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Ally Gilchrist was the Boxing Day hero as Peterhead staged an incredible late fightback to defeat Airdrie 4-3 and maintain their excellent League 1 form.

The Blue Toon trailed by two goals in the closing stages but they refused to lie down and after Ryan Strachan and Jordon Brown struck to haul Jim McInally's men level, Gilchrist headed in a stoppage time winner.

 
Balmoor boss McInally spoke to Peterheadfc.com: "It was a bizarre match and an incredible finish."
 
"My head went down at 3-1 and I just thought it was going to be one of those days.. But thankfully the players did not think that."
 
"Even when we got it back to 3-3, it would have been easy for the boys to accept a draw but they kept going."
 
"Nicky Riley went on in the second half and was unbelieveable out on the left wing."
 
"The players showed real character to come away with three points."
 
Ex Peterhead man David Cox gave the Diamonds an early lead with a fine strike but the contest swung in the Blue Toon's favour midway through the half.
 
Leighton McIntosh was smashed by goalkeeper Neil Parry, who was sent off for the challenge, and Rory McAllister tucked away the penalty.  McIntosh didn't last much longer, though, because of the hefty blow, with Shane Sutherland coming on.
 
However, such was the odd nature of the game, 10-man Airdrie restored their advantage soon after as Liam Watt found the bottom corner with a free-kick.
 
Peterhead, despite having an extra man, could not find a route back into the match, even though they had lots of possession.  When Steven Noble was dismissed for bringing down Nicky Cadden, who converted the resultant 78th minute spot kick, the writing appeared to be on the wall.  
 
Far from it.
 
In the 84th minute, Strachan gave the Blue Toon hope with a well struck shot from outside the box and then Jordon Brown prodded in from close range to level proceedings with two minutes left.
 
Not content to settle for a point, the visitors continued to attack and they were rewarded for their bravery when Gilchrist nodded home from a few yards after Airdrie failed to clear a free-kick.
 
So Peterhead rise to third in the table after a game containing seven goals, two penalties, two red cards and an terrific turnaround.
 
Who says Scottish football is boring?
 
PETERHEAD XI
 
                       Smith
 
Blockley Strachan Gilchrist Noble
              
                       Ferry
    Dzierzawski        Redman
                       Brown
 
           McIntosh McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Airdrie 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 4
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Boxing Day drama at Airdrie
Peterhead once again showed they are more than a match for the top teams in League 1 after an excellent victory over title-chasing Ayr Utd.
 
All three goals came in a second half dominated by the Blue Toon, with Kevin Dzierzawski smashing home a stunning opener before Shane Sutherland's late double.
 
However, Jim McInally's men were just as impressive in the first period, showing grit, determination and discipline to get to the interval all square against a strong wind.
 
The result means Peterhead have now taken an impressive eight points from their matches against the top two, Dunfermline and Ayr, so far this season.
 
Given their recent run, the team almost picks itself at the moment.  But Scott Ross, in for the concussed Ally Gilchrist, did not last long because of an ankle problem so on came Sutherland in the 7th minute with Jamie Redman dropping into central defence.
 
The Blue Toon had Graeme Smith to thank early on, his impressive double-save denying Craig Moore, who probably should have done better.
 
The conditions forced Peterhead to defend more than attack but they still carved out a golden opportunity for Leighton McIntosh in the 10th minute.  November's Player of the Month latched on to Nathan Blockley's pass but he dragged his shot wide when through on goal.
 
In the 21st minute, Smith pulled off a great stop low down to his left to turn behind Alan Trouten's 20 yard effort and then Moore flashed a free-kick wide as half time drew to a close.
 
It was roles reversed in the second half with Peterhead asking the questions, but Ayr's backline was not as watertight.  Not that there was anything they could have done to prevent Dzierzawski's stunning 63rd minute goal.
 
The American midfielder collected a pass 25 yards out and unleashed a left foot shot which flew past Greg Fleming and into the top corner.
 
Smith kept out a Trouten strike while Andy Graham spooned a shot over as Ayr went in search of an equaliser, but the home side carried the biggest threat.
 
A quick break saw Rory McAllister set up Sutherland, who finished well from the right side of the penalty area in the 81st minute to just about wrap up the points.  
 
McAllister was then unlucky not to add to Peterhead's lead when he found the net from about 40 yards but referee Alan Newlands had blown for a home free-kick.  Albeit belatedly.
 
But the Blue Toon fans were soon celebrating another goal as Sutherland put the seal on the win with five minutes remaining.  
 
Fellow sub Jamie Stevenson clipped a cross into the penalty area and Sutherland planted a header into the corner to make it a Merry Christmas for Peterhead.
 
 
 
PETERHEAD XI
 
                      Smith
 
Blockley Ross Strachan Noble
 
                       Ferry
            Dzierzawski Redman
                      Brown
 
             McIntosh McAllister
 
 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Ayr 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Three second half goals at windswept Balmoor

Peterhead had to settle for a point at bottom of the table Brechin after a scrappy, stop-start encounter at Glebe Park.

Leighton McIntosh, the newly named SPFL League 1 Player of the Month for November, maintained his form by getting on the scoresheet again.
 
However, his early opener was cancelled out late on by substitute Robert Thomson, who netted from close-range to ensure a share of the spoils.
 
Blue Toon manager Jim McInally thought the equaliser should not have stood, claiming Isaac Layne, who provided the assist, was in an offside position when he advanced forward.  
 
The far-side assistant referee kept his flag down so the official in charge, Gavin Duncan, rightly, did not sound his whistle.  But that was a rarity in this match and he might need a new blower for Christmas after continually halting the play.
 
Granted, it is the time of year for handing out cards and the referee stayed true to tradition by flashing a series of yellows in a frustrating contest .
 
Peterhead, though, only have themselves to blame for not coming back up the A90 with all three points after passing up several chances.
 
They started well and broke the deadlock after seven minutes.  McIntosh fastened on to a Ryan Strachan pass and saw his angled 16 yard shot nestle into the net after taking a wicked deflection off Darren McCormack.
 
Jordon Brown then smashed a 20 yard drive inches over while Rory McAllister stung the palms of Brechin goalkeeper Graeme Smith following a forceful run.
 
There was not too much for Peterhead to be concerned about in the first period, although Nathan Blockley made a timely intervention to deny Andy Jackson from Layne's cutback moments before the interval.
 
McAllister, one of five visiting players to be cautioned, was incensed at not being awarded a penalty early in the second half when he appeared to be hauled down by Willie Dyer.
 
The game became messy but the shirt of Peterhead's Graeme Smith was untouched as he had little to do all afternoon.  But he had to pick the ball out of his net with 10 minutes remaining when Brechin drew level.
 
The lively Layne raced away down the right side of the penalty area and picked out Thomson, who slotted in from a few yards.  The goalscorer also netted twice when Brechin won 3-2 at Balmoor earlier in the campaign.
 
The Blue Toon finished strongly and could have forced a late winner.  McAllister had two good opportunities, shooting wide when in on goal and then forcing Smith into a smart save while Kevin Dzierzawski was also foiled by the Brechin stopper.
 
So after defeating Forfar on Tuesday, Peterhead could not complete an Angus double but they do stay fourth in the table.
 
PETERHEAD XI
                        Smith
 
Blockley Strachan Gilchrist Noble
                            
                         Ferry
           Dzierzawski Redman
                        Brown
 
            McIntosh McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Brechin 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon forced to settle for a draw

Goals from Jordon Brown and Jamie Stevenson saw Peterhead move into the top four with a hard fought League 1 win over Forfar at Station Park.

Brown struck in the 37th minute after a well worked move and sub Stevenson rifled in the second with five minutes remaining to put the seal on the victory.

After losing to Championship side Livingston in the Scottish Cup last time out, it was no real surprise that Blue Toon manager Jim McInally reverted back to the team and shape which destroyed Cowdenbeath.

The only change to the 7-0 drubbing saw Ally Gilchrist taking the place of the injured Scott Ross and the on loan St Johnstone defender was outstanding throughout in front of the watching Tommy Wright.

Gilchrist and the rest of the back four kept the Forfar forwards in check for most of the match, although Graeme Smith caused panic early on by rushing out of his box and bringing down Scott Martin near the corner flag.  He escaped with a yellow card.

Midway through the half, a long punt forward by Smith was expertly controlled by Rory McAllister and he fed Brown, whose 25 yard shot curled wide.  Then Leighton McIntosh fizzed a great ball across the face of goal which just eluded McAllister.

But McInally's men went in front eight minutes before the interval with a well-taken goal.  Kevin Dzierzawski found McAllister on the right and he took a neat touch to get past Iain Campbell before firing the ball across goal for the onrushing Brown to steer home a close range volley.

McAllister then strung the palms of Rab Douglas with a long range effort and just before referee Matt Northcroft blew for half time, McIntosh drove an angled shot inches wide.

The second period followed a similar pattern to the first, both sides seeing an equal amount of the ball with the visitors conjuring up the bulk of the chances. 

Douglas pushed behind a McAllister shot for corner in the 55th minute and the Blue Toon striker might have done better soon after with a delayed effort, which was eventually deflected wide.

McIntosh scooped a 74th minute shot over from inside the penalty area but the key moment in the match came with seven minutes remaining when Nathan Blockley cleared a towering Chris Templeman header off the line.  Blockley was guarding the back post when the corner came in but he reacted superbly to deny the Loons a late leveller.

Almost immediately, Peterhead went down the other end and wrapped up the points.  Simon Ferry rolled the ball for Stevenson, who had earlier replaced Brown, and he cracked a low 16 yard shot beyond Douglas.

PETERHEAD XI

                    Smith

Blockley Strachan Gilchrist Noble

                    Ferry

    Dzierzawski    Redman

                   Brown

       McIntosh    McAllister

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Forfar 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Brown and Stevenson on target

An understrength defence took its toll on Peterhead as Livingston powered their way into the fourth round of the Scottish Cup with a 3-1 win at Balmoor.

Gary Glen and Jordan White put Livi firmly in the driving seat within half an hour and while the Blue Toon kept battling, another goal from White in the closing stages confirmed their passage through.
 
Rory McAllister did at least convert a late penalty to ensure Peterhead continued their record of scoring in every home match this season. 
 
Scott Ross failed to shrug off an ankle problem but had boss Jim McInally been able to name any of his three loan defenders, the team shape would not have been disrupted so much.
 
Dundee did not want Cammy Kerr cup tied and St Johnstone refused Ally Gilchrist permission to play.  
 
However, McInally's former employers Dundee Utd allowed Livingston to field goalkeeper Marc McCallum, yet ruled out Jassem Sukar.
 
A bit bizarre to say the least and while it would be wrong to suggest that impacted on the outcome, it certainly did not help Peterhead.
 
Last week against Cowdenbeath, the Blue Toon might have got away with a weakened backline but not against a well-drilled Championship team, which recently held Rangers to a draw.
 
Mark Burchill's men were bright from the start and Graeme Smith had to make a superb stop to keep out Liam Buchanan's shot before Gary Glen drove the rebound just wide.
 
However, Glen did not pass up his next opportunity in the 14th minute, as a Scott Pitman effort deflected into his path and he sent a first-time shot high into the net from 10 yards.
 
Livingston scored again in the 25th minute when Buchanan raced down the right side of the penalty area and squared for White to steer a shot past the helpless Smith.
 
Leighton McIntosh, who netted a hat-trick as a striker last week, was asked to operate in a wider role but he nearly scored before half time with a near post drive, which was turned behind by McCallum for a corner.
 
Peterhead saw plenty of the ball in the second period but they did not threaten the visiting goal too often and any hope of a comeback was killed off when the West Lothian outfit scored a third in the 74th minute.
 
Smith did well to block Buchanan's effort but the ball fell for White, who had the easy task of tapping in to an unguarded net.
 
In stoppage time, McAllister won and scored a consolation penalty to maintain his rich vein of form.
 
Peterhead will get another crack at Championship opposition in April with Rangers now confirmed as their opponents in the Petrofac Training Cup final.
 
PETERHEAD XI
 
                          SMITH
 
BLOCKLEY REDMAN STRACHAN NOBLE
 
     DZIERZAWSKI FERRY BROWN

   MCINTOSH  MCALLISTER  RILEY

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Livingston 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Scottish Cup exit for Blue Toon

Three points, seven goals, a clean-sheet and a hat-trick.  Pretty much a perfect afternoon for Peterhead, who produced the kind of level Jim McInally knows they are capable of.

The Blue Toon manager later admitted he constantly moans at his players because he is well aware of the standards they can reach.  They certainly hit the heights against Cowdenbeath, who were on the receiving end of a Toon trouncing.
 
Night and day from Tuesday with the recalled Leighton McIntosh and Jordon Brown, aided by the craftiness of Rory McAllister, proving a constant menace to the Blue Brazil.
 
McInally's 3-5-2 system failed against Stranraer but his narrow diamond-shaped midfield with two strikers up front worked wonders against Cowdenbeath.
 
That said, the visitors had the first chance when Graeme Smith's poor pass went straight to Gordon Smith.  The goalkeeper did atone for his own mistake though by stretching out a hand to turn Smith's attempted lob behind for a corner.
 
From there, however, it was one-way traffic and McIntosh started the rout in the 16th minute.  The former Dundee man found space in the penalty area to nod home McAllister's delivery from the right.
 
Within seconds, Brown doubled Peterhead's lead.  McIntosh was again involved as Brown expertly sidefooted a low 16 yard effort inside the far post.
 
McAllister then clipped the top of the crossbar with an angled effort while, down the other end, Greig Spence saw a backheel smothered by Smith.
 
Peterhead's third goal arrived in the 32nd minute, Brown sweeping a rising left shot from just inside the box past Jamie Sneddon after more good work from McIntosh and McAllister.
 
There was still time for a fourth before the interval, as McIntosh raced on to Steven Noble's long ball forward and finished in a confident manner.   
 
Rather than their opponents, the only thing now stopping Peterhead picking up maximum points was the prospect of the floodlights failing.
 
Thankfully, other than a few flickers, that did not happen although the lights had long gone out on Cowdenbeath's challenge and McIntosh completed his hat-trick in the 55th minute with a near post strike to ensure he would be going home with the match ball.
 
Four minutes later, McAllister hammered in a well-taken sixth for Peterhead from Brown's lay-off and further chances came and went in a very one-sided contest.
 
Substitute Scott Ferries rounded off the scoring with a couple of minutes remaining following a neat move.  Andy Rodgers swivelled and played in McAllister, who squared for the youngster to tap in from a few yards out.
 
Same again next week please!
 
PETERHEAD XI
 
                    Smith
 
Blockley Ross Strachan Noble
   
                    Ferry
    Dzierzawski   Redman
                   Brown
 
       McAllister  McIntosh

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 7
  • Away Team Cowdenbeath 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title McIntosh hat-trick in high-scoring win
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