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No goals at East End Park but Peterhead manager Jim McInally reflected on a pleasing point and performance against Dunfermline, who missed the chance to return to the League 1 summit.

In fact, the Blue Toon might have come away from Fife with a victory had Leighton McIntosh's effort not come back off the upright, while Rory McAllister was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty after being bundled to the ground.

McInally told Peterheadfc.com: "It was a very good point."

"We were the better side and limited Dunfermline to few chances.  They never really carved us open and Graeme Smith did not have a lot to do, although he did make a good save from a free-kick late on."

"I felt we were unlucky when Rory was goal side of his marker and was pulled down.  Not only should it have been a penalty, it would have resulted in a red card because it was a last man challenge."

"But, anyway, the players did well against a team in good form and in front of a crowd of around 3,000." 

This was just the response McInally was after, following the Blue Toon's collapse in the 4-3 defeat to Stenhousemuir last Saturday.

Jassem Sukar was thrown straight into the team, 24 hours after completing a month's loan from Dundee Utd.  Scott Ferries was also handed a start, playing left of McAllister with McIntosh on the right flank in a 4-3-3 system.

McInally added: "To be honest, I did not know what to expect considering the deflation of last week.  When you lose a three goal lead and come away with nothing, it does affect you."

"I had to use the squad with several players unavailable. Ally Gilchrist, Jamie Stevenson and Nicky Riley were out and Cammy Kerr was suspended but I was still happy with the team I had out on the park."

"Jassem did well in his first game but I was pleased with all the players. They showed character after what happened last week and put in a good shift."

Meanwhile, Peterhead are waiting to learn the extent of a foot injury suffered by Simon Ferry, who was replaced by Jordon Brown early in the second half. 

PETERHEAD XI                                                                   

                    Smith

 Strachan  Ross  Sukar  Noble

  Ferry  Dzierzawski  Redman

  McIntosh  McAllister  Ferries

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  • Home Team Dunfermline 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title goalless at East End Park

Peterhead threw away a three goal lead to leave Ochilview empty handed after Stenhousemuir produced an amazing turnaround.

Rory McAllister should have made the headlines for his superb first half hat-trick but instead it was veteran Jason Scotland, who stole the show after inspiring the Warriors fightback.

It seemed almost certain the points would head back to the north east given how the opening period panned out with McAllister, aided by Nicky Riley, running riot.

Riley took a great first touch to bomb away from his marker in the 13th minute and he squared for McAllister. The striker still had a lot to do as he shifted the ball on to his left foot and drove a low 18 yard shot inside the far corner.

When Stuart Malcolm fouled McAllister 20 yards out in the 31st minute, there were further problems for the hosts as the Peterhead talisman bent his free kick over the wall and into the net. 

Jamie Barclay might have done better although the goalkeeper did make amends with a stunning save from another McAllister free-kick in the second half.

The first half action was far from over though, with McAllister winning and converting a penalty in the 38th minute after more rash defending from Malcolm.

It looked three and easy for the Blue Toon but a Graeme Smith error two minutes from half time turned the match completely on its head.

His poor clearance landed for Colin McMenamin, who in fairness, still had an awful lot to do as he superbly lofted the ball from 35 yards over Smith's head and into an unguarded net.

From a Peterhead perspective, danger was beginning to be sensed when McMenamin's overhead kick was brilliantly kept out by Smith at the start of the second half and in the 59th minute, the hosts were right back in the contest.

The Blue Toon defence failed to clear the ball in the box and when it broke to Scotland, the 36 year old slotted home from close range to cut the deficit to one.

Alan Cook then glanced a header wide but it was not all one way traffic with McAllister going close with a curling effort from just outside the box and then he saw a shot cleared off the line by Jim Paterson after rounding the keeper.

However, Stenny were back on level terms in the 66th minute with the goal of the match from Scotland. The former Swansea man collected a pass 20 yards out and burst forward to unleash a fierce left foot shot which flew into the top corner.

There was not too much Peterhead could have done to prevent that piece of quality but the visitors were most definitely on the ropes and so it was not a huge shock that Stenny scored again two minutes later.

This time the goal was preventable as Kieran Millar waltzed through the defence to slot the ball past Smith from 10 yards.

Now trailing, a shellshocked Peterhead went all out attack in the closing stages with sub Leighton McIntosh posing problems with his pace and power.

Shane Sutherland was also introduced from the bench but Jim McInally's men could find no way through a defence, which had been so creaky before the break.

It turned out to be a very frustrating afternoon for the Blue Toon, summed up by Cammy Kerr's dismissal in stoppage time for a lunge on Fraser Eddington.

A nightmare for Peterhead on Halloween. 

 

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  • Home Team Stenhousemuir 4
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Rory's hat-trick in vain

Peterhead got the better of Airdrie to register a deserved and much-needed League 1 win at Balmoor.

Rory McAllister struck the opener three minutes before the break and substitute Leighton McIntosh sealed the points in the closing stages of the match.

Airdrie arrived at Balmoor third in the table but they were kept quiet for the first half hour as the Blue Toon controlled proceedings.

McAllister fired a 22 yard free kick wide inside the first 60 seconds after Jordon Brown was bundled over by ex Blue Toon favourite David Cox, who was unlucky to be cautioned for the challenge.

Cammy Kerr, once again operating at left back with Steven Noble still injured, delivered several telling crosses, which deserved better.  One in particular seemed perfect for McAllister but he sent a back post header wide from just a few yards out.

There was another opportunity for the Peterhead top scorer in the 26th minute when Brown slipped him through on goal but he screwed his shot wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Despite the hosts orchestrating the play, Airdrie were gifted a chance from a Ryan Strachan error but Graeme Smith bailed him out by racing off his goalline to save at the feet of George Hunter.

The visitors were then denied by the woodwork in the 32nd minute as Nicolas Sumsky delivered a free-kick to the far post.  Sean Crighton sent a header back across goal for Alan Lithgow and his headed effort struck the underside of the crossbar.  The ball then bounced on the goalline before being scrambled clear.

Lithgow was unlucky again soon after, from Sumsky's corner, but Smith pulled off a great reflex save to deny the big defender's near post header.

Airdrie were having their best spell of the match when Peterhead went in front in the 42nd minute.  McAllister drove at the visiting defence with a mazy run and then smashed a fine low left foot shot into the corner of the net.

Straight from the kick-off to start the second half, McAllister cheekily shot from the centre circle and his great effort had to be tipped over by Neil Parry.

Smith then made a smart stop to keep out Taylor Morgan's 48th minute shot but the ball rolled across goal and Scott Ross had to slide in to turn the ball behind for a corner.

That was about as close as Airdrie got to denying Peterhead a victory as Jim McInally's men restricted their opponents to few opportunities.

A Peterhead second looked likelier than an Airdrie reply, with Jordon Brown and Nicky Riley both going close.

But the points were made safe by McIntosh in the 80th minute.  The pacy frontman, who replaced Riley, was quickest to react after Kerr's fierce drive was pushed out by Parry.

PETERHEAD LINE UP

Smith, Ross, Strachan, Gilchrist, Kerr, Stevenson (Blockley 29), Ferry, Redman, Brown (Sutherland 81), Riley (McIntosh 71), McAllister

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  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Airdrie 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title McAllister and McIntosh on the scoresheet

A late Cammy Kerr mistake denied Peterhead a point in a drab League 1 encounter against Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill.

The on loan Dundee defender's short back pass in the 89th minute was pounced upon by John Gemmell, who rounded Graeme Smith and slotted home to give Darren Young's team the points.
 
It was hard on Kerr, who had been one of the Blue Toon's better performers in a more unfamiliar role at left full back
 
Peterhead manager Jim McInally spoke to Peterheadfc.com
 
He said: "Cammy is devastated by what happened."
 
"It's a shame for him because he played well throughout the match.  We used him at left back, where he has played a lot for Dundee's under 20s, and brought Jamie Stevenson into right back."
 
"It was looking like a nailed on nil-nil draw until that error at the end of the match.  That is at least three or four games this season where individual mistakes have costly us dearly."
 
Steven Noble and Nathan Blockley were absent due to back and ankle problems respectively so in came Scott Ross and Jamie Stevenson.
 
Ryan Strachan played in front of the back four as Ross returned to the heart of the defence alongside Ally Gilchrist.  
 
There was little in the way of goalscoring opportunities at Coatbridge with Albion edging an uninspiring first half and the Blue Toon having slightly the better of things after the interval.
 
Graeme Smith pulled off a fine save from an Ally Love free-kick but Peterhead failed to really trouble Smith's opposite number Ross Stewart and just when a stalemate looked inevitable, Gemmell notched the winner.
 
McInally added: "We had more of the ball in the second half although we didn't threaten their goal as much as we would have liked."
 
"We knew coming to Cliftonhill, we would have to fight and we did that.  I could not see us losing so it is disappointing to come away with nothing."
 

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  • Home Team Albion Rovers 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Late goal separates the sides

Three first half goals gave Peterhead a comfortable victory over Stenhousemuir in the Petrofac Training Cup as Jim McInally's men advanced to the semi finals. 

The Blue Toon have played better and lost this season, which a subdued McInally was quick to point out at full time, but they still did enough to win.

The return of Jordon Brown, Nathan Blockey and Kevin Dzierzawski meant McInally opted for a narrow midfield with the wide-men benched.

The latter was involved in the Peterhead opener in the 17th minute as his corner caused panic in the Stenhousemuir defence.  Goalkeeper Jamie Barclay punched as far as Rory McAllister, who helped the ball on for Jamie Redman to glance home a six yard header.

McAllister and Shane Sutherland combined well in the 38th minute with a neat one-two but Barclay saved well to keep out McAllister's effort.

The Peterhead top scorer, who netted five in their famous win at Falkirk in the last round, would not have to wait long to add to his tally, however.  From the resultant corner, he was perfectly placed to send a close range header into the net from Steven Noble's corner.

Noble went from provider to scorer on the stroke of half time, sweeping a delightful sidefoot effort inside the far corner after his delivery was only partially cleared by the visitors.

The visitors did threaten just before referee Alan Muir blew for the interval, with Fraser Eddington seeing a goalbound eight yard shot well saved by Graeme Smith following a scramble in the box.

But that was as uncomfortable as it got for Peterhead, who contained their opponents well in what was a low key contest.

Only an outstanding diving save stopped McAllister scoring again in the second half, Barclay throwing himself to his left to fingertip a delightful curling effort round the post while substitute Andy Rodgers looped a header on to the roof of the net from Noble's cross.

Overall, a satisfactory afternoon - three goals, a clean sheet and a place in the semi-finals, although the manager wasn't convinced.

McInally added:"I thought it was poor from start to finish.  I know football is all about winning but it is bizarre that a couple of weeks ago, after playing a really good second half against Brechin and losing the match, 500 people went home disappointed."

"Today, those same supporters are away happy but I thought it was a dreadful 3-0."
 
"We never got control of the ball or the game yet we could have scored a few more goals and so could have Stenhousemuir.  It is a crazy game at times."
 
"Even at full time, I found it really hard to go into the dressing room and be really happy but it is still great to be through to the semi finals and it is great for the club."

 

 
 

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  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Stenhousemuir 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title First half goals see Blue Toon march on
Peterhead and Forfar shared four goals as the Blue Toon recorded their fifth draw from the opening quarter of the League 1 season.
 
There was little in the way of goalscoring opportunities until Nicky Riley gave the Blue Toon a 27th minute.
 
Forfar replied three minutes after the interval with a Gavin Swankie effort  and Iain Campbell fired them in front midway through the second period.
 
However, Leighton McIntosh came off the bench to rescue a point for Peterhead, who dropped a place to seventh in the table yet remain just a win away from third spot.
 
Content with his players' performance at leaders Ayr last weekend, Jim McInally named an unchanged line-up and he got a similar outcome with the team coming from behind to salvage something.
 
It might have been better though after Riley's first half opener, which McAllister made.  The Peterhead top scorer turned his marker with a neat drag back and rolled across goal for Riley to slot home.
 
Riley did have another chance to score again in the first half but the Loons also threatened with Martyn Fotheringham seeing a free-kick well saved by Graeme Smith and Michael Dunlop heading over from the resultant corner.
 
Not long after the interval, Forfar were back on level terms with Swankie collecting a Thomas O'Brien pass and then coolly finishing from around eight yards.
 
With neither side willing to accept a point, the match became open as it wore on and chances were created at either end.
 
Riley laid the ball off for Simon Ferry, who smashed a shot inches wide while sub Jordon Brown drove straight at visiting goalkeeper Scott Gallacher.
 
However, Forfar went in front in the 71st minute through Campbell's 25 yard drive which flew into the corner of the net.
 
Their lead lasted just seven minutes though, with Peterhead conjuring up a well-worked equaliser.  Jamie Redman's pass was flicked on by Andy Rodgers and his fellow sub McIntosh made an immaculate job with his finish. 
 
McIntosh was unlucky not to score again with a header, which went inches past and Shane Sutherland also had a good opportunity.  Forfar, however, had late chances of their own but it finished honours even at Balmoor.
 
PETERHEAD
Smith, Kerr, Noble, Gilchrist, Strachan, Ferry (Rodgers 76), Redman, Stevenson (Brown 62), Riley (McIntosh 70), Sutherland, McAllister 
unused. Jarvie. Ferries. Blockley. Dzierzawski
yellow carded. McAllister. Noble
 
FORFAR
Gallacher, Baxter, Campbell, Nicoll (Hay 70), Dunlop, Travis, Black, O'Brien (Smith 78), Fotheringham (Allan 66), Swankie, Hodge 
unused. Douglas. Kennedy. Clark. Yates
yellow carded. Campbell. Hay
 
REF
Steven Kirkland 
 
ATT
573

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  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Forfar Athletic 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title McIntosh rescues Peterhead point
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