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Sun 06 Jul 2014

Peterhead 0 Aberdeen 1

Derek McInnes's Scottish League Cup winning Dons side left Balmoor with a 1-0 victory from this afternoon's friendly match.

Lawrence Shankland bagged the only goal of the game midway through the second period but despite their defeat, Blue Toon boss Jim McInally said he was pleased his players were able to improve their match fitness.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Aberdeen 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

Peterhead maintained their five-point lead at the top of League Two with a comprehensive victory over East Stirlingshire on a day which also saw nearest challengers Annan Athletic and Clyde also hit four goals apiece.

Jordon Brown, a Jordan Tapping own-goal, Rory McAllister and Andy Rodgers did the damage for Peterhead, as they set up a midweek crunch tie against second-placed Annan, despite being forced to field a makeshift side.

With centre-backs Scott Ross and Ross Smith missing through suspension, midfielder Jamie Redman was asked to fill in at the back, while Dean Cowie and Rodgers returned from injury to go back into the starting eleven.

Ryan McCann was missing as he prepared for his wedding, but Tony Low, who last played for the club during Steve Paterson’s reign, was named on the bench.

Despite the thrown-together look of the Peterhead side, they would be the better side throughout against a Shire side who won out the last time the sides met, at Ochilview in January.

Graeme Smith was the first goalkeeper to be tested, throwing himself down to his left to turn away Max Wright’s low strike.

A corner from the right saw Blue Toon captain Steven Noble’s delivery headed off the line by Ricky Miller after 14 minutes, but five minutes later, a smilar delivery brought about the opening goal.

Again Noble swung the ball towards the back post, and Brown popped to head home the opener.

The deliveries of Noble were a constant menace to the visitors defence, and after 24 minutes a free-kick found the head of McAllister , but his header was over the bar.

A second goal was coming, and it duly arrived after 27 minutes – but not from an expected source.

Graeme Sharp’s ball into the area had a bit of zip to it, and Rodgers did well to lay off for Bryan Gilfillan. The one-time Gretna man’s shot looked to be covered by Grant Hay, but it took a deflected off the luckless Tapping and into the net.

There were claims for a penalty as Rodgers appeared to be bundled over by Scott Maxwell, but referee Gavin Duncan waved away the claims, instead signalling a goal kick.

With half-time on the horizon, the Shire had a couple of opportunities to ease themselves back into the game.

It seemed midfielder David Greenhill was getting his eye in when he headed past the upright, as just a minute later he met Wright’s cross to force a fine stop from Peterhead keeper Smith.

But the outcome was put beyond doubt in first-half injury time, as Fraser McLaren twisted and teased his way past Tapping before being brought down by Chris Townsley. This time the referee did point to the spot, and McAllister did what he always does, finding the net from 12 yards.

If a goal at the end of the first half had put the game beyond John Coughlin’s men, another five minutes into the second period surely left them deflated.

It was as simple a move as you’ll see. Redman to McAllister, McAllister to Rodgers, and the ex-Falkirk man found the net in the nonchalant style we’ve come to expect, stylishly lifting the ball beyond Hay.

The front pair of McAllister and Rodgers combined again soon after, the latter picking out McLaren for what should have been a fifth goal, but the former Berwick winger fluffed his lines and sent the ball out of the ground when it seemed easier to score.

A brief cameo from Low in the dying stages could have seen the former Caley Thistle winger find the net, but he sliced wide of the target from close range, as the Blue Toon saw out a comfortable win.

PETERHEAD: Graeme Smith, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Jordon Brown, Bryan Gilfillan, Dean Cowie (Dean Richardson, 78), Andy Rodgers (Conner McGlinchey, 69), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Tony Low, 87), Fraser McLaren, Ryan Strachan. Subs not used: Craig Tully, Paul Jarvie (gk).

EAST STIRLINGSHIRE: Grant Hay, Jordan Tapping (Jordan McKechnie, 77), Scott Maxwell, Chris Townsley, Ricky Miller, Rhys Devlin (Nathan Shepherd, 63), Graeme McGregor, David Greenhill, Paul Quinn, Ross O’Donoghue (Jamie Glasgow, 74), Max Wright. Subs not used: Michael Herd, Craig Gordon (gk).

Booked: Tapping, Wright.

Attendance: 554.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 4
  • Away Team East Stirling 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

Peterhead strengthened their position at the top of League Two, as goals from Ryan Strachan, Rory McAllister and captain Steven Noble helped them to a well-deserved victory over nearest challengers Annan Athletic.

This match had already seemed likely to play a part in the title race on its original date of February 1, but with the first attempt to play the match having been abandoned after 20 minutes, the rearranged fixture had taken on added significance.

The Black and Golds have usurped Clyde to become the side most likely to catch Jim McInally’s league leaders, but missed the change to close a gap that had been as wide as 10 points less than a fortnight ago, to just two.

Both sides had recorded 4-0 wins at the weekend, Peterhead over East Stirlingshire in a match that sadly grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons, while Annan saw off a resurgent Berwick Rangers.

Following the events of Saturday, both sides reinforced their support for the Show Racism The Red Card campaign, warming up in t-shirts promoting the campaign, and holding aloft SRtRC banners prior to kick-off.

But thankfully all the headlines would be written on the pitch, as the Blue Toon blew away their opponents.

It was a more familiar lineup than at the weekend, with Scott Ross and Ross Smith returning to their regular defensive slots. Ryan McCann was included on the bench having missed out on Saturday ahead of his wedding on Sunday.

And although Annan were first to threaten, through Steven Black’s seventh minute shot, Peterhead would go on to dominate large periods of the match.

They took the lead just two minutes later as a move rehearsed on the training ground paid dividends.

Noble picked out Strachan on the edge of the area from a right-wing corner, and the former Aberdeen and Celtic man drilled a shot from 18 yards, just inside Kenny Arthur’s right-hand upright.

Ryan Strachan opens the scoring

Another Noble corner, this time more conventional in its delivery, found Ross at the back post, but with Arthur having been drawn off his line by the delivery, the centre-back couldn’t join Strachan on the scoresheet.

But the second goal came after just 25 minutes, and on its own was worthy of the admission fee. Bryan Gilfillan lifted a ball into the path of McAllister, and he sent an exquisite chip over the goalkeeper from all of 25 yards.

It was another to add to the scrapbook for the Blue Toon’s top scorer, but there was more to come from Peterhead, and Andy Rodgers almost outdid his strike partner with an overhead kick, but it drifted wide of the target.

McAllister should perhaps have made the points safe before the interval when he met Rodgers’ cross from the left after a skewed Arthur clearance, but his effort was well off target.

And a seed of doubt may have come into Blue Toon minds when just a minute later, Annan were gifted a goal back. Former Rangers kid Andy Mitchell crossed from the left, and his delivery was turned home by the unfortunate Ross.

That boosted the visitors and Kenny MacKay, a gem of a player plucked from the juniors by manager Jim Chapman, threatened a leveller soon after, but Graeme Smith was more than a match for his low strike.

That said, the game could have been all over by the interval. McAllister, it seemed, was on a one-man mission to earn the points, but passed up three opportunities in the dying stages of the first 45 minutes.

And they came out the traps well in the second period, too. Dean Cowie had already hit over the bar when, just three minutes after the restart, Noble embarked on a sublime run from his own half,. trading passes with McAllister before being brought down by the challenge of Peter Watson.

It looked every inch a deserved penalty kick, but referee Mat Northcroft thought otherwise, booking the Blue Toon captain for what he saw as a dive.

Not to be denied, Noble found the net two minutes later. It was from his pass, again inside his own half, that McAllister's turn left Watson sprawling on the turf. The striker raced away down the left before, in a neat reverse from their usual roles, cutting the ball back for Noble to side-foot home from six yards.

Celebrations after Steven Noble's goal

It was a rare goal for the former Stranraer man, but the resultant ‘piley-on’ showed  what it meant to the skipper and his team-mates.

Still the chances came for Peterhead, and with a quarter-hour remaining, they could have been out of sight. First McAllister laid off for Gilfillan, who saw his shot deflected away for a corner. Then Gilfillan crossed for the striker, who headed over the bar.

The visitors could have grabbed a late lifeline had Mackay had a bit more luck, his angled shot leaving Smith beaten, but coming back off the upright.

PETERHEAD: Graeme Smith, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Ross Smith, Scott Ross, Dean Cowie, Andy Rodgers (Ryan McCann, 88), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Fraser McLaren, 83), Bryan Gilfillan (Jordon Brown, 86), Ryan Strachan. Subs not used: Dean Richardson, Conner McGlinchey, Tony Low, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Gilfillan, Noble.

ANNAN ATHLETIC: Kenny Arthur, Steven Sloan, Martin McNiff, Peter Watson, Steven Black, Chris Jardine (Dan Orsi, 77), Iain Chisholm, Andy Mitchell, Kenny Mackay, Scott Davidson (Keiron Brannan , 77), Ally Love (Blair Henderson, 59). Subs not used: Peter Bradley, Matty Flynn, Jordan Moffat, Alex Mitchell (gk).

Booked: Jardine.

Attendance: 607

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Annan Athletic 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

A goal from man of the match Scott Ross ten minutes from half-time proved to be decisive as the Blue Toon maintained their 5-point gap at the top of the table thanks to a hard-fought  win over Queen’s Park at Balmoor.

In a game that Jim McInally would admit wasn’t even as good as “ugly”, Ross’ header from a Graeme Sharp corner proved decisive.
The Blue Toon were unchanged from the 3-2 win over Montrose at Links Park last week, and were first to threaten in a game that saw chances at a premium.

Ross played a long ball out of defence, finding Rory McAllister who created an opening for himself, but saw his 25-yard comfortably held by Spiders goalkeeper Lucas Birnstingl.

The goalkeeper was left helpless when Ross escaped the attentions of marker Tony Quinn from Sharp’s left-wing corner after 35 minutes, and from well inside the six-yard box, he headed into the net.

Scott Ross finds the net

The visitors were sparked into action by the goal, and twice threatened in the space of sixty seconds.

Midfield playmaker Blair Spittal found space warm the gloves of Graeme Smith with a left-footed shot from distance, before a minute later slipping a neat pass through to Thomas Collins who forced the goalkeeper to push his effort over the crossbar.

But the Blue Toon could have been further ahead before the interval, and Andy Rodgers cross found the head of League Two’s top scorer, McAllister, but on this occasion the ex-Brechin City man nodded wide of the target.

Defences were on top for the most part but Ross again found space from a set piece, this time a Ryan Strachan free-kick, to head over the bar shortly after the restart.

And Strachan had to be alert to cut out Shaun Rooney’s cross from the right a few minutes later, the Spiders winger racing away from Conner McGlinchey before crossing from the bye-line.

At the other end, McGlinchey set an attack in motion that saw McAllister take a neat touch through the legs of Paul Gallagher before sending a ball across the box for Sharp, only for Ross Fisher to block.

There was a moment of panic with 13 minutes remaining as Smith failed to hold a Spittal corner, giving Quinn the chance to shoot. His effort came back off the goalkeeper, and Strachan hacked Joao Vitoria’s header off the line.

There were late chances for Peterhead to extend their lead, with Fisher clearing away a McAllister header, and then Dean Cowie firing wide of the target, but they had to settle for the single-goal win, and a valuable three points as they maintain their lead at the top of the table.

PETERHEAD: Graeme Smith, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Conner McGlinchey (Ryan McCann, 62), Scott Ross, Dean Cowie, Andy Rodgers (Fraser McLaren, 62), Jamie Redman (Jordon Brown, 76), Rory McAllister, Bryan Gilfillan, Ryan Strachan. Subs not used: Kevin Buchan, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Cowie.

QUEEN’S PARK: Lucas Birnstingl, Ross Fisher, Bernard Coll, Scott Gibson, Paul Gallagher, Conor McVey (Sean Burns, 89), Blair Spittal, David Anderson, Thomas Collins (Joao Pereira Vitoria, 68), Tony Quinn (Liam Gormley, 78), Shaun Rooney. Subs not used Gavin Mitchell, James Baty, Grant Mosson Blair Lochhead.

Booked: Gallagher.

Attendance: 542

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Queen’s Park 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

The New Year started in positive fashion for the Blue Toon, after an injury time winner sealed a dramatic comeback against Elgin City, and extended the gap at the top of the League Two table to five points.

It gives Jim McInally’s men something of a buffer ahead of their rivals, but it was heavy weather against a City side whose battling qualities belied their league standing.

Indeed, Peterhead had to claw back the early deficit David Niven’s crisp strike had handed them. Graeme Sharp levelled before Jamie Redman netted in injury time to earn the home side the points.

With on-loan defender Reece Donaldson having been recalled by parent club Raith Rovers, Sharp’s inclusion after a hip injury was the only change to the side that had beaten Berwick Rangers and had not been defeated in the previous eight games.

But if Peterhead expected an easy ride against Ross Jack’s men, they were in for a rude awakening.

Although Andy Rodgers fired wide in the opening stages, and defender Jamie Duff sliced a Sharp cross narrowly beyond his own upright, the visitors took the lead after 13 minutes.

Paul Harkins’ inswinging corner from the left caused problems for the Blue Toon defence, and when Bryan Gilfillan was unable to stretch to clear Mark Nicolson’s knockdown, captain David Niven lashed high into the net from six yards.

Rory McAllister had scored five goals in his last two games, and he was inches away from connecting with Redman’s cross after 19 minutes.

Ryan McCann

The striker came close again when, after a neat exchange with Rodgers, he worked an opening but former Blue Toon goalkeeper Ray Jellema was equal to his effort.

McInally’s men were asserting themselves well at this stage, and Gilfillan will feel he should have done better after shooting wide from Sharp’s neat pass shortly before the interval.

A strong crowd of 737 had turned out on a relatively pleasant day, and they were rewarded as the two sides served up an entertaining start to the second half.
From end to end the play raged, and both sides looked equally capable of scoring – or indeed losing a goal.

There were no takers for Ryan McCann’s delightful pass across the six-yard box at one end, while Shane Sutherland really should have scored at the other after Craig Gunn had picked him out.

Graeme Smith in the Peterhead goal was a relieved man as Sutherland’s effort lacked the conviction required.

Another former Blue Toon man, Dennis Wyness, followed team-mate Duff into the book when he went down under the attentions of Dean Cowie. The midfielder hadn’t gotten too close to the ex-Aberdeen and Hearts man, though, and referee Mat Northcroft booked Wyness for a dive.

Harkins brought another fine stop out of Smith, before more good link-up play between strikers Rodgers and McAllister allowed the latter to curl an effort from the edge of the area towards goal. Jellema stood firm, though, and clutched the strike to his chest.

There was a sense a a goal was coming at one end or the other, and after 63 minutes, the net was indeed bulging – and Peterhead were level.

McAllister flicked Steven Noble’s throw into the path of Jamie Redman and he picked the perfect time to roll the ball into the path of right-back Sharp. His angled drive took a touch off Nicolson on the way in, but left Jellema well beaten.

The goal took the sting out the play to some extent, with Elgin starting to play more of a containing game, not committing too many forward for fear of losing what they had.

Peterhead’s hopes were dealt a blow when McAllister hobbled off with twenty minutes left, but his strike partner certainly stepped up to the mark

Rodgers chased down Smith’s long clearance on the left and cut inside Duff, resisting the opportunity to go down after the defender tugged his shirt, before curling towards goal with Jellema stretching out a hand to divert the effort away.

Jamie Redman celebrates

Rodgers is capable of the spectacular and it would have taken something in the vein of his stunning overhead kick against East Stirling to turn home Gilfillan’s ball two minutes from the end of regulation time. He threw himself at the ball, but couldn’t get the desired contact to test the goalkeeper.

More used to finding the net, the maverick hit-man had to settle for a supporting role in the winning goal.

It was a goal that typified the grit and determination that have put the Blue Toon in the position they are in. Two minutes into injury time and looking all set for a share of the spoils, captain Noble dispossessed Gunn, allowing Gilfillan to slip a ball forward.

McCann’s clever flick helped Rodgers get on the end of the pass, and Jamie Redman showed the heart of a lion to get in front of Paul McMullan and turn the ball home.
His energetic celebrations showed just what it meant to the hard-working midfielder, and his team-mates swamped him.

As if the ex-Brechin City man hadn’t made enough of a contribution, he ended the game with a black eye, having collided with team-mate Scott Ross as those in the blue shirts threw themselves in front of everything their opponents could send their way in the dying seconds.

It was tough and towsy at times, but effective, and the Blue Toon certainly earned their rewards.

PETERHEAD: Graeme Smith, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Ryan McCann (Kevin Buchan, 90), Scott Ross, Dean Cowie, Andy Rodgers (Conner McGlinchey, 90), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Jordon Brown, 70), Bryan Gilfillan, Ryan Strachan. Subs not used: Greg Alexander, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Gilfillan.

ELGIN CITY: Ray Jellema, David Niven, Paul McMullan, Sean Crighton, Jamie Duff, Mark Nicolson, Craig Gunn, Paul Harkins, Dennis Wyness, Shane Sutherland, Sam Urquhart. Subs not used: Ally McKenzie, Graeme Beveridge, Adam McLeod, Ross McKinnon, Connor McAulay, Stewart Black (gk).

Booked: Duff, Wyness, Gunn, Nicolson.

Attendance: 737

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Elgin City 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

A Supporters Trust-led initiative saw Berwick Rangers offer free entry to the last match of 2013, and the hospitality didn’t end there as Peterhead ran out 3-1 winners to open up a two-point gap over Clyde at the top of League Two.

Fresh from his hat-trick against Stirling Albion, Rory McAllister was again among the goals, netting a further two here to take his tally to five in a week, and 15 overall. Dean Cowie also netted for the Blue Toon.

Graeme Sharp missed out through injury and Jordon Brown dropped to the bench, meaning Ryan McCann started at right wing-back, with Bryan Gilfillan returning to the starting lineup in midfield.

McAllister had netted early against the Binos, and did the same here. Captain Steven Noble saw his corner from the right headed back in his direction, and his second cross was headed home by the Blue Toon’s top scorer.

The striker could have had a second when he worked his way in behind the home defence, only to lift his effort over the crossbar.

However Graeme Smith would be kept busy in the Peterhead goal, and he did well to deny Scott Dalziel from a Devon Jacobs cross.

The goalkeeper denied Darren Lavery and then Dalziel again before Andy Rodgers forced home goalkeeper Billy Bald into a point-blank save with his feet.

But the Berwick pressure paid off a minute before the interval, when they drew level. Dalziel flicked on a Jacobs throw, and Steven Notman took full advantage to rifle his side level.

Smith had to beat away Lee Currie’s driven free-kick shortly after the interval, but Peterhead were back in front just after the hour mark.

Again it was McAllister who found the net, curling a superb 25-yard free-kick beyond the helpless Bald and into the corner of the net.

The home side perhaps should have levelled as Ross Gray somehow managed to divert Kenny O’Brien’s cross onto the crossbar rather than into the net, but the outcome was put beyond doubt as the tireless Cowie seized on a poor back-header and drilled home the third.

McAllister was on the hunt for a second consecutive hat-trick, but he was denied by the goalkeeper in the dying stages as the Blue Toon took advantage of Clyde only drawing to move two points clear at the top of the table.

BERWICK RANGERS: Billy Bald, Devon Jacobs, Damon Gielty, Mick Dunlop, Dean Hoskins, Darren Currie, Kenny O’Brien, Steven Notman, Scott Dalziel, Darren Lavery (Dean Carse, 88), Ross Gray (Josh Morris, 80). Subs no used: Jonathan Fairburn, Ben Miller, Owen Ronald, Paul Grant (gk).

Booked: Gielty

PETERHEAD: Graeme Smith, Ryan McCann, Steven Noble, Reece Donaldson, Scott Ross, Dean Cowie, Andy Rodgers (Fraser McLaren, 64), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Bryan Gilfillan (Jordon Brown, 77), Ryan Strachan. Subs not used: Conner McGlinchey, Kevin Buchan, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Ross, Cowie.

Attendance: 778

Additional Info

  • Home Team Berwick Rangers 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
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