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By Glenn Moir


A song called The Fear, by Lily Allen, topped the music chart the last time Stranraer were beaten at Balmoor.

That was way back in February 2009.

But the Stair Park men were unable to put the frighteners on Peterhead today as their long unblemished record in the north east ended.

Ahead of Halloween, Stranraer were spooked by their own player, Willie Gibson, whose daft dismissal swung an even match in the Blue Toon's favour.

The former Kilmarnock and Dunfermline winger collected a cheap yellow card for mouthing off in the first half.

Failing to heed the warning, he booted the ball away in a show of petulance eight minutes after the interval.

Referee Colin Steven was not in the mood to keep cards in his pocket, although on this instance he did not have much option but to send off Gibson, who ironically had been one of the best performers on the pitch.

Peterhead made the most of the extra man and space, with Rory McAllister scoring the opener 11 minutes after Gibson's gaffe and Scott Brown putting the seal on a third straight victory in the closing stages.

The Blue Toon did pass up a couple of huge opportunities inside the first five minutes, Stefan McCluskey failing to beat the impressive Cammy Belford, who then dived to keep out McAllister's close-range effort.

Home manager Jim McInally later admitted he worried those chances might have come back to haunt his team.

Had Gibson kept his cool, they could well have proved costly.

But Peterhead capitalised on his bad-temper in the 64th minute, McCluskey superbly sending McAllister away with a sublime pass and the Blue Toon frontman rounded Belford and rolled the ball into an empty net.

Belford then foiled Jordon Brown, whose volley from another McCluskey pick-out was goalbound, but Scott Brown made sure of the points with four minutes remaining.

With his pace and power, the former St Johnstone midfielder ran half the length of the pitch before drilling the ball inside the far corner.

Another win and another clean sheet.




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  • Away Team Stranraer
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  • Banner Sub Title Patient Peterhead make extra man count



Back-to-back away wins moved Peterhead up a place to eighth in League 1 after they edged out Albion Rovers in Coatbridge.

A scrappy game was heading for a stalemate until Jordon Brown struck in the latter stages.

Brown, taking the place of Nicky Riley following last week's win at Airdrie, made the most of his starting role to net his third goal of the season.

At the other end, Graeme Smith's contribution was as important, the big goalkeeper twice denying Ryan Wallace.

With the game lacking clear scoring opportunties or flow, the Blue Toon would probably have been content to head up the road with a draw.

But one point turned into three when Brown struck from close range with a rising shot from Riley's assist in the 78th minute.

Joy for Jim McInally's men, who enjoyed a first clean sheet on their travels since December.

They will aim to continue their revival and climb up the table when Stranraer visit next weekend, the first of two games in a row at Balmoor.

 Stevenson Kelleher Strachan Noble
   Redman S.Brown Ferry J.Brown
          McCluskey McAllister

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  • Home Team Albion Rovers 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Jordon's goal separates the sides in Coatbridge


By Glenn Moir
Peterhead's latest League 1 loss to Livingston prompted manager Jim McInally to admit the pressure will build on his team and his job unless the slump can be addressed.
Post-match the Balmoor boss said: "People will speculate about me getting the sack or whatever but in my five years here, this is my first really challenging time as far as results go."
"But I just see it as a challenge and one that these players will rise to and I would be disappointed if we don't finish this season certainly half way up the table and closer to the play-offs because I think we are good enough." 
The Blue Toon have managed only one win in eight league matches after finishing last term with eight consecutive defeats in all competitions.
Yet, even though they have returned to the foot of the table, McInally's men are not that far away from turning their fortunes around.  
Last week, they were beaten by Brechin, who are now at the top of the table.  Everyone, who made the trip down the A90, saw that Peterhead were better than them but it is results that count.
Very similar to what happened at Glebe Park, the Blue Toon went in front against LIvingston, conceded an equaliser against the run of play and went on to let-in a decisive goal in the second half.
It had all looked so promising when Fiacre Kelleher headed in his first senior goal in the 12th minute.  The on loan Celtic defender got across his marker to nod past Liam Kelly from Kevin Dzierzawski's corner.  
It was a half of two halves, Peterhead having the better of things initially before LIvi warmed to the task and Danny Mullen hauled them level in the 25th minute with a well-struck shot from the angle of the penalty area.  
The same player should have scored again as half time approached but he somehow missed from just a couple of yards out after Liam Buchanan had skinned Steven Noble.  
A neat move two minutes after the restart almost saw David Hopkin's team go in front but Graeme Smith made a great save to thwart Josh Mullin.
However, Livi were ruthless in the 58th minute and scored the winner from a Peterhead corner.  
Breaking quickly on the counter-attack, Buchanan homed in on goal and unselfishly squared for Josh Mullin.  Although Ryan Strachan did well to block the ball on the line, Danny Mullen stroked in the rebound.  
Peterhead made a good fist of getting back into the match as Scott Brown tested Kelly with a rising 25 yard drive while Rory McAllister was penalised for a push on Jackson Longridge when he headed in a Dzierzawski free-kick.  
Then in the last few minutes, substitute Leighton McIntosh passed up a golden opportunity by failing to convert a McAllister cutback, the ball rolling under the forward's foot.
The result means Peterhead have a fortnight to stew on another defeat ahead of back-to-back away games against Airdrie and Albion Rovers. 
They have not won on the road since the 12th March.
   Stevenson Kelleher Strachan Noble
     Dzierzawski               S.Brown
   Riley           McAllister       McCluskey

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  • Away Team Livingston 2
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  • Banner Sub Title Livi come from behind to send Peterhead bottom


By Glenn Moir


By conceding late at Brechin, Peterhead crashed to a fourth defeat of the season in League 1 but the result was cruel on the Blue Toon.

Jim McInally's men put on their best display of the season so far, yet they still left empty-handed.

To say it was a hard luck story would be inaccurate, given that the two goals they lost were self-inflicted.

However, had this match ended all square, Darren Dods in the home dug-out would definitely have been the happier manager.

Balmoor boss McInally chose to recall the fit-again Graeme Smith in place of Fraser Hobday but the big goalkeeper will want to forget his return to the team.

Smith ought to have done better for both goals, which wiped away Rory McAllister's well-taken 32nd minute opener.

McAllister collected a neat pass from Simon Ferry and confidently stroked the ball inside the far corner from 12 yards.

Up until then, the contest had been fairly even but Peterhead took control after going in front.

That was until they cheaply let Brechin back in to the match two minutes before half time.

There did not appear to be too much danger when Andy Jackson was in possession of the ball just outside the box.

However, Jackson was able to weave his way past Fiacre Kelleher and drive a low shot at goal. Smith could only palm the ball straight into the path of Ally Love, who tapped in from close range.

A flustered Blue Toon almost conceded another immediately but this time Smith saved at the feet of Jackson after untidy defending.

Peterhead regrouped at the interval and were by far the better team in the second half, with Ferry and Scott Brown orchestrating the play.

Jamie Stevenson saw his powerfully hit 30 yard free-kick spilled by Brechin goalkeeper Graeme Smith and as Ferry looked certain to convert the rebound, Euan Smith made a sliding challenge to keep the scores level.

Silky skills from McAllister had the Brechin defence in a twist in the 58th minute but the ball got caught under the striker's feet and he could not get his shot away.

The Peterhead talisman then smashed a cleanly-struck volley just over the crossbar and Brown drove a shot wide from outside the penalty area.

Brechin were camped inside their own half as Peterhead threw on Leighton McIntosh, Stefan McCluskey and Jordon Brown.

The attack-minded changes were a sign of intent from the Blue Toon but, on a rare venture forward in the 84th minute, Brechin turned, what would have been, one good point into three bonus points.

Smith came racing off his line to try and close down Jackson, who had latched on to a forward pass. It proved to be the wrong call as the former St Johnstone frontman lofted the ball over the goalkeeper's head and into an unguarded net.

Peterhead's good work was undone.


Stevenson Kelleher Strachan Noble
    Dzierzawski S.Brown Redman
              McAllister Riley

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  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title McAllister's opener wiped away at Glebe Park

By Glenn Moir

A couple of points dropped for Peterhead, who surrendered a two-goal half-time lead to draw against bottom of the table Stenhousemuir.

Goals from Nicky Riley and Kevin Dzierzawski had put the Blue Toon firmly in control at Ochilview.

But back came the Warriors and after Jamie McCormack pulled one back midway through the second period, Fraser Kerr restored parity with 12 minutes remaining.

Deep disappointment for Jim McInally's team, who slipped a place to ninth in the table, just above their winless opponents.

Content with what he saw in the win over Queen's Park last week, McInally fielded a near identical starting line-up.

The enforced change was at the heart of the defence as Scott Rumsby took the place of the injured Scott Ross.

Riley, who earlier this week spoke of his desire to get on the scoresheet more often, gave the visitors a 17th minute lead to net his second in as many games.

It was Peterhead's first away goal of the season in League 1 and before Stenny had time to regroup, they found themselves further behind as Dzierzawski notched soon after.

A two-goal cushion was ample to see off the Spiders last Saturday but it was not enough against Brown Ferguson's side.

The hosts reduced the arrears in the 68th minute through McCormack and the Balmoor outfit did not heed the warning as Kerr levelled 10 minutes later.

In the end, it was a familiar tale to the Albion Rovers game last month where Peterhead ended up drawing from a winning position.

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  • Home Team Stenhousemuir 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Toon's two goal lead wiped away by Warriors

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

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  • 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
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