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Sun 08 Jan 2012

Peterhead 0 Celtic 3

Peterhead's Scottish Cup adventure came to an expected end against Celtic at Balmoor, but the memories will live long for a side who didn't disgrace themselves against the current SPL leaders.

With Peterhead sitting second-bottom of the Third Division an upset never really looked on the cards, but Jim McInally's men held strong for much of the first half before Anthony Stokes netted the first of what would be a Balmoor hat-trick.

The game was over when Stokes notched his second just before the hour mark, and the third came with just eight minutes remaining.

Starting with the same personnel who had begun in the 3-0 win over Elgin City six days previously, Peterhead began brightly, and worked an opportunity for Dave Ross to get into the heart of the Celtic penalty area after just 45 seconds, but Lukasz Zaluska mopped up the danger.

McInally had sent his troops out in a 3-4-3 formation but quickly reverted into a 5-4-1 as Celtic pushed forward in the wide areas, Martin Bavidge and Graeme Sharp in particular finding themselves pressed back by Cha Du Ri, who was always happy to get forward down the Celtic right.

Indeed it was his pass, after being slipped in by countryman Ki Sung Yeung, that saw Stokes turn Celtic’s first real opportunity over the crossbar.

There was something of a let-off for the Blue Toon just before the hour, as Ki was left all alone on the edge of the area, and he crashed a shot off the crossbar from Charlie Mulgrew’s corner kick.

Mulgrew himself had an effort from a 20-yard free kick just to the right of goal, but Paul Jarvie was more than equal to the effort.

Just moments later, though, the ball was in the back of the net.

Peterhead cleared their lines but Celtic were happy to play out from the back, and when Paddy McCourt eventually sent a diagonal ball in behind Callum Macdonald, Georgos Samaras squared for Stokes to turn home the opener.

There was perhaps a hint of offside about Samaras’ involvement, but the crisp passing was to be admired.

Peterhead had a rare chance to throw a ball into the Celtic area as Rory McAllister won a free kick out on the left, but the visitors quickly turned defence into attack after Ryan Strachan’s delivery.

They broke quickly, and Neil Lennon’s front two combined to put the ball in the net again, Stokes this time flagged offside as he blasted home from all of a yard.

With just the one goal in it at half-time McInally could already be proud of his side, but he bravely adjusted his formation to try to get some support to the hard-working McAllister.

Bavidge was pushed forwards as Bryan Deasley replaced Graeme Sharp, but the visitors would double their lead shortly before the hour.

Stokes had already seen another effort ruled out by the linesman’s flag from a McCourt pass, before a patient build-up saw him fire home his second of the game.

Twice Stokes exchanged passes with rampaging left-back Emilio Izaguirre before eventually angling a shot from the Honduran’s pass beyond the helpless Jarvie.

If anything, the pass from Izaguirre had taken the former Arsenal, Falkirk and Hibs man away from goal, but it was a mark of his calibre that he coolly dispatched beyond Jarvie.

Celtic made their first substitution in the wake of the goal, Joe Ledley replaced by Victor Wanyama after the former had sustained a facial knock in a collision with Jamie Redman, the contact looking accidental from the former Brechin City player.

A rare foray forward saw Deasley slice a cross-cum-shot wide of the target after 74 minutes following some good play by Ross on the left, but Celtic were to extend their lead eight minutes later.

Ki picked out Dylan McGeouch with a short corner, with the ball eventually worked to Stokes on the other side of the penalty area, and he calmly set himself before angling past the unlucky Jarvie.

That was game, set and match for the visitors, but the record crowd of 4,505 within Balmoor could certainly go home proud of their side.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Strachan, Dave Ross (Lewis Davidson, 69), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge (Dennis Wyness, 60) Graeme Sharp (Bryan Deasley, 46). Subs not used: Aaron Conway, Ray Jellema (gk).

Booked: McBain, McAllister, S. Ross.

CELTIC: Lukasz Zaluska, Cha Du Ri, Emilio Izaguirre, Kelvin Wilson, Charlie Mulgrew (Dylan McGeouch, 82), Paddy McCourt, Scott Brown, Joe Ledley (Victor Wanyama, 58), Ki Sung Yeung, Giorgos Samaras (Filip Twardzik, 70), Anthony Stokes. Subs not used: Adam Matthews, Frazer Forster (gk).

Attendance: 4,505.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Celtic 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

Peterhead got their attempts to put the nightmare that was 2011 behind them off to a good start, as they comfortably disposed of ten-man Elgin City in their first match of 2012.

Jim McInally made two changes to the side that had suffered Boxing Day defeat to Montrose, goalkeeper Raymond Jellema replaced by Paul Jarvie, and Martin Bavidge returning to the starting eleven in place of Bryan Deasley.

A tactical switch saw Dave Ross switch to the left flank, Graeme Sharp on the right, and both would put in fine performances.

Sharp was heavily involved in the early play, his cross just evading Rory McAllister before Jamie Redman struck over from just inside the area.

A neat interchange between Ross and McAllister on the left saw the former Brechin man fly past Elgin defender David Niven before crossing for Sharp after 12 minutes but, left-footed, Sharp hit high and wide.

The Blue Toon were playing well, and their cause was aided by the incident that led to the opener, and reduced the visitors to ten men.

Bavidge slipped a clever ball through to McAllister who drew City keeper Zander Clark off his line and into hauling the striker down.

That left referee Don Robertson no option but to produce the red card and, after some delay City withdrew giant striker Paul Miller and replaced him with sub keeper John Calder, McAllister stepped up to confidently stroke home from the spot.

City were up against it, but Peterhead struggled to press home their advantage in the immediate aftermath of the card, and it took almost 20 minutes for them to threaten once more.

Ryan Strachan won the ball in his own half and evaded three challenges before passing to Bavidge, who himself beat two men then fed Redman whose cross simply had to be put away by Sharp from close range.

The former Montrose winger completely missed his kick, though, slicing tamely back across the goal and allowing Elgin to clear.

But Sharp made up for that miss in some style, two minutes into injury time. Scott Ross headed away a Daniel Moore free-kick, and Dave Ross fed Sharp just inside the Elgin half.

Sharp raced towards goal, cutting inside McPhee before striking left-footed from 20 yards, a deflection off Graeme Beveridge wrong-footing Calder as the ball flew into the net.

Still in the thick of the action after the break, Sharp saw an early volley deflected wide of the post, then another 25-yard effort squirm wide of the post after McAllister’s clever flick.

Piling on the pressure, Bavidge went close when his shot from an acute angle struck both the upright and Calder just before the hour mark.

The visitors were still more than capable of hitting on the break though, and they too hit the woodwork just a minute later.

Stuart Leslie picked the ball up in midfield and fed former Blue Toon man Craig Gunn. Elgin’s top scorer had Jarvie beaten with an angled shot but the ball came back off the inside of the post and into the arms of the relieved keeper.

Gunn again threatened soon after, this time from a Moore delivery, however his tame header was comfortably held by Jarvie.

The points were sealed after 73 minutes though, as Scott Ross popped up in the penalty area to turn home a corner from substitute Deasley, the ball coming off the former Aberdeen man’s shoulder as he came under pressure from Calder and Jamie Duff.

Another sub, Aaron Conway, stung the palms of Calder in the dying stages, as the Blue Toon ensured a confidence-boosting win ahead of their televised Scottish Cup tie against Celtic on Sunday.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Strachan, Dave Ross (Bryan Deasley, 65), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Aaron Conway, 75), Martin Bavidge (Dennis Wyness, 57), Graeme Sharp. Subs not used: Lewis Davidson, Raymond Jellema (gk).

Booked: Bavidge.

ELGIN CITY: Zander Clark, David Niven, Archie McPhee, Stuart Leslie (Trialist, 68), Jamie Duff, Graeme Beveridge, Craig Gunn (Jason Crooks, 72), Ross O’Donoghue, Paul Miller (John Calder, 19), Mark Nicolson, Daniel Moore. Sub not used: Cieran Maclean.

Sent off: Clark.

Attendance: 626

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Elgin City 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
Mon 26 Dec 2011

Peterhead 2 Montrose 3

Peterhead’s hopes of using their first home league win of the season as a springboard were dashed when the Blue Toon followed that win over Berwick Rangers with defeat against third-bottom Montrose.

Jim McInally’s men were looking to close the gap on Montrose to just one point and the manager stuck by the same starting eleven that head earned the points against the Wee Rangers, the only change coming on the bench where Aaron Conway replaced Shaun Robertson.

But it was a nervy start for the Blue Toon, not aided by the windy conditions at Balmoor. Indeed, Montrose right-back Sean Crichton used the wind to his advantage to send a 25-yard strike fizzing over the crossbar.

At the other end, Jamie Redman and Davie Donald combined on the right to work an opportunity for Dave Ross, but his cross was headed away by Montrose defender Jonathan Smart with Bryan Deasley waiting to pounce.

Montrose took the lead on the quarter-hour. Keeper Raymond Jellema made a meal of Jamie Winter’s low free kick, the goalkeeper managing only to palm the ball off the helpless Ryan Strachan and into the net.

Smart was in attendance and took the plaudits, but Strachan’s name went down on the scoresheet.

Peterhead came back at their hosts though and, after a Deasley free kick had been beaten away by Wood, Strachan shot disappointingly over the bar.

The ambitious Crichton had another go from distance which was held at the second attempt by Jellema, but Peterhead had started to get a grip in the match and saw Rory McAllister flash a header wide from Graeme Sharp’s cross.

McAllister was involved in his side’s best chance so far, on the hour mark. He scampered away down the left after being released by Ross, and it seemed Redman had to score from his low pass, only for a combination of Wood and Dougie Cameron to avert the danger.

McInally threw on Martin Bavidge for Ross, but the Toon would find themselves 2-0 down when Masson released winger David McGowan, who eased past the challenge of Callum Macdonald before slotting past Jellema from 15 yards.

To their credit, Peterhead pushed forward and when Wood spilled a Strachan cross, Redman knocked back but neither Bavidge nor Dennis Wyness could get a shot away.

But Strachan hauled them back into the game with 16 minutes remaining. Wood opted to punch a dangerous Deasley corner, and the ball to the former Celtic man who lashed home a left-foot effort.

But despite pressing for a leveller, Montrose made the points safe in injury time. Strachan’s attempted clearance in the full-back area was blocked and that allowed Martin Boyle to pull back for Lloyd Young.

He in turn picked out ex-Peterhead man Jonathon Crawford, who found the net from eight yards.

But there was still time for Bavidge to fire home a consolation strike in the fourth minute of time added on. Again it came from a Deasley corner, the striker winning the ball at the near post before firing high into the net on the turn.

The goal might have masked the ease of Montrose’s win, but it did little to ease the hurt of a painful 12 months for Peterhead FC, who must surely now look to the Elgin match on January 2, their first of 2012, as a new beginning.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Roy McBain (Aaron Conway 82), Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Strachan, Dave Ross (Martin Bavidge 60), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Bryan Deasley, Graeme Sharp (Dennis Wyness 67). Subs not used: Lewis Davidson, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: McAllister, Deasley.

MONTROSE: Sandy Wood, Sean Crichton, Dougie Cameron, Alan Campbell, Jonathan Smart, Terry Masson, Lloyd Young, Jamie Winter, Martin Boyle, Scott Johnston, David McGowan (Jonathon Crawford 81). Subs not used: Sean Pierce, David Dimilta, Steven McPhee, Michael Andrews (gk).

Booked: Cameron, McGowan, Crawford.

Attendance: 566

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Montrose 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

Peterhead served up an early Christmas present for the Balmoor faithful as they notched their first league win under the stewardship of Jim McInally to lift themselves off the bottom of Division Three, and record a first home league win since January.

Rory McAllister found the net from the penalty spot deep into first half injury-time to give McInally’s men the lead but, despite turning the screw on their visitors, a killer second goal never came.

That meant a nervy final ten minutes, but The Blue Toon held on to record a much-needed victory.

McInally had stuck by the same starting eleven that had lost out, somewhat harshly, to Stranraer at the weekend meaning Martin Bavidge again had to be content with a seat on the bench with Bryan Deasley partnering McAllister in attack.

It was Peterhead goalkeeper Raymond Jellema who was called into action first, repositioning himself to save from Darren Gribben’s attempted lob after the striker had spotted the keeper off his line.

The former Alloa custodian was at full stretch to turn Steven Notman’s header round the post, before Jamie Redman saw his header at the other end held by Berwick’s Jamie Barclay following Davie Donald’s long throw.

Deasley’s set pieces caused a number of problems for the visitors’ defence, and from one such delivery Scott Ross really should have done better than to head high and wide.

Another Deasley corner found Ross again, this time at the back post, but his header was cleared off the line by Lee Currie.

The Borderers weren’t out of this yet though, and there was a massive let-off for the home side when a mix-up between Donald and Ross allowed Stuart Noble to latch onto Andy McLean’s pass out of defence.

He squared unselfishly to strike partner Gribben, but the hitman somehow struck wide of the target with just Jellema to beat.

There was another escape for the Blue Toon when Berwick substitute Michael Deland, on for the injured Elliot Smith, picked up another McLean pass and seemed to be bundled over by Donald, but referee George Salmond was unmoved by the claim.

But Salmond’s penalty decision at the other end would give Peterhead a half-time lead. Redman pounced on the rebound after Deasley’s shot was saved by Barclay, but was sent flying by McLean’s strong challenge.

Despite the defender’s claim contact was made outside the box, Salmond pointed to the spot and McAllister confidently despatched.

The goal gave Peterhead the freedom to push forward after the interval, and McAllister came close to notching a second when he curled a left-footed effort narrowly past the post after 55 minutes.

Dave Ross saw a header saved from a Graeme Sharp cross soon after, and Sharp himself saw Barclay beat an effort away after a fine run from midfield.

Peterhead continued to press forward, and only the timely intervention of McLean took the ball away from McAllister following Donald’s cross from the right, the goal gaping in front of the former Brechin striker.

Ross was again denied by the goalkeeper when he struck left-footed after another Redman header had been blocked, with the ball prodded away from substitute Bavidge.

The nerves began to grow as time wore on, but the outcome should really have been put beyond doubt when Deasley got to the bye-line and crossed from the left. Barclay could only push the ball as far as Lewis Davidson.

He pulled back for Redman, but Currie threw himself in front of the midfielder’s strike and deflected away for a corner.

Berwick had a couple of chances to level in the last ten minutes, but Kevin McDonald spurned the best of them, his 15-yard effort taking a deflection on its way over the bar.

The win was just Peterhead’s second in what has been a difficult return to Division Three, but they now have the opportunity to build on the victory with home games against Montrose on Boxing Day and Elgin on January 2nd.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald (Lewis Davidson, 86), Roy McBain, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Strachan, Dave Ross, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Dennis Wyness, 82), Bryan Deasley, Graeme Sharp (Martin Bavidge, 61). Subs not used: Shaun Robertson, Paul Jarvie (gk).

BERWICK RANGERS: Jamie Barclay, Elliot Smith (Michael Deland, 15), Steven Thomson, Chris Townsley, Andy McLean, Lee Currie, Steven Notman, David Greenhill (Fraser McLaren, 70), Darren Gribben (Damon Gray, 70), Stuart Noble, Kevin McDonald. Subs not used: Aaron Ponton, Connor Wood.

Attendance: 483

Additional Info

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

Peterhead can perhaps count themselves unfortunate to still be searching for a first league win under Jim McInally, despite returning from Stranraer with nothing.

Bryan Deasley had given the Blue Toon the lead just before the hour mark, but Stranraer substitute Michael Moore levelled matters ten minutes from time, and Stephen Stirling added a second in injury time to complete the turnaround.

Deasley had started up front alongside Rory McAllister, with Martin Bavidge dropping to the bench and Graeme Sharp coming in on the flank, the only change McInally made to the team that had been denied victory at Queen’s Park a fortnight ago thanks to another late goal.

Sharp and Deasley had combined to create the first chance after nine minutes, the latter heading narrowly wide of the target as Peterhead took the game to their hosts.

Callum Macdonald saw a header come back off the crossbar, but the home side came into things and Raymond Jellema was forced into action to turn a Craig Malcolm shot round the post, after Martin Grehan had flicked on a long ball.

Stranraer defender Frank McKeown, who scored in the fixture between the sides at Balmoor earlier in the season, headed wide from the resultant corner.

And McKeown came close again, as his stunning strike forced Jellema to push over.

The sides were level at the interval, but Deasley opened the scoring just before the hour with a well-worked strike.

His pass had seen McAllister home in on goal, only for the Blue Toon’s top scorer to see his shot palmed away by home goalkeeper Ryan Marshall. The ball fell to Jamie Redman, but his cross was headed behind for a corner.

Deasley took a short corner, exchanging passes with Dave Ross before finding the angle for a shot which curled in at the far post, though Redman may claim a touch as the ball whizzed over his head.

McAllister passed up an opportunity to make the points safe, before Moore levelled matters, creating space inside the area to fire into the corner of the net from 12 yards.

It looked like the Blue Toon would at least hold on for a point, until they were cruelly undone in injury time.

Jellema’s goal kick was won in the midfield by John Kane, and he lifted a ball deep into Peterhead territory. Moore flicked on, and Stirling was perfectly placed to fire home from 20 yards.

It was a cruel defeat for the Blue Toon who remain bottom of the table ahead of Tuesday night’s rearranged match at home to Berwick Rangers.

STRANRAER: Ryan Marshall, Scott Taggart, Steven Noble, David McGregor, Frank McKeown, John Kane, Sean Winter (Michael Moore, 67), Stephen Stirling, Craig Malcolm, Martin Grehan, Stuart McColm. Subs not used: Grant Gallagher, Shepherd, Dean Agnew, David Mitchell (gk).

Booked: McColm.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Strachan, Dave Ross, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister (Dennis Wyness, 80), Bryan Deasley (Martin Bavidge, 65), Graeme Sharp (Shaun Robertson, 86). Subs not used: Lewis Davidson, Paul Jarvie (gk).

Booked: McBain, Redman.

Attendance: 290.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Stranraer 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss

The team could have been forgiven for letting thoughts of the Scottish Cup and Celtic after the team bus rolled into Hampden, however it is the bread and butter of the league results that Jim McInally will be judged on. The rain was relentless and it was bitterly cold but the blue toon almost made a hot start.

Martin Bavidge’s first touch was to nutmeg Meggatt as he drove in from the right, but his cross was cleared for a corner and again showed how dangerous he can be with a strong turn in the box five minutes later, holding off McGinn and firing in a low shot that was deflected for a corner. Queen’s Park were making chances also with a free header from a McBride corner straight at Jellema, followed up with the McGinn cutting inside and feeding Longworth on the edge of the box, where the striker turned and fired a low shot which the Jellema took low down

Peterhead responded four minutes later with Dave Ross forcing the spiders’ keeper to palm a shot from 20 yards over the bar. The keeper was beaten from the corner as Bavidge again rose first only to head onto the top of the bar and over. Peterhead were exerting some pressure now, Deasley had a shot blocked for a corner and it took a fine stretching clearance by Little to prevent Bavidge getting in again after a nice through pass by Strachan.

Queens reacted and started to get back into the game, Roy McBain was booked for pulling back Watt and Callum MacDonald had to dive full length to head over his own bar and prevent the resulting free kick reaching the queens striker. Queen's won a second corner and there was an almighty scramble in the Peterhead box as first Meggatt and then Watt couldn't connect properly with shots before the danger was cleared. Peterhead suffered a blow when Davie Donald had to go off in 37 minutes with a knock to his ribs, with Graeme Sharp coming on.

Peterhead came out determined for the second half and it paid rewards into the second half, Queens’s defender Little's awkward attempt at a headed back-pass went for a corner. The kick was cleared, but only out to Ryan Strachan and his whipped cross found Rory McAllister who headed high into the net.

Rory should have made it two up for the toon when he rounded Queens’s keeper Parry and then shot into the side net. The referee was alone in thinking the game was boiling over as he booked Strachan, Scott Ross, Deasley and Bavidge in quick succession, the blue toon fans were struggling to remember a bad challenge in the match.

Queens were now on top and they came so close to an equaliser, with having two shots cleared off the line with Jellema beaten. Murray skipped into the box on the left to win yet another corner but again McBride's delivery found a Toon head and was cleared. On 71 minutes Queens equalised McGinn got past first Ross after a nice one-two and then glided past MacDonald as he got to the by-line and his cutback was swept behind Jellema by Murray.

The fussy referee found five additional minutes and queens could have won it in the last minute, the queens striker played a one two on the edge of the box to find himself unmarked 10 yards in front of goal, put the effort wide.

There was bad news for the toon at the final whistle when news of East Stirlingshire’s victory over Annan, had pushed the toon to the bottom of Scottish league football. Jim McInally needs to get the team back to winning ways soon where it matters; the cup match will take care of itself.

Additional Info

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