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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

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
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