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Stirling Albion 0

Peterhead 2

 

Peterhead won their third match in a row in League 2 by beating Stirling Albion at Forthbank.

A superb Jamie Stevenson free-kick and a Rory McAllister goal gave the Blue Toon maximum points to keep them at the top of the table on goal difference.

Unchanged from last week’s victory over Clyde, Peterhead started with intent and McAllister struck the crossbar in the sixth minute after Stirling failed to deal with a corner.

The home team might have made more of a good opportunity in the 16th minute when Peter MacDonald sent Kevin Fell away but he dragged his shot wide.

Peterhead’s opener just before half-time was a thing of beauty.

Stevenson curled a stunning 25 yard effort in off the upright to give Calum Ferrie absolutely no chance.

Stirling, yet to register a point so far, introduced last season’s League 2 Player of the Year, Darren Smith, in the second period for his first appearance of the campaign following an injury.

But it was the Blue Toon, who struck in the 64th minute to wrap up the points.

Russell McLean picked out McAllister, who found the net to continue his impressive start to the season by scoring in every league game so far.

Further chances came and went for the visitors in the closing stages but two goals proved more than enough.

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  • Home Team Stirling Albion 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Stirling undone by Stevenson screamer and McAllister goal

PETERHEAD 1

CLYDE 0

 

The forwards of Peterhead and Clyde could well top the scoring charts by the end of the season.

But it was the Blue Toon’s attackers, who ultimately made the difference in this League 2 contest.

Early in the second half, Derek Lyle set up Rory McAllister, who netted the game’s only goal as Russell McLean put in another tireless shift.

Clyde’s front two, meanwhile, of David Goodwillie and Ally Love were kept quiet throughout.

Jim McInally’s team shaded the first half in which McLean went closest after a surging run from Simon Ferry’s searching pass.

Scott Brown then flashed a shot over the crossbar just before the Blue Toon made the decisive breakthrough in the 53rd minute.

Lyle took a touch and lofted the ball over the Clyde centre backs for the onrushing McAllister.  The Blue Toon striker stayed cool and slipped the ball past Blair Currie from 10 yards.

Lyle could have doubled Peterhead’s lead midway through the half after good work from Jamie Stevenson.  Lyle was picked out on the left side of the box but he spooned his effort wide.

Clyde’s best chance, in the 67th minute, saw Raymond Grant forcing a save out of Greg Fleming, with Chris McStay unable to divert the rebound on target.

Peterhead were worthy winners though, to go top of the table above Annan and Elgin on goal difference. 

 

PETERHEAD

Fleming, W.Gibson, J.Brown, Eadie, Stevenson, Ferry, Leitch (Norris 83), S.Brown, McLean, McAllister (Home 90), Lyle (Kavanagh 76)

Unused. R.Gibson. McCracken. Buxton. McDonald

 

 

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Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Clyde 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Matchwinner McAllister sends Peterhead top of early table

IRN-BRU Cup 1st Round

Peterhead 2

Brechin 1

 

An entertaining IRN-BRU Cup tie went the way of Peterhead, who fought back well to defy Brechin and book their place in the second round.

The Blue Toon impressed in a dominant first half display, yet still trailed after a bad error from Jason Brown.

Even though the visitors quietened Jim McInally’s men after the interval, the home team still carried a threat and they scored twice in the latter stages.

Russell McLean tapped in from close range in the 76th minute and with penalty kicks looming, Jack Leitch headed in the winner with four minutes left.

One of the star men was Patrick O’Neil, who pulled off a string of key saves in the first half to thwart Peterhead.

McLean was twice denied, as was Ross Kavanagh, and Brechin must have started to think it was going to be their night, especially when they were gifted the opener in the 13th minute.

Brown made a mess of dealing with a high ball and Dene Shields took full advantage to slot past Greg Fleming.

In the second period, there were a couple of Brechin breakaways, which forced Fleming into action but the introduction of Rory McAllister and Derek Lyle ensured a torrid ending for the Angus club.

Neither striker got on the scoresheet but they caused problems and the other forward, McLean, was a nuisance throughout.

The big striker levelled from close range when Leitch sent over a telling delivery from the left and the compliment was returned in the 86th minute minute as McLean stood up a cross for Leitch to nod in from a couple of yards out.

 

Fleming, Home (Lyle 59) J.Brown, Eadie, Stevenson, W.Gibson, Leitch, S.Brown, Norris (McDonald 81), Kavanagh (McAllister 59), McLean

Unused. R.Gibson. Buxton. McCracken

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  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Brechin 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Leitch nets 86th minute winner after McLean’s leveller

Albion Rovers 0

Peterhead 4

 

Peterhead were rampant at Cliftonhill as Albion Rovers crashed to a second 4-0 defeat in as many games.

Jamie Stevenson gave the Blue Toon an interval lead before Derek Lyle opened his account for his new club.

Rory McAllister slotted in a penalty in the closing stages for his 100th SPFL goal and Scott Brown completed the scoring in stoppage time.

The win and the goals will have given Jim McInally’s team a big lift.

There was just one change from last week’s draw against Queen’s Park, Jack Leitch returning from suspension at the expense of Callum Home.

Stevenson broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute with a low drive, which flew into the bottom corner.

The versatlie 34 year old went from scorer to provider on the hour mark, whipping in a cross for Lyle to head past Gareth Hallford.

With eight minutes remaining, McAllister drew and converted a penalty after going down under Barry Eley’s challenge.  The Blue Toon striker dusted himself down to net for the second game in a row.

Albion, who have yet to score in any competition, were put out of their misery in added time when Brown found the bottom corner with a well-taken 20 yard shot.

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  • Home Team Albion Rovers 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 4
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Lyle scores his first Blue Toon goal in thumping win

Peterhead 1 

Queen’s Park 1

 

A goal apiece and a point apiece, Peterhead and Queen’s Park played out a fair draw in their League 2 opener at Balmoor.

The first half threw up chances and drama whereas the second period was bland and the outcome was predictable long before 4.45pm.

After failing to find the net in any of their Betfred Cup group games, the Blue Toon started with a bold three-pronged attack but, despite Rory McAllister ending their scoring drought, the frontline had an unbalanced look.

Jim McInally’s team did, however, respond well to the early setback of conceding from a set-piece in the seventh minute.  Jamie McKernon’s corner found the unmarked Scott Gibson and the defender hooked an effort inside the far post.

Forwards Derek Lyle and Smart Osadolor traded half chances at either end before Scott Brown blew a great opportunity for Peterhead in the 15th minute, blasting over from 12 yards after Lyle’s cross was not properly cleared by the visiting defence.

The Blue Toon were back level in the 25th minute through the alertness of McAllister.  Jamie Stevenson’s 22 yard drive was beaten out by Jordan Hart, who might have done better, and McAllister was on hand to sweep in the rebound.

The match fizzled out quickly from there, although there was a good opportunity for Queen’s Park to take maximum points with five minutes remaining. 

A misplaced pass from home goalkeeper Greg Fleming landed at the feet of Kurtis Roberts but his attempted lob over the Blue Toon number one, from an angle, went wide of the unguarded goal.    

 

Fleming, Home (Kavanagh 61), J.Brown, Eadie, Stevenson, Ferry (McDonald 88), W.Gibson, S.Brown, McAllister, McLean (Norris 80), Lyle

Unused. R.Gibson. Buxton

 

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Queen’s Park 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Honours even in League 2 opener at Balmoor

Peterhead 0-2 Dundee

 

Peterhead rounded off their Betfred Cup campaign with a solid showing against Dundee, who ultimately had too much for the Blue Toon.

Both goals came in the second half, Karl Madianga opening the scoring moments after the interval and Jean Mendy wrapping up the victory in added time.

The result ensured the Blue Toon finished Group D at the bottom and without a goal.

There were, at least, some encouraging signs after a sorry display against Stirling last Saturday.

Aaron Norris and Russell McLean came back into the starting line-up as Willie Gibson and Scott Brown made way..

Peterhead gave a good account in the first period, with Ross Kavanagh twice testing Elliot Parish, who also denied McLean from close range.

However, the Buchan outfit were undone four minutes after the restart when Jesse Curran found Paul McGowan and he set up Madianga, whose effort from the edge of the box nestled into the net.

Jim McInally’s men kept battling and believing and Dundee were never safe until Mendy slotted past Greg Fleming from 14 yards in the dying seconds after a neat flick from substitute Craig Wighton.

 

PETERHEAD

Fleming, Home, J.Brown, Eadie, Stevenson, Ferry, Leitch, Norris, Kavanagh, McLean, McAllister (Lyle 56)

Unused. R.Gibson, McCracken, S.Brown, Buxton, McDonald

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Dundee 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon battle bravely against top flight opposition
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