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Peterhead 0

Morton 3

 

Peterhead had reason to be hopeful in the Scottish Cup after taking Morton back to Balmoor.

But two games in four days against the Championship side proved too much for the Blue Toon. 

Following a 1-1 draw at Cappielow, Morton meant business second time around  and they needed just 10 minutes to take the lead.

Peterhead could not defend Michael Tidser’s corner and Kerr Waddell sent a header past Greg Fleming.

Jim McInally, looking to dump his old side out of the famous knock-out competition, must have been encouraged when Jason Brown forced a save out of Derek Gaston nine minutes into the second half.

But Robert Thomson’s strike in the 61st minute put Morton firmly in control of the tie. 

The former Brechin frontman buried a shot into the bottom corner after being set up by Bob McHugh, Ton’s scorer in Saturday’s tie.

Blue Toon striker Russell McLean was unlucky with a 71st minute effort, which rebounded off the post.

Had the ball go in, it would have set up a nervy ending for the visitors, who instead added a third with seven minutes remaining.

Chris Millar smashed a shot, from a difficult angle, into the net to confirm Morton’s fourth round tie against East Fife.

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  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Morton 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Cappielow club win Balmoor replay

Morton 1-1 Peterhead

 

Peterhead remain alive and kicking in the Scottish Cup after earning a third round replay with Morton following a 1-1 draw at Cappielow.

Scott Brown gave the Blue Toon the lead in the 27th minute but his goal was cancelled out by Bob McHugh’s header as half time approached.

Neither team could find a winner in the second period so they will try again on Tuesday with an away trip to East Fife the prize for the winners.

Greg Fleming had to look lively in the early stages before Peterhead went in front.

Ryan Dow was the provider, weaving his way to the byline and cutting the ball back for Brown to beat Derek Gaston from 10 yards.

However, the Blue Toon were unable to get to half time ahead as  McHugh restored parity four minutes before the break.

Jack Iredale kept the ball in and delivered a front post cross, which was headed in by McHugh.

Jack Leitch nearly gave the visitors the advantage again with a hooked effort, which was cleared off the line by Michael Tidser.

Moments later, as Morton broke down the other end, Reghan Tumilty tested Fleming with a rising shot.

By no means were Peterhead content to sit in and accept a draw and Willie Gibson was unlucky with a long range free-kick, which flew inches wide of the target.

Then it was Morton’s turn to go close right at the end, McHugh just heading wide deep in stoppage time from substitute Robert Thomson’s cross.

It all means the teams will do it all over again in just a few days time.

QUEEN’S PARK 2-0 PETERHEAD

 

Peterhead suffered defeat at Hampden as Queen’s Park scored either side of the interval to end the Blue Toon’s seven-game winning streak.

Ciaran Summers claimed both goals and the result meant Edinburgh City seized top spot again following their win over Albion Rovers.

Jim McInally’s men were unchanged from last week’s victory over Rovers but they found themselves behind in the 27th minute.

Summers struck a free-kick past Greg Fleming, his left-foot effort nestling into the bottom corner of the net.

There were opportunities for Peterhead to draw level but when Summers netted again six minutes into the second half, the Spiders were firmly in command.

Summers, from out on the left wing, deceived Fleming with what appeared to be a cross.

Queen’s Park finished the game with 10-men after Dominic McLaren was dismissed with six minutes remaining for picking up two yellow cards in quick succession.

But this was a rare League 2 off-day for the Blue Toon, who crashed to just their second loss of the season.

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  • Home Team Queen’s Park 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon’s status as league-leaders shortlived after Hampden defeat

PETERHEAD 2-1 ALBION ROVERS

Att 590

 

Peterhead are the new League 2 leaders after beating basement side Albion Rovers in a game of two halves at windswept Balmoor.

Derek Lyle kept up his excellent recent form to grab the two goals, which proved just enough.

The Blue Toon impressed in the first half while Albion were in disarray but the visitors got their act together after the interval and reduced the deficit.

The home side needed Greg Fleming to make some important saves to preserve their lead but they held on to move above Edinburgh, who were beaten by Clyde.

Paddy Boyle picked up an injury in the warm-up but the late change to the starting line-up did not hinder Peterhead, who began positively.

Rory McAllister, literally straight from the kick-off, fired inches over with a cheeky effort from the centre spot.

In fact, it was an indication of how strong the overhead conditions were that Albion’s John Cunningham tried the exact same thing at the start of the second period and his 50 yarder was tipped over by Fleming.

But McAllister was the key man before the break, laying on both goals for Lyle.

The opener arrived in the fifth minute when the Blue Toon captain chased a long punt forward and then clipped the ball across for his striker partner Lyle to shoot past Peter Morrison.

Morrison had a fine game but it was his lapse, which brought about Peterhead’s second. 

The goalkeeper’s misplaced pass was seized upon by McAllister, who squared for Lyle to slot in his fifth goal from his last three appearances.

Some neat combination play in the 21st minute nearly produced a third but Ryan Dow was denied by Morrison and countless other chances went awry.

You still sensed two goals would be enough but Albion were a different proposition in the second half.

They carried a threat and had Peterhead on the back foot, although McAllister could have settled the contest with a breakaway in the 64th minute.  Instead, he took a bad touch and ended up shooting wide of the target.

Albion set up a nervy ending by scoring in the 71st minute from a set-piece, Barry Eley heading in Gerard Hernando Escuriola’s corner at the front post.

Fleming saved well from Jamie Watson’s 22 yard free-kick with five minutes left as Peterhead stood firm to go top of the table.

 

Fleming, J.Brown, Stevenson, Eadie, W.Gibson, Ferry, S.Brown, Leitch (Home 87), Dow, McAllister (McLean 68), Lyle (Kavanagh 75)

Unused. R.Gibson. McDonald

 

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  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Albion Rovers 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Bottom team Albion make Blue Toon work for win

Clyde 1

Peterhead 3

 

Peterhead kept up their 100% away record with a hard-fought victory against Clyde at Broadwood.

Substitute Derek Lyle scored two second half goals after Scott Brown had given the Blue Toon an interval lead.

Both sides had a player sent off but Jim McInally’s men headed home with the points to stay hot on the heals of League 2 leaders Edinburgh City, who won at Stirling.

Brown fired in the opener in the 20th minute, shooting into the bottom corner with a fine effort from outside the penalty area.

Mick Dunlop was shown a red card for a challenge on David Goodwillie in the 62nd minute, prompting Cammy Eadie to take the place of Ross Kavanagh.

But Clyde’s numerical advantage lasted just three minutes as Tom Lang was given his marching orders for picking up a second yellow.

Lyle had just replaced Rory McAllister at this point and the veteran striker came up with a clinical finish in the 73rd minute to put Peterhead in command.

When Paddy Boyle put the ball through his own net in the 78th minute, the home team were given encouragement but Lyle bent in a beauty from distance with six minutes remaining to make it six straight wins for the visitors.

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  • Home Team Clyde 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon stay second with latest away success

Peterhead 3

Kelty Hearts 2

Att 658

 

Jim McInally will take Peterhead to face his former club Morton in the Scottish Cup third round.

It follows the Blue Toon’s victory over Kelty Hearts, who put on a decent display at Balmoor.

Russell McLean, Rory McAllister and substitute Derek Lyle got the goals but the home team had to work for their win.

Kelty announced Barry Ferguson as their new manager on Thursday and although the former Rangers and Scotland captain was not in the away dugout, the Lowland League leaders looked eager to impress.

That said, the tie did not start well for them as Conrad Courts misplaced a seventh minute pass and McLean pounced to slot past Scott Christie.

Peterhead were unable to build on their lead though, and they let the visitors back into the contest in the 20th minute.

Stephen Husband whipped in a free-kick from the left and Ciaren Chalmers buried a header past Greg Fleming.

McInally’s men were better in the second half and created several chances but it looked like it would not be McAllister’s day when he had a header chalked off for offside before striking the upright.

However, McAllister would not be denied in the 74th minute as Peterhead regained the initiative.

The Blue Toon captain laid the ball off to Lyle, who clipped a fine cross to the back post and McAllister nodded past Christie from a few yards out.

Lyle then headed in Peterhead’s third in the last minute, directing Jamie Stevenson’s corner into the net from the centre of the box.

Although the contest was now over, the scoring was not as Kelty pulled one back in stoppage time through Matthew Gay from another Husband set-piece but it was too little too late for the ambitious Fife club.

 

Peterhead

Fleming, Stevenson, J.Brown, Dunlop, Boyle, Ferry, W.Gibson (Lyle 73), Leitch (Kavanagh 56), S.Brown, McLean, McAllister

Unused. R.Gibson. McCracken. Eadie. Home

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  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Kelty Hearts 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon made to work but deservedly go through to round three
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