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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

Peterhead kicked off their pre-season preparations with a fine win over an uncharacteristically below-par Ross County at Balmoor.

The match was played for the inaugural Les Taylor Memorial Trophy, on the day that the Balmoor sponsors' lounges was dedicated in honour of the late former Vice-Chairman and sponsor.

Striker Andy Rodgers opened the scoring late in the first half, and substitute Bryan Gilfillan rattled home a penalty in the closing stages of the second to earn a morale-boosting victory for the Blue Toon.

Having retained much the same squad that narrowly missed out on promotion in last season’s playoffs, boss Jim McInally had almost a full complement available to him although striker Rory McAllister missed out due to a prior engagement.

Rodgers celebrates his fine chip over Mark Brown

There was a starting place for ex-Aberdeen midfielder Jordon Brown as both player and club take a look at each other. Three further trialists, Garry McStay, Dean Richardson and Ross Still were named on the bench.

The match was played very much at a pre-season pace and though County looked comfortable enough knocking the ball about, there was little in the way of incisive play from the SPL side.

Indeed, the first chance fell to Peterhead midfielder Dean Cowie after 20 minutes, his driven effort from 20 yards stinging the palms of County number one Mark Brown.

Just after the half-hour, a Mihael Kovacevic challenge brought an angry reaction from Peterhead winger David Cox, but a quiet word in the ear from referee Tom Shaw soon took the sting out of the situation.

Shortly afterwards, the deadlock was broken in some style. Veteran defender Grant Munro cut out Graeme Sharp’s pass on the right, but lost possession to Jamie Redman. He fed Rodgers, who lifted a delightful lob over Brown, and into the far corner of the net.

County came close to levelling three minutes from the break when Munro fed summer signing Darren Maatsen, only for goalkeeper Graeme Smith to block well.

The home side made a slew of changes at the interval and as the new-look side settled into the game, Richardson was caught on the ball by Alex Cooper – son of former Blue Toon gaffer Neale - after 52 minutes, the winger drawing a fine save from Smith.

Midway through the second half, Gilfillan came close for the home side as he followed his own clearance up the park, to meet a Cox cross and head narrowly over.

With ten minutes left, Kovacevic got forward from his right-back berth to send an angled shot narrowly over the crossbar.

And in the dying minutes, Peterhead were handed a penalty after Jake Fitzgerald was brought down in the area. Bryan Gilfillan stepped up to send Brown the wrong way from the spot.

Peterhead: Graeme Smith, Graeme Sharp, Steven Noble (Conner McGlinchey, 46), Ryan Strachan, Scott Ross, Dean Cowie (Trialist – Ryan McStay, 46), David Cox (Greg Alexander, 86), Redman (Trialist – Dean Richardson, 46), Rodgers (Callum Macdonald, 46), Trialist – Jordon Brown (Bryan Gilfillan, 46), Ryan McCann (Jake Fitzgerald, 86). Subs not used: Trialist – Ross Still, Ewan McDonald (gk).

Ross County: Mark Brown, Mihael Kovacevic, Ben Gordon, Stuart Kettlewell (Marc Klok, 68), Steven Saunders, Munro (Scott Boyd, 68), Darren Maatsen (Kevin Luckassen, 68), Richie Brittain, Steven Ross (Gary Glen, 68), Rocco Quinn, Alex Cooper (Ivan Sproule, 68). Sub not used: Michael Fraser (gk).

Attendance: 414

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Ross County 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

Peterhead eased into the Second Division play-off final with a convincing win over Queen's Park.

Peterhead, already 1-0 ahead after the first leg in Glasgow, went ahead after four minutes through David Cox, who added his second six minutes later.

Top scorer Rory McAllister ended the game as a contest by stretching the lead further after 64 minutes.

Peterhead's Ryan Strachan was sent off with 10 minutes left, but Lawrence Shankland's reply came too late.

Cox had opened the scoring in the fourth minute when he neatly converted McAllister's pull-back from the right.

The same pair combined for Peterhead's second shortly afterwards.

This time, McAllister crossed from the left with Cox driving the ball into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

The home side added a third just after the hour when David Anderson brought down Graeme Sharp and Cox's free-kick was nodded home by McAllister.

Peterhead were reduced to 10 men when Strachan was shown a straight red card for violent conduct.

Although Lawrence Shankland pulled a goal back with a well-taken volley, the visitors comfortably held on to progress.

Peterhead: Graeme Smith, Scott Ross, Ross Smith, Gilfillan, Sharp, Noble, Redman, Cowie (Strachan 66),Cox (McGlinchey 75), McAllister, Rodgers (McCann 66). Subs Not Used: Jarvie, Fitzgerald.

Sent Off: Strachan (80). Booked: Cowie, Rodgers, McAllister. Goals: Cox 4,10, McAllister 64.

Queen's Park: Parry, Gallacher, Brough, Robertson, Giuseppe Capuano (McParland 46),Anderson, Connolly, Quinn (Longworth 75),Spittal, Watt (Burns 46), Shankland. Subs Not Used: Lochhead, Keenan.

Booked: Watt, Quinn, Anderson, Robertson. Goals: Shankland 87. A

Att: 954

Ref: Paul Robertson

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Queen's Park 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

If consistency of selection and performance is the holy grail of part time teams in the third division, it was so close to being achieved at Balmoor on Saturday, an injury in training deprived Jim McInally from naming an unchanged side for the third match running, with Ryan Strachan getting the nod to start, with Greg Alexander joining on the bench.

It was a still unseasonably cold at Balmoor, but Peterhead opened brightly with Jamie Redman winning the ball from a Graeme Smith clearance, his pass found Rory McAllister in space in the centre of the park, he in turn fed Ryan Strachan out on the left, where he jinked his way past his marker but fired his shot wide of the post. The game got scrappy for a while and that suited birthday boy Dean Cowie who stole the ball off the Annan defence as they struggled to clear, he slipped the ball to McAllister and as the centre half closed him down to squared the ball to David Cox, who seemed certain to score, however the Galabankies keeper Alex Mitchell parried the ball straight to Rory McAllister, but the Blue Toon top scorer found the post with his effort.

Peterhead were dominating the game now and looked to have gone in front, as Rory McAllister broke down the left leaving the Annan defence trailing, his powerful shot seemed to be spilled by goalkeeper Alex Mitchell and Jamie Redman had made good ground to tap in from close range, Referee Dallas however denied the goal saying Redman had caught the keeper.

Annan were then stung into a reaction with Graeme Smith forced to make stops from an in swinging corner and then a long range drive from David Hopkirk. It looked to be one of those days for Peterhead when a ball up the line from Graeme Sharp was nodded on by David Cox, into the path of McAllister, who drove into the box, only to be tumbled, the ball broke to Dean Cowie who stroked the ball past the keeper only to see his effort cleared off the line.

The second half started with a change for Peterhead, Dean Cowie suffered a knock to his knee and Martin Bavidge came on, Peterhead kept the pressure on Annan and long range efforts from first Ryan Strachan and McAllister were well saved by Mitchell. Martin Bavidge had the best chance to open the scoring on 66 minutes after great link up play with McAllister saw him play the ball out wide and the return cross from Rory saw his glancing header go wide with the keeper beaten.

Peterhead finally made the breakthrough 4 minutes later after a long clearance from Smith was headed on by Bavidge to Rory McAllister, who’s first touch took him past the defender and race around the stranded Annan keeper to slot the ball home for the striker’s fifteenth league goal of the season.

Peterhead were now on top and the forward line of Bavidge, Cox and McAllister were linking well together, all three contributed to Peterhead’s next chance on 75 minutes, some neat one twos split the Annan defence and David Cox powered past into the box, sidestepping the keeper to get onto his favoured foot but Mitchell clawed the ball from his toes. A one nil lead is always perilous and Blue Toon hearts were fluttering on 84 minutes when Swinglehurst beat everyone in the box to meet a in swinging corner, Graeme Smith forced to pull off a great save at his back post.

The points were wrapped up in the ninetieth minute though as a poor clearance from Mitchell was won in midfield by Redman, his freed up Sharp on the right, who raced away from the Annan defence, his fierce shot was parried out to a grateful Rory McAllister to slot home his and the Toon’s second of the day.

Boss McInally revealed: “I said to the players at half- time not to go chasing the game and do anything silly. It’s easy to get desperate but I told them if they kept at it we could win the game. To be fair, I felt Martin Bavidge made a big difference when he came on. Rory is in great form just now and the team is playing with confidence. Hopefully that can continue.”

Additional Info

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

Peterhead missed out on the chance to go second in the Third Division after felllow promotion hopefuls Queens Park left Balmoor with the points.

Steven Noble diverted Jamie Longworth's cross into his own net to give the Spiders a half time lead and the Blue Toon's task of salvaging something from the match became tougher when Lawrence Shankland scored a second for the visitors early in the second half.

The Blue Toon saw plenty of the ball in the second period but they failed to trouble Neil Parry as the hosts tumbled a place to fourth in the table, behind Montrose who defeated Annan.

Peterhead came into the match off the back of an uninspiring goalless draw against Stirling Albion.  Manager Jim McInally made a couple of changes with Ryan Strachan and Steven Noble returning in place of Scott Ross and Conner McGlinchey.

They should have made the perfect start, Andy Rodgers passing up a great opportunity inside the first minute.  The on loan Stenhousemuir striker latched onto a neat throughball but with just the goalkeeper to beat, he fired straight at Parry and then sent the rebound into the side-netting.

It was a let-off for Queens Park, who got themselves in front in fortunate circumstances in the 14th minute.  Jamie Longworth broke into the box on the left, took the ball around Graeme Smith and, as he tried to pick out a team-mate,, the ball smashed off the legs of Noble and into the net.

The Hampden side went onto enjoy a good spell of possession and had a couple of efforts at goal.  However, they almost doubled their advantage in the 29th minute through Longworth.  He looked up and bent a curling 25 yard effort towards the top corner but Smith pulled off a superb save to touch the ball behind for a corner.

Peterhead could still have been level at the break though, despite being second best for much of the half.  David Cox shot wide from a tight angle after being played in by Rory McAllister.

Then, seconds before the interval, McAllister was denied by Parry with a close range effort, which stemmed from a Peterhead set-piece.

But Queens Park still carried out a threat and they made it 2-0 five minutes after the restart.  A ball flashed across goal from the left and Shankland was handily placed to prod home from close range.

McInally turned to the bench to try and revive his team and one of his substitutes Bryan Gilfillan had three opportunities to pull a goal back.  The best of those was a free header in the 66th minute from a Cox corner, which he sent high over the crossbar when he ought to have hit the target.

McAllister then cut in from the left and smashed a shot towards goal.  His effort was going wide as Cox threw himself at the ball to try and divert it on target.

Peterhead continued to probe until the final whistle and did have the ball in the net in stoppage time but referee Greg Aitken spotted a foul on Parry as the Blue Toon's winless run at Balmoor stretched to five matches

PETERHEAD

G.Smith, McCann (Gilfillan 62), Noble, Strachan, R.Smith, Cowie, Cox, Redman (McGlinchey 84), McAllister, Rodgers (Sharp 67), McLaughlin

unused. Tully, Jarvie

QUEENS PARK

Parry, Spittal, Robertson, Little, Bradley, Capuano, Connolly, Urquhart, Longworth, Shankland (McVey 90), Burns

unused. Gibson, Coll, O'Hara, Lochhead

REF

ATT 479

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Queen's Park 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
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