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By Glenn Moir

Peterhead advanced to the last 16 of the Betfred League Cup - but only after a marathon penalty shoot-out win against Dumbarton, following a pulsating draw in the central belt.

Nicky Riley netted the decisive spot kick to hand the Blue Toon the necessary bonus point, which lifted them above East Fife on goal difference in Group A.

It was a bizarre shoot-out, with Dumbarton missing their first three penalties and Peterhead scoring their first couple.

It was anything but straightforward though.

On three occasions, Jim McInally's men had the chance to score from 12 yards and go through. They missed the lot.

Graeme Smith was among the unsuccesful takers but full credit to the big goalkeeper for his performance with the gloves rather than the boot.

He saved several spot kicks and turned in a fine display prior to the penalties.

And if you thought the shoot-out was dramatic, the 90 minutes which preceded were just as eventful.

Kevin Dzierzawski gave Peterhead a 16th minute lead but the Sons had the advantage by the interval thanks to goals from Robert Thomson and David Smith.

Peterhead's progression prospects looked bleak when Ryan Stevenson made it 3-1 early in the second half but back came the visitors.

Leighton McIntosh pulled one back in the 57th minute before Rory McAllister tucked away a 69th minute penalty to level the scores.

That's how it finished.

Cue the shoot-out, which both teams did their best to lose.

Had the Championship team come out on top, East Fife would have advanced to the knock-out stage as group winners.

But thanks to the boot of McAllister, Jamie Stevenson, Dzierzawski, Nathan Blockley, Steven Noble and Riley, Peterhead eventually prevailed 6-5 to go through themselves.

A hammer blow for East Fife, who didn't even manage a best runners-up spot.

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  • Home Team Dumbarton 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon net shoot-out triumph at Dumbarton


By Glenn Moir


Jim McInally said pre-match if we defend well, we can win the game.

He meant it and he was absolutely right.

Rory McAllister's second half double saw Dundee stunned by Peterhead.

But this Betfred Cup Group A upset was largely down to a superb rearguard display typified by the performance of debutant Fiacre Kelleher, who was outstanding throughout.

The 20 year old, on loan from Celtic, won countless headers and made numerous telling tackles.

Fellow centre back Scott Rumsby was equally as impressive and their contributions meant Graeme Smith did not have too much to do in the home goal.

Yes, Dundee saw most of the ball. That was to be expected. But they did not fashion too many chances as Peterhead stood firm.

It was a game of containment for the Blue Toon, who did a fine job of keeping the visitors at arms length.

Substitute Paul McGowan, on early for the Premiership team, had Dundee's best chance in the 36th minute from Rory Loy's pick-out but Smith saved well.

As half time approached, the goalkeeper then kept out Darren O'Dea's header from Greg Stewart's corner but that was as uncomfortable as it got.

In the second half, after Salim Nassor and Leighton McIntosh were introduced, the hosts pushed higher up the pitch and began to ask questions of the Dens Park outfit.

When Julen Etxebeguren bundled over McAllister in the 63rd minute 20 yards from goal, an opportunity came Peterhead's way. McAllister made the most of it, smashing his free-kick through an unstable wall and into the net.

Now defending a lead, the Blue Toon were content to soak up the pressure and hit on the break and the tactic worked in the 89th minute as McAllister pounced on a Etxebeguren error to home in on goal and coax Scott Bain into bringing him down.

There was contact. It was a penalty and McAllister did the needful from the spot.

Plain sailing. Well, not quite.

Stewart replied almost immediately to reduce the arrears with a shot, which found its way past Smith.

But Hartley's men were still in a jam and Peterhead held on to record one of their best results since joining the SPFL in 2000.

In doing so, they blew their section wide open, jumping above their top-seeded opponents into second spot and tucked in behind East Fife, who were beaten at Forfar in their fourth and final game.

It all means if McInally's charges can win at Dumbarton on Saturday, they will go through to the knock-out stage as group winners.

That would be quite an achievement.



Ross Kelleher Rumsby Noble

Dzierzawski Strachan Redman

 Stevenson                Brown

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  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Dundee 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Group A blown wide open by Rory's double

By Glenn Moir

Frustration in Fife for the Blue Toon.

Peterhead let slip a lead to leave Methil empty-handed.

Jordon Brown's goal was cancelled out by Jonathon Page before a Paul McManus penalty gave Group A leaders East Fife the points.

Jim McInally made two changes from the team, which beat Forfar, with Brown and Scott Ross coming in for Nathan Blockley and Jamie Redman.

However, Redman was required almost immediately as Simon Ferry lasted just 90 seconds due to an injury.

Brown neatly slotted home the opener in the 26th minute but the Blue Toon's advantage lasted just 12 minutes as Page headed past Graeme Smith after the visitors failed to clear a corner.

Five minutes into the second half, East Fife went ahead. McManus tucked away his spot kick after Kevin Dzierzawski was adjudged to have fouled Ross Brown.

McInally's men tried to find a way back into the match and Rory McAllister went closest with an effort, which hit the woodwork.

But the points went to East Fife, who have now racked up eight and look near certainties to progress to the knock out phase.

Dundee, who thumped Dumbarton 6-2, climb above Peterhead into second spot going into Tuesday's clash at Balmoor.

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  • Home Team East Fife 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Peterhead beaten 2-1 in Methil


By Glenn Moir


Peterhead made light work of their first competitive game of the new season, brushing aside Forfar to collect three points from their Group A opener in the Betfred Cup.

It was straightforward, comfortable and efficient with Rory McAllister netting a penalty after Andy Munro put through his own net.

Both goals came in the first half in a game which saw Scott Rumsby make his debut. Hugh Samuels, bidding to earn a longer contract after signing an initial short term deal, was introduced from the bench towards the end.

The opener came in the 20th minute through the boot of Forfar defender Munro. Attempting to cut out a dangerous Nathan Blockley cross from the right, he diverted the ball past Grant Adam from six yards.

McAllister, like most seasons, did not take long to get off the mark for the new campaign. 34 minutes in fact. The Blue Toon marksman made a tidy job of converting a spot-kick after Gavin Swankie hauled down the lively Nicky RIley.

Other than a Swankie strike which Graeme Smith parried, Jim McInally's troops were rarely troubled although Munro almost atoned for his own goal with a deflected shot which clipped the crossbar and went over for a corner.

However, a Peterhead third looked likelier than a Forfar reply and twice Jamie Stevenson was foiled by Adam midway through the second period.

Blockley then curled a sidefoot effort wide while substitute Jordon Brown tamely shot at the visiting goalkeeper after good work from new skipper Simon Ferry, who collected the Peterhead Scottish Week Cup at full time.

So a steady start. Three points on the board with three games still to play.

Next up the group, not Dundee. It's East Fife.

  Blockley Strachan Rumsby Noble
Stevenson Ferry Dzierzawski Redman

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  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Forfar 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Two first half goals see off Forfar


The Petrofac Training Cup will be staying in Glasgow this evening as Rangers ran out 4-0 winners against Peterhead at Hampden Park.

En-route to the final, the Blue Toon had only conceded four goals in the competition whilst scoring thirteen. Today, Rangers put four past them without reply.

The first real chance came after 15 minutes when Kenny Miller pushed into the Peterhead box and cut the ball back for Harry Forrester, and his shot was deflected out for a corner kick. Rangers began to dominate possession and a few minutes later they took the lead.

Miller had time on the left flank to square the ball across the 6 yard box, and Ally Gilchrist got the final touch to send the ball into the back of his own net. 1-0 Rangers.

Shortly afterwards, Peterhead's Ryan Strachan was forced off with an injury, and he was replaced by Jamie Stevenson in the middle of the park.

Rangers doubled their advantage five minutes before the break. The ball dropped to the right back James Tavernier on the outside of the area, and he rifled the ball into the back of Graeme Smith's net.

Peterhead, to their credit, almost responded immediately.  The ball was whipped in from a corner and a Peterhead player nodded the ball towards goal, but Jason Holt was on the goal line to clear.

It was a chance that could have changed the complexion of Jim McInally's half-time teamtalk altogether, and would certainly have given the Blue Toon momentum going into the second period. Alas, they went in at the break 2-0 down.

Both sides cancelled each other out for much of the second half. Nicky Riley had the Peterhead fans on their feet in the 60th minute when he took a shot inside the box. However, his effort was just wide and hit the side netting.

Five minutes from time, Rangers got a third when Jason Holt was brought down inside the box and Andy Halliday converted the resulting penalty.

The scoring was completed in the 89th minute. The ball made its way to Kenny Miller at the back post, who then tucked his shot away.

Perhaps the scoreline was a bit harsh on Peterhead in the end, but Rangers were worthy winners of this Petrofac Training Cup Final. The Blue Toon will now turn their attentions to the playoffs and, more imminently, their next league fixture away at Brechin.

Peterhead Starting XI: Smith, Noble(c), Ross, Gilchrist, Strachan (Stevenson, 26), Redman (McIntosh, 65), McAllister, Sutherland (Riley, 57), Dzierzawski, Brown, Ferry.

Attendance: 48, 133.

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  • Home Team Rangers 4
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss


The unbeaten record had to be broken at some point.

Nearly five full months had past since the Blue Toon's League 1 loss at Stenhousemuir. Today, it was relegation threatened Cowdenbeath, who ruined the run.

Greig Spence scored the only goal to lift the Central Park team off bottom spot and deny the Blue Toon a 20th undefeated match.

You could argue the wind was the real winner though.

Cowdenbeath played with the overhead conditions in the first half and a early mistake in the Peterhead defence let in Liam Callaghan, whose shot was charged down by Leighton McIntosh.

Dean Brett then went close with a powerfully hit shot from 35 yards, which flew just over the crossbar.

It was tough for the Blue Toon to create much down the other end, although Rory McAllister saw a free-kick saved by Grant Adam.

The decisive strike in the match came on the half hour when Spence got in behind the home defence to slot the ball past Graeme Smith.

As half time approached, the Blue Toon strung together their best move with McAllister and Leighton McIntosh linking to set up Jordon Brown, whose fine shot did not clear the crossbar by much.

Jim McInally's men bossed most of the second period but they could not convert.

In the 52nd minute, McAllister bent towards goal a 22 yard free-kick which was closely watched by Adam and then he combined with Nathan Blockey to tee up Brown, who sidefooted wide.

By far their best opportunity fell the way of last week's winner, Andy Rodgers, in the 67th minute.

A long wind-assisted punt from Smith ran all the way through for the untracked striker but he lofted his shot over the crossbar from 10 yards out.

Other opportunities came and went in the closing stages as Colin Nish's team held out for the win.

It was when the clocks had just gone back that Peterhead were last beaten. This loss comes just as the clocks go forward.  

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  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Cowdenbeath 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Peterhead come unstuck after 19 games
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