Club News

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.

Additional Info

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

Shades of the 'old' Blue Toon were evident as they crashed to a humiliating defeat at the hands of northern rivals Elgin City in this oft-postponed match.

Peterhead were boosted ahead of the match by Paul Jarvie's recovery from the elbow knock that had forced him off after an inspired performance in the draw against Stranraer a few days previously.

That meant there was just one change to the side that had come from behind to earn that draw, Dave Ross starting in place of Bryan Deasley.

The home side were without the suspended Peterhead loan target Mark Durnan, and were dealt a further blow after just nine minutes as influential midfielder Graeme Beveridge was forced off with an ankle injury.

But they swiftly recovered, and took the lead in farcical circumstances. Ross played what appeared a simple passback but Jarvie was caught unawares and could only watch in horror as the ball rolled over the line.

It was into the second half before the home side added a second, as the Peterhead defence failed to deal with a corner and Paul Millar slammed low into the net.

The game was all but over two minutes later, and again it was an own-goal which extended the lead. This time it was Rory McAllister who glanced a header beyond his own goalkeeper from Daniel Moore's corner.

Moore was involved again as Elgin netted a fourth with twenty minutes remaining, his drive looping off the head of luckless Peterhead captain Callum Macdonald and into the net.

There was some respite for McInally's side as midfielder Jamie Redman headed home a consolation with ten minutes remaining, but the ruthless hosts were not finished yet.

They added further strikes through Brian Cameron and former Blue Toon man Craig Gunn to seal a remarkable 6-1 victory and consolidate their playoff hopes, while denting Peterhead's own slender hopes of a late surge towards the playoffs.

ELGIN CITY: Zander Clark, David Niven, Archie MacPhee, Graeme Beveridge (Ross O'Donoghue, 9), Jamie Duff, Stuart Leslie, Craig Gunn, Brian Cameron, Paul Millar (Paul McMullan, 64), Mark Nicolson (Barry Wilson, 77), Daniel Moore. Subs not used: Steven Edwards, John Calder (gk).

Booked: Duff.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Scott Ross (Dennis Wyness, 81), Callum MacDonald, Ryan Strachan, Graeme Sharp (Bryan Deasley, 52), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge, Dave Ross (Ross Smith, 52). Subs not used Graham Webster, Raymond Jellema (gk).

Booked: Scott Ross.

Attendance: 431

Additional Info

  • Home Team Elgin City 6
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

Rory McAllister netted from the spot to earn Peterhead a point at home to high-flying Stranraer, as Jim McInally's men bounced back from losing a goal after just 54 seconds.

However, they had goalkeeper Paul Jarvie to thank for keeping them in the match after a string of first half saves, including a stunning triple save.

New loan signing Ross Smith had to be content with a place on the bench, Bryan Deasley starting in place of Dave Ross the only change from the defeat to Alloa Athletic.

But before they could settle into the game, they found themselves behind. Stephen Stirling was the architect, threading a ball between centre-backs Scott Ross and Callum Macdonald for Craig Malcolm to dispatch beyond the helpless Jarvie.

Malcolm was involved in the move leading to Jarvie's heroic triple-save. His cutback was touched on by Martin Grehan to Steven Noble, and Jarvie got down well to save his initial effort.

McAllister heads the ball ahead of Frank McKeown

The ball rebounded back to Noble who saw his second effort deflect off Macdonald before being palmed away by the keeper, who got up quickly to turn away Grehan's third effort.

The former Dundee United and Clyde keeper was called into action again when lax marking gifted Grant Gallagher space to line up a shot from Chris Aitken's short corner but he was again equal to the effort.

Peterhead finally registered a shot on target just before the half-hour as Deasley picked up on Frank McKeown's loose clearance before sending a low shot skidding across the turf and into the arms of David Mitchell.

Peterhead switched to a 3-4-3 formation with Roy McBain moving into a sweeper role between Ross and Macdonald, but Stranraer had another chance to extend their lead as the Blue Toon settled into the new system.

Stirling was again the driving force, turning Davie Donald on the right and slipping the ball in to the feet of Grehan. Stirling continued his run to meet the return pass but was denied by the feet of the outstanding Jarvie.

But the change in formation saw Peterhead begin to establish themselves, and they drew level three minutes from the interval.

Ryan Strachan spread the play out to Graeme Sharp on the left, and as he cut inside Scott Taggart, the on-loan Hibs man caught him with a trailing leg, and Stephen Finnie had no hesitation pointing to the spot.

Up stepped top scorer McAllister and he rolled the ball straight down the middle as Mitchell dived to his left.

The visitors had a chance to re-take the lead early in the second half as Malcolm's quickly-taken free-kick presented strike partner Grehan with a chance from 18 yards, but his effort was comfortably smothered by Jarvie.

Peterhead would press forward, though, and Martin Bavidge sent a powerful header narrowly over the bar from Sharp's left-wing cross.

And just before the hour, Gallagher was perhaps lucky not to direct a Donald cross into his own net, as he beat both Deasley and his own goalkeeper to win the ball, heading over his own crossbar.

For his part, Deasley was caught by the onrushing goalkeeper and looked a little dazed by the collision but was able to continue.

Still the home side pressed forward and it looked like McAllister would put them in front after Bavidge flicked on Macdonald's long ball. McAllister took it in his stride and rounded Mitchell, only to see his angled effort come back off the far post.

Jamie Redman followed up but his shot was blocked by McKeown, and Sharp eventually struck over from 20 yards.

They came close again when substitute Dennis Wyness' cross, Bavidge saw Mitchell push his shot on the turn over the bar for a corner.

Another sub, Dave Ross, charged down a clearance and swung over a cross from the right that was met by the flying McAllister, his header off target but a free-kick given to Stranraer as Mr Finnie deemed his low head to constitute dangerous play.

Blue Toon hero Jarvie had to be withdrawn from the action in the dying stages after taking a kick to the elbow in claiming a cross, and he was replaced by Raymond Jellema.

Jellema was called into action just once. Gallagher burst through the middle and slipped in sub Michael Moore who cut inside onto his left foot but his curling effort was pushed away by the replacement keeper.

The final chance fell to the Blue Toon, Donald bursting forward and laying off for Wyness on the edge of the area, but the veteran's lob flew over the bar as the scores remained level.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie (Raymond Jellema, 86), Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Strachan, Bryan Deasley (Dennis Wyness, 72), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge, Graeme Sharp (Dave Ross, 75). Subs not used: Lewis Davidson, Ross Smith.

Booked: Macdonald, Strachan, Redman.

STRANRAER: David Mitchell, John Kane, Steven Noble, David Macgregor, Frank McKeown, Chris Aitken (Sean Winter, 68), Scott Taggart, Stephen Stirling, Craig Malcolm (Stuart McColm, 77), Martin Grehan (Michael Moore, 77), Grant Gallagher. Subs not used: Nathan Shepherd, Ryan Marshall (gk).

Booked: Aitken.

Attendance: 435

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Stranraer 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw

A Rory McAllister wonder-strike could not stop Third Division leaders Alloa Athletic ending Peterhead's run of league wins at four.

McAllister hit a superb leveller after central defender Ben Gordon had given Paul Hartley's side the lead in this rearranged match, but the Wasps swiftly hit back through Mark Docherty before Stevie May struck a killer third.

Scott Ross had returned for Peterhead in place of Craig Tully, while Dave Ross and Graeme Sharp started after impressing as substitutes in the win over Queen's Park.

Graham Webster dropped out, and Bryan Deasley was demoted to the bench to make way for them.

Peterhead's recent form had been impressive, but Alloa's own run had seen them win five on the bounce, and they were undefeated since October.

Making the most of their home advantage, the Wasps started brightly, with Stevie Masterton blasting a 25-yard effort narrowly wide of the upright.

Peterhead returned fire immediately as McAllister cut back for Dave Ross, only for the ex-Aberdeen man to blaze over from eight yards.

Paul Jarvie was the first of the goalkeepers to be tested, as he saved from Alloa's former Celtic striker Kevin Cawley after eight minutes, but he was left helpless as the home side opened the scoring.

Peterhead struggled to deal with a free kick sent over to the far post, and Graeme Holmes was able to pick out Gordon who slotted past the goalkeeper from close range.

Four minutes later, Cawley won his side a free kick 20 yards out, but the lively May sliced well wide.

Jim McInally's men began to find a footing in the game, though, and used the artificial surface at Recreation Park to build some neat passing moves.

Indeed, Martin Bavidge saw an effort blocked from Davie Donald's right wing cross, before Ryan Strachan's left-foot effort from 25 yards drew a save from former Aberdeen keeper Scott Bain.

They were finally rewarded when McAllister turned at the left corner of the penalty area, and sent a scorching shot high past Bain and into the top corner of the net.

But parity only lasted two minutes, and again it was a set-piece which would be Peterhead's undoing.

This time it was Masterton's corner, swung in from the right, which caused the problems. Only cleared as far as the edge of the area where Docherty pounced with a fine strike high into Jarvie's net.

The second half started more evenly, with May hitting just inches over, before Sharp drew a save from Bain with a 20-yard effort.

Peterhead pressed strongly for a leveller and Bavidge was unlucky to head wide at the near post from a Ryan Strachan corner, but another set piece would soon cost them dear.

With 25 minutes remaining, Jarvie beat away a Masterton corner from under his own cross bar, and the in-form May followed up to fire home his eighth goal in his last five appearances.

The on-loan St Johnstone man had looked a cut above throughout, and his goal was well-deserved.

That said, his heroics were to be matched at the other end as Peterhead threw caution to the wind and pushed men forward in a bid to get back into the game.

Scott Ross saw a header crash back off the upright with just a little too much pace on the rebound for McAllister to pounce.

Minutes later, Bain produced a double save worthy of the admission fee alone. Bain's save from Strachan's low effort was relatively routine, but the goalkeeper was back up quickly to somehow deny Dennis Wyness.

His efforts drew praise from both managers after the match, and who knows what might have happened had either effort found the net.

The Blue Toon continued to press right to the death, but only when Donald struck over from 20 yards was Bain's goal under further threat, with Peterhead's hopes of taking something from the game all but gone by that point.

Despite the result there was much for Jim McInally and his coaching staff to be positive about ahead of the weekend's trip over the border to sixth-placed Berwick Rangers, who lie just three points ahead of the Blue Toon.

ALLOA ATHLETIC: Scott Bain, James Doyle, Ross McKinnon, Ben Gordon (Mark McCullagh, 48), Ryan Harding, Darren Young, Mark Docherty, Stevie Masterton (Ross McCord, 81), Stevie May, Graeme Holmes, Kevin Cawley. Subs not used: Armand One, Robbie Winters, Craig McDowall (gk).

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Scott Ross (Craig Tully, 78), Callum Macdonald, Ryan Strachan, Graeme Sharp (Dennis Wyness, 68), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge, Dave Ross (Bryan Deasley, 54). Subs not used: Lewis Davidson, Raymond Jellema (gk).

Booked: Scott Ross.

Attendance: 429.

Additional Info

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

Peterhead's run of form continues ad they picked up a fourth straight win, and a fifth in six league games, despite falling behind to Queen's Park.

The visitors had dominated the first half, so deserved the lead handed to them by Sean Burns after 33 minutes. But a tactical reshuffle saw Peterhead take control after the interval, and Rory McAllister netted a double to earn the points.

With Scott Ross suspended, Peterhead handed a second debut to veteran defender Craig Tully, now registered for a second spell on the Balmoor playing staff alongside his coaching duties.

Also making his debut, at the other end of the age scale, was midfielder Graham Webster, the recent loan signing from Dundee.

Both players slotted into a 3-5-2 formation designed to provide as much cover for Tully as possible, the defender having last played for Clyde in July.

But the Spiders took the game to Peterhead early on, and Paul Jarvie had to be alert to save Jamie Longworth's header from a Martin McBride corner early on, and again to deny Daryl Meggatt from another McBride delivery.

It was almost 20 minutes into the game before Peterhead's first chance saw Queen's keeper Neil Parry comfortably hold Bryan Deasley's 20-yard strike.

But McBride provided another moment of danger at the other end as, after a short corner, he curled a dangerous cross towards the back post, Jamie Redman having to head the danger away.

Martin Bavidge saw a header saved from a Deasley cross after 33 minutes, but twenty seconds later the visitors were deservedly ahead.

Parry quickly played the ball out to captain Ricky Little, who found Craig Smith with a ball down the right channel. Tully was unable to cut out the low cross Smith fired across goal, and Burns had the easiest of tasks to tap home.

They could have been two up by half-time as Ian Watt charged down Tully's attempted clearance and was through one-on-one with Jarvie, only for a heavy touch to allow the goalkeeper to mop up the danger.

But it was an entirely different game after the restart. Peterhead switched to a 4-4-2 formation and the improvement was immediate.

Just four minutes after the restart Ryan Strachan, pushed forward into a midfield role, found Bavidge with a cross from the left. He knocked down for Webster who missed his kick but still forced a save from Parry, with Davie Donald seeing his follow-up come back off the post.

Parry had to get down at his near post shortly after, by which time Peterhead had brought on Dave Ross and Graeme Sharp to bolster their attacking options.

Ross' first real involvement saw him take advantage of a Paul McGinn slip to cross for McAllister from the left, only for the former Brechin man to fluff his lines and blaze high and wide.

But you can't keep a good man down, and McAllister would net the leveller after 62 minutes. Bavidge played in Sharp down the right and his early cross found the striker unmarked to head a superb header into the top corner of the net.

The momentum was definitely with Peterhead now, and they took the lead from the penalty spot five minutes later.

Bavidge beat McGinn as he cut in from the left flank but drew Little into a foul, and McAllister stepped up to coolly beat Parry from 12 yards.

Ross was unlucky to see his shot deflect wide as he looked to put some distance between the sides, but as has so often been the case lately, it was a nervy finish with the narrowest of margins.

Perhaps evidence that the Blue Toon are starting to get the rub of the green, Smith was millimetres away from earning the Spiders a point as he beat Jarvie from 20 yards with an injury-time strike, only to see his effort come back off the upright.

It was heart-in-mouth stuff for the home support, but their side held on for a vital three points that lift them to seventh in the league ahead of tough trips to league leaders Alloa and then sixth-placed Berwick Rangers.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Craig Tully, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Strachan, Graham Webster (Graeme Sharp 51), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge (Dennis Wyness 90), Bryan Deasley (Dave Ross 51). Subs not used: Lewis Davidson, Ray Jellema (gk)

Booked: McBain, McAllister.

QUEEN'S PARK: Neil Parry, Paul McGinn, Daryl Meggatt, Ricky Little, Paul Gallacher, David Anderson, Ian Watt (Tony Quinn 83), Martin McBride, Craig Smith, Jamie Longworth, Sean Burns (Michael Daly 72). Subs not used: Peter Bradley, Owen Ronald, Blair Lochhead (gk).

Booked: McGinn.

Referee: Brian Winter

Attendance: 505

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Queen's Park 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
Sat 21 Jan 2012

Clyde 0 Peterhead 1

Peterhead’s upturn in fortunes continued as they took their recent good form on the road to collect a second away win of the season, and a fourth in their last five league games.

The Blue Toon’s last five games in all competitions had been at Balmoor, and with an improvement in form having seen them take nine points from their four league matches in that spell, manager Jim McInally was looking for his men to replicate that form at Broadwood.

Top scorer Rory McAllister returned to the starting eleven after suspension in place of Graeme Sharp, while Dennis Wyness retained his place in the starting eleven after netting the winner against East Stirling last week.

Dave Ross returned to the bench after injury, and on-loan midfielder Graham Webster was also among the substitutes, having joined from Dundee this week.

Conditions were far from ideal, but with a strong, swirling wind blowing through the Cumbernauld stadium, Peterhead must have felt more than at home.

They certainly didn’t waste any time in abusing the hospitality of their hosts, taking the lead after just three minutes.

Ryan Strachan took a quick free kick to Bryan Deasley and although his cross took a nick off a Clyde defender, Scott Ross was able to head across goal and Martin Bavidge nodded over the line.

But though Peterhead pressed forward with intent, they found it hard to put Clyde keeper David Crawford under any real pressure, before Roy McBain flashed a cross-cum-shot across goal ten minutes from the interval.

There was more action after the interval though, and Bavidge set the tone in the opening minutes, cutting in from the left to hit a shot from eight yards, Crawford turning the ball away with his legs for a corner.

Crawford was coming under pressure in the early stages of the second half, but he wouldn’t have expected to have to scramble backwards to deal with Brian McQueen’s passback ten minutes after the interval, the centre-back having misjudged his goalkeeper’s positioning.

A minute later, Strachan had the goalkeeper under threat again, as he sent a shot narrowly over the crossbar from 25-yards.

At the other end, Clyde’s recent loan signing from Dumbarton, Kieran Brannan, got the better of Callum Macdonald to get into the penalty area, but the Blue Toon captain recovered to block, and Brannan sent his second effort into the side-netting.

But still Peterhead drove forward in search of a second goal, and McAllister should have done better with his 20-yard free kick on the hour. Having won the set-piece himself, he blazed his shot into the empty stand behind the goal.

Substitute Dave Ross was next to have a crack at goal, his strike crashing off the crossbar after excellent work by Bavidge on the right flank had allowed him to cross.

Paul Jarvie, on his return to his former club, denied John Neil with a diving save low to his left, while McAllister turned brilliantly at the other end, only to see his shot saved by Crawford.

With the clock running down, the home side began to throw men forward in search of a late leveller and appealed strongly for handball when Steph McDonald’s shot was deflected wide, but there was no reaction from referee Brian Colvin.

It was a nervy climax without the buffer of that elusive second goal, but the Blue Toon held firm to close the gap to both Clyde and Montrose to just two points – with McInally’s men having a game in hand over both.

Each of Peterhead’s recent wins has been accompanied by a clean sheet, which provides some encouragement ahead of next Saturday’s home match against Queen’s Park.

CLYDE: David Crawford, Iain Gray (Michael Oliver, 46), Lee Sharp, Jason Marr, Brian McQueen, Paul Hay (Dale Fulton, 83), John Neil, John Sweeney, Kieran Brannan, Trialist, Pat Scullion (Steph McDonald, 63). Subs not used: Kris Irvine, Barry McCue (gk).

Booked: Scullion, Sweeney.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Davie Donald, Roy McBain (Lewis Davidson, 83), Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Strachan, Dennis Wyness (Dave Ross, 61), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge, Bryan Deasley (Graeme Sharp, 61). Subs not used: Graham Webster, Raymond Jellema (gk).

Booked: Macdonald, McAllister.

Attendance: 456.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Clyde 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
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