Club News

Fri 11 Nov 2011

Montrose 2 Peterhead 1

Blue Toon keeper Paul Jarvie will want to forget this game after his unfortunate error helped Montrose come from behind to beat the Blue Toon.

Jarvie allowed the ball to slip from his grasp on the greasy artificial pitch at Links Park, and Sean Pierce took advantage to set up Martin Boyle for the winning goal after 66 minutes.

The Blue Toon had taken the lead through Rory McAllister after just 11 minutes, but Pierce had also provided the leveller for midfielder Terry Masson just before the interval.

Still without a permanent manager following the departure of John Sheran, Charlie Duncan was again in the dugout with senior players Barry Sellars and Martin Bavidge assisting from the pitch.

The Peterhead side was unchanged from that which had drawn with Queen's Park a week earlier, only the second time this term the same side had started consecutive matches.

That statistic may provide a clue as to the uncertainty around the club at the moment, but that was a distant memory as the Blue Toon took the lead early on.

Aaron Conway found McAllister with a lofted ball down the channel, and the former Brechin man worked space for himself in the area before powering a right foot shot past Montrose goalkeeper Michael Andrews.

Montrose rallied, and Peterhead had Jarvie to thank for a fine save from lively striker Martin Boyle's angled effort after 17 minutes, and from former Blue Toon man Dougie Cameron's corner, the goalkeeper dived superbly to block Jonathon Smart's powerful header.

Peterhead could have doubled their lead when Conway's free kick from the right found the head of McAllister, but the striker saw his effort come back off the upright. The loose ball fell back to the feet of the striker, but he failed to keep his second effort down.

But the home side drew level four minutes before half-time. Pierce drove down the right flank and pulled the ball back across goal for Masson, who arrived in the area to lash past Jarvie to level the scores.

Ryan Strachan came on at the interval in place of Sellars, and his midfield partner Scott Ross threatened twice in the space of a minute early in the second half.

But as the rain began to fall, it was the home side who suddenly looked more comfortable. Indeed, Boyle's persistence saw him get the better of Callum Macdonald after 61 minutes, but his shot found only the side netting.

That was a warning shot for what was to come five minutes later. Jarvie came off his line to smother what seemed a harmless ball down the channel, but the ball squirmed out of his grasp and allowed Pierce to square for his strike partner who gratefully accepted the gift.

Such an error was symptomatic of Peterhead's luck over the last year or so, and coming after his saves had kept the Blue Toon in front in the first half, spoiled what had until that point been a good afternoon's work for the goalkeeper.

The Blue Toon never really recovered from that and despite throwing on strikers Dave Ross and Garry Wood with 15 minutes remaining, Andrews was not put under any further pressure.

With two weeks before their next game due to the international break, Peterhead will hope an appointment can be made to the manager's post in order to steady the ship and begin the recovery from what has been a nightmare start to the season.

MONTROSE: Michael Andrews, Paul Lunan, Dougie Cameron, Jonathon Smart, Alan Campbell, Jamie Winter, Stephen McNally, Terry Masson, Martin Boyle, Sean Pierce, Steven McPhee (Scott Johnston,  82). Subs not used: Jonathan Crawford, Sean Crighton, Sean Kelly, Sandy Wood (gk).

Booked: Lunan.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Davie Donald, Lewis Davidson, Callum Macdonald, Jamie Bishop, Scott Ross, Graeme Sharp (Dave Ross, 74), Barry Sellars (Ryan Strachan, 46), Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge, Aaron Conway (Garry Wood, 74). Subs not used: Dennis Wyness, Raymond Jellema (gk).

Booked: Donald, S.Ross.

Attendance: 359

Additional Info

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

A resilient Blue Toon team came from a goal down to earn a point against Queen's Park at Balmoor.

Less than 24 hours after the club announced the departure of John Sheran, experienced striker Martin Bavidge teamed up with former Fraserburgh boss Charlie Duncan, now part of the Youth & Community department at Balmoor, to lead the team against the Spiders, who have been a bogey side for the Blue Toon over the years.

And their selection may have raised a few eyebrows, with five changes made. Perhaps the most surprising was the return of Paul Jarvie, making his first start of the season, in place of Raymond Jellema.

Striker Garry Wood dropped to the bench, while Roy McBain, Jamie Redman and Bryan Deasley all dropped out through injury.

There was a late change to the starting eleven as Alan Rattray, initially selected in place of McBain at left-back, pulled up in the warm-up, to be replaced by Lewis Davidson.

But despite the changes, Gardner Speirs' side had goalkeeper Neil Parry to thank for keeping the scores level after just eleven seconds. The Spiders kicked the match off and angled a ball out to the left wing, but Davie Donald nodded away.

Aaron Conway picked up the loose ball and sent a fine pass up the inside-right channel for Rory McAllister, who steadied himself only for Parry to block his effort.

It was to be an entertaining affair, and the Amateurs responded with a Martin McBride free kick which clipped the outside of the post after a Barry Sellars' foul.

Peterhead threatened again when a Conway corner was headed towards goal by Callum Macdonald, only for Ricky Little to clear. The ball came back to Macdonald who lifted a pass to Rory McAllister at the back post, but he was off target with his acrobatic effort.

Back came the visitors, and they even had the ball in the net as Peterhead finally got some of the luck they've been missing over the last eighteen months.

David Anderson's ball into the box seemed to be handled by Jamie Bishop, but drew no response from referee Mat Northcroft. The ball broke to Michael Daly who saw his ball across goal turned in by David Murray, only for the winger's effort to be ruled out by the linesman's flag.

Anderson himself was denied from the edge of the box as the Spiders worked the ball in from the right flank, but the midfielder saw Jarvie comfortably hold his effort.

Peterhead might have had a penalty of their own as McAllister was seemingly hauled to the ground by Little, and shortly afterward, Bavidge slipped in Scott Ross who saw his shot well saved by Parry.

As the home side continued to press, McAllister picked out Davidson in the area, but the young full-back blazed over.

Just before the interval, Murray chased down McBride's deflected shot, and shot from a narrow angle, but Jarvie reacted quickly to smother the effort.

But the goalkeeper was beaten seven minutes into the second half. McBride swung a superb ball in to the back post, where Ian Watt barely had to jump to nod through the legs of Jarvie and into the net.

Where Peterhead have so often crumbled this season, they instead pushed forward in search of a leveller.

Davidson's cross from the left just after the hour was met by Bavidge, but his header looped over the crossbar.

But the left flank was to provide the goal.  Bishop lofted a ball to Sharp, who cut inside onto his favoured right foot and picked out McAllister with a fine cross.

The striker saw his brave diving header saved, but Bavidge was well placed to force the ball over the line, despite the challenge of James Brough.

It could have been in vain as, within a minute, Jamie Longworth saw his snap-shot beat Jarvie but crashed back off the upright.

But Peterhead pushed forward again and a move started by Scott Ross, who grew into his midfield role, saw Sharp cross for Bavidge, but his header was comfortable for Parry.

The goalkeeper was tested again with 81 minutes on the clock. Sharp's diagonal pass found McAllister who cut back for a diving header by substitute Dave Ross, but Parry parried away the effort and Brough completed the clearance.

In the final minute, a long ball from Peter Bradley saw substitute Craig Smith seem to outpace Davidson, but as the striker took aim at Jarvie's goal, the defender got across well to clear for a corner.

It may not have been a win for the Blue Toon, but there were certainly positive signs as the hunt for a manager who can revive seemingly flagging promotion hopes begins.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Davie Donald, Lewis Davidson, Callum Macdonald, Jamie Bishop, Scott Ross (Ryan Strachan, 79), Graeme Sharp, Barry Sellars, Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge (Dennis Wyness, 79), Aaron Conway (Dave Ross, 60). Subs not used: Garry Wood, Raymond Jellema (gk).

QUEEN'S PARK: Neil Parry, Paul McGinn, Peter Bradley, Ricky Little, James Brough, Martin McBride, Ian Watt (Craig Smith, 84), David Anderson, Michael Daly (Tony Quinn, 90), Jamie Longworth, David Murray (Sean Burns, 79). Subs no used: Paul Gallacher, Adam Strain (gk).

Attendance: 478.

Additional Info

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

The Blue Toon remain pointless after two league games, but there were positive signs for John Sheran's men despite a second defeat to Annan Athletic in a matter of days.

The Borderers came out on top in the midweek Ramsdens Cup meeting, but both sides made changes ahead of the first Third Division match at Balmoor since 2005.

Barry Sellars returned to the Peterhead lineup in place of Lewis Davidson, while the visitors made six changes to the side that had won 4-2 in midweek. One of those missing out was former Peterhead man Bryan Gilfillan, who was suspended.

In a tactical change, Roy McBain started in midfield for Peterhead, with Paul Watson reverting to left-back.

And it seemed so promising for Peterhead when they took the lead after just eight minutes. Craig Summersgill, the Annan goalkeeper, came charging off his line but failed to claim the ball, and Bryan Deasley was on hand to turn and chip home from the edge of the area.

Martin Bavidge could have made it 2-0 six minutes later, but he saw his near-post header turned round the post by the former Gretna goalkeeper.

But for all Peterhead's good work in the opening stages, defensive frailties cost them an equaliser. Peter Watson's throw-in was poorly defended, and Annan's teenage midfielder Jordan McKechnie fired in from the edge of the area, claiming his first senior goal.

Peterhead could have been back in front when Bavidge worked space and found strike partner Rory McAllister but the former Brechin man, still adapting to life at Balmoor saw his effort loop up and Summersgill gratefully claimed.

But the Blue Toon were back in front five minutes before the interval. The returning Sellars found former Forfar team-mate Deasley with a ball out of defence, and the goalscorer turned provider for McAllister, who swept home from six yards.

So far so good, but poor defending again led to an equaliser five minutes after the break. David Cox was given far too much room to cross from the left, and McKechnie got in at the front post to turn home his second of the afternoon.

Watson came close to putting Harry Cairney's side in front when he headed a Steven Sloan cross over from close range, but Peterhead broke and only a fine save from Summersgill denied McAllister.

But it was the visitors who were to go in front, with 18 minutes left. Roy McBain brought down the lively Sloan and Ian Harty, who had bagged a hat-trick in midweek, found the top corner from the penalty spot.

That seemed to spark life back into the home side, who looked like they were capable of drawing level. Indeed, another Sellars ball out of defence set McAllister free, and the hitman was unlucky to see his effort come back off the upright.

Sellars himself saw a long range strike saved in injury-time, but the visitors held on to secure a win which sees them top the table at this early stage, as the only side to have won both league games.

PETERHEAD: Neil Duffy, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Barry Sellars, Callum Macdonald, Jamie Redman, Aaron Conway (Graeme Sharp, 74), Paul Watson (Dave Ross, 81), Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge (Dennis Wyness, 77), Bryan Deasley. Subs not used: Scott Ross, Lewis Davidson.

Booked: McAllister.

ANNAN ATHLETIC: Craig Summersgill, Peter Watson, Michael McGowan, Scott Gibson, Andy Aitken, Jordan McKechnie, Steven Sloan, Chris Jardine, Ian Harty, Sean O'Connor (Graeme Bell, 37), David Cox. Subs not used: Jack Steele, Andrew Forsyth, Jordy Atkinson, Alex Mitchell (gk).

Booked: McKechnie.

Attendance: 448

Additional Info

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

Peterhead finally kick-started their season with a deserved, if at times nervy, victory over East Stirlingshire.

Bryan Deasley and Rory McAllister were both on the scoresheet for the second successive game, as John Sheran's side recorded their first Division Three victory in six years, against the same opponents as their last win at this level.

Martin Bavidge was the only survivor from the May 2005 meeting, and he started in an attack-minded Blue Toon lineup, that included four strikers, and four changes from the side that had lost out to Annan last week.

Goalkeeper Neil Duffy, club captain Callum Macdonald and winger Aaron Conway all dropped to the bench, with midfielder Paul Watson dropping out completely as Raymond Jellema, Alan Rattray, Lewis Davidson and Dave Ross returned to the starting eleven.

John Coughlin's Shire side had be as drastically reshaped as the Peterhead side over the summer, but they were quickly on the attack, and Jordyn Sheerin saw his header come off the outside of the post, Jellema looking less concerned than perhaps he might have about the effort.

Predictably Peterhead looked dangerous going forward, and their first chance fell to Barry Sellars who saw his free-kick go wide of the target after a foul on Ross.

McAllister, as ever, was looking sharp with the ball at his feet, but the former Brechin man will admit he should have done better when he shot straight at Calum Antell just before the quarter-hour.

The hitman's work-rate and unselfish play are perhaps overshadowed by his scoring rate but his exchange of passes with Deasley saw the former Dundee forward, having cut in from the left, hit narrowly wide of the near post.

There was concern at the other end of the park, though, as Ally Love blocked a Sellars clearance and homed in on goal, only the intervention of Rattray denying the winger an effort at goal.

And Rattray earned his wages again when he provided the cover to block after Sheerin had turned Sellars.

Jamie Redman shot over after McAllister had knocked a Roy McBain pass into his path, but it would not be long before Peterhead opened the scoring.

Bavidge's ball picked our McAllister who sidestepped Antell, but as the ball threatened to roll out of the striker's reach, Deasley stepped in to fire home.

If there was any expectation the goal would open the floodgates, Shire dispelled those thoughts as they came out fired up after the restart, and David Cane saw his header come back off the bar just two minutes in.

But Peterhead were quickly back in the groove. Redman hit over from a McAllister pass, and a minute later the striker saw his header from Deasley's pass brilliantly turned over by Antell.

The hero could have quickly turned to villain as an Antell clearance was charged down by McAllister, but the goalkeeper recovered before Deasley could pounce.

Peterhead finally doubled their advantage after 68 minutes. A Deasley corner pinballed around the penalty area as the hosts failed to clear their lines, and after Redman was fouled by Scott Beveridge, McAllister stepped up to net from the spot.

Within a minute, Ross was denied by a block having been played in by McAllister, but it would be Shire who finished the game strongly, and were unlucky not to grab consolation when Cane saw another header strike the bar.

The Blue Toon held firm though, and recorded a first win in 90 minutes this term. More important as far as John Sheran will be concerned though, are the three points which belatedly get his side off the mark.

EAST STIRLING: Calum Antell, Iain Chisholm, Ryan Frances, David Cane, Stuart Beveridge, Michael Hunter, Scott Maxwell, Andy Stirling, Joe Savage (Kevin Turner, 72), Jordyn Sheerin (Alex Lurinsky, 72), Ally Love (Nico Gibson, 72). Subs not used: Fraser Team, Gavin Sorley (gk).

Booked: Chisholm, Hunter.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Barry Sellars, Alan Rattray, Lewis Davidson, Dave Ross,

Additional Info

  • Home Team East Stirlingshire 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win

John Sheran takes his side into the international break knowing there is work to be done after they were brought back to earth by Alloa Athletic.

The Blue Toon travelled to Recreation Park looking to build on a first league win of the season, but ended up with nothing despite taking a lead into the interval.

Sheran stuck by the starting eleven that had beaten East Stirlingshire, with Bryan Deasley fit to play despite picking up a slight back strain against the Shire.

And at times during the first half against Paul Hartley's side, they were full of promise. Sharp passing and a will to get forward gave them chances.

The first fell to Deasley after 10 minutes, but Wasps goalkeeper Scott Bain was untroubled by his long range effort.

Three minutes later, former Celtic and East Stirling man Kevin Cawley tested Raymond Jellema with a shot to the near post but the former Wasps goalkeeper reacted well to save.

With both sides playing a 4-5-1 formation, they were having trouble making the ball stick in the final third so it was the half-hour before either goal was really put under threat again, but it was to prove fruitful for the Blue Toon.

Deasley's probing run was ended by a push 20 yards from goal, and from a central position, top scorer Rory McAllister smashed through the wall and into the corner of the net for his fifth goal of the season.

Cawley came close to levelling within a minute, peeling towards the near post to head Mark Docherty's cross only for Jellema to push wide.

But the striker was on target less than thirty seconds into the second half.  The ball was slipped down the outside of Barry Sellars and Cawley raced onto it, drawing Jellema out before firing across the helpless goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net.

There were chances at either end, Donald's cross from the left going wide off Dave Ross' foot, before Jellema plucked a Cawley scissors-kick out of the air from a Graeme Holmes cross.

But Alloa had been boosted by their leveller, and went ahead midway through the half, with Cawley again doing the damage.

This time it was a solo effort, sparked by a fine run down the left channel, before he used Alan Rattray as a shield to curl a high effort beyond Jellema.

Martin Bavidge saw Bain push over as his looping header from another Donald cross as Peterhead looked to draw level again.

And perhaps they thought their luck was starting to turn when, after Ross McCord had gone down under Rattray's challenge, referee Barry Cook waved play on.

However, a Deasley volley from sub Graeme Sharp's cross was their only chance in the closing minutes, and his wild strike summed up another frustrating day at the office for Sheran's men.

ALLOA ATHLETIC: Scott Bain, Michael Doyle, Mark Docherty, Ben Gordon, Ryan Harding, Darren Young (Ryan Caddis, 75), Peter Innes, Ryan McCord, Kevin Cawley, Graeme Holmes, Ross McCord (Campbell, 83). Subs not used: Armand One, Mark McCullagh, Craig McDowall (gk).

Booked: Innes.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Barry Sellars, Alan Rattray, Lewis Davidson (Callum Macdonald, 55), Dave Ross (Graeme Sharp, 75), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge (Aaron Conway, 75), Bryan Deasley. Subs not used: Dennis Wyness, Neil Duffy (gk).

Booked: Donald, Rattray, McAllister.

Attendance: 509.

Additional Info

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

Two former Blue Toon men were prominent as Elgin City condemned John Sheran's men to a fourth defeat in five league games this season.

Craig Gunn netted the opener for the visitors, and Daniel Moore set up two further goals as Ross Jack's men climbed to the top of the table.

Barry Sellars pulled a goal back for Peterhead just after the interval, but they were unable to close the gap further despite enjoying much of the possession in the second half.

Sellars was playing in a more customary midfield role as Peterhead looked to kick-start their season, and there were four changes to the starting eleven.

Out went Lewis Davidson, Dave Ross, Martin Bavidge and Bryan Deasley, their places taken by Callum Macdonald, Dennis Wyness, Paul Watson and new loan signing Garry Wood.

But Elgin were ahead after just four minutes, as Gunn returned to haunt his former side.  He took a Moore throw-in in his stride, striding past Alan Rattray and sliding a low shot into the corner of Raymond Jellema's goal.

And if the first goal had been the result of poor defending, the second compounded rubbed salt in a fresh wound.

Rattray was again found wanting as Mark Nicolson peeled off him and rose unchallenged to meet Moore's corner to double his side's advantage with just eight minutes gone.

It was a nightmare start for Peterhead, but it could have been so different had Jamie Duff's challenge on Wyness been deemed worthy of a penalty as the former Aberdeen and Hearts man thought.

It was McAllister's former Brechin team-mate Jamie Redman who forced Elgin keeper Zander Clark into action for the first time, his low shot turned wide by the goalkeeper.

Wyness curled an effort wide from the edge of the area, before McAllister saw a diving header from a Watson corner crash back off the crossbar.

By this stage, Elgin had lost top scorer Gunn to injury, but they would add a third on the stroke of half-time.

Moore was again the provider, swinging in a free-kick from the left, from which Jamie Duff got in front of Macdonald to head past the helpless Raymond Jellema.

The second half was only a matter of seconds old when Peterhead pulled one back. Sellars' free-kick looked more of a cross than an attempt at goal, but evaded everyone as it found the back of the net.

And the ball was in the net again when substitute Deasley found Wood, but the on-loan Ross County man was flagged offside as he turned home left-footed.

The impressive Moore would go into the book for a foul on another sub, Graeme Sharp, with just under 15 minutes remaining, and that would prove costly for the Elgin winger.

With just two minutes left on the clock, he was deemed by referee Paul Robertson to be guilty of timewasting, and was shown a second yellow and the inevitable red followed.

There was one final chance for Peterhead as Macdonald saw his header held by Clark, but it was a comfortable and deserved win for Jack's man.

PETERHEAD: Raymond Jellema, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Barry Sellars, Callum Macdonald, Alan Rattray, Dennis Wyness (Bryan Deasley, 64), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Garry Wood (Martin Bavidge, 72), Paul Watson (Graeme Sharp, 55). Subs not used: Ross, Duffy (gk).

Booked: McBain, Redman, McAllister, Watson, Deasley.

ELGIN CITY: Zander Clark, David Niven, Archie McPhee (Blair Lawrie, 60), Paul Kaczan, Jamie Duff, Graeme Beveridge, Craig Gunn (Craig Frizzel, 40), Brian Cameron, Stuart Leslie, Mark Nicolson, Daniel Moore. Subs not used: Zander Jack, Ciaron McLean.

Booked: Moore. Sent off: Moore.

Attendance: 596

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Elgin City 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
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