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RANGERS 4-0 PETERHEAD

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

PETERHEAD 0-1 COWDENBEATH

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.  

Additional Info

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

PETERHEAD 1-0 AIRDRIE

By Glenn Moir

 

The last time Peterhead forward Andy Rodgers scored at Balmoor, he took personal satisfaction in denting Dunfermline's promotion push from League 1.

That was 11 months ago.

But his goal against Airdrie was all about helping his own team's bid to move up to the Championship.

Rodgers struck in the 76th minute to give the Blue Toon a narrow but deserved win and the significance of it was confirmation of Peterhead's place at the end of season play-offs.

It was near enough confirmed anyway, but certain is better than probable and to achieve it with five games remaining is commendable.

Rodgers latched on to a pass from fellow substitute Jordon Brown to roll in the winner.

This time he didn't bother running the length of the pitch celebrating because the Pars fans, who love to hate him, obviously weren't there and Airdrie's army give him less grief.

But he still more than enjoyed his moment. It was his first goal this season so why shouldn't he?

For long spells, Peterhead looked like they were heading for another goalless draw after their Stranraer stalemate.

But this was better than Tuesday and while Airdrie goalkeeper Neil Parry did not have too much to do, the hosts were on top and did enough to merit the three points.

First half opportunities fell the way of Nicky Riley and Scott Ross, from Ryan Strachan corners.

Steven Noble then cracked a right footed shot off the crossbar at the start of the second half, with Rory McAllister unable to direct the rebound on target.

McAllister spurned another chance as the clock ticked down and he eventually drifted out to the left so that Rodgers could take centre stage. Literally.

The 32 year old's finish was cool and composed as he tucked away his effort on his left foot.  

Impressive as well, given the fact his game time has been very limited this season due to the form of McAllister, Shane Sutherland and Leighton McIntosh, who have all won League 1 Player of the Month Awards this season.

Airdrie could not respond although Graeme Smith did make an important save to keep out Nicky Cadden's long-ranger.

So the Diamonds' scramble for the play-offs continues. No such worries for Peterhead, who are there already.

PETERHEAD XI
                 Smith
Blockley Strachan Ross Noble
    Lawrence Ferry Redman
  Sutherland McAllister Riley

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Airdrie 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Toon take the shine off Diamonds

PETERHEAD 0-0 STRANRAER

By Glenn Moir

 

You get some goalless draws, which throw up drama, entertainment and action.

Sadly this was not one of them.

It was perhaps surprising that free-scoring Peterhead failed to breach the Stranraer goal and an even bigger shock they could not muster a single opportunity.

But the Blue Toon did show heart and fight to ensure if they could not win the game, they would not lose it either.

Therefore, it was a point gained, which stretched their unbeaten run to 18 matches in League 1, exactly half the season.

Pride and praiseworthy for Peterhead, who came into the match tucked in behind title favourites Dunfermline and near stick on certainties for the play-offs.

Having swept aside Stenhousemuir on Saturday, manager Jim McInally made three changes to freshen up the team.

Rory McAllister and Simon Ferry returned from suspension while Jordon Brown was promoted from the bench. The trio making way were Nicky Riley, Marc Lawrence and the injured Jamie Stevenson.

Scott Ross, who was named Man of the Match by the sponsors, made a key contribution in the 14th minute to prevent the visitors going in front. Willie Gibson's low cross was pushed out by Graeme Smith into the path of Andy Stirling and his eight yard shot was well blocked by Ross.

Stirling will feel he should have scored and Scott Robertson ought to have done better in the 36th minute as Brian Reid's team continued to enjoy the lion's share of possession. Kyle Turner pulled the ball back from the right flank but Robertson could not keep his 12 yard effort down.

Apart from a poked 18 yard Jordon Brown effort, which went wide, Peterhead failed to ask questions of the Stair Park men, although goalkeeper Cameron Belford almost gifted the Blue Toon a chance with a poor clearance.

The Petrofac Training Cup finalists did improve after the break and they saw much more of the ball but finding a way through a stubborn Stranraer rearguard continued to be a struggle.

Not that Smith was overworked down the other end. Far from it, although he was forced to turn behind Turner's 20 yard shot for a corner.

Leighton McIntosh, who scored a screamer at Ochilview at the weekend, was introduced alongwith Nathan Blockley and Riley but the game petered out and both teams were content to take a point apiece.

Neither of tonight's two Champions League matches could serve up a goal either so maybe this spectacle was not too bad after all.

 

PETERHEAD XI
                    Smith
   Strachan Ross Gilchrist Noble
Redman Ferry Dzierzawski Brown
         Sutherland McAllister

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  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Stranraer
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Drab draw sees points shared

Stenhousemuir 1-4 Peterhead
By Glenn Moir

Another display of clinical finishing saw Peterhead power past Stenhousemuir to consolidate second spot in League 1.

Goals from Jamie Stevenson and Leighton McIntosh, either side of Shane Sutherland's double, gave the Blue Toon their latest victory.

Stenny did pull one back through Carlos Martinez and had other opportunities to further cut the deficit.

However, the visitors, minus the suspended Rory McAllister, had already sealed the points by then to right the wrongs of their last visit to Ochilview when they let slip a three goal lead.

Peterhead manager Jim McInally, whose men are now 17 undefeated, said: "I'm happy that we have come away with the win."

"It was not as straightforward as the result might suggest but I thought we looked a confident side and took our goals well."

"We got a bit complacent and sloppy in the second half and conceded too many chances to them, especially in the last 15 minutes."

"It was probably in the back of the everybody's mind what happened the last time down here so the players did well to overcome that."

"It's also pleasing that we have managed to score another four goals, even without Rory."

"We don't make a fuss about suspensions, we just get on with it, knowing that we have a squad of good players capable of winning matches and to go almost the half the season unbeaten is brilliant."

A left foot drive by Stevenson saw Peterhead take a 13th minute lead and then Sutherland scored the first of his goals just before the interval.

Warriors goalkeeper Colin McCabe was fortunate to escape a red card when he floored McIntosh in the 54th minute and Sutherland converted the resultant penalty.

McIntosh soldiered on to score the Blue Toon's fourth midway through the second half before Martinez's late consolation.

So more plaudits for the players, who keep re-writing the script with this remarkable run. Happy days..or is it?

McInally joked: "Graeme Smith came in moaning about our lack of clean sheets!"

PETERHEAD XI
                Smith
Strachan Ross Gilchrist Noble
Lawrence Dzierzawski Redman
  Stevenson Sutherland Riley

Additional Info

  • Home Team Stenhousemuir 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 4
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Warriors outfought by Blue Toon

Albion Rovers 1-1 Peterhead
By Glenn Moir

Persistent Peterhead salvaged a point with a stoppage time penalty, despite an unconvincing display against Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill.

Ally Love's 16th minute strike looked like condemning the Blue Toon to their first League 1 defeat in more than four months.

But after Scott McBride was punished for handball in the box, Rory McAllister kept his cool to slot in the spot kick with seconds remaining.

Relief for the Balmoor outfit, who ended up strengthening their grip on second spot, with Ayr losing at bottom of the table Brechin.

Blue Toon manager Jim McInally said: "We were really poor in the first half and probably should have been out of it."

"We kept playing in the wrong areas and Graeme Smith had to make a great save to stop us going two goals behind."

"We did not have any quality so to score that late penalty and come away with a point is pleasing and with Ayr losing, it actually makes it a terrific result."

Peterhead's last visit to Coatbridge was decided by Love's solitary goal and the exact same outcome appeared on cards.

Love struck with a close range effort to give Darren Young's team a lead, which looked like being decisive.

But the second half introduction of Marc Lawrence at the heart of the midfield aided the Blue Toon, who could not have left it much later to preserve their undefeated run.

McInally continued: "Marc really showed our players how to do it.  He is just 17 but he came on and did a great job in the middle of the park."

"He showed a real enthusiasm, which helped us stay in the game and so did Scott Ferries, who is now back with us after his loan at East Stirling."

"Their energy gave us a lift when we needed it."

"It was not a good performance but at least the players did not give in so we will take the point."

PETERHEAD XI

                          Smith

   Stevenson Ross Strachan Blockley 

         Dzierzawski Ferry Redman

                          Brown

             McAllister  Sutherland

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Albion Rovers 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Teenager Lawrence impresses boss
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