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What a turnaround this was.  

A man down and a goal down but confidence and belief very much up as promotion-chasing Peterhead fought back to claim a superb win.
 
The Blue Toon came from behind with 10 men to deservedly defeat Forfar, who stay in relegation trouble alongside their Angus rivals Brechin.
 
On Valentine's weekend, referee Gavin Ross seemed determined to dish out a card and he sent Steven Noble off for a perceived stamp on Andy Ryan.
 
It appeared soft but the Balmoor club reacted in an impressive manner.  Not only did they get back on level terms, they went on to completely dominate the second half and pick up another three points.
 
All this after Rory McAllister had netted his 100th league goal for Peterhead in the fourth minute.  The division's top scorer reacted quickest to a deflected Nicky Riley shot and found the net from the left side of the penalty area.
 
Forfar were back in it on the quarter hour mark.  Ryan ran unchallenged down the left and crossed for Steven Craig to slot home, albeit from a home perspective, it appeared all too easy.
 
The Loons scored again three minutes later.  Graeme Smith made heavy weather of dealing with Gavin Swankie's free-kick from 22 yards and Ryan pounced on the goalkeeper's error to slot home from a few yards.
 
Riley then ballooned a close range shot over the crossbar before Noble was dismissed in the 29th minute.  
 
On the far touchline, the Blue Toon skipper landed his foot on the floored Ryan and while it appeared accidental, assistant referee Ross Haswell instructed the whistler the incident was worthy of a red card.
 
However, from there on in, Peterhead showed plenty of fight, determination and quality to respond.
 
Shane Sutherland was rightly named the League 1 Player of the Month this week and he showed why by rifling a left foot shot into the corner of the net to haul the hosts level in the 42nd minute.
 
Despite their numerical advantage, Forfar could not get out their own half in the second period such was Peterhead's dominance.
 
Sutherland was twice denied by visiting goalkeeper Darren Hill while substitute Leighton McIntosh, whose pace was problematic for the Loons, lofted a shot over the crossbar when through on goal.
 
McAllister also flashed a header wide from Jamie Stevenson's corner but McIntosh made their possession tell with 15 minutes remaining, slotting in the rebound after Sutherland's shot was saved by Hill.  
 
Jubilation for Peterhead but frustration and fury for Forfar, whose boss Gary Bollan insisted the cameras stayed off during his post-match interview.  Anyway, the Blue Toon's long undefeated streak continues.  Due to a fantastic fightback, this was not unlucky 13.
 
PETERHEAD XI
 
                      Smith
 
Stevenson Strachan Gilchrist Noble
 
   Redman Dzierzawski Ferry Riley
 
           McAllister Sutherland
 

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  • Away Team Forfar 2
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  • Banner Sub Title Forfar beaten 3-2 at Balmoor

Peterhead boss Jim McInally was delighted after his men maintained their magnificent form to defeat Ayr and rise to second in League 1.

Shane Sutherland's sumptuous free-kick gave the Blue Toon the lead midway through the first half at Somerset Park.

It did not take long for Craig Moore to level for the hosts but as half time approached, Rory McAllister scored what proved to be the winner. 

Scott Ross was harshly sent off in stoppage time as the visitors leapfrogged their opponents in the table.

Speaking exclusively to Peterheadfc.com, McInally commented: "It was a right good game."

"The pitch meant there was not a lot of football played but it was two teams having a go, with a lot of tough tackling and plenty of action."

"I actually felt we should have buried Ayr in the first half and we were also denied a stonewall penalty."

"Shane scored a great goal and was terrific for us again, as was Simon Ferry, but I don't really like to single players out when all lads put in a great shift and showed a great attitude."

"I felt the referee's decision to send off Scott Ross was absolutely shocking.  You know I don't always stick up for Scott when I think he has done wrong, but he made a great challenge and somehow got a second yellow."

"But I don't want that to spoil our day.  To go second is remarkable considering where we were a few months ago."

Peterhead were in front in the 22nd minute with red hot Sutherland continuing his excellent form.  The former Elgin forward found the top corner with a superbly executed free kick.

Sutherland went close to netting again almost immediately and Ayr made the most of the reprieve by hauling themselves level in the 25th minute.  Ex Motherwell youngster Moore rifled a shot from inside the penalty area beyond Graeme Smith.

With their lethal front two, the Blue Toon always carried a threat and they restored their advantage four minutes before the break.  Jamie Adams lost possession for the hosts in midfield and when Kevin Dzierzawski picked out McAllister, he drove a low shot from a tight angle into the corner of the net. 

Determined to hold on to their lead, McInally's men did well to keep their opponents at arms length in the second period, with Smith largely untroubled.

Ross saw red in stoppage time after the official Alan Muir deemed his challenge on Alan Forrest to be worthy of a second yellow card. However, Peterhead saw out the remaining seconds to pick up another three points.

               

                   Smith

Strachan Ross GIlchrist Noble

   Dzierzawski Ferry Redman

  Brown McAllister Sutherland

 

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Given their fantastic form, it's not overly surprising when Peterhead win and score a hatful of goals these days.

 
But few could have predicted 5-1 against Albion Rovers, especially after a first half performance boss Jim McInally branded 'atrocious.'
 
Perhaps, he was a bit too critical of his team's display prior to the interval, but such has been their high standards, you understood where he was coming from.  
 
Rory McAllister and Shane Sutherland were kept very quiet before the break but they made plenty of noise in the second period, each scoring twice in a contest, which became very one-sided.
 
Only after the worst possible start when Ally Gilchrist conceded a penalty within 30 seconds.  The on loan St Johnstone youngster needlessly brought down Scott McBride, who dispatched the spot-kick.
 
The Blue Toon were back in it through Jamie Redman's close range header in the ninth minute, the midfielder nodding home after Scott Ross helped on Kevin Dzierzawski's free-kick.
 
Dzierzawski and Jordon Brown then went close but Albion thought they had restored their lead in the 30th minute.  McBride had the ball in the net but the far-side assistant referee deemed the striker to be in an offside position.
 
If the hosts were fortunate on that instance, there was nothing lucky about the way they scored in the 52nd minute to go in front.  Nicky Riley's beautifully weighted pass was perfect for McAllister to confidently slot the ball beyond the advancing Ross Stewart.
 
From there, Peterhead ripped Rovers apart and McAllister netted again just two minutes later.  The League 1 top scorer won a penalty when his shot struck the hand of the unlucky Mick Dunlop and he expertly rolled in from 12 yards.
 
Then it was Sutherland's turn to get in on the act.  He hammered a near post shot in off the underside of the crossbar from Steven Noble's cutback to make it 4-1 in the 63rd minute.
 
Four minutes later, Brown was hauled down but referee Colin Steven played a good advantage as the ball landed at the feet of Sutherland, who made no mistake from inside the box. 
 
No mean feat for Peterhead to hit Rovers for five - a team that prior to their Balmoor visit, had the second meanest defensive record in the league behind Dunfermline.
 
However, Peterhead have now scored more than anyone else..that's 53 and counting.
 
PETERHEAD XI
 
                    Smith
 
Strachan Ross Gilchrist Noble
 
Brown Dzierzawski Redman Riley
 
         McAllister Sutherland

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  • Away Team Albion Rovers 1
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  • Banner Sub Title Rory and Shane at the double

After scoring a barrel load of goals during their winning runs in League 1, it was typical that Peterhead and Dunfermline would play out a goalless draw.

But this contest was better than a stalemate suggested and while the Blue Toon could not manage a fifth straight win, they did extend their unbeaten record to 10 matches.
 
Jim McInally's men also remain undefeated against the Pars this season and look a good bet for a play-off berth, although the Balmoor manager was quick to rule out a title tilt when addressing the media at full time.
 
McInally stuck with the same line-up which ripped apart Stranraer last week, with the impressive Shane Sutherland continuing his fine form after a brace at Stair Park.
 
However, the first opening fell the way of the Fifers, Michael Moffat thwarted by Graeme Smith after Scott Ross got caught underneath a long ball forward from Brad McKay.
 
Smith then saved Fassal El Bakhtaoui's 14 yard shot from Josh Falkingham's cutback but it was by no means one-way traffic towards the home goal.
 
Sutherland's powerful running caused the league leaders problems and he tested Sean Murdoch with a shot on the turn midway through the half.
 
The former Inverness and Elgin attacker then set up Rory McAllister and Jamie Stevenson respectively but both players could not keep their efforts down.
 
The second half, playing against the wind, meant Peterhead had to be compact and dig in.  To their credit, they restricted the leaders to few sights at goal, although Andy Geggan went very close with a glancing header from Joe Cardle's cross, which went just wide.
 
Geggan was then denied by an outstanding Smith stop in the 64th minute from a set piece.  Michael Paton whipped in a free kick from the left and Geggan's goalbound header was superbly pushed behind for a corner by the Blue Toon number one.  
 
Not content to take a point, Peterhead pushed back the Pars in the closing stages but were unable to create a clear cut opening although Sutherland was unlucky to see his wicked inswinging corner evade his team-mates and go behind for a goalkick.
 
All in all, a plucky performance and a deserved draw.
 
PETERHEAD XI
                            Smith
 
        Strachan Ross Gilchrist Noble
 
Stevenson Ferry Dzierzawski Redman                   
 
                Sutherland McAllister

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  • Banner Sub Title Goalless but gritty against leaders

A ruthless display of finishing saw in-form Peterhead stretch their winning run as they eased to a 5-1 victory at Stranraer.

The Blue Toon were three goals ahead by the interval with the excellent Shane Sutherland scoring twice and Jamie Stevenson netting. 

Despite the hosts pulling one back in the second period, Jim McInally's men were far from done with Ally Gilchrist and substitute Leighton McIntosh getting in on the act.

This was Peterhead's fourth consecutive win and they have scored an impressive 16 goals during that run, ahead of the leaders Dunfermline visiting Balmoor next week.

McInally spoke to Peterheadfc.com at full time: "We were really good on a muddy surface."

"To be 3-0 ahead at half time was terrific and in the second half, we managed the game really well."

"Actually, had we taken a bit more care, we could have scored more than five but this was a great result."

"The work-rate of the players was good and they showed their quality on a boggy pitch."

"That was Shane's best game for us. He's been doing really well lately but today he was terrific and took his goals well."

Sutherland struck in the 17th minute to give the visitors the lead with a low shot from inside the box, which found the bottom corner.

The former Inverness Caley and Elgin scored again in the 36th minute, getting on the end of a Steven Noble delivery to beat teenage keeper Max Currie.

Stranraer were further behind before the break, Stevenson pouncing after a misplaced back pass in the 41st minute. Stevenson, back in a midfield role after deputising at full back, capitalised and drove a crisp shot into the net.

The last time Peterhead built up an early three goal lead on the road was back in Halloween and they threw it away.

That was at Stenhousemuir but there was no chance of a repeat happening at Stair Park, despite Craig Malcolm converting a Ryan Thomson cross in the 68th minute.

Rory McAllister limped off after picking up a knock but the band of away supporters were celebrating again in the 76th minute when Gilchrist sent a header home from Kevin Dzierzawski's corner.

Sutherland was denied a hat-trick thanks to a fine Currie save, although the goalkeeper was tasked with picking the ball out of his net again with three minutes remaining as McIntosh put the seal on another notable Blue Toon win.

Peterhead's wonderful winter continues!

Blue Toon XI  

                         Smith

     Strachan Ross Gilchrist Noble

Stevenson Dzierzawski Ferry Redman

           McAllister Sutherland

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  • Away Team Peterhead 5
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  • Banner Sub Title Sutherland catches the eye in worthy win
First footing, hungover or the inclement weather were probably amongst the excuses for those who skipped Peterhead's maiden League 1 fixture of 2016.  
 
But the 588 hardy souls, who were in attendance at Balmoor, were treated to a trio of early Goal of the Year contenders and another great three points for a reshuffled Blue Toon, who won their third match on the bounce.
 
The two Jamies, Redman and Stevenson, slotted into an unfamiliar defence and were outstanding at both ends, each getting on the scoresheet.
 
Redman's opener came in the fifth minute.  The former Brechin player got on the end of Shane Sutherland's inswinging free-kick to send a glancing header high into the net.
 
Sutherland was involved again moments later, linking with Jordon Brown, who picked out Kevin Dzierzawski but his 14 yard effort missed the target.
 
Playing against the wind, Peterhead kept their focus despite floodlight issues causing a brief stoppage in play, as Stevenson hooked a Euan Murray header off the line in the 29th minute.
 
When the visitors did draw level, there was not too much that could have been done to stop it.  Alan Cook smashed a left foot from 30 yards in off the upright in the 33rd minute.  
 
It was a fantastic goal but Peterhead could have restored their lead before the interval when Rory McAllister blazed over after taking a neat touch from a fine Simon Ferry pass.
 
Conditions favoured the hosts in the second half and might have influenced Stevenson's decision to shoot from so far out in the 53rd minute.  
 
Last season's PFC Player of the Year was around 35 yards from goal when he unleashed a rocket, which flew past Matty Gould and into the top corner.
 
Enough to warm up any of the home fans on a dreadful afternoon of weather.
 
Soon after, and very much in the mood, Stevenson tried his luck with a couple of long-range free-kicks, which had to be closely watched by the Stenny goalkeeper but the Blue Toon scored a killer third goal in the 77th minute.
 
The impressive Sutherland played a clever one-two with McAllister and after his shot was well saved by Gould, McAllister was on hand to dispatch the rebound from inside the penalty area.
 
There was still time for one more screamer as Dzierzawski rifled a thunderous 22 yard shot high into the net with eight minutes remaining.
 
Happy New Year!
 
 
PETERHEAD XI
 

                           Smith

 
Stevenson Strachan Gilchrist Redman
 
               Dzierzawski  Ferry
                          Brown
 
     Sutherland  McAllister  Riley

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  • Away Team Stenhousemuir 1
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  • Banner Sub Title Third straight win for third top Peterhead
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