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Goalkeeper Neil Duffy returned to the first-team squad as Raymond Jellema was working offshore and Paul Jarvie was a major doubt with a hip problem. Paul played the game but all his goal kicks were taken by Callum MacDonald.

David Ross continues to be missing with a knock and Ryan Strachan also missed out due to injury with, Graham Sharp is in Australia it was Craig Tully that filled the centre midfield slot and Bryan Deasley returning after playing in a behind-closed-doors game against Aberdeen.

Peterhead were on the front foot from the start. McAllister threatened on seven minutes when he got on the end of a Jamie Redman cross and fired just over. The on form striker went even closer on 22 minutes when David Donald swung the ball in from the right and he lunged out a leg to divert the ball on to the bar. Stranraer finally created an opening on 26 minutes when Frank McKeown launched the ball forward but Craig Malcolm smashed his effort high and wide.

Then, on 30 minutes, Nathan Shepherd wriggled free inside the box but Scott Ross made a superb last-ditch block. Stranraer were playing some nice passing football, but the direct approach paid off for the Blue Toon on 34 minutes.

Rory McAllister ran on to a long ball from Bryan Deasley before rounding David Mitchell and slotting home, to notch a strike for the fourth game in a row. Moore got on the end of a Chris Aitken free-kick five minutes after the restart, but he was denied by Paul Jarvie. It was the only time the Bloo Toon keeper was tested.

Peterhead got the second they deserved on 74 minutes, when Rory McAllister broke forward and smashed a right-foot shot in from the edge of the box. Roy McBain was superb all day and got a well-deserved goal with a tap-in nine minutes from time after good work from Martin Bavidge.

Peterhead still have an outside chance of finishing in the top four but are six points adrift with three games left and boss McInally said: “I thought we would do well today because we needed to win. Rory McAllister said: “Nobody could grudge us a play-off place the way we’ve been playing since Christmas, but I think we let ourselves down at the start of the season. We’re proving that now with the way we’re beating teams. Now we can’t do anything but win our games. If we get there great, but if we don’t it’s our own fault. We’ll just look forward to next season.”

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  • Home Team Stranraer 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
Tue 17 Apr 2012

Peterhead 2 Montrose 1

Peterhead created the first opening in the third minute when Martin Bavidge got free of the Montrose defence but he fired in a shot which Andrews saved before Lunan cleared the rebound. Seconds later Jonathan Crawford picked up the first booking of the match for a stud up challenge on McDonald.

The Bloo Toon almost took the lead in the fifth minute when a cross from Roy McBain was headed on by Bavidge for full back Donald to net at the far post but the flag was quickly raised to signal off side. Montrose then won a free kick when Johnston was fouled on the edge of the area but from twenty five yards out Jamie Winter’s low shot went into the arms of keeper Ray Jellema.

It was Peterhead who opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Donald was allowed loads of space down the right and he fired over the perfect cross for Rory McAllister who powered home a header from six yards out. Montrose had a good chance to equalise in the 13th minute. Boyle turned his man and found Johnston inside the box and his low cross come shot was just missed by the inrushing Boyle who had continued his run at the far post.

Peterhead where forced into a change in the 16th minute when Ryan Strachan was injured and he was replaced by on loan Dundee midfielder Graham Webster. In the 24th minute a pass from Jamie Winter found the gap and put Martin Boyle through on goal but he was fouled by Scott Ross, who was booked but resultant free kick was blasted the kick over the crossbar.

On the half hour mark Peterhead went close to a second goal when another cross from Donald found the head of McAllister but this time the top scorer headed over the crossbar. With five minutes of an entertaining first half left to play Montrose were awarded another free kick after Peterhead captain Callum McDonald fouled Johnston. Winter played the ball into the box but Crighton headed over the crossbar.

In the opening sixty seconds of second half Cameron was again caught out down the left when he missed a tackle but David Donald could only shot into the arms of Andrews. The match was all square in the 54th minute when Montrose equalised. After some pressure Peterhead failed to clear the ball and this allowed Johnston into the area and he did well to reach the byeline before he cut the ball back for the former Bloo Toon Player Crawford who blasted the ball home from close range.

In the 62nd minute, Montrose went close to taking the lead, a long throw in from McNally found Jamie Winter some 20 yards out and he took aim before sending a low effort inches wide of the far post with Jellema beaten. Peterhead made their second change of the afternoon and it was a strange one taking of Webster who had only come on in the first half and he was replaced by Shaun Robertson.

In the 64th minute, Peterhead regained the lead when Davie Donald won the ball off Dougie Cameron on the touchline and found Russell Duncan who fired in a shot from twenty yards out the keeper couldn’t hold and Rory McAllister was onto it in a flash and turned and chipped the ball into the empty net.

McAllister was sniffing about for a hat trick and with 77 minutes gone he raced up the left wing and into the box before firing across goal, but Crighton was on hand to cut out the cross and put the ball out for a corner kick. Four minutes later the home side were awarded a free kick when Lunan fouled McAllister, the striker took the kick himself but Andrews pulled off a great save to kept the ball out. In the final seconds of the match Montrose won a corner kick and sent everybody forward but the corner bounced around the penalty area and was eventually cleared by the home defence.

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  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Montrose 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

The Blue Toon returned to winning ways at Hampden as Rory McAllister's superb strike proved decisive against Queen's Park.

The result was a positive in an up-and-down season for the Blue Toon and ensured Jim McInally's men were unbeaten against the Spiders, traditionally seen as a bogey side for Peterhead, this term.

McInally handed Scott Ross a start following his substitute appearance against Berwick Rangers last week, but there was a late blow as goalkeeper Paul Jarvie was forced out of the side during the warmup, suffering from a pelvic injury.

That meant Ray Jellema was handed an unexpected start, but the former Alloa man stepped up to the mark, looking comfortable in claiming Jamie Longworth's effort after just three minutes.

McAllister registered Peterhead's first shot on goal sixty seconds later, his 25-yard effort testing Neil Parry in the home goal, but the goalkeeper was able to grasp the ball as it threatened to squirm between his legs.

There was some light relief as the stadium announcer, confused by Ryan Strachan's change of shirt, announced a substitution midway through the first half – though the former Celtic midfielder had only pulled on a spare jersey because drips from a nosebleed had dirtied his number six shirt.

The Spiders were getting some joy from the left and, though the flag had already gone up, Michael Daly headed wide at the near post from a Peter Bradley cross, before Longworth saw a similar outcome from a near-identical effort following a Martin McBride free-kick.

At the other end, McAllister was again denied by Parry, before the best move of the first half saw Strachan's determined play release Martin Bavidge down the right.

The striker fired over a cross towards Russell Duncan at the back post, but the on-loan Ross County midfielder could only head into the side-netting.

The Blue Toon started the second half on the front foot, and former Brechin pair McAllister and Jamie Redman combined only for the latter to steer his left-foot shot narrowly wide.

They were on the attack again just a few moments later when Roy McBain's deep cross was met by Callum Macdonald at the far post, but again Parry was equal to the effort.

The Queen's keeper was, though, helpless when McAllister shot Peterhead in front after 54 minutes.

The impressive Redman strode forward fully 60 yards after picking off a loose pass midway inside his own half, before spreading the play left to McAllister who set himself and curled across Parry, high into the far corner of the net.

It was a goal fit for the venue, but the Blue Toon soon had some defending to do, with livewire striker Longworth turning just inside the area to flash an effort across the face of goal.

A well-struck McAllister free-kick had Parry scrambling across his goal to turn away shortly after the hour, and Redman saw a shot just fade away from the far post after he had again run strongly at the home defence.

But the home side threw men forward in the dying stages, and some in the National Stadium thought they had levelled when Craig Smith's volley beat Jellema, but only found the outside of the net.

The final chance fell to another substitute, David Murray, but after stepping inside Redman, the winger saw his shot also find the side-netting.

Peterhead had been comfortable for large spells of the game but again a nervy ending could have resulted in dropped points. However, they held on for a confidence-boosting win and clean sheet ahead of their home game against Montrose on Saturday.

QUEEN'S PARK: Neil Parry, Paul McGinn, Peter Bradley, Ricky Little, Daryll Meggatt, Giuseppe Capuano, Ian Watt (David Murray, 62), Martin McBride, Michael Daly (Craig Smith, 73), Jamie Longworth, Owen Ronald (Tony Quinn, 73). Subs not used: Sean Burns, Adam Strain (gk).

PETERHEAD: Ray Jellema, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Strachan, Graeme Sharp (Graham Webster, 75), Jamie Redman, Martin Bavidge (Dennis Wyness, 85), Rory McAllister (Lewis Davidson, 90), Russell Duncan. Subs not used: Craig Tully, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: Scott Ross.

Attendance: 441

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  • Home Team Queen's Park 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

Peterhead can take pride from their performance despite losing 1-0 to league leaders Alloa Athletic at Balmoor.

The Blue Toon matched their opponents for much of the game, and only a 20th minute strike from on-loan St Johnstone striker Stevie May would separate the sides.

Captain Callum Macdonald returned to the Peterhead starting eleven after suspension, replacing Martin Bavidge who was unavailable due to work commitments.

That was the only change to the side which had come from behind to defeat Elgin seven days earlier, although a tactical shift saw manager Jim McInally employ a 4-2-3-1 formation with Jamie Redman, Graeme Sharp and Bryan Deasley pushing forward to support lone-striker Rory McAllister.

Both sides took their time settling into the match, and May's goal came from the first real chance.

Referee Paul Robertson allowed a good advantage after Craig Tully had fouled Mark Docherty on the edge of the area, and May got in ahead of Roy McBain to turn home Robbie Winters' pass from the right.

May was soon sniffing around again and he came close to a second when he seized on Tully's poor touch from a McBain pass, only to see Paul Jarvie block well at his near post.

But Peterhead were sparked into life and with a bit more luck, could have been level after 27 minutes.

Sharp's shot was parried by Bain but struck the onrushing Redman on the chest, bouncing back into the arms of the grateful goalkeeper.

There was another chance when Deasley's deep corner broke to Macdonald at the far post, the defender unable to get the purchase on his left-foot shot to really trouble former Aberdeen keeper Bain.

Deasley himself would be denied by the feet of the goalkeeper. After plucking McAllister's flighted pass out of the air, the former Dundee man fired off a quick snap-shot which was kicked away by Bain.

McAllister tested Bain from range as the Blue Toon continued to pour forward, but the goalkeeper was again equal to the effort.

Alloa were still a threat, though, and when May released Winters who squared for Ryan McCord, the midfielder shot over from the edge of the area.

The former Dundee United midfielder had another opportunity on the stroke of half-time as he sent a 20-yard free-kick curling off the upright with Jarvie beaten all ends up.

But that wasn't the end of the first-half action, McAllister spotting Bain off his line in injury time, and sending a 35-yard lob towards goal, but the keeper recovering to grasp the effort.

Peterhead continues to push forward after the restart, a Ryan Strachan corner headed towards goal by McAllister and coming off Tully before Bain gratefully took control of the situation.

McAllister will have been disappointed not to have done better when, having exchanged passes with Deasley, he shot straight at the goalkeeper.

Alloa were still a threat on the break, and substitute Ross McCord came closest as he fizzed a shot across the face of goal.

But Peterhead attacked until the final whistle and could have finally grabbed a leveller when Darren Young diverted a McBain pass towards his own goal, Bain racing from his line to head away from McAllister.

The ball broke to sub Dennis Wyness who headed towards goal, only to see McAllister, in trying to help guide the ball home, inadvertently blocked the effort.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Ryan Strachan, Callum Macdonald, Craig Tully (Dave Ross, 70), Graeme Sharp (Dennis Wyness, 86), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Russell Duncan, Bryan Deasley. Subs not used: Lewis Davidson, Graham Webster, Ray Jellema (gk).

Booked: Tully, McAllister.

ALLOA ATHLETIC: Scott Bain, Jamie Doyle, Ross McKinnon, Ben Gordon, Ryan Harding, Darren Young, Mark Docherty (Ross McCord, 61), Ryan McCord, Stevie May, Graeme Holmes, Robbie Winters (Kevin Cawley, 70). Subs not used: Mark McCullagh, Craig Campbell, Craig McDowall (gk).

Booked: McKinnon, Gordon.

Attendance: 488

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

Jim McInally must be sick to the back teeth of watching his men fall behind early in matches.

The Peterhead boss saw his side lose yet another early goal - a Mark Nicolson header - against Elgin at Borough Briggs, but will have been more pleased to see his side bounce back to win the game.

Martin Bavidge levelled matters with a close-range finish, and Jamie Redman headed home a second to give the Blue Toon all three points.

Bavidge was skippering the side in the absence of the suspended Callum Macdonald, and his presence in the team after missing the 6-3 defeat to East Stirling last week was one of four changes.

Also out went Graham Webster, Dennis Wyness and Ray Jellema, the trio all dropping to the bench, while Macdonald looked on from the stand following his late red card against the Shire.

In came Bavidge, Paul Jarvie, Bryan Deasley and new signing Russell Duncan, the former Inverness Caley Thistle midfielder having joined the Blue Toon on loan from Ross County in the lead-up to the game.

But the game had barely started when Peterhead found themselves behind. Daniel Moore's corner from the Elgin right found Nicholson unmarked at the back post, and he headed home the simplest of goals.

The majority of the crowd went wild, and could have been forgiven for thinking a comfortable home win was on the cards - especially just weeks after Elgin had defeated the Blue Toon 6-1 at the same venue.

But Peterhead don't give up easily and Deasley's jinking run showed the threat they can pose, the former Forfar winger playing in Bavidge who shot just wide.

Unbeaten in their last eight games, though, Elgin looked capable of adding more goals, and Craig Gunn really should have done better after being slipped in by Brian Cameron after 20 minutes.

The main threat for the hosts was the delivery of set-pieces from Daniel Moore, the former Peterhead winger. That threat was underlined when, from a seemingly innocuous free kick in the midfield, his delivery bounced awkwardly in front of Jarvie and forced the keeper to push over.

That sparked a period of pressure culminating in the goalkeeper diving to his left to push away a header from Elgin captain David Niven.

Another Moore deliver, this time a corner from the left, had Jarvie scrambling again on the half-hour, the delivery coming back off the crossbar before Craig Tully cleared the danger.

But Peterhead were back level seven minutes before the interval, and Elgin keeper Zander Clark won't look back fondly on the goal.

The on-loan St Johnstone keeper dived to his left to parry Rory McAllister's free kick after Deasley had been fouled, but Redman reacted first to play the ball back across goal, and Bavidge gleefully turned the ball over the line.

Elgin could have been back in front a minute later as Nicholson picked up on a Moore corner fumbled by Jarvie, but the goalkeeper reacted to save from the midfielder.

The half ended on a sour note, McAllister and Elgin full-back Archie McPhee clashing after a typically strong battle for possession. Both players were booked for their troubles, while there were also yellows for Elgin defender Jamie Duff and Peterhead midfielder Redman for their part in the ensuing melee.

But Redman's next contribution would be much more welcome, as he put McInally's men ahead eight minutes after the interval.

Again it was a simple finish, the midfielder rising above Niven to head Deasley's corner home at the far post.
Elgin would go on to spend the majority of the second period camped in the Peterhead half, but for all they tried to get the ball forward, they lacked the guile and creativity to trouble a resolute Peterhead defence.

Indeed, the closest they came saw Gunn turn to find space on the edge of the box, before shooting meekly beyond the upright.

If anything, despite the scarcity of their chances, Peterhead looked the more likely to find the net again, with Deasley forcing a smart save from Clark with 15 minutes to go.

And in injury time, after Clark had earned himself a booking for bringing down substitute Wyness, Russell Duncan's low free kick drew another save from the young goalkeeper.

ELGIN CITY: Zander Clark, David Niven, Archie McPhee, Mark Durnan, Jamie Duff, Stuart Leslie (Barry Wilson, 86), Craig Gunn, Brian Cameron (Graham Beveridge, 62), Jason Crooks (Paul Millar, 62), Mark Nicholson, Daniel Moore. Subs not used: Paul McMullan, John Calder (gk).

Booked: Clark, Niven, McPhee, Durnan, Duff.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Russell Duncan, Craig Tully, Ryan Strachan, Graeme Sharp, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Dennis Wyness, 77), Martin Bavidge (Lewis Davidson, 86), Bryan Deasley. Subs not used: Shaun Robertson, Graham Webster, Ray Jellema (gk).

Booked: Tully, Strachan, McAllister, Redman.

Attendance: 1,072

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  • Home Team Elgin City 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
Sat 18 Feb 2012

Montrose 1 Peterhead 3

Peterhead bounced back from their midweek humiliation to return to winning ways against Montrose.

Manager Jim McInally had promised changes in the wake of the 6-1 reverse against Elgin City, and handed a first start to on-loan Dundee United defender Ross Smith.

Smith lined up in a reshaped defence alongside Callum Macdonald and Craig Tully, who replaced the injured Scott Ross.

The other change saw Graham Webster return to the starting eleven, with Dave Ross dropping to the bench.

McInally had reverted to a 3-5-2 formation, so Webster joined Jamie Redman and Ryan Strachan in the centre of midfield.

But the Blue Toon had to weather an early storm on two counts, with the home side using the wind at their backs to press forward at will.

After conceding six in midweek, Peterhead goalkeeper Paul Jarvie put in a display reminiscent of that he had enjoyed against Stranraer a week earlier, keeping his side in the game with a string of fine saves.

He was powerless to prevent Jamie Winter's free kick crashing off the crossbar as early as the third minute, but was called into action to deny the same player after ten minutes, and then smothered a low shot from livewire striker Martin Boyle.

Boyle was again denied by the former Torquay United goalkeeper before Peterhead began to find their footing in the game.

Webster fired a warning shot as he found space on the edge of the area, the on-loan Dundee man being forced onto his left foot and seeing Michael Andrews hold his shot comfortably.

Jarvie again came to his side's rescue as he spectacularly turned away David McGowan's effort after the winger had been played in by Scott Johnston, and Boyle failed to find the target with the rebound.

But Webster would make a more telling contribution just after the half-hour. Again he ghosted into space on the edge of the area and, found by Ryan Strachan, saw his first shot blocked before rifling a shot low into the corner of the net.

It should have been two when Rory McAllister beat the offside trap to latch on to a superb pass from Martin Bavidge but, with Andrews advancing, the former Brechin City man could only hit straight at the goalkeeper.

That was to prove McAllister's last action as he was replaced by Dave Ross just before the interval, a substitution which McInally would later reveal was down to a mix-up in communication.

The former Morton and East Stirling boss was forced to make a second change at half-time, ex-Montrose man Graeme Sharp replacing the ill Davie Donald at right-wing back.

Sharp was involved almost immediately and raised a loud cheer from the Links Park crowd as he managed to direct a clearance straight through the open window of the pie stall to the amusement of the 358-strong crowd.

Peterhead were back to more serious action just minutes later, and doubled their lead after 51 minutes.

A Strachan corner was flicked on by Macdonald at the near post, and Bavidge directed a header goalward.

Andrews was behind his line when he dived and may not have done enough to keep the ball out, but Dave Ross made sure in any case as he prodded home from close range.

There would be no arguments about the scorer of Peterhead's third goal just two minutes later. Smith sent a pass up the inside-right channel and Bavidge went haring after it, beating the onrushing Andrews to the ball and lifting over the former Falkirk goalkeeper from outside the area.

It was a killer blow to Montrose, but to their credit they continued to push forward and threw on former Peterhead loan man Gary Wood in a bid to claw their way back into the game.

It was Boyle, though, who reduced the deficit, pulling down a Winter pass and rounding Jarvie before rolling the ball home to give his side a lifeline.

They could have further reduced the deficit when defender Alan Campbell sent a header toward goal, but Roy McBain was well positioned to head off the line.

And the former Caley Thistle midfielder could have scored himself moments later, combining with Jamie Redman on the edge of the area only to see his chipped effort turned past the post.

MONTROSE: Michael Andrews, Sean Crighton (Jonathon Crawford, 78), Dougie Cameron, Alan Campbell, Jonathan Smart, Terry Masson, Lloyd Young, Jamie Winter, Martin Boyle, Scott Johnston, David McGowan (Gary Wood, 57). Subs not used: Kevin Brown, Scott Gordon, Sandy Wood (gk).

Booked: Winter.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Davie Donald (Graeme Sharp, 46), Roy McBain, Ross Smith, Callum Macdonald, Craig Tully, Graham Webster (Dennis Wyness, 78), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Dave Ross, 42), Martin Bavidge, Ryan Strachan. Subs not used: Lewis Davidson, Raymond Jellema (gk).

Booked: Tully, Strachan, Macdonald.

Attendance: 358.

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  • Home Team Montrose 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
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