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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

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  • 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.”

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  • 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


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

unused. Tully, Jarvie


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

unused. Gibson, Coll, O'Hara, Lochhead


ATT 479

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

Honours even Balmoor.

Rory McAllister and Darren Lavery scored in the opening six minutes as Berwick held Peterhead to a 1-1 draw.

The Blue Toon took the lead in the fifth minute when McAllister's superb free-kick found the top corner of Marc McCallum's net from 35 yards out, but their advantage was short-lived.

Darren Lavery pulled Berwick level one minute later when he found the top left of goal from just outside the penalty area after good work from fellow striker Dylan Easton on the right channel in the build up to the goal.

The match could have gone either way as both teams had a number of chances in the second half, but it ended all square as both teams defended well.

Report courtesy of SFL website.

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  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Berwick Rangers1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw

The Blue Toon brought a valuable point back from the National Stadium, but had goalkeeper Graeme Smith to thank as a string of fine saves kept them level against an impressive Queen’s Park side. The home side had the better chances throughout, with their right-flank combination of Paul McGinn and Aidan Connolly particularly effective.

The Toon welcomed Scott Ross back after suspension and Jamie Redman came back into the starting eleven after the head injury he picked up against Elgin City saw him restricted to a seat on the bench last Saturday. Robbie Winters also started, with Rory McAllister and Graeme Sharp dropping to the bench. David Cox also dropped to the role of substitute as his permanent move to Balmoor was only confirmed after Jim McInally had picked his team. Martin Bavidge was tasked with dropping deep to help nullify the threat of the Spiders right-flank duo Paul McGinn and Aidan Connolly but all too often Blue Toon left-back Steven Noble was left exposed.

The first chance came after just two minutes, McGinn providing the cross from the right which Tony Quinn headed wide of the upright, and a few minutes later, David Anderson ran onto a loose ball in the area, only to send his effort fizzing past the post. Peterhead had offered little going forward in the opening stages, but the vision of Ryan Strachan saw him take a quick free-kick to Winters after 18 minutes. The striker was challenged and the ball broke towards Noble, only for Ricky Little to avert the danger.

Within a minute, the Spiders should have been ahead, and Peterhead had keeper Smith to thank for keeping the scores level. Again it was McGinn who sent in a cross from the right, this time met by Michael Keenan, only for Smith to get a strong hand to the ball and turn it clear.

McInally was constantly tinkering with his side to find a way into the game and, as the first half wore on, they began to get a foothold in the game. Encouraged, they made a strong start to the second half. Scott Ross had two headers in the space of three minutes, the first going wide from a Ryan Strachan corner and the second seeing him turn Scott McLaughlin’s right-wing delivery over the bar.

The former Aberdeen man showed his prowess at the other end, as he read a dangerous Sean Burns cross and dived full length to head behind. McAllister was introduced with 25 minutes to go, and within two minutes he had played in Winters with a neat pass, only for the veteran striker to be crowded out.

At the other end, Connolly and Quinn combined to set Keenan up with a fine chance, which Smith did well to save. Connolly though he had put his side in front as he turned home from the rebound, but Quinn was penalised for a foul as he battled to win the loose ball.

And the home side came close again, twice, in injury time with substitute Lawrence Shankland sending the best of the efforts into the side-netting when he really should have done better. After struggling to get a grip on the game in the first half, the share of the points will be welcome, but McInally will be looking for improvement in this Sunday’s match against Rangers at Balmoor.

PETERHEAD: Graeme Smith, Dean Cowie (Graeme Sharp, 72), Steven Noble, Scott Ross, Ross Smith, Ryan Strachan, Ryan McCann, Jamie Redman, Robbie Winters (David Cox, 72), Martin Bavidge (Rory McAllister, 64), Scott McLaughlin. Subs not used: Tully, Jarvie (gk)

Booked: G. Smith, Sharp, R. Smith, McCann, McLaughlin.

Att: 584

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  • Home Team Queens Park 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
Mon 28 Jan 2013

Peterhead 0 Rangers 1

Rangers were missing captain Lee McCulloch through an ankle injury, the visitors made just one change to the side that had beaten Berwick Rangers handsomely, with Ian Black returning to the side in place of Dean Shiels, having completed a one-match suspension. Peterhead made two changes from the side that had lined up at the National Stadium, with David Cox and Rory McAllister coming in for Robbie Winters and Martin Bavidge.

In freezing conditions a record Balmoor crowd of 4,855 saw Peterhead started brightly and after just four minutes it was Peterhead who were first to threaten. Dean Cowie was fouled in the midfield and Ryan Strachan’s teasing free-kick delivery was met by Scott Ross with Neil Alexander in the Rangers goal doing well diving low to his left to turn away the header.

Alexander was certainly the busier keeper in the opening stages but on 13 minutes referee Mike Tumilty had to issue the first yellow card of the game to Ryan McCann who showed a bit too much enthusiasm when he produced a late challenge on Templeton. As expected the Blue Toon were well organised and worked exceptionally hard and Rangers looked for Templeton to provide a spark in the last third of the pitch.

But before the half hour mark it was Rangers stand-in skipper Lee Wallace that was the architect for the Rangers’ goal, his powerful, low shot from 20 yards was spilled by Smith and Sandaza was there to fire his shot high into the net with the keeper grounded.

On 36 minutes Peterhead looked to respond and after strong forward play from Rory McAllister he teed up David Cox who fizzed a shot across goal but wide of target. It was a good period of play from the toon and when Cox floated a corner kick to the back post Ross Smith’s net bound header was blocked on the line when he should have scored.

The Blue Toon started the second half brightly, too, as Cox squeezed out Black on the touchline and cut inside before flashing a left-footed effort over the crossbar. There was more of an edge to proceedings early in the second period, with Dean Cowie putting in a couple of typically robust challenges which seemed to unsettle the Rangers players. Referee Mike Tumilty had his yellow card out again shortly before the hour mark as Rory McAllister went into the book for a foul on Wallace and Strachan swiftly became the third player booked.

The visitors were starting to gain a territorial advantage and came close when Lewis McLeod's cross found the head of Chris Hegarty at the back post but his header failed to trouble Smith. Peterhead's task was made much harder after 65 minutes when Rory McAllister was harshly adjudged to have handled in the area, and received a second booking, reducing his side to 10 men.

The home side had certainly been more physical in the early stages of the second half but they will have been disappointed to lose their main goal threat so softly.

Kyle Hutton became the first Rangers player to be booked, after a foul on Cowie, with 15 minutes to go and that came as the home side began to find their way back into the game. Rangers could have sealed the points with five minutes remaining. McLeod `s clever reverse pass found Templeton in acres of space on the 18-yard line, but the former Hearts man sent his effort wide of the upright.

Peterhead were determined to battle for everything, though, and that was evidenced as Ross Smith became the fifth Blue Toon player to pick a up a booking - the central defender throwing himself into a challenge midway inside the Rangers half. In injury time, Alexander was forced to turn a Cox corner over his own crossbar but Peterhead could not find an equaliser that few would have begrudged them.

PETERHEAD: Smith, Cowie (Winters 79), Noble, Ross, Smith, Strachan (Sharp 74), Cox, Redman, McAllister, McLaughlin, McCann (Bavidge 57). SUBS: Maguire, Jarvie.

BOOKED: McCann, McAllister, Strachan, Ross, Smith
SENT OFF: McAllister

RANGERS: Alexander; Hegarty, Cribari, Perry, Wallace; Hutton; Little, Black (Crawford 66), Macleod, Templeton; Sandaza (McKay 81). SUBS: Gallacher, Faure, Shiels   .

Bookings: Hutton

REFEREE: Mike Tumilty

ATTD: 4,855

Additional Info

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