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RANGERS 5-0 PETERHEAD

By Glenn Moir

 

When the draw was made, the Betfred Cup tie against Rangers could not come quickly enough.

But there came a point during this Ibrox encounter when you were wishing it was over.

It was a long and tough night for Peterhead as Mark Warburton's side cruised through to the quarter finals.

The Gers scored five unanswered goals and credit to Graeme Smith, who made a series of saves to keep the score down.

Off the back of Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Alloa in their League 1 opener, the Blue Toon recalled the fit-again Simon Ferry to skipper the side.

Nathan Blockley came in as well, with Jordon Brown and Kevin Dzierzawski dropping down to the bench.

The visitors fell behind in the 19th minute but there was not too much they could have done about it as Niko Kranjcar rifled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.

It will have disappointed boss Jim McInally that the second goal in the 35th minute came from a corner his team did not defend properly.

Veteran defender Clint Hill eventually prodded in at the far post, after the ball was trapped beneath his feet, from Kranjcar's delivery.

Trailing by two at the interval, the last thing Peterhead needed was to concede early in the second half. They did.

On loan Celtic youngster Fiacre Kelleher turned the ball into his own net from Michael O'Halloran's byline cross in the 48th minute.

The game was beyond Peterhead by the time Blockley was sent off in the 55th minute, the former Airdrie midfielder given his marching orders for rashly chopping down Joey Barton about 25 yards out.

Almost immediately, the home team added a fourth goal. Again it was Hill from another set-piece, guiding a header beyond Smith from Kranjcar's corner.

In the 65th minute, the Balmoor team fell further behind. Ghanian Joe Dodoo scored his first goal at Ibrox with a near post effort from James Tavernier's cutback.

Peterhead did manage to stop the bleeding in the last part of the match, despite the hosts continuing to pour forward.

It finished 5-0.

A hard shift for Peterhead, who will be pleased to return to Balmoor on Saturday after three tough trips on the road.

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  • Home Team Rangers 5
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Blockley off as Rangers coast through

ALLOA 4-0 PETERHEAD
By Glenn Moir

Hands up if you saw this result coming?

Peterhead are traditionally slow starters but a heavy 4-0 defeat was not in the script.

In their last seven seasons, the Blue Toon have failed to win any of their league openers.

Generally, they begin with a draw but a share of the points never appeared likely at Alloa, who came flying out of the traps to continue their outstanding start to the season.

The Wasps, like Peterhead, topped their group in the Betfred Cup.

Not only that, they won all of their four games including a victory over Ross County, which knocked out last season's winners.

They are also 10 unbeaten, continuing from the tail end of the last campaign, so this was always going to be a tough test for Jim McInally's team.

The bookies have Alloa title favourites and generally they know their stuff.

This game was pretty much done by half time as the hosts took a three goal lead into the interval.

Jordan Kirkpatrick made the breakthrough with a rising shot in the ninth minute and Kevin Cawley struck five minutes later to give Peterhead a mountain to climb.

A sublime Kirkpatrick free-kick just before the break made a comeback even more unlikely and while the visitors made a better fist of it in the second half, Isaac Layne came off the bench to make it four with 20 minutes left.

Pre-match, the Peterhead manager said their visit to Clackmannanshire would be a good guide for his team, regarding the standard of opponent, who will be challenging at the top end of the league.

He now knows.

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  • Home Team Alloa 4
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Alloa win well to justify favourites tag

DUMBARTON 3-3 PETERHEAD
(PETERHEAD WIN 6-5 ON PENS)
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

PETERHEAD 2-1 DUNDEE

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.

 

                   Smith

Ross Kelleher Rumsby Noble

Dzierzawski Strachan Redman

 Stevenson                Brown
                 McAllister

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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

EAST FIFE 2-1 PETERHEAD
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.

Additional Info

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

PETERHEAD 2-0 FORFAR

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 leaders..no, not Dundee. It's East Fife.

                       Smith
  Blockley Strachan Rumsby Noble
Stevenson Ferry Dzierzawski Redman
                        Riley
                    McAllister

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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
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