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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

Maybe not that big a surprise it finished honours even with Stranraer, as this was Peterhead's seventh draw of the League 1 season already.

Even less of a shock was that Rory McAllister scored their goal to cancel out Craig Malcolm's early penalty.  He's now netted 19 times this term, 11 in the league, 
 
In truth, this game will be remembered most for the faulty floodlights, which threatened to abandon the contest, although Blue Toon manager Jim McInally admitted his team did not function properly either.  
 
McInally said: "We were poor and I was so disappointed with the performance.  We are a gutsy enough team and I think that is why we have managed to draw some games but from the very start, we were never at it."
 
"We still had the best chances in the game but it was not good enough.  It was probably a good draw overall, with the lights flashing and how we played."
 
Changes in personnel and formation did not go to plan in a flat display and Stranraer took advantage to go in front with a 13th minute penalty.
 
Teenager Jassem Sukar was punished for pulling back Argentine striker Luciano Nequecaur in the box and Malcolm converted from the spot, despite Graeme Smith diving the right way.
 
McAllister curled a free-kick into the side-netting in the 31st minute after he was fouled by Ryan Thomson.  It was a decent attempt but he was more accurate with his next one just before half time.
 
Cammy Kerr was brought down by Liam Dick 22 yards from goal and this time McAllister opted for power. His well-struck low shot arrowed inside the far corner, although visiting goalkeeper David McGurn may feel he could have done better.
 
Peterhead threatened most down the right with Kerr delivering a couple of dangerous crosses early in the second half.  His first was narrowly missed by Andy Rodgers and McAllister, and then his second should have been finished off by McAllister, who missed the target with a back post effort.
 
Referee Craig Charleston was not a popular figure with the home fans in the first half for some of his decison-making, but the official does deserve credit for not hastily bringing a halt to proceedings when the floodlights began to dim in the second half.
 
On several occasions, he consulted with both managers over whether to continue the match.  They agreed to carry on, although had Stranraer not made such a long trip to the north east, Brian Reid's verdict might have been different.
 
Reid almost regretted his decision when Nathan Blockley rattled the woodwork with a fine 20 yard in the closing stages.  McGurn did not see it. Literally.
 
But it finished 1-1, which was probably fair given the circumstances.
 
PETERHEAD XI
 
SMITH
             
ROSS
GILCHRIST
SUKAR
       
KERR      
BLOCKLEY
DZIERZAWSKI
REDMAN
NOBLE 
               
MCALLISTER
RODGERS

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Stranraer 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Floodlights threaten to abandon game

A historic afternoon at Hampden saw Peterhead defeat Queen's Park to reach the Petrofac Training Cup final.

Never before have the Blue Toon reached a national final so this was an unforgettable day for the Blue Toon, who joined the Scottish Football League in 2000.
 
No surprise that Rory McAllister was on the scoresheet.  He's netted in every round so far including a famous five at Falkirk but the match-winner was Leighton McIntosh, who has a knack of coming up with important goals.
 
Now for a five month wait for the showpiece against opponents still to be confirmed and a venue yet to be decided.  Peterhead do know they will meet either Rangers at the national stadium or St Mirren at McDiarmid Park in April.
 
Manager Jim McInally told Peterheadfc.com: "It feels great to be in a final and I am so happy for the chairman and the directors and, of course, the supporters."
 
"We had a good number following us down to Hampden today and I hate disappointing people so I am glad they will have a good night tonight after this result."
 
"The team did not play particularly well and I had a right go at the lads at half time because I felt Queen's Park's shape was better than ours even though we were not troubled too much."
 
After losing three semi finals during his reign as Morton boss, this was fourth time lucky for McInally, whose team denied Queen's Park a first final in 115 years.
 
The Peterhead boss continued: "Semi-finals are only nice occasions if you win and although we were by no means at our best today, the players deserve so much credit for getting to a national final."
 
"When you think of all the clubs who started this competition in July, it is a great achievement and we look forward to playing either Rangers or St Mirren.  For the club financially, Rangers at Hampden would be fantastic but St Mirren in Perth would also be great." 
 
In front of a crowd of 917, McAllister broke the deadlock in the 17th minute with a free-kick.  The striker was fouled 22 yards from goal and smashed a low shot past Willie Muir and into the net.
 
Their lead lasted six minutes as Queen's Park drew level from the penalty spot.  Sean Burns was upended by Scott Ross and Paul Woods made no mistake from the spot.
 
However, McInally's men did not take long to restore their advantage and it was from another set-piece.  Kevin Dzierzawski whipped in a free-kick from the left and McIntosh fired in from a difficult angle from the opposite side.  
 
Jordon Brown almost made it three while Ryan McGeever, formerly on loan at Balmoor, went close for the Spiders with a header just before half time.
 
Gus MacPherson's League 2 team had a good spell at the start of the second period but Peterhead were never under too much pressure and Graeme Smith was rarely tested.
 
In fact, Brown had an opportunity to seal the win as the Blue Toon appeared content to soak up the pressure and hit their opponents on the counter attack.
 
Jamie McKernon gave the travelling fans a late scare with a well struck shot, which shaved the outside of the post but that was about as uncomfortable as it got.
 
Joe Bradley was then dismissed in stoppage time for speaking out of turn to referee Don Robertson, who blew his whistle seconds later to spark scenes of jubilation amongst the Peterhead faithful.
 
PETERHEAD XI
 
                       SMITH
 
STRACHAN SUKAR ROSS NOBLE
 
  REDMAN DZIERZAWSKI BROWN
 
MCINTOSH MCALLISTER RILEY

Additional Info

  • Home Team Queen's Park 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon make Petrofac progress
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