not get going.

Granted, the breeze was against the Blue Toon but the Spiders were guilty of not making their possession tell, even after being awarded a ninth minute spot-kick.

Kevin Dzierzawski chopped down Paul Woods inside the area but Darren Millar hit the frame of the goal from 12 yards, his effort striking the crossbar.

It was a let-off for the hosts, who then had Fraser Hobday to thank for pulling off a superb save to deny Ross Millen's back-post effort after the ball had flashed across the face of goal.

At least the Blue Toon stayed compact and restricted their opponents to very few other opportunities and it was a completely different story after the interval.

The half-time cuppa tea might still have been hot but Queen's Park were definitely cold at the start of the second period.

Just two minutes had been played when Redman rose highest at the far post to score with a bullet header from Steven Noble's corner.

One goal might have been enough but two certainly was and Riley claimed it in the 61st minute, latching on to a forward pass to neatly loft the ball over the advancing Andrew Murphy from just outside the penalty area.

Peterhead, without being anywhere near their best, comfortably saw the game out, with Hobday a virtual spectator down the other end.

There is definitely more to come from Jim McInally's team but if you can win in second gear and not concede a goal, who can grumble?


Strachan Kelleher Ross Noble
S.Brown Dzierzawski Redman
  McCluskey McAllister RIley

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Queen's Park 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Queen's Park pay the penalty at Balmoor

DUNDEE UTD 3-2 PETERHEAD (After Extra-Time)

By Glenn Moir


Peterhead bowed out of the IRN BRU Cup but only after pushing Dundee Utd all the way in a gripping third round contest.

The Blue Toon twice came from behind in a frantic first half but there were no more goals until debutant Tony Andreu headed the winner deep into extra time.

It was tough on Jim McInally's men, who belied their lowly League 1 position to put up a spirited, determined display at Tannadice.

The hosts wore their new flourescent pink away strip but the eye-catcher was Rory McAllister, who showed exactly why Utd tried to sign him last month.

The 29 year old, who rejected their advances to sign a new contract with the Balmoor club, gave home boss Ray McKinnon more than a sample of what he could have had.

Not once but twice McAlliister hauled Peterhead level and he caused the Championship side's defence all kinds of problems throughout.

Yet the match started horribly.

Utd took less than 60 seconds to open the scoring, Charlie Telfer finding the net with a long range shot.

It could have been a long afternoon but Peterhead did not wilt and they equalised in the 28th minute when McAllister rifled home from the lett side of the penalty area.

Nick Van der Velden restored the home team's advantage in the 34th minute, his crisp strike finding the bottom corner after slack defending from the visitors.

However, within a minute, the scores were level again. McAllister got on the end of Leighton McIntosh's centre to send a header past Luis Zwick.

After the interval, Utd hit the woodwork on three occasions.

Substitute Simon Murray rattled the crossbar with a powerful strike in the 72nd minute and then sent a header against the frame of the goal soon after.

As time began to run out, Telfer saw a cross sail over the head of Hobday but the ball clipped the crossbar.

That was a moment of deserved good fortune for Hobday, who was excellent throughout, making numerous key saves.

Peterhead did have one big chance in the second period and it fell for McAllister after substitute Nathan Blockley delivered a fine cross from the right.

On this instance though, the Blue Toon marksman saw his effort cleared off the line by Lewis Toshney and the ball went behind for a corner.

The tie went to extra time and in the 116th minute, as a penalty shoot-out loomed, Andreu came up with the decisive moment.

The former Hamilton creater, signed on loan from Norwich on deadline day, sent a free header past Hobday from Blair Spittal's delivery.

Utd were still not safe though, as Ryan Baptie sent a free-kick through the defensive wall and straight at Zwick, before McAllister screwed a last-gasp effort off target.

The Tangerines did just enough to avoid a banana-skin but Peterhead's performance almost made them fall flat on their faces.



Rumsby Kelleher Ross Baptie

S.Brown Strachan Dzierzawski

McIntosh McAllister McCluskey

Additional Info

  • Home Team Dundee Utd 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Tangerines need extra time to avoid banana skin

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.



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

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.


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

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.


           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


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.


      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
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