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PETERHEAD 4-1 BRECHIN
by Glenn Moir

"He's just a legend here, isn't here? He knows that and we know that."

The words of Jim McInally, who heralded Rory McAllister after his latest hat-trick helped Peterhead to another League 1 victory.

The 28 year old came back to haunt his former employers Brechin, who continue to prop up the League 1 table.

It was the second time McAllister had claimed a treble this season, on top of the five he bagged at Falkirk in the Petrofac Training Cup in August.

That's already 30 goals for the Blue Toon frontman, just three shy of his best tally when he helped the Balmoor club win the League 2 title two years ago.

McAllister could have been up and running in the fifth minute after taking a touch to go round Graeme Smith. But sensing a collision with the visiting goalkeeper, he went to ground and was cautioned for simulation, meaning his ever-present tag will end in a fortnight with a suspension now confirmed.

However, he did find the net in the 25th minute, stroking the ball in from a few yards out after unselfish work from Shane Sutherland, who picked out his fellow forward with a neat cutback.

McAllister netted again, seconds before the referee blew for half time. After seeing his free-kick blocked by the Brechin wall, McAllister slammed a well-struck 22 yard shot beyond Smith.

Without being anywhere near their best, Peterhead were well in control but Darren Dods' team gave them a fright when Liam Watt replied in the 63rd minute.

The on loan Airdrie midfielder's 16 yard shot found the far corner and from nowhere it was game on.

When Peterhead keeper Graeme Smith fumbled a corner, it appeared as if the hosts were in danger of throwing away a lead until McAllister struck down the other end with a quarter of an hour left.

Latching on to a throughball, the League 1's top marksman clipped a delightful effort over the advancing Smith. Cunning, cute and classy.

The matchball was McAllister's but only after Sutherland put the seal on the win with a cool finish when through on goal in stoppage time.

Winning handsomely without hitting top form - can't be bad.

PETERHEAD XI
                      Smith
Stevenson Ross Gilchrist Strachan
     Dzierzawski Ferry Redman
     Sutherland. McAllister Riley

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  • Home Team Peterhead 4
  • Away Team Brechin 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Three for Rory and four for Peterhead

COWDENBEATH 2-3 PETERHEAD 
By Glenn Moir

Tyres are scattered around the stockcar track, which rings the Cowdenbeath pitch - but the wheels would not come off for Peterhead, who continued their amazing League 1 run.

Stand-in skipper Jamie Redman scored the winner at Central Park as the second top Blue Toon stretched their unbeaten streak to 14 matches.

Twice Jim McInally's team gave away the lead in a topsy-turvy match but Redman's 75th strike was decisive and deserved.

Given the condition of the surface, this was never going to be a spectacle for the purest, but it was not short of action.

Cowden keeper Alin Roman was named man of the match, an indication of the Balmoor club's pressure on the home goal.

Roman made the first of several stunning stops in the third minute from Rory McAllister, who linked neatly with Shane Sutherland before getting his shot away.

But there was absolutely nothing the Romanian could do to keep out Ryan Strachan's thunderbolt in the 16th minute.

Strolling out of defence, Strachan unleashed a left foot screamer from 35 yards, which pinged into the corner of the net.

It was almost 2-0 to the visitors in the 23rd minute when Sutherland stung the palms of Roman with a well-struck effort from the left side of the penalty area.

Ally Gilchrist made a couple of important blocks down the other end as the Blue Brazil grew into the match and they drew level in the 28th minute.

Greig Spence cut the ball back across goal for Declan McDaid, who was able to squeeze a low shot home from 10 yards.

However, Peterhead's response was almost immediate.

Leighton McIntosh, who scored a hat-trick when the teams last met in November, forced the ball past Roman with a shot from inside the box on the half hour.

McIntosh, unfortunately, would not last too much longer after suffering a foot injury when colliding with two Cowden defenders, seconds after Roman had pulled off another top spot.

There was a scare for the visitors just before the break when Jack Beaumont fluffed his lines from close range after being picked out by McDaid.

Sutherland was foiled by Roman early in the second period and soon after it was all square again.

Strachan was penalised for handball out on the left in the 53rd minute. Beaumont's whipped delivery eluded bodies in the box and the ball flew past Graeme Smith.

The equaliser prompted the Blue Toon to up their level on a muddy surface and they carved out several openings.

McAllister sent a header from Sutherland's corner wide and he then blazed a shot over from Strachan's pick-out, before driving another effort too high.

McInally's men kept going and they were rewarded with 15 minutes remaining.

McAllister passed to Nicky Riley, who replaced McIntosh in the first period, and the former Dundee winger's cross was swept into the net from 10 yards by Redman.

Delight for the travelling band of away fans, which included the matchwinner's parents and sister.

Jamie Stevenson almost put the seal on the victory with a shot, which deflected just wide after good work from debutant Marc Lawrence, who came on as a late substitute.

So another 3-2 success for Peterhead, who have amassed 34 points from the last 42 available. An incredible return.

                        Smith

Stevenson Strachan Gilchrist Blockley

Redman Dzierzawski Ferry Sutherland

              McAllister McIntosh

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  • Home Team Cowdenbeath 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
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  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon beat Blue Brazil

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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  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Forfar 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • 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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  • Home Team Peterhead 5
  • Away Team Albion Rovers 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • 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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  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Dunfermline 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Goalless but gritty against leaders
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