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PETERHEAD 2-0 BERWICK RANGERS

ATT 522

 

Peterhead showed patience to break Berwick’s resistance in a significant victory, which saw them replace Edinburgh as League 2 leaders.

It looked like being a frustrating afternoon for the Blue Toon but they eventually got the goals their play deserved. 

Key to the win was substitute Rory McAllister, who made the breakthrough with a fine 72nd minute free-kick before assisting Jack Leitch in stoppage time.

Greg Fleming also had a role to play, making two big saves in the first six minutes to keep out Craig Hume’s header and then spreading himself well to thwart Daryl Healy, who was through on goal.

The woodwork came to Berwick’s rescue in the 16th minute, Leitch’s downward header bouncing up off the turf and striking the crossbar from Jason Brown’s centre.

There were one or two other chances for the home team prior to the interval but they stepped it up in the second half after McAllister took the place of Cammy Eadie.

Derek Lyle wasted a golden opportunity in the 61st minute when he somehow sent a close-range header over the crossbar after excellent wing work from Ryan Dow.

But the deadlock was broken after McAllister won and scored a free-kick on the angle 25 yards out.  McAllister, managing a back problem, struck his effort up and over the wall and the ball flew past the helpless Kyle Allison.

More openings were passed up by Jim McInally’s men in the closing stages but they sealed the points with seconds remaining to go above Edinburgh on goal difference.

McAllister darted into the box after cutting in from the left flank and he rolled in Leitch, who slotted into the bottom corner from eight yards.

 

 

Fleming, J.Brown, Boyle, Eadie (McAllister 57), Dunlop, Ferry (Home 79), Leitch, Gibson, S.Brown, Dow, Lyle (McLean 76)

Unused. Henderson. McCracken. Willox

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Berwick Rangers 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Key contribution from second-half sub McAllister

Albion Rovers 0

Peterhead 2

 

Peterhead scored two second half goals to pick up three points against Albion Rovers in Coatbridge.

Ryan Dow’s header shortly after the interval and a strike from substitute Russell McLean gave the Blue Toon the victory.

Following last week’s defeat to Clyde, Derek Lyle was preferred ahead of Willie Gibson but the veteran midfielder was required midway through the first half after Rory McAllister picked up an injury.

Cammy Eadie saw a header narrowly miss the target as Albion got to half-time unscathed.

However, the League 2 basement side fell behind four minutes after the restart when Dow nodded in from close range.

McLean then replaced Jamie Stevenson, who suffered a knock, and the big striker made sure of the points in the 71st minute.

The former East Kilbride man lashed a shot beyond Albion’s trialist goalkeeper to keep Peterhead in second spot in the table.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Albion Rovers 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Dow and McLean net second half goals for Peterhead

PETERHEAD 1

CLYDE 2

 

A late collapse saw Peterhead miss out on the chance to go top of League 2 after Clyde scored twice in the closing stages to revive their own title hopes.

Without hitting the heights, the afternoon had been going to plan for the Blue Toon - Ryan Dow’s goal separating the sides at Balmoor and Edinburgh losing against Stirling Albion.

However, a costly last five minutes scuppered their chances of displacing City as a two-horse title race quickly became three.

Clyde impressed, especially in the second half, with a neat passing style, although they did not create too many openings.

They did, however, force Greg Fleming into a 20th minute save when David Goodwillie raced into the box but his angled shot was well-blocked by the home goalkeeper.

Peterhead took the lead on the half hour mark after a terrible misjudgement from Jordan Stewart.

The Clyde full-back tried to chest back to his goalkeeper but got it horribly wrong as the ball struck the far post, allowing Dow to tap in from close range.

There were not too many chances at either end but the visitors had the lion’s share of the ball, which they circulated well.

The Blue Toon did not intentionally retreat.  Instead, they were pushed back and Clyde were rewarded for their possession in a dramatic finale.

Goodwillie struck a low shot off the near post and substitute Ally Love reacted first to net the rebound.

That was in the 85th minute and Danny Lennon’s team went on to score the winner soon after when Mark Lamont flashed a 14 yard shot inside the far corner.

 

Fleming, Eadie, Boyle, Dunlop, Stevenson, Ferry, Leitch (Lyle 66), S.Brown, W.Gibson, Dow (J.Brown 76), McAllister (McLean 76)

Unused. R.Gibson. Home

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Clyde 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Missed opportunity for Peterhead in League 2 title race

Elgin 0

Peterhead 3

 

Peterhead ramped up the pressure on Edinburgh City with a fine victory at 10-man Elgin.

Jack Leitch lashed in the opener in the 14th minute and even though Rory McAllister failed to convert a penalty midway through the first half, Ryan Dow’s strike ensured they had a two-goal cushion into the interval.

Leitch scored his second and Peterhead’s third in the closing stages as the Blue Toon cut the gap at the top to three points following Edinburgh’s draw at Berwick.

Leitch’s opener gave Kyle Gourlay no chance, his shot from outside the penalty area flying into the top corner.

Darryl McHardy was sent off for the Borough Briggs team in the 24th minute, picking up a red card for hauling down McAllister and conceding a penalty.

McAllister’s spot-kick was well-saved by Gourlay but Peterhead quickly set about making the most of their numerical advantage and they increased their lead in the 32nd minute through a fine rising effort from Dow.

Leitch completed the scoring with 12 minutes left with a close-range header following Jamie Stevenson’s cross to make it three goals and three points for the visitors.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Elgin 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Double from Leitch and Dow strike gives Blue Toon victory

PETERHEAD 4-1 STIRLING ALBION

 

An efficient Peterhead kept up their League 2 title tilt by sweeping aside Stirling Albion, whose five game unbeaten run was abruptly ended at Balmoor.

Two goals in each half saw the Blue Toon run out comfortable winners in what was a solid rather than spectacular display.

The scoring began in the 14th minute through an excellent Jack Leitch effort, the midfielder controlling the ball with a neat touch and then rifling a volley beyond Cameron Binnie from just inside the box.

Equally impressive was Rory McAllister’s goal in the 28th minute as the striker rounded the goalkeeper and from a really tight angle, found the opposite corner with a precision finish.

In between those two strikes was a gilt-edged chance for Stirling’s Darren Smith, who somehow slid a close-range shot wide after a fine Dylan Mackin cross.

Jamie Stevenson then provided a couple of assists in the second half to seal the points for the hosts.

His 55th minute corner found the unmarked Derek Lyle but the veteran forward still had an awful lot to do as he superbly looped a header inside the far post.

Stevenson’s next set-piece, in the 63rd minute, was nodded goalward by Cammy Eadie  and although the visiting defence thought they had cleared, the referee ruled the ball had already crossed the line.

Ronan Hughes turned in a Reg McLaren cross with two minutes left but that just a mere consolation for Stirling.

 

 

Peterhead XI

 

Fleming

 

Stevenson

Eadie

Dunlop

Gibson

 

Ferry

Brown

Leitch

Dow

 

Lyle 

McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 4
  • Away Team Stirling Albion 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Two goals in each half hands Peterhead points

Edinburgh City 1

Peterhead 1

 

There is no change at the top of League 2 after Peterhead were unable to hold on to their lead at title rivals Edinburgh.

An away win at Ainslie Park would have seen the Blue Toon replace City at the summit.

They were on course to do just that when Jason Brown scored from close range on the hour mark.

But the division’s top scorer Blair Henderson wiped out Peterhead’s lead nine minutes later and that was how the match ended.

The home team finished with 10-men after Andrew Black was sent off with 11 minutes remaining but they held on to stay top.

It still was not a bad point for Jim McInally’s men, who had intended to start with Derek Lyle until the veteran striker picked up an injury in the warm-up.

The match was stalemate until Brown bundled in 15 minutes into the second period.  Edinburgh could not defend a set-piece as Brown stabbed in from just a few yards out.

But back came James McDonaugh’s team and they levelled through Henderson following a swift break.  Former Blue Toon forward Allan Smith provided the assist as Henderson moved on to 21 goals for the season.

Black was dismissed for picking up two yellow cards and although Peterhead substitute Callum Home forced Calum Antel into a fine save in stoppage time, Edinburgh clung on to reigster their first draw of the campaign.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Edinburgh City 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Peterhead denied top spot after Edinburgh hit back
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