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PETERHEAD 1-1 BERWICK RANGERS

By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead came from behind against a battling Berwick but this was two points dropped rather than one gained in their League 2 title push.

It was a tale of two penalties and not too much else as the Blue Toon’s sticky patch continued.

There were some openings for Jim McInally’s team in the first half but they failed to convert meaning they trailed at the interval.

Rory McAllister levelled with 14 minutes remaining but it was an opportunity missed to make up ground on leaders Montrose, who shared four goals with Elgin.

Allan Smith had a chance to give Peterhead an eighth minute lead with a 12 yard shot, which was beaten away by Robby McCrorie.

Then in the 21st minute, McAllister, after cutting in from the left, stung the palms of McCrorie and Jordon Brown failed to direct the rebound on target.

There was a scare for the hosts soon after when Ousmane See was sent through on goal but Greg Fleming was able to force the striker wide after racing off his line allowing Blue Toon bodies to get back and cover.

McAllister ought to have given Peterhead the lead on the half hour after latching on to a sublime Simon Ferry pass but the striker could not beat McCrorie, who spread himself to make a fine save.

The visitors did carry a threat going forward and they went in front in the 33rd minute after See was chopped down by Aidan McIlduff. Fleming dived to his right to save Paul Willis’ spot-kick but Steven Thomson slotted in the rebound.

There was almost an instant Peterhead reply when Jordon Brown struck the crossbar with a sidefoot volley from six yards after good work from McAllister.

After the break, on loan Dumbarton winger Chris Johnston tested McCrorie with a shot from just inside the box but the goalkeeper was seldom called upon as the clock began to tick down.

McCrory was well protected by the Berwick backline, although a clumsy challenge from Robert Wilson gave Peterhead the chance to equalise in the 76th minute.

Mason Robertson whipped in a teasing cross and Wilson wrestled substitute Russell McLean to the ground, allowing McAllister to tuck away the penalty.

Youngsters Aaron Norris and Scott Adams were both introduced from the bench, with Norris delivering a couple of dangerous deliveries, but Berwick held on to collect their fourth point from Balmoor this season.

 

                               Fleming

Jas.Brown McCracken Robertson McIlduff

                       Ferry       S.Brown

Johnston               Jo.Brown            Smith

                              McAllister

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Berwick Rangers 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Honours even in disappointing Balmoor battle

EDINBURGH CITY 0-0 PETERHEAD

Peterhead were forced to settle for only their second draw of the season after they were held by Edinburgh at Ainslie Park.

There were no goals in the capital as the Blue Toon slipped six points adrift of League 2 leaders Montrose, who scored late to defeat Stenhousemuir, Jamie Redman’s header creating daylight between the top two.

After losing to the Gable Endies last weekend, boss Jim McInally made three changes to his starting line-up.

Newcomer Chris Johnston, 24 hours aftet signing on loan from Dumbarton, was pitched straight in while Allan Smith and Jamie Stevenson were also recalled.

Jordon Brown, Russell McLean and Simon Ferry dropped down to the bench, although all three were introduced in the second half.

Johnston went close to scoring on his debut with an angled shot, which fizzed wide in the 25th minute, and Scott Brown saw a rising effort go just over moments later.

Veteran City striker Craig Beattie, who came on as a first half substitute, failed to direct a six yard header on target in the 65th minute before Graham Taylor blasted a 14 yard drive wide.

The deadlock would not be broken, however, as Peterhead played out their first 0-0 since March last year.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Edinburgh City 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Goalless encounter at Ainslie Park

PETERHEAD 0-1 MONTROSE
By Glenn Moir

 

Sometimes a draw is good enough.

That was the point Peterhead boss Jim McInally made to his players after leaders Montrose nicked the win at Balmoor.

The Blue Toon went into the match eyeing top spot in League 2 but it was a cagey contest with few chances created.

Having played the last two midweeks, including a long journey to Berwick, a share of the points would have been a favourable outcome for the Buchan team, given they still have two games in hand.

However, they have become accustomed to winning in recent months and their quest for three points here saw them ultimately end up with none.

Montrose were well aware of Peterhead’s recent exertions, which was why they sat back and offered little as an attacking threat.

Their aim was to stifle, stay in the game and then when the legs of their opponents started to tire, become a bit more adventurous.

That was exactly how the game panned out, with Chris Templeman scoring the winner with 16 minutes left.

Prior to that, the hosts had asked the most questions, although barring an early Russell McLean header which flashed wide and a 29th minute Rory McAllister drive that was saved by Allan Fleming, there was not much to choose between the teams.

It was apparent from quite early on that one goal would be enough in this match and McInally’s men, not willing to settle for a point, thought they could get it.

But it was Templeman, who struck down the other end after a quickly taken free-kick.

Graham Webster, a former Blue Toon loanee, broke into the box and fired a shot against the post and the veteran striker was on hand to dispatch the rebound, despite the best efforts of the sliding Jason Brown.

Moments later, Greg Fleming smashed his attempted clearance off Templeman and it looked like the ball would ricochet into the net until the home keeper scampered back.

McAllister nearly came up with a last-minute leveller after taking a great first touch to control Aidan McIlduff’s cross but he blazed his shot over as Montrose pulled four points clear.

 

                           Fleming
S.Brown Jas.Brown McCracken McIlduff
                  Gibson Ferry Leitch
McLean           McAllister        Jo.Brown

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Montrose 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Peterhead suffer narrow defeat in table-topping clash

BERWICK RANGERS 2-3 PETERHEAD

Peterhead recovered from a Berwick fightback to claim a narrow win at Shielfield Park and move back to within a point of League 2 leaders Montrose.

The Blue Toon built up a two-goal lead thanks to David McCracken’s header and Rory McAllister’s penalty.

But the home team replied just before half time and early in the second half, the game was back in the balance.

However, Jack Leitch restored the Buchan men’s advantage with a strike, which proved to be the winner.

It was exactly the response boss Jim McInally had hoped for after his side’s defeat to Clyde at the weekend.

Skipper McCracken opened the scoring on the quarter hour mark, nodding in Willie Gibson’s delivery.

McAllister converted a spot-kick in the 41st minute to put Peterhead in command after Jordon Brown, who replaced the injured Jamie Stevenson, was fouled by Steven Notman.

Berwick battled back though and two minutes before the interval, Livingston loanee Jack Hamilton drove a shot beyond Greg Fleming into the bottom corner.

Robbie Horn’s team then drew level in the 52nd minute, Ousman See collecting a Gary Phillips pass and drilling a shot from inside the box into the net.

That could have set Peterhead back but to their credit they regrouped and came up with the decisive goal in the 71st minute.

McAllister was the provider as Leitch tucked the ball home from close range to turn the heat up on Montrose, who visit Balmoor on Saturday.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Berwick Rangers 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Matchwinner Leitch the Jack in the box

CLYDE 1-0 PETERHEAD

Peterhead’s winning run in League 2 was ended by Clyde, who scored late to pick up a first win at Broadwood since August.

David Goodwillie came up with the decisive strike with five minutes remaining when the game was heading for stalemate.

The result was a setback for the second-top Blue Toon, who slipped four points behind leaders Montrose following the Gable Endies’ victory over Stirling Albion.

Peterhead twice went close in the first half, Jack Leitch just missing the target with a low drive and then Rory McAllister firing narrowly wide with a shot from outside of the box.

Clyde had a couple of efforts from distance after the interval but Peterhead looked comfortable, although they had to replace Mason Robertson through injury with 12 minutes remaining.

Just when it looked like both sides would have to settle for a point apiece, Goodwillie struck from close range.

The former Scotland international was on hand to knock the ball under Greg Fleming from Barry Cuddihy’s assist and claim Clyde’s first home goal since November 11th.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Clyde 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Goodwillie’s goal proves decisive at Broadwood

PETERHEAD 2-3 DUMBARTON
By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead bowed out of the Scottish Cup but only after giving Championship side Dumbarton a major scare at Balmoor.

The Sons had to withstand plenty of pressure in the second half and had their goalkeeper Scott Gallacher to thank for booking their place in round five.

The outcome was tough on Jim McInally’s men, who never, at any stage, looked beaten despite falling behind twice in a gripping contest.

Calum Gallagher gave the visitors the lead in the 11th minute after Greg Fleming fumbled Dougie Hill’s free-kick.

Peterhead claimed their goalkeeper had been fouled but referee Gavin Ross did not whistle, which was a rarity in this tie, and Gallagher swept into an unguarded net.

The hosts pulled themselves level, however, in the 31st minute with Jason Brown getting on the scoresheet for the eighth time this season.

The big defender notched from close range after good work from Mason Robertson, following Willie Gibson’s free-kick.

The teams went in level at half-time, which was just about right, but Russell McLean passed up a golden opportunity four minutes into the second half to put Peterhead in the driving seat.

McLean got the better of Andy Dowie but after homing in on goal, he failed to beat Gallacher, who pulled off a smart save.

From there, Dumbarton scored twice in quick succession to take maximum advantage of the reprieve.

Iain Russell picked out Gallagher, who slotted past Fleming in the 53rd minute to claim his second of the night.

Before Peterhead could react, Stephen Aitken’s side scored again four minutes later with Russell sending a six yard header into the net from David Wilson’s corner.

The Blue Toon certainly did not throw in the towel though.

Rory McAllister, who was on the bench due to family reasons, was immediately introduced and came within inches of an instant reply.

Even though the clock ticked down, the tie was from far dead especially after Robertson reduced the arrears with seven minutes remaining.  Gibson’s inswinging free-kick was expertly taken and Robertson was able to glance a header inside the far post.  

It was attack versus defence as Dumbarton desperately tried to cling on and Gallacher pulled off a stunning stop with seconds left to finger-tip David McCracken’s goalbound header over the crossbar.

In the end, Peterhead ran out of time rather than steam but this was still a great effort against opponents from two leagues above.

 

                                  Fleming

           Robertson McCracken Jas.Brown 

   Stevenson S.Brown Ferry Gibson McIlduff

                                   Leitch

                                  McLean

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Dumbarton 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Frustrating fourth round exit for brave Blue Toon
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