Club News

Sat 11 Apr 2015

Ayr 2 Peterhead 4

Despite sitting only one place below the visitors, the embattled Honest Men were separated from Jim McInally's side by colossal 17 points before kick off and were scrapping with Stenhousemuir to avoid the relegation playoff.

Despite two first half goals for Ayr United, it proved to be a near-miraculous turnaround for the visitors who eventually triumphed 4-2.

Alan Forrest gave the home side the lead after 18 minutes before Jordan Preston doubled the advantage moments later, sending his beleaguered side into a two goal lead.

But then Andy Rodgers - in a rich vein of form and so often the hero this season - popped up again to net at the end of the half and give Jim McInally some hope of a come back going into the break.

The second half was then an entirely different encounter when Jordon Brown - in for the injured Jamie Stevenson - power a quickfire double past David Hutton.

Late on Gary McDonald, not to be outdone by his colleagues at Somerset Park, added to the tally and sealed an impressive three points.

Peterhead: Smith, Donaldson, Strachan, Smith, Noble, Redman, Dzierzawski, McDonald, Brown, McAllister, Rodgers. Subs: Riley, Cowie, Ross, MacDonald.

Ayr United: Hutton, Campbell, Murphy, McKenna, Devlin, Blakeman, McGovern, Crawford, Donald, Forrest, Preston. Subs: Robertson, Nisbet, Gilmour, Beattie, Murray, Neill, Newman.

Report by Josh King

Additional Info

  • Home Team Ayr 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 4
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

Saturday's Balmoor clash between Peterhead and Dunfermline was something of a grudge match, with bad blood running throughout the ties these two teams have contested this season.
The visitors took the lead after 20 minutes when - as if in slow motion - Michael Moffat ghosted in at the back post to nod the ball across Graeme Smith and off the far post into the net. Dunfermline deservedly led at half time thanks to that strike, and Jim McInally was hampered by a hamstring injury to Jamie Stevenson which forced an early subsitition.
The second half grew more and more frantic as both sides fought to cling onto hope of a playoff finish. Then in the 78th minute who else but Andy Rodgers - The Pars' fans pantomime villain - popped up to level the game. After a phenomenal burst into the box from captain Steven Noble, who heroically stayed on his feet to square the ball, Rodgers lashed home from six yards.
Despite the thrilling finale, the game ended 1-1 and effectively brought the curtain down on the season for both sides.
Something of a grudge match here at Balmoor today. There has been bad blood between Blue Toon and Dunfermline throughout the season, and now the two face off for the last time at Balmoor.

Peterhead: Smith, Kerr, Noble, Strachan, Ross, McDonald, Dzierzawski, Redman, McAlliser, Stevenson, RIley. Subs: Jarvie, Rodgers, Brown, Cox, Smith, Donaldson, Cowie.

Dunfermline: Scully, Millen, Whittle, Maritin, Buchanan, McAusland, Geggan, Falkingham, Smith, Moffat, Hopkirk. Subs: Wilson, Barrowman, Urquhart, Spence, Thomson, El Bakhtaoui, Byrne

Report by Josh King

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Dunfermline 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw

Peterhead welcomed League One leaders Stranraer to Balmoor for what proved to be yet another disappointing clash with the Stair Park side. Stranraer have proved to be a bogey team for Peterhead, with the Blue Toon having already lost four times to Stuart Aitken’s side this season. Despite a strong first half, goals from Willie Gibson and Jamie Longworth prolonged that pain to a run of five defeats in a row against The Blue’s in all competitions.

The home side started without frontman Rory McAllister who sustained a back injury in the midweek game against Brechin. Andy Rodgers started up front instead and continued his good run of form with a 34th minute goal. The mercurial striker pounced on a rebound from a thunderous Jamie Stevenson freekick, turning the ball past David Mitchell.

For a brief moment Jim McInally’s men looked to have broken their Stranraer curse when David Cox poked the ball home from a corner, but the linesman flagged for a foul on Mitchell instead.

Buoyed by their good fortune, the visitors staged an impressive second half fight back. Willie Gibson collected Chris Aitken’s cut back in the 57th minute and levelled the tie before prolific goalscorer Jamie Longworth hauled his side into the lead with less than 10 minutes to go. Despite a frantic final few moments, the league leaders hung on and secured a massive three points.

Peterhead - Smith, Kerr, Noble, Strachan, Ross, Smith, Dzierzawski, Redman, Rodgers, Stevenson, Cox. Subs: Jarvie, Brown, McDonald, Donaldson, Cowie, Riley.

Stranraer - Mitchell, Pettigrew, Longridge, Rumsby, McKeown, Aitken, Winter, Gallagher, Malcolm, Longworth, GIbson. Subs: Tobin, Bell, Stirling, Robertson, Russell, Stoney.

Report by Josh King

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Stranraer 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

Peterhead went into their clash with a Binos side rooted to the bottom of the League One table full of confidence following a 3-0 victory of Brechin. But despite an early goal from Rory McAllister, who netted with a deflected free-kick, the Blue Toon fell to a surprise defeat. Lewis Coult levelled the score for the home side with a right-footed strike - his first goal for the Forthbank club.PHEADSTIRLING121000

And after prolific Peterhead midfielder Gary McDonald hit the bar, Coult set up Andrew stirling for a close range goal which secured only the Binos’ third win of the season.

Peterhead: Smith, Kerr, Smith, Ross, Noble, Dzierzawski, Strachan, McDonald, Cox, McAllister, Stevenson. Subs: Rodgers, Riley, Brown, Cowie, Donaldson, MacDonald.

Stirling: Reidford, McGeachie, Cummins, Smith, Forsyth, Hamilton, Comrie, Robertson, Stirling, Coult, Cunningham. Subs: Smith, Johnston, Weir, Paton, Paterson, Davidson, Shepherd.​


Report by Josh King

 

 

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  • Home Team Stirling Albion 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
Tue 24 Mar 2015

Brechin 2 Peterhead 2

The Blue Toon travelled down the A90 to Glebe Park midweek to face Brechin for the second time in 10 days. The meeting earlier this month was The City's first defeat in 18 games and brought an end to a record-equaling run.

Despite a quick-fire double from Gary McDonald and captain Steven Noble midway through the first half, Brechin clung on to secure a point against the Blue Toon. A 43rd minute strike from Colin Hamilton was followed by an agonisingly late injury time penalty from Bobby Barr.

Peterhead: Smith, Kerr, Strachan, Ross, Noble, Dzierzawski, McDonald, Redman, Stevenson, Riley, McAllister. Subs: Rodgers, Cox, Brown, Smith, Donaldson, MacDonald.

Brechin: Smith, McLean, McCormack, McLauchlan, Hamilton, Fusco, Molloy, McNeil, Masson, Barr, Jackson. Subs: Thomson, Ferguson, Durojaiye, Jackson, Tapping. Tough.


Report by Josh King

 

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Brechin 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
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Tue 10 Mar 2015

Peterhead 3 Forfar 2

Gary McDonald’s third goal since arriving at Balmoor secrued all three points for the Blue Toon against a talented Forfar side. Dick Campbell brought his Sky Blues the short journey up to A90 to do battle with Peterhead at Balmoor on Tuesday evening.

An early goal from Gavin Swankie put the visitors ahead until two goals in quick succession from Jamie Redman and then Andy Rodgers fired Jim McInally’s men into the lead for the break.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors when Stuart Malcolm saw red after pushing Andy Rodgers to the ground only yards from the referee and only moments after fouling the striker.

Nevertheless, a late equaliser from Danny Denholm - who headed home a freekick from Iain Campbell - appeared to have rescued a point for Campbell’s side.

Denholm’s goal was, however, cancelled out when McDonald poked the ball home from three yards and ensured a home win for Peterhead.

This evening Dick Campbell's Sky Blues have made the short trip up the A90 to do battle with Peterhead at Balmoor.

Jim McInally: "With Ayr losing tonight we don't have to be looking over our shoulders quite so much. We're in a good place."

Peterhead: Smith, Kerr, Noble, Strachan, Ross, McDonald, Dzierzawski, Redman, Rodgers, Stevenson, Cox. Subs: Jarvie, McAllister, Riley, Brown, Smith, Donaldson, Cowie.

Forfar: Douglas, Travis, Baxter, Malcolm, Dods, Young, Dale, Campbell, Templeman, Swankie, Malin. Subs: King, Hilson, Husband, Fotheringham, Denholm, Kader, Dunlop.​


Report by Josh King

 

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Forfar 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
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