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LIVINGSTON 4-1 PETERHEAD

 

Peterhead's dreadful season hit a new low at Livingston. Literally.

A heavy defeat in West Lothian saw the Blue Toon sink to the foot of League 1, beneath Stenhousemuir, who beat Queen's Park.

It all means Jim McInally's men have just one game left to try and save themselves from demotion to Scottish football's bottom tier.

But their fate is out of their own hands because even if they manage a win over Alloa next week, it will not be enough to avoid the drop should Stenny see off Brechin.

What a mess.

The optimists would have said this was an ideal time to face Livi - already champions, seemingly little to play for, the trophy to come post-match and bubbly to crack open.

The contest was truly done and dusted by half time though.

David Hopkin's team raced into a three goal interval lead and the Blue Toon were never coming back from that.

Liam Buchanan, on the shortlist for the League 1 Player of the Year award, had the hosts ahead in the 12th minute with a close range finish.

Raffaele De Vita then laid on Scott Pitman, who doubled Livi's lead in the 21st minute to give Peterhead a mountain to climb.

The points were in the bag by the break, Josh Mullin adding a third for the champions in the 42nd minute with a shot from outside the box.

At least Peterhead's hardcore band of supporters had something to cheer just after the hour mark when Jamie Redman found the bottom corner with a fine effort.

It was a merely a consolation strike, with Livingston's Danny Mullen, another contender for the league's top player prize, completing the scoring with a rising shot with nine minutes remaining.

So it's on to next week.

A Peterhead win, coupled with a Stenhousemuir draw or defeat, is required...just to make the relegation play-offs.

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Livingston 4
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Relegation fears increase with just one game remaining

PETERHEAD 0-1 STENHOUSEMUIR
By Glenn Moir


If Peterhead surrender their League 1 status at the end of the season then a key reason will be their wretched results against bottom of the table Stenhousemuir.

They have taken just one point off the Warriors from their four battles, their latest a disappointing and potentially crucial 1-0 defeat at Balmoor.

The solitary goal, which was a deflected 10th minute effort, was in keeping with the rest of the game - very untidy.

Post-match, Blue Toon boss Jim McInally spoke of his frustration at losing to a team that offered nothing.

Mind you, Stenny were never going to go hammer and tongs, particularly after their early opener. It was a perfect game plan for them. Score, sit in, restrict the space and frustrate.

Sadly, Peterhead could not come up with the answers.

The home team started well enough and Scott Brown forced Graham Bowman into a smart save before Simon Ferry drove a shot just over the crossbar.

But after falling behind, they faded and never really looked as though they could turn things around.

On loan Hibs rookie Oliver Shaw took aim from outside the box. His shot, aided by a big deflection off Craig Reid, wrong-footed Fraser Hobday and the ball nestled into the net.

The teenager's enthusiasm was evident and he nearly scored again as half time approached with a shot from the right side of the penalty area, which flew wide.

Prior to that chance, Rory McAllister, isolated for much of the match, failed to hit the target with a 12 yard shot after Aaron Comrie's shot-come-cross fell into the path of the striker.

It was only when the hosts brought on their three substitutes in the second period that an urgency was shown.

One of the replacements, Jordon Brown, saw a sidefooted effort clawed away by Bowman and another, Allan Smith, did his best to unsettle the Stenny defence with his pace and movement.

But by no means were the visitors hanging on and they safely saw the match out to crank up the pressure on Peterhead and cut the gap to just a couple of points with two games remaining.

A home defeat lessened the need to look out for the result of eighth-placed Stranraer. But, for anyone interested, they played out a goalless draw at Brechin.


                          HOBDAY
    COMRIE STRACHAN ROSS REID
        S.BROWN FERRY REDMAN
ANDERSON McALLISTER STEVENSON

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Stenhousemuir 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Teenager Shaw's deflected winner cuts the gap to two points

EAST FIFE 1-2 PETERHEAD

Goals from Jamie Redman and Craig Reid saw Peterhead return to winning ways at the eleventh attempt as East Fife's top four push took a dent.

Redman opened the scoring midway through the first half but his goal was cancelled out by Jason Kerr before the break.

However, Reid, restored to the team after recovering from a hamstring strain, notched the winner 10 minutes after the interval to give the Blue Toon a much-needed victory.

The three points were significant in their quest to beat the League 1 drop with basement boys Stenhousemuir going down 1-0 to newly crowned champions Livingston.

Stranraer, though, ensured Jim McInally's men remain ninth in the table after their win over Airdrie going into the remaining three fixtures.

Following last week's defeat to Queen's Park, Reid was back in the starting line-up along with Aaron Comrie and Nicky RIley as Jordon Brown, Grant Anderson and Steven Noble made way.

Having lost on both visits to Methil this season, once in the league and the other in the League Cup group stage, it was imperative Peterhead got off to a good start.

They did just that by making the breakthrough in the 25th minute. Rory McAllister laid the ball into the path of Redman, who slotted home from close range.

But the Fifers were behind for just six minutes as Kerr got on the end of a Nicki Paterson corner to send a header past Hobday.

Peterhead hit back with a set-peice of their own in the 55th minute with a goal, which proved to be the winner.

Jamie Stevenson swung in a corner and Reid reacted quickest to send the ball past Mark Hurst to revive his team's survival chances.

Additional Info

  • Home Team East Fife 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Redman and Reid on target as East Fife suffer Blue Toon revival

QUEEN'S PARK 2-0 PETERHEAD

On the second weekend of April last year, Peterhead faced Rangers in the Challenge Cup final at Hampden.

Exactly 12 months on, the Blue Toon were back at the national stadium but they will not remember their latest visit with much fondness.

A 2-0 defeat against Queen's Park sunk Jim McInally's men deeper in the League 1 mire.

The Spiders scored in each half to pile the pressure on the Buchan team, whose winless run of matches extended to double figures.

Fraser Hobday was recalled in goal while Scott Ross took the place of the injured Craig Reid. The other changes from the Airdrie draw saw Jamie Stevenson coming in for Aaron Comrie and Jordon Brown preferred to Nicky RIley.

Despite the switch between the sticks, there was absolutely nothing Hobday could have done about the hosts' opener in the 29th minute.

On loan Hearts forward Dario Zanatta powered a superbly struck shot into the net from outside the box.

Rory McAllister had a decent opportunity prior to the goal and the Blue Toon top scorer went close twice more before the interval.

Scott Brown nearly drew the visitors level three minutes into the second half but their hopes of salvaging something from the match vanished in the 72nd minute.

Queen's Park doubled their lead through former Balmoor loanee Ryan McGeever, who was sent off when the teams last met. The big defender slotted in at the back post after Kalvin Orsi drilled a shot towards goal.

On a day of home wins in League 1, there was a crumb of comfort for Peterhead in that eighth-placed Stranraer were also beaten.

However, basement side Stenhousemuir cranked up the heat on the Blue Toon with a victory to cut the gap at the bottom to just two points.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Queen's Park 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Ex Blue Toon defender scores in Spiders win

PETERHEAD 1-1 AIRDRIE
By Glenn Moir

 

McAllister scores early, Peterhead cannot build on their lead and end up with a share of the points after being forced into a defensive switch.

This could actually have been the opening script for the Stranraer draw last Saturday rather than today's match against Airdrie, which again ended all square.

Except the Blue Toon did not need a stoppage time goal to save themselves this week. Instead, they were rueing the Diamond's equaliser and whether or not it should have stood.

Kyle Hutton lofted a ball into the box, Graeme Smith dropped it and Sean McIntosh pounced to fire into an empty net. Peterhead's grievance was that there were Airdrie players, including Simon Mensing, in an offside position putting pressure on the big goalkeeper.

The argument is a valid one, although Smith should still have caught it anyway and there would have been no drama.

Ironically, Smith had been the hero prior to McIntosh's 35th minute leveller with a superb penalty save to deny Iain Russell, after Jack Leitch went down under a challenge from Steven Noble.

The spot-kick award was of the soft variety but Smith threw himself to his right to make a great stop.

At this point, Peterhead were in front courtesy of McAllister's customary goal in the eighth minute. The 29 year old showed his strength to shrug aside McIntosh and then expertly steer a shot inside the far corner from 10 yards.

Just before the opener, the hosts had been forced into a change at the back with Craig Reid suffering a hamstring injury and Michael McMullin, who himself had to be substituted last weekend, taking his place.  

Chances were at a premium in the second half and although Peterhead tried to up the ante, they had Aaron Comrie to thank twice for keeping them level.

The on loan St Johnstone defender cleared off the line to thwart McIntosh and he was handily placed again to block a goalbound Mensing effort with a few minutes remaining.

Joint fourth Airdrie, who have lost more games than Peterhead despite the positions of the teams in the table, were given a slight scare in injury time when McAllister went relatively close with a sweetly-struck volley from Grant Anderson's cross but a draw was just about right.

Whether it will be good enough by the 6th May remains to be seen.  

 

                       Smith
   Comrie Reid Strachan Noble
Anderson S.Brown Ferry Redman
                        Riley
                    McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Airdrie 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon unable to end winless run

PETERHEAD 2-2 STRANRAER
By Glenn Moir


Only time will tell the significance of Jamie Redman's stoppage time equaliser against Stranraer.

The goal was fortuitous and timely but it was necessary to keep Peterhead in with a fighting chance of remaining in League 1.

Stranraer were quite rightly aggrieved that a corner was given the home team's way after Grant Anderson's initial set-piece appeared to go out off a colleague.

It was not an outright goal though and the visitors still had a chance to defend the second delivery.

They failed to do so as Redman got across his marker to head past Cammy Belford at the near post.

The celebrations from the home support were probably more of relief than joy or jubilation.

But the result still saw Peterhead plummet a place to ninth and, certainly prior to kick-off, a home draw against another team scrapping for survival would have been looked upon as another slip-up.

Wins, not draws, will keep Jim McInally's men up and they have six games remaining to muster enough points.

They got off to a positive start through Rory McAllister's eighth minute free-kick. From about 30 yards out, he smashed a low shot past Belford, who won't want to watch BlueToonTV for a re-run.

The shot was almost straight down the middle of the goal but Peterhead were guilty of not building on their opener.

Stranraer quickly set about getting back on level terms and they did so in the 18th minute when Craig Malcolm chased Liam Dick's long ball forward and clipped the ball past Graeme Smith.

Heads dropped and the confidence disappeared - and that was just the fans.

Therefore, it did not come as a major surprise when the Stair Park club scored again in the 24th minute and this time it was a well-worked goal.

Malcolm and the clever Scott Agnew combined and when the ball eventually found Scott Robertson on the right side of the penalty box, the full-back's 12 yard effort beat Smith and nestled into the net.

Peterhead survived a couple of scares to get to the interval at just one behind and they were better in the second period after a half-time dressing down from the management team.

That said, there were not too many signs of a leveller although Anderson was desperately unlucky with a shot from the edge of the penalty area that was blocked on the line by Steven Bell.

Just when Stevie Farrell's side thought they had done enough to make their long trip worthwhile, referee Graham Beaton awarded the home team a contentious corner with seconds remaining.

From Anderson's inswinger, Redman did well to meet the ball and guide it into the net to stop seventh-placed Stranraer pulling four points clear.



                            Smith
         Reid Gordon Ross Comrie
Anderson S.Brown Strachan Redman
                             Riley
                         McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Stranraer 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Four goals shared but Peterhead slip to ninth
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