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BETFRED CUP GROUP D

PETERHEAD 0

STIRLING ALBION 2

 

A goal in each half gave Stirling Albion their first win in the Betfred Cup as Peterhead exited the competition in disappointing fashion.

The Binos front two of Peter MacDonald and Mark Stewart were the star performers and the men, who made the difference at Balmoor.

MacDonald opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a tidy finish inside the far corner from Stewart’s clever cutback.

Several chances came and went for the Blue Toon before Stewart added to the visitors’ lead in the 71st minute, the former Falkirk man smashing a rising shot beyond Greg Fleming from Jordan Allan’s corner.

The result means Jim McInally’s men, who have yet to find the net, cannot get out of Group D going into their last round-robin game against Dundee, which will be merely a fitness-exercise.

Summer signing Derek Lyle is one player, who will benefit from some more minutes on the pitch.

The former Queen of the South finisher is still trying to find full fitness after a calf strain restricted his pre-season. 

The 37 year old was introduced from the bench in the second half and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.

Lyle’s new shirt number is 99.  Here, however, the red balloons belonged to Stirling Albion.

 

PETERHEAD

Fleming, J.Brown, Home, Eadie, Stevenson (McLean 60), Gibson, Ferry, S.Brown (Norris 46), Leitch, Kavanagh, McAllister (Lyle 60)

Unused. McDonald. Buxton

Yellow carded. Gibson

 

 

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Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Stirling Albion 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Lyle given debut but Blue Toon yet to score

Dunfermline 3–0 Peterhead

 

Goals near the end of both halves proved costly for Peterhead as Dunfermline registered an opening victory in the Betfred Cup.

Myles Hippolyte broke the deadlock just before half time but the Blue Toon were still very much in the contest until Kallum Higginbotham converted a late penalty and substitute Andy Ryan wrapped up the home win in stoppage time.

Peterhead, after picking up two points at Brechin last weekend, made a couple of changes with Simon Ferry and Callum Home replacing Aaron Norris and Ross Kavanagh, who both dropped down to the bench.

Hippolyte headed in a close range opener in the 42nd minute, after getting on the end of Ryan Williamson’s cross.

Rory McAllister was unfortunate not to haul Peterhead level when he struck the woodwork with a well-taken free-kick early in the second period.

There was still hope for the visitors up until Willie Gibson upended substitute Aidan Connolly, which allowed Higginbotham to neatly dispatch from the spot.

A breakaway goal from Ryan, who clipped the ball inside the far corner with seconds left, completed the win.

Peterhead competed well but remain on two points in Group D ahead of home matches against Stirling Albion and Dundee respectively. 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Dunfermline 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Peterhead undone by goals at end of both halves

BRECHIN 0-0 PETERHEAD

(Peterhead win 5-4 on pens)

 

Peterhead managed a penalty shoot-out victory at Brechin to put two early points on the board in Betfred Cup Group D.

After a goalless 90 minutes at Glebe Park, the Blue Toon players kept their cool from the spot.

Rory McAllister and Jack Leitch converted but although Willie Gibson’s effort struck the upright, Russell McLean, Jamie Stevenson and Jason Brown all netted.

Misses from Brechin pair Paul McLean and Guiliano Morena meant a 5-4 success for the visitors.

Dundee are the group leaders following their 4-0 victory against Stirling Albion at Forthbank.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Brechin 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Stalemate settled by spot-kicks in group opener

PETERHEAD 1-0 STENHOUSEMUIR 

(Aggregate 1-2)

 

By Glenn Moir

 

 

It will be another season in Scotland’s bottom tier for Peterhead after Stenhousemuir clung on to win the play-off final and promotion to League 1.

The Blue Toon, after losing the first match 2-0, were up against it for the second leg at Balmoor but they gave it a good shot.

After surviving a ropey first half, Jim McInally’s patched-up team came to life in the second period and Russell McLean gave them a lifeline with a header in the 54th minute.

Even after David McCracken saw red, Peterhead continued to probe but they were unable to force a second goal and Jack Leitch’s stoppage time dismissal just about finished off their chances.

There was plenty of effort on show but it was still a disappointing way to round off a season, which had promised so much.

Whether the target was the title, promotion or both, ultimately Peterhead have come up short.

Nobody can argue with their 76 points haul.  Few would have predicted that would not have been enough to top League 2 come May.

But points and positions count for nothing when the play-offs come around - just ask fourth-top Stenny, who finished 22 points behind Peterhead.

Brown Ferguson’s team dropped out of League 1 alongside the Blue Toon last year.

Their swift return, at the Buchan club’s expense, was brought about mainly by what happened in the second half at Ochilview on Wednesday.

Two Mick Dunlop headers had Stenny firmly in command of the tie and, really, they should have been out of sight by half-time in Aberdeenshire.

An unfit McCracken alongside a makeshift partner in Russell McLean meant Peterhead were given a torrid time, especially early on.

Mark McGuigan wasted a glorious third minute chance when he raced clean through on goal but with just Greg Fleming to beat, he blazed wildly off target.

The home rearguard was cut open again in the ninth minute, Martin Scott nodding the ball into the path of Harry Paton, whose goalbound shot was well blocked by Jamie Stevenson.

There were other scary and hairy moments for the Blue Toon supporters but their favourites got a grip and after finishing the half in a more composed fashion, they went on to dominate the second period.

Stevenson should have brought them right back into the tie four minutes after the interval.  Willie Gibson stood up a cross to the back post and after Jordon Brown headed back across goal, Stevenson sent a close-range volley over the crossbar.

Moments later, Stevenson tested Chris Smith was a powerfully-struck shot from distance and then the visiting goalkeeper tipped over a Leitch drive as Peterhead began to press.

The hosts were rewarded when McLean, who shook off a tough start to enjoy a fine match, headed in Gibson’s corner from eight yards.

Momentum was broken when McCracken was sent off in the 66th minute, the Peterhead skipper receiving a second yellow card for handball, deemed to be deliberate.

Despite being a man short, Peterhead piled numbers forward in the closing stages and substitute Aaron Norris went close with a fizzing shot before Scott Brown drove straight at Chris Smith.

With seconds left, Leitch cynically chopped down an opponent when chasing back and the game was up.  So were Stenhousemuir.

 

 

                                 Fleming

 

    Stevenson McLean McCracken McIlduff

   

                              Brown Ferry

 

                Jo.Brown   Gibson   Leitch

 

                                  Smith

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Stenhousemuir 0 (Stenny win 2-1 on agg)
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title McLean’s header not enough to turn tie around

STENHOUSEMUIR 2-0 PETERHEAD

LEAGUE 1 PLAY-OFF FINAL 1ST LEG

 

Peterhead have it all to do in their League 1 Play-off final after two second half goals from Mick Dunlop made Stenhousemuir firm favourites.

The Stenny skipper scored with a couple of headers, capitalising on suspect defending from the visitors.

It was a disappointing night for the Blue Toon and for Rory McAllister, who missed a penalty just before half time.

McAllister failed to hit the target from the spot after Allan Smith was brought down by Mark Ferry. 

The second half belonged to Dunlop, a player who had netted just once all season.  In the space of a quarter of an hour, he managed to score two.

In the 61st minute, Dunlop got on the end of an Eddie Ferns delivery to nod past Greg Fleming and he did the same again in the 76th minute from Alan Cook’s centre.

Despite coming into the Ochilview match off the back of an eight match winning run, Peterhead were off the pace and while there is still time to turn the tie in their favour, the clock is ticking.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Stenhousemuir 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title McAllister fails from penalty spot as Stenny gain upper hand

PETERHEAD 3-0 STIRLING ALBION

(4-0 aggregate)

 

Peterhead produced a commanding and convincing display to dispatch Stirling Albion and book their place in the League 1 play-off final.

Mason Robertson, the matchwinner in the first leg at Forthbank, headed the Blue Toon in front before the break to give the Binos an uphill task.

There was no way back for the visitors once Rory McAllister netted in the second half and Jason Brown completed the scoring soon after.

A 4-0 aggregate win was eye-catching but fully deserved and Jim McInally’s men will now try to clinch promotion by defeating Stenhousemuir in a double-header.

Performances similar to the displays against Stirling will certainly give them a great chance.

Taking a one-goal lead into the Balmoor fixture, the Blue Toon had to deal with a strong wind and a fast start from Dave Mackay‘s team.

They handled both admirably with Robertson superb at the heart of the defence.

The former Stenny player was equally as effective in the opposite box and he scored the opener six minutes before half time.

Willie Gibson’s corner was delivered into a good area and Robertson powered in a header off the underside of the crossbar.

Stirling did waste a couple of gilt-edged opportunities to level either side of the interval.  Firstly, Greg Fleming’s clearance hit Darren Smith and the ball broke kindly for Ross Kavanagh, who was unable to hit the target.

Then Peter Macdonald sliced a shot wide from 10 yards after a surging run from Ross McGeachie.

Peterhead had chances as well and when McAllister doubled their lead in the 57th minute, the tie was as good as over.

Scott Brown showed awareness and composure at the edge of the box to feed McAllister, who unleashed a 14 yard drive beyond Cameron Binnie.

The Blue Toon were in no mood to ease off and they scored again eight minutes later.

Scott Brown was involved again, this time threading a clever pass through for Aidan McIlduff and his cutback was swept into the net by Jason Brown.

Stirling did well to stop the bleeding through the remainder of the match as Peterhead completely took over.

The Buchan club now prepare for a trip to Ochilview on Wednesday before welcoming Stenny to Balmoor next weekend.

 

By Glenn Moir

 

 

 

                               Fleming

Stevenson Jas.Brown Robertson McIlduff

                                 Ferry

McLean         S.Brown  Leitch      Gibson

                             McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Stirling Albion 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon manage 4-0 aggregate win to set up Stenny showdown
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