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Peterhead lost out to ten-man League One side Stenhousemuir in the Second Round of the Ramsdens Cup – and again there was a feeling that Jim McInally’s side had shot themselves in the foot.

A glorious David Cox strike had the Blue Toon ahead midway through the first half, but Cox’s mistake led to a leveller for the visitors.

The Blue Toon had a golden chance to win the game when ex-Toon man Ross Smith was sent packing in giving away an injury-time penalty, but Ryan Strachan’s spot kick was saved and Stenny went on to win thanks to extra-time goals goals from Darren Smith and Ross McNeil.

With Rory McAllister serving the second of a two-game club suspension, and Andy Rodgers the first of a three-match SFA suspension for his red card on Saturday, Fraser McLaren was handed his first start up front, in place of Ryan McCann.

It was a side otherwise unchanged from the defeat to Stirling Albion, although there was a change of formation with Bryan Gilfillan starting in midfield having been part of a five-man defence at the weekend.

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It was the visitors who were quicker out of the trap and, after eight minutes, striker John Gemmell took advantage of a mix-up between Strachan and Scott Ross to get a shot away, but from 16 yards he hit wide of the target.

A couple of minutes later, Jordon Brown sent an acrobatic volley wide of Chris Smith’s right-hand post after Jamie Redman had headed down Steven Noble’s free-kick from the left.

Peterhead were beginning to settle into the game after a cagey start, and Redman deserved better from the next opportunity.

Ross lifted the ball forward, and Redman went past three Warriors defenders before directing a low, left-footed shot towards the bottom corner of the goal, only for Chris Smith to get down smartly to turn round the post.

Nobody could argue, on the balance of play, that the home side didn’t deserve their opener when it came – and what a goal it was.

Redman was again involved, flicking on a Graeme Smith goal kick for McLaren. He touched the ball to Brown, who lofted a superb pass over the head of Eddie Malone to Cox. The winger beat the offside trap, and raced in before lifting the ball high into the far top corner of the net.

Strachan became the first name in the book when he brought down Sean Dickson on the edge of the area. Gemmell took the resultant free-kick, but hit straight into the wall. It was, though, a warning shot from the ‘The Beast’.

And there was another soon after. He plucked a Chris Smith clearance out of the air and combined with Dickson before unloading from the edge of the ‘D’. Graeme Smith in the Peterhead goal was beaten, but the ball cannoned back off the upright.

There was confusion eight minutes from the break as referee Mat Northcroft penalised Malone for a backpass to goalkeeper Smith. Malone had clearly used his knee, a fact pointed out by the stand-side assistant, and play resumed with a drop-ball, which McLaren sportingly returned to Chris Smith.

The final chance of the first-half saw Gilfillan pick out the run of McLaren with a fine ball over the top. The ex-Berwick Rangers man brought it down well but flashed his effort across the face of goal.

There were no changes at the interval, but Craig Anderson lasted only two minutes of the second half before being withdrawn for McNeil, Anderson appearing to suffer a calf strain.

McLaren was causing problems in attack, and he picked off a Darren Smith pass before heading for the right wing. After beating the recovering Smith, he rolled a low pass into the path of Brown but the former Aberdeen man couldn’t direct his effort on target.

And Peterhead were punished for not taking their chances, when Gemmell capitalised on Cox’s mistake after 63 minutes.

Starved of options in midfield, the former Kilmarnock man was a little short in his pass-back to Graeme Smith and Gemmell’s run was enough for the goalkeeper to take his eye off the ball. Both missed it, but Gemmell reacted first to turn into the empty net.

Stenny had been the better side in the second half up until that point, but Peterhead were jolted into life and should have won the game in injury time.

Noble played a fine ball up the left channel for McLaren to run onto. He raced onto the ball and invited a clumsy challenge of Ross Smith. Smith took the bait, and referee Northcroft was left with no choice but to point to the spot, and dismiss Smith for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

With McAllister unavailable, it was Ryan Strachan who stepped up to the spot, but the former Celtic man sent his spot kick weakly to the left of Chris Smith, and the former St Mirren man saved comfortably.

If the penalty miss was a blow, the Blue Toon were utterly shell-shocked when they fell behind three minutes into extra-time.

It was a goal of the simplest nature. Chris Smith launched a free-kick into the far corner of the pitch. Gemmell peeled off his man and drilled a low cross across goal, and Darren Smith slid in to turn home from all of a yard, completing the triumvirate of Smith’s playing key roles in the game.

It could have been three after Brown was short with a ball intended for Ross. Sean Higgins stole in and slid a pass to Gemmell, but the striker hit wide of the target. Down 2-1 against ten men in extra-time of a cup-tie, McInally had thrown men forward in droves.

Graeme Sharp rolled back the years to reprise the left-wing role that was once his, and it almost paid dividends . He left Brown Ferguson for dead and sent a teasing ball to the near post from the bye-line, but McLaren was off-target with his header.

Patient play on the left saw Noble combine with McLaren before teeing up Brown. The midfielder worked the ball onto his left foot before sending in a low shot which deflected past the upright off sub Daniel Nimmo.

As more and more Peterhead men were thrown forward – they ended the match with just two men in defence – they became more susceptible to the counter attack, and in injury-time at the end of extra-time, they were caught out.

Dickson picked out the unmarked substitute McNeil from a throw-in, and the youngster went past McCann and Strachan before slotting past the unprotected Smith to wrap things up.

PETERHEAD: Graeme Smith, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Ryan Strachan, Scott Ross, Dean Cowie (Conner McGlinchey, 70), David Cox (Kevin Buchan, 79), Jamie Redman, Fraser McLaren, Jordon Brown, Bryan Gilfillan (Ryan McCann, 79). Subs not used: Dean Richardson, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Strachan, Cowie, Brown, Buchan.

STENHOUSEMUIR: Chris Smith, Brown Ferguson (Robbie Duncan, 112), Alan Lawson (Daniel Nimmo, 91), Ross Smith, Eddie Malone, Craig Anderson (Ross McNeil, 47), Sean Dickson, Sean Lynch, John Gemmell, Sean Higgins, Darren Smith. Subs not used: Errol Douglas, Dean Shaw (gk).

Booked: R. Smith, Malone. Sent off: R. Smith.

Attendance: 473

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Stenhousemuir 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

A blunted attack and individual mistakes at the back cost Peterhead dear, as the Blue Toon succumbed to Stirling Albion in a match both sides finished with ten men.

Dale Fulton seized upon Bryan Gilfillan’s mistake to put the home side ahead, and although the Blue Toon had plenty of possession, they eventually conceded a second as Phil Johnston fired home from 20 yards.

In a game which was at times more than a little tetchy, both sides were reduced to ten men when Peterhead sub Andy Rodgers and Binos captain Jamie Bishop clashed off the ball, Rodgers shown a straight red card and ex-Blue Toon loanee Bishop handed a second yellow.

Peterhead had lined up in an unfamiliar 5-3-2 formation, with Ryan Strachan stepping into the team in place of Conner McGlinchey following suspension. Ryan McCann, fit again after an ankle knock played just off David Cox in attack.

The big miss, though, was Rory McAllister who, it was later revealed, has been suspended following a breach of club discipline.

It didn’t take long for the match to heat up, as Cox and Bishop became engaged in an off-the-ball incident after just ten minutes. It seemed to go completely unseen by the officials, and the duo shook hands and got on with it.

Much of the play was in the midfield area in the opening stages, and it took another ten minutes for the first real chance of the game. A slack pass out of the Binos defence fell to Jordon Brown and he flashed a 20-yard strike narrowly beyond the left-hand upright.

The opening goal came after 27 minutes, and it was borne out of mistakes.  Jamie Redman played a ball backwards to Gilfillan in the centre of defence. Gilfillan was somewhat casual in moving the ball on, and Fulton was alert enough to cut out his pass and advance on Graeme Smith before sliding the ball home off the inside of the  post.

Johnston had been booked a couple of minutes earlier for a bodycheck on Cox, and the former Annan man also went into the book when the roles were reversed soon after.

Graeme Smith

Peterhead were missing a focal point up front with McAllister missing and Rodgers still not felt to be fit enough to start the match, and that meant the pressure was on the midfield to come up with the goals.

Dean Cowie tried to oblige with a 20-yard drive which was narrowly off target, but the Blue Toon should have been level three minutes from the break.

McCann beat goalkeeper David Crawford to a short passback, but was forced away from goal. He set himself to shoot but allowed the keeper to recover to save, when perhaps a pass back to Cox would have given a better angle from which to score.

The home side’s Chris Smith had headed a Kieran McAnespie corner over the bar and another McAnespie set piece saw Mark Ferry force a low save from Peterhead’s Smith.

The last action of the first half saw Strachan hit wide after the home side could only half-clear a deep free-kick from Gilfillan.

The tetchy nature of the game continued into the second half. Sharp had been booked shortly before the break for kicking  ball away, and five minutes after the restart he was tugged back by Graham Weir, the Stirling man also going into the book.

The home side had their goalkeeper to thank for keeping them ahead when he got down low to his right to block Gilfillan’s diving header from a right-wing free-kick. Brown kept the ball alive but Crawford again blocked as he shot from a tight angle.

Bishop picked up his first booking for a cynical swipe at Brown just before the hour, and from the resultant free-kick, Strachan’s powerful drive forced a save from Crawford.

Peterhead had enjoyed the bulk of the play so far in the second half, but had Smith to thank for keeping them in the game, as the former Rangers goalkeeper made a fine double-save to deny Jordan White and Fulton.

Cox and McCann were soon replaced with Rodgers and Fraser McLaren, and that seemed to interrupt the flow of the Peterhead attack, although Rodgers did force a fine save from Crawford as he sent a fine volley across the goalkeeper.

The home side soon doubled their lead, against the run of play. Scott Ross brought down White, but referee Euan Anderson correctly allowed an advantage as the ball broke to Johnston, and the midfielder sent a low shot swerving past Smith and into the bottom-right corner of the net.

Rodgers and Bishop saw red in the 82nd minute after they clashed while Peterhead prepared to take a corner, and the frustration of Peterhead was evident as Ross was booked in injury time for kicking the ball away.

STIRLING ALBION: David Crawford, Ross McGeachie, Ross Forsyth, Kieran McAnespie, Jamie Bishop, Chris Smith, Phil Johnston, Mark Ferry (David McClune, 76), Jordan White, Graham Weir (Jamie McCunnie, 85), Dale Fulton (David Weatherston, 66). Subs not used: Bradley Coyne, Stephen Day, Jamie Clark, Sean Robertson (gk).

Booked: Johnston, Weir, Bishop.

Sent off: Bishop.

PETERHEAD: Graeme Smith, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Ryan Strachan, Scott Ross, Dean Cowie (Conner McGlinchey, 76), David Cox (Andy Rodgers, 66), Jamie Redman, Ryan McCann (Fraser McLaren, 66), Jordon Brown, Bryan Gilfillan. Subs not used: Kevin Buchan, Dean Richardson, Jake Fitzgerald, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Cox, Sharp, Ross.

Sent off: Rodgers.

Attendance: 573.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Stirling Albion 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

Peterhead twice had to come from behind to kick off their league campaign with a draw at home to Annan Athletic – but in the end could have won the game against Jim Chapman’s side.

David Hopkirk twice put the visitors ahead but former Annan pair Bryan Gilfillan and David Cox each found the net against their former club to secure the points.

Missing Ryan Strachan through suspension, Scott Ross was called back into action in the centre of defence, while Bryan Gilfillan started in place of the injured Ryan McCann.

The first real effort in anger came from the boot of McAllister. He brought down Jamie Redman’s flick on his knee and struck a left-footed volley on the spin, the shot spinning up and over the bar.

Annan looked a threat, and after Peter Weatherson had seen a shot turned away for a corner. From the set piece, the ball was cleared as far as Matty Flynn, and his driven effort from 20-yards was blocked by Graeme Sharp.

Flynn was involved again as the visitors took the lead after 24 minutes. He sent a great ball over the top, and Hopkirk got in front of Scott Ross to take the ball round Graeme Smith and slide into the net.

Cox celebrates his goal

Brown missed a gilt-edged change to level the scores when McAllister burst clear on the left, and outbattled Annan full-back Steven Black, before squaring for the former Dons youngster, who somehow hit wide from eight yards.

Within sixty seconds, Ross was left to breathe a sigh of relief. He and Hopkirk collided just outside the area as they chased another long ball out of defence, but referee Kevin Graham deemed that it had been an accidental collision rather than a foul.

After the restart, Peterhead looked a different team, and they came mighty close to levelling when Gilfillan knocked down a McAllister pass for Brown on the edge of the area, the young midfielder unleashing a superb volleyed strike that fizzed narrowly wide.

It was the home side who were making all the running at this point, and they managed to get themselves level a minute later.

Cox hung a corner up to the back post, and utility man Gilfillan climbed up and over McAllister at the back post to squeeze a header past Alex Mitchell in the visitors’ goal.

With the flow of play, it seemed the goal would provide a platform from which the Blue Toon could build, but their good work was undone within a minute, and again it was a soft goal to lose.

From the kick-off, Annan worked the ball back to the experienced Weatherson. He lifted the ball over the top, and Hopkirk beat the onrushing Smith to the ball before lofting delightfully over the stricken goalkeeper and into the net.

Peterhead could have been back on level terms when Weatherson sliced a clearance up in the air, just after the hour mark. Mitchell would have been within his rights to catch the ball as there was certainly no intent to play a pass-back, but the goalkeeper opted to deal with the situation with his feet.

He, too, sliced the ball under pressure from McAllister, and was delighted to grasp the ball as it came back at him off the inside of his own upright. Blushes spared all round.

Peterhead brought on former Gretna and Berwick winger Fraser McLaren as a trialist with 25 minutes left, as they threw men forward in a bid to rescue the game. That meant Gilfillan dropped into the back four, with Steven Noble returning to his more familiar left-back slot.

However, the visitors should have tied the match up after 73 minutes, and it would have been a self-inflicted wound. Weatherson’s long ball should have been dealt with by Graeme Sharp, but he was caught in possession by Hopkirk. The striker homed in on goal but unselfishly opted to play in Kenny Mackay, who saw his shot saved by Smith in the Peterhead goal.

The Blue Toon were running short of defenders though; Scott Ross suffered cramp and had to be replaced by Andy Rodgers, with Jamie Redman dropping to the heart of defence alongside Gilfillan. Then Noble went off with an ankle knock, to be replaced by Dean Richardson.

And Richardson was involved in the equaliser with five minutes remaining. He slid a ball up the channel to McAllister, who laid the ball into the path of Cox.

The former Annan striker cut inside, and from the edge of the area he drilled a low shot beyond Mitchell, finding the bottom-left corner of the net.

They had chances to win it. McLaren raced in from the right to meet Richardson’s deep cross with a first-time strike, but taking the ball awkwardly with his left-foot, the winger turned over the bar.

With almost the last kick of the ball, McAllister should have found the net. Rodgers flicked on a Sharp cross, and the former Brechin man set himself, only to scuff his shot wide of the far post.

PETERHEAD: Graeme Smith, Graeme Sharp, Conner McGlinchey (Trialist, 66), Scott Ross (Andy Rodgers, 74), Steven Noble (Dean Richardson, 80), Dean Cowie, David Cox, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Jordon Brown, Bryan Gilfillan. Subs not used: Kevin Buchan, Jake Fitzgerald, Paul Jarvie (gk).

ANNAN ATHLETIC: Alex Mitchell, Iain Chisholm, Peter Bradley, Steven Black, Peter Watson, Steven Sloan, Kenny Mackay (Chris Jardine, 79), Matty Flynn, Peter Weatherson, David Hopkirk, Ally Love. Subs not used: Kieran Brannan, Scott Davidson, Jordan Moffat, Danny Graham, Kieran McCrudden, Kenny Arthur (gk).

Booked: Steven Black.

Attendance: 504.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Annan Ath 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw

Alloa midfielder Ryan McCord played a key role as his Scottish Championship side eventually overcame Peterhead in a match that was far closer than the two-division gap between the sides would have suggested.

McCord opened the scoring early in the second half from the penalty spot, and it was from his free-kick that former Hearts striker Andy Kirk headed home the killer second in the dying stages.

With Scott Ross missing through injury, it was a makeshift Peterhead defence that took to the field. Captain Steven Noble moved to centre-back and Conner McGlinchey stepped in to fill his more familiar left-back role.

The Blue Toon were otherwise unchanged from the side that had overcome Brechin City on Ramsdens Cup duty last week. With the sides having met in pre-season, Jim McInally’s men had an inkling of what to expect from a side Paul Hartley has developed well over the past couple of seasons.

Conner McGlinchey in possession

They immediately set out to stop the visitors stroking the ball around the park, and were aided by a strong wind blowing over Balmoor.

With that wind behind them, Peterhead were first to threaten. Jamie Redman headed a high ball into the path of Jordon Brown, and the former Aberdeen youngster flashed a snap-shot narrowly wide of the goal.

Brown was involved again after 20 minutes. McGlinchey combined with Rory McAllister before Graeme Holmes’ tackle sent the ball looping towards the back post. Brown was on hand to win the header, but sent his effort over the bar.

It had been a first half of few chances but the Wasps were claiming for a penalty ten minutes before the interval.

On-loan Aberdeen striker Declan McManus volleyed acrobatically after Stephen Simmons had knocked down McCord’s free-kick, and the ball seemed to come off the arm of Ryan Strachan. McManus had been so close to the former Celtic man, though, that any penalty given would have been incredibly harsh.

The claim perhaps stuck in the mind of referee David Somers, though, as the Wasps were awarded a penalty shortly after half-time.

Graeme Sharp’s attempted clearance was charged down by Kevin Cawley, and he slipped the ball into the path of McCord. Jamie Redman tracked the run and got close to the former Dundee United man, but there appeared to be little contact as McCord fell to the ground.

Somers felt there was enough, though, and pointed to the spot. McCord himself stepped up to the mark, and rolled the ball low into the net as Smith guessed the opposite way.

And the referee caused further misery for the home support when he decided that a push by Alloa goalkeeper Scott Bain on Andy Rodgers merited only a yellow card.

Rodgers had chased a loose ball into the area, but although he was perfectly entitled to challenge for the ball, Bain reacted angrily. The pair came together and the goalkeeper clearly sent the striker tumbling. The outcome was that both were booked, along with Simmons, who had made his feelings clear.

Four minutes later, Rodgers turned a fine pass into the path of McAllister, who saw his effort deflected away for a corner. David Cox swung the set piece in, and McAllister got his head to the cross, but sent his effort over the bar.

But the Championship side would extend their lead with seven minutes of the match remaining.

McCord sent a left-wing free-kick towards the back post, where Kirk got a run on Blue Toon substitute Bryan Gilfillan, and sent a header squirming beyond the unfortunate Smith.

PETERHEAD: Graeme Smith, Graeme Sharp, Conner McGlinchey, Ryan Strachan, Steven Noble, Dean Cowie (Bryan Gilfillan, 63), David Cox (Kevin Buchan, 79), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Jordon Brown, Ryan McCann (Andy Rodgers, 63). Subs not used: Richardson, Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Cowie, McCann, Redman, McAllister, Rodgers.

ALLOA ATHLETIC: Scott Bain, Michael Doyle, James Creaney, Ben Gordon, Daryll Meggatt, Stephen Simmons, Kevin Cawley, Ryan McCord, Andy Kirk, Graeme Holmes (Jonathan Tiffoney, 65), Declan McManus. Subs not used: Eddie Ferns, Michael Hardie, Nathan Moore, Craig McDowall (gk).

Booked: McManus, Bain, Simmons.

Attendance: 429.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Alloa Athletic 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

Summer signing Jordon Brown made it three goals in two games as he helped Peterhead get the new season off to a fine start, netting the winner as the Blue Toon saw off SPFL League One side Brechin City in the first round of the Ramsdens Cup.

David Cox had put Jim McInally's men ahead early on, but Ryan Strachan's own goal just before the interval levelled the scores. Both sides had chances but it was Brown who had the final say.

In a match unusual for both goalkeepers sharing the same name, the Blue Toon were unchanged following the midweek friendly win over Aberdeen, with Brown pushing from midfield to support Rory McAllister, and David Cox and Ryan McCann doing likewise from the flanks.

Within just two minutes, both sides had shown they were keen to impress upon the game in the opening stages.

Ryan McCann chases the ball

Ryan Strachan's clipped free-kick found McAllister in the area, and the striker saw Brechin's Graeme Smith save his shot at the near post.

The visitors broke quickly, Alan Trouten spreading play wide to Bobby Barr. His cross was met by the onrushing Trouten, but Peterhead's own Graeme Smith reacted quickly to turn the effort over the bar.

The Blue Toon took an early lead. McAllister, facing his former club, crossed from the right and when Smith inexplicably fumbled, Cox reacted first to turn the ball into the net.

The sides were fairly evenly matched, and Brechin came close to levelling when Allan Walker opted to strike from 25 yards after Jamie Redman had lost the ball in midfield, but the former Livingston midfielder sent his effort wide of the upright.

Shortly before the interval, Peterhead's Smith was forced to react quickly to smother the ball after he spilled a Steven Jackson free-kick, but was able to avert the danger.

Smith was, though, beaten in injury time, from an unexpected source. Trouten and Barr again combined, the latter crossing from Andy Jackson at the near post. Jackson found himself under the cross, but Strachan unfortunately sent the cross beyond his own goalkeeper.

Peterhead attempted to hit back moments after the break. Steven Noble embarked on a run down the left, and slipped a pass inside to McAllister who was unlucky to curl his shot narrowly wide.

The home side were dealt a blow when Scott Ross was forced off through injury just a couple of minutes later, with Steven Noble moving into the heart of defence and Conner McGlinchey taking over at left-back.

It didn't deter Peterhead though, and after 53 minutes, Jamie Redman was unfortunate to see his flick hit the post after Cox had sent a free-kick in from the left.

Brechin are among the favourites to secure a playoff spot behind Rangers in League One, and they continued to show their potency.

Just after the hour, Derek Carcary found the side-netting after being played in by Trouten, and seconds later a quick break saw Carcary cross for Andy Jackson, only for the former St Johnstone man to fail to make contact with the cross.

But it was Peterhead who went back in front after 73 minutes. Graeme Sharp and Dean Cowie combined to slide in Brown. The midfielder looked offside, but side-footed the ball beyond Smith to put his side 2-1 up.

City had one more chance to level as Steven Jackson's free-kick brought about a save from Smith, but it was the home side who held on to book their place in Wednesday's draw.

PETERHEAD: Graeme Smith, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble, Ryan Strachan, Scott Ross (Conner McGlinchey, 49), Dean Cowie, David Cox (Trialist – Kevin Buchan, 81), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Jordon Brown, Ryan McCann (Andy Rodgers, 60). Subs not used: Trialist (Dean Richardson), Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Cowie, Rodgers.

BRECHIN CITY: Graeme Smith, Steven Jackson, Paul Maclean, Graham Hay (jonny Brown, 86), Gerry McLauchlan, Allan Walker, Alan Trouten, Stuart Anderson, Andy Jackson, Bobby Barr, Derek Carcary. Subs not used: Ewan Moyes, Greg Cameron, Craig Molloy, Craig Nelson (gk).

Booked: McLean, Hay, McLauchlan.

Referee: Des Roache

Attendance: 546

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Brechin City 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
Thu 25 Jul 2013

Peterhead 3 Aberdeen 2

Peterhead's pre-season preparations were wrapped up in style, as they saw off SPFL Premiership side Aberdeen to lift the Scottish Week Challenge Cup.

Rory McAllister and former Don Jordon Brown were on target for Jim McInally's side, the latter netting a brace of headers against the side who released him at the start of the summer.

At 3-0 it seemed the Blue Toon were on easy street, but they had to weather a comeback; Barry Robson's free-kick gave the visitors hope before half-time, and Niall McGinn's penalty ensured a nervy ending.

With a Ramsden's Cup clash against Brechin City kicking off the competitive action on Saturday, McInally was keen to avoid injuries, although he named a strong side. Andy Rodgers was unavailable, and Bryan Gilfillan offshore through his work.

Both sides cancelled each other out in the early stages, with the Blue Toon clearly out to impress against their neighbours.

It was after 24 minutes that they took the lead. McAllister was bundled over by Russell Anderson, and the ever-confident hitman stepped up to send former Man City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver the wrong way from 12 yards.

Aberdeen had shown little threat despite naming what was a credible starting lineup, though Josh Magennis flashed a header wide from a Robson free kick moments after the goal.

But if the Dons had designs on levelling quickly, they were in for a quite a surprise.

McAllister could have doubled the advantage when he beat the offside trap to advance on Weaver, but frustratingly tried to chip the goalkeeper and made it easy for the veteran to save.

The Blue Toon would not be denied for long, though, and when David Cox clipped a cross into the middle of the penalty area after 33 minutes, Brown got in front of the defence to head home a goal he is likely to remember.

And Aberdeen simply refused to learn their lesson. Three minutes later Cox was again the supplier, this time from a corner. He found Brown at the back post, and the midfielder nodded his second of the evening.

The visitors would pull a goal back before the break, though. Jonny Hayes drove at the home defence and was taken out by a strong Scott Ross challenge. Robson, so dangerous from set pieces, stepped up and sent a deflected effort past Graeme Smith to hand his side a lifeline.

Magennis and Anderson were withdrawn at the interval, and with McGinn now in attack, they looked to pose a different threat in the second half.

They began to come more and more into the game, and with Craig Murray pushing forward from right-back, seemed to have more width than in the first half. That said, creating clear chances was proving to be tricky and it took until Murray set up Pawlett after 72 minutes. The winger, though, sent his effort over the bar.

When McInnes' men did haul themselves right back into the match, it came from the spot. Hayes was again the dangerman, and when he was tugged back by Graeme Sharp, there was no doubt that referee Stephen Finnie would point to the spot.

He did, and McGinn coolly produced a carbon-copy of McAllister's earlier spot kick at the same end, to bring the score back to 3-2.

Try as they might, Aberdeen simply couldn't find the cutting edge to level the scores in the remaining 16 minutes of the game, though Hayes struck the inside of the post with a low shot that had Smith scrambling across his goal.

PETERHEAD: Smith, Sharp, Noble, Strachan, Ross, Cowie, Cox, Redman, McAllister, Brown, McCann. Subs: McGlinchey, Trialist (Dean Richardson), Trialist (Ryan McStay), Alexander, Fitzgerald, Jarvie (gk)

ABERDEEN: Weaver, Shaughnessy, Anderson, Reynolds, Robertson, Pawlett, Jack, Robson, Hayes, Magennis, Vernon. Subs: Murray, McKenna, Storie, Masson, Low, McGinn, Shankland, Langfield (gk)

Attendance: 1901

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Aberdeen 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
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