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Scorers:

Airdieonians - Bain (71')

Peterhead - N/A

The Blue Toon's trip to the Excelsior ended in disappointment as a late Jamie Bain goal put an end to a fine run of form.

Peterhead went into Saturday's clash on the back of a three-game winning streak which saw them score 11 goals, conceding only 4 in response.

But Jim McInally's men found home keeper Neil Parry in inspired form and despite fire 17 shots at the Diamonds goal - seven of them on target - Rory McAllister and fellow front man Shane Sutherland could not find a way through. McAllister was denied three times by Parry.

Then, in the 71' minute, Bain made the most of a slack back pass to slip in and beat Graeme Smith.

The defeat means Peterhead drop from second to third in the Scottish League One table behind Forfar and Dunfermline.

Peterhead: Smith, Redman, Gilchirst, Strachan, Noble, Kerr, Brown, Dzierzawksi, Riley, McAllister, Sutherland. Subs: Blockley, Ross, McIntosh, Ferries, Rodgers, Jarvie.

Airdrieonians: Parry, Van Zanten, Crighton, Lithgow, O'Neil, Watt, Smith, Stewart, Morton, Prunty, Cox. Subs: Morgan, Bain, SUmsky, Brown, Ferguson, Glackin, Cadden.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Airdrieonians 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

Peterhead made a couple of changes to the side which recorded a great victory against Falkirk with Nicky Riley and Shane Sutherland returning to the side with Scott Ross unavailable and Leighton McIntosh dropping to the bench. However Leighton was to appear in an unfamiliar right back role as Jamie Stevenson pulled up with a hamstring injury on the 20 minute mark.

On the 30th minute, the Peterhead fans favourite par Josh Falkingham barged into the back of Nicky Riley as he entered the penalty area to give referee Charlestown no option but to point to the penalty spot. Rory McAllister continued his storing streak as he stroked the ball into the bottom left giving Murdoch no chance.

As half time approached Dunfermline’s El Bakhtaoui held up the ball and drew the bloo toon defence out before passing to Cardle who crossed for Michael Moffat to head the ball back across Graeme Smith and into the bottom corner of the net.

The second half provided some great football from both teams with Dunfermline exerting pressure on the Bloo Toon goal however Peterhead’s Graeme Smith pulling off some great saves which deservedly earned him a Man of the Match award from match sponsors James Jamieson Construction ltd.

On the hour mark Jim McInally introduced Scott Ferres for Nathan Blockley and Andy Rodgers for Shane Sutherland, it was the young Bloo Toon player Ferres pace tore the Dunfermline right back apart twice breaking into the box only for the final ball failing to find a team mate as the Bloo Toon searched for a second goal.

The Bloo Toon persistence was to be rewarded in the 89th minute as a long clearance from Graeme Smith clearance was headed on by Rory McAllister, Andy Rodgers won the challenge with the Pars centre half Richards-Everton and as the ball broke free to Leighton McIntosh he made no mistake lobbing the keeper to seal a first ever victory for Peterhead against Dunfermline.

A full match report will be posted on the match reports section shortly

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Dunfermline 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
Wed 19 Aug 2015

Falkirk 3-5 Peterhead

Scorers:

Falkirk - Smith (13'), Watson (20'), Cooper (76')

Peterhead - McAllister (22', 27', 43', 81', 87' (pen))

It was an astounding clash in the Petrofac Training Cup second round at the Falkirk Stadium as the Blue Toon's talismanic frontman Rory McAllister scored five goals to win the tie.

Following an early penalty miss, the Bairns took the lead thanks to David Smith's volleyed effort before Paul Watson put the home side two goals to the good within 20 minutes.

But then McAllister grabbed the Championship bull by the horns and netted three times before the break - the first a fine lob over Graham Bowman, the second an easy tap in, and the third a deft angled finish.

After the break normality was restored when Alex Cooper came of the bench to equalise for Falkirk - Scottish Cup finalists last season - and the merry band of travelling Blue Toon fans feared that the home side would plough on the win the game.

But McAllister had other ideas - not one to rest on his laurels and eager to steal the headlines, the 28-year-old stunned every spectator in the ground with a 40-yard strike to put his side in front again before Will Vaulks was booked for a clumsy challenge from a corner late on allowing McAllister to stroke home his fifth.

The Blue Toon hitman has now netted nine times in the first fivve games of this season - equalling his tally from last year, scored over a 36 game period.

Rory McAllister - take a bow.

Peterhead: Smith, Blockley, Ross, Strachan, Gilchrist, Stevenson, Redman, Dzierzawskie, Brown, McAllister, McIntosh. Subs: Sutherland, Riley, Adams, Ferries, Lawrence, Rodgers, Jarvie.

Falkirk: Muirhead, Watson, McCracken, Leahy, Alston, Taiwo, Vaulks, Smith, Miller, McHugh. Subs: Rogers, Baird, Grant, Cooper, Blair, Shepherd, Gallacher.

Ref: Brian Colvin
Att: 1,004

 

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Falkirk 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 5
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

Scorers: McAllister (5', 57'), Brown (79'), McIntosh (80')

Jim McInally and the Blue Toon banished a dismal run of form against last season's Scottish League One runners up Stranraer with victory at Stair Park.

Two goals from Rory McAllister put the visitors on top before Jordon Brown put the icing on the cake. Leighton McIntosh's close range strike in the 80' minute proved to be the cherry on top.

For the second week running, hitman Rory McAllister opened the scoring for Peterhead with a set piece goal. When Scott Rumsby brought McAllister down just outside the box in the 5th minute, the striker dusted himself off and netted with a low strike.

McAllister's effort was all that separated the two sides going into the break after Peterhead and Stranraer both had a decent share of the ball.

It was in the 57th minute that the visitors pressed home their advantage. McAllister, on target yet again, doubled the Blue Toon's lead with a right-footed shot into the net from a corner.

Then 20 minutes later Brown sealed all three points with a guided header, before substitute McIntosh once again impressed and bagged himself a share of the goal-scoring spoils.

Peterhead: Smith, Blockley, Strachan, Gilchrist, Brown, Dzierzawski, Stevenson, Redman, Riley, McAllister. Sutherland. Subs: Adams, McIntosh, Baptie, Ferries, Lawrence, Rodgers, Jarvie.

Stranraer: Brennan, Robertson, Rumsby, Keenan, Pettigrew, McGuigan, Thomson, Bell, Stirling, Malcolm, Longworth. Subs: Aitken, Cairney, McCloskey, Currie, McGill, Mair, Rowan.

Ref: Kevin Graham
Att: 328

Additional Info

  • Home Team Stranraer 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 4
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

Saturday August 8 2015

PETERHEAD 2-2 STENHOUSEMUIR

Scorers: McAllister (61, pen) Brown (74), Murray (4) Smith (10).

The Blue Toon were forced to battle back from a two-goal deficit after visiting Stenhousemuir opened their season with aplomb.

The Warriors took the lead only four minutes into the new campaign when Euan Murray headed home before Allan Smith doubled the advantage moments later.

Peterhead's luck began to turn though when Stuart Malcolm was sent for an early bath for a second booking in the 50th minute.

Another silly challenge, this time from Jamie McCormack, gifted Rory McAllister an opportunity to open his account from the spot in the 61st minute. The hitman netted to half the deficit.

Then in the 74th minute Jordon Brown levelled the scoring, firing home from inside the box to claim a point for the Balmoor boys.

Peterhead: Smith, Blockley (Ferries 66'), Strachan, Gilchrist, Baptie (Rodgers 60'), Dzierzawski, Brown, Stevenson, Riley (McIntosh 75), McAllister, Sutherland. Subs: Redman, Adams, McIntosh, Ferries, Lawrence, Rodgers, Jarvie.

Stenhousemuir: Barclay, Meechan, Malcolm, Murray, Summers, Millar, Robertson, Stirling, Cook (Henderson 70'), McMenamin (McShane 89'), Smith (McCormack 54'). Subs: Henderson, McShane, Mazana-Martinez, McCormack, McCroary, Eddington.

Ref: George Salmond
Att: 530

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Stenhousemuir 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
Mon 03 Aug 2015

RANGERS 3-0 PETERHEAD

RANGERS 3-0 PETERHEAD

Scottish League Cup – Round 1

02/08/2015

The Blue Toon may have been defeated in their first trip to Ibrox since 2013 but left Glasgow with their heads held high. Jim McInally’s men made a valiant effort to take the game to a superior Rangers team who took advantage of the visitors’ ‘kamikaze’ last throw of the dice.

Both sides went into the game on the back of goal gluts against Brechin and Hibs respectively but it was the Gers who were able to keep up their form in front of goal, with strikes from David Templeton, Kenny Miller and man of the match James Travernier the difference.

The margin of victory could have been more if not for a series of stunning saves from former Ibrox stopper Graeme Smith.

McInally managed the Blue Toon during the 2012/13 campaign which saw the Light Blues drop to the fourth tier of Scottish football, and the Peterhead boss claimed four points in four clashes against McCoist’s men.

But the new-look Gers side proved more dangerous and McInally believes his opponents are now Premiership quality.

After the final whistle he said: “There’s no doubt they’ve improved. But if we’d sat the way we were sitting in the first half it could’ve finished 1-0. I didn’t think they exposed us in the first half.

“Graeme Smith had one or two good saves in the first half but in the second half he was fantastic and if it wasn’t for him it could’ve been another six like they got last week.”

The Balmoor boss praised the travelling Peterhead support, and explained his bold second-half strategy which saw the visitors finish the match with four strikers on the pitch.

He continued: “We certainly made it a more entertaining game for the supporters in the second half because of the kamikaze way we played but as Mark Warburton said, it was a pre-season game and that’s the way I’ll treat it.

“The game wasn’t going to be normal for us. Rangers are probably Premiership standard and it was always going to be tough.”

He added that the trip to Ibrox proved a “difficult day at the office” for his side.

Rangers had more of the ball in the first half but Peterhead’s organised play and impressive goalkeeping kept the tie at 0-0 until the 40th minute.

Then David Templeton side-footed past Smith to put the Light Blues into the lead. The visitors held on until half time before pushing forward in the second half.

In the 53rd minute McInally made the first change of the game, with Jamie Stevenson coming off to be replaced by new boy Leighton McIntosh who looked lively throughout.

The home side then paraded their strength in depth, swapping Nicky Law and goalscorer Templeton with Jason Holt and Ibrox hero Kenny Miller.

Jordon Brown took a knock and was replaced by summer signing Scott Ferris before Rangers’ impressive Barrie McKay made way for Nicky Clark.

Then the game turned when in the 75th minute Travernier crossed for Kenny Miller to jab the ball past Smith and into the bottom corner.

Once again the visitors pushed on and McInally threw on striker Andy Rodgers to replaced the fit-again Jamie Redman.

But the bold throw of the dice proved to no avail and left back Travernier sealed the result when he found himself in space on the right hand side of the box and curled around Smithy into the far corner.

Peterhead: Graeme Smith, Nathan Blockley, Steven Noble, Ryan Strachan, Scott Ross, Kevin Dzierzawski, Jamie Stevenson, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Shane Sutherland, Jordon Brown.

Subs: Paul Jarvie, Leighton McIntosh, Andy Rodgers, Scott Ferris, Scott Adams, Mark Lawrence, Ryan Baptie.

Rangers: Wes Foderingham, James, Tavernier, Rob Kiernan, Lee Wallace, Nicky Law, David Templeton, Andrew Halliday, Barrie McKay, Dean Shiels, Danny Wilson, Martyn Waghorn.

Subs: Liam Kelly, Kenny Miller, Nicky Clark, Fraser Aird, Jason Holt, Marius Zaliukas, Tom Walsh.

Referee: Greg Aitken

Assistant Referees: Gary Hilland, Kevin McElhinney.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Rangers 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
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