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PETERHEAD 2-1 CLYDE

By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead held off a Clyde comeback to claim a narrow but deserved victory at Balmoor and move to the top of League 2.

First half strikes from Russell McLean and Jack Leitch saw the Blue Toon climb above Montrose on goal difference, although they had to withstand a nervy finish after David Goodwillie pulled one back in the second period.

It was a welcome win and one that should give Jim McInally’s men a pyschological boost in a title tussle, which could yet go the distance.

A snow flurry prior to kick off meant the match was played on a white surface but Peterhead were not put off by the conditions and their measured approach reaped rewards in the 36th minute.

Willie Gibson’s intelligent pass sent Chris Johnston away and the on loan Dumbarton man, who had a fine night, delivered a low left-wing cross for McLean to claim his fifth goal in his last three outings.

Their lead should have only lasted a matter of moments, however, as Goodwillie wasted a glorious chance to reply immediately when he broke clean through on goal but he could not beat Greg Fleming.

The Blue Toon made the most of the reprieve by scoring again to double their advantage three minutes before the interval.

Jamie Stevenson picked out Leitch, who steadied himself before rifling a rising, angled shot beyond the helpless Kyle Gourlay.

The hardy band of Bully Wee supporters greeted their team at the start of the second half with chants of ‘Mon the Snow’ believing the elements would provide their best hope of a happy ending.

But the visitors certainly did not lie down and after boss Danny Lennon made all three changes, they halved the deficit in the 65th minute.

Goodwillie cut inside from the left edge of the penalty area and after the home defence backed off, the former Scotland striker drilled a low shot into the bottom corner.

Goodwillie moved on to 19 goals for the season and he ought have netted again with 10 minutes remaining but, after unconvincing Peterhead defending, his effort through a ruck of bodies flashed just wide.

That was the Blue Toon’s one big scare and McLean could have put the seal on their win late on but two goals proved enough for three points.

 

                                Fleming

Jas.Brown Robertson McCracken Stevenson

                     Gibson Ferry Leitch                  

Norris                     McLean            Johnston

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Clyde 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title First half goals from McLean and Leitch give Blue Toon deserved win

COWDENBEATH 0-2 PETERHEAD

A goal in each half gave Peterhead victory at bottom of the table Cowdenbeath as the Blue Toon reduced Montrose’s lead to three points.

Russell McLean kept up his good form by opening the scoring and trialist Karim Belmokhtar sealed the points in the dying embers.

McLean, who netted a hat-trick at Annan on Tuesday, made the breakthrough in the 18th minute, heading past David McGurn from WIllie Gibson’s centre.

The former East Kilbride forward went close again with an effort from inside the penalty area after Jamie Stevenson fired wide in the 31st minute.

Bradley Smith smashed a shot over the crossbar for Cowdenbeath midway through the second half before Peterhead lost full-back Aidan McIlduff to injury.

Mason Robertson nearly made sure of the win with a header, which flashed wide following a set-piece.

However, French-Algerian striker Belmokhtar put the match out of Cowdenbeath’s reach deep in stoppage time with a close-range after a cross from fellow substitute Aaron Norris.

The victory, coupled with Montrose’s 2-2 draw at Berwick, gives Peterhead the chance to go top of League 2 on goal difference with a win over Clyde at Balmoor on Tuesday.

 

Fleming

 

Ja.Brown

Robertson

McCracken

McIlduff

 

Stevenson

Gibson

S.Brown

Leitch

 

Smith

McLean

 

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Cowdenbeath 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title McLean and Trialist score as Blue Toon narrow Montrose’s lead

ANNAN 3-3 PETERHEAD

Russell McLean’s impressive hat-trick was not enough to give Peterhead victory after Annan scored twice in the closing stages to earn a draw in an entertaining encounter at Galabank.

Rory McAllister went off injured in the first half but McLean grasped his opportunity and scored within seconds of coming on.

McLean found the bottom corner with a shot from inside the penalty area to give the Blue Toon a 30th minute lead.

The big striker then sent a header just over moments later, but he was on target again in the 35th minute with a low drive from Scott Brown’s pass.

There was hope for Annan when Blair Henderson pulled one back in the 64th minute with a close-range diving header from Rabin Omar’s cross.

However, McLean restored Peterhead’s two-goal cushion from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute after James Creaney was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.

But the hosts would not lie down and Henderson got his second of the night with an immediate reply to set up a nervy ending.

Peterhead, looking to cut Montrose’s lead to three points, were unable to hold out as Peter Watson headed in the equaliser with six minutes remaining to round off a high-scoring contest.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Annan Athletic 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon miss chance to pressurise leaders Montrose

PETERHEAD 1-1 BERWICK RANGERS

By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead came from behind against a battling Berwick but this was two points dropped rather than one gained in their League 2 title push.

It was a tale of two penalties and not too much else as the Blue Toon’s sticky patch continued.

There were some openings for Jim McInally’s team in the first half but they failed to convert meaning they trailed at the interval.

Rory McAllister levelled with 14 minutes remaining but it was an opportunity missed to make up ground on leaders Montrose, who shared four goals with Elgin.

Allan Smith had a chance to give Peterhead an eighth minute lead with a 12 yard shot, which was beaten away by Robby McCrorie.

Then in the 21st minute, McAllister, after cutting in from the left, stung the palms of McCrorie and Jordon Brown failed to direct the rebound on target.

There was a scare for the hosts soon after when Ousmane See was sent through on goal but Greg Fleming was able to force the striker wide after racing off his line allowing Blue Toon bodies to get back and cover.

McAllister ought to have given Peterhead the lead on the half hour after latching on to a sublime Simon Ferry pass but the striker could not beat McCrorie, who spread himself to make a fine save.

The visitors did carry a threat going forward and they went in front in the 33rd minute after See was chopped down by Aidan McIlduff. Fleming dived to his right to save Paul Willis’ spot-kick but Steven Thomson slotted in the rebound.

There was almost an instant Peterhead reply when Jordon Brown struck the crossbar with a sidefoot volley from six yards after good work from McAllister.

After the break, on loan Dumbarton winger Chris Johnston tested McCrorie with a shot from just inside the box but the goalkeeper was seldom called upon as the clock began to tick down.

McCrory was well protected by the Berwick backline, although a clumsy challenge from Robert Wilson gave Peterhead the chance to equalise in the 76th minute.

Mason Robertson whipped in a teasing cross and Wilson wrestled substitute Russell McLean to the ground, allowing McAllister to tuck away the penalty.

Youngsters Aaron Norris and Scott Adams were both introduced from the bench, with Norris delivering a couple of dangerous deliveries, but Berwick held on to collect their fourth point from Balmoor this season.

 

                               Fleming

Jas.Brown McCracken Robertson McIlduff

                       Ferry       S.Brown

Johnston               Jo.Brown            Smith

                              McAllister

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Berwick Rangers 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Honours even in disappointing Balmoor battle

EDINBURGH CITY 0-0 PETERHEAD

Peterhead were forced to settle for only their second draw of the season after they were held by Edinburgh at Ainslie Park.

There were no goals in the capital as the Blue Toon slipped six points adrift of League 2 leaders Montrose, who scored late to defeat Stenhousemuir, Jamie Redman’s header creating daylight between the top two.

After losing to the Gable Endies last weekend, boss Jim McInally made three changes to his starting line-up.

Newcomer Chris Johnston, 24 hours aftet signing on loan from Dumbarton, was pitched straight in while Allan Smith and Jamie Stevenson were also recalled.

Jordon Brown, Russell McLean and Simon Ferry dropped down to the bench, although all three were introduced in the second half.

Johnston went close to scoring on his debut with an angled shot, which fizzed wide in the 25th minute, and Scott Brown saw a rising effort go just over moments later.

Veteran City striker Craig Beattie, who came on as a first half substitute, failed to direct a six yard header on target in the 65th minute before Graham Taylor blasted a 14 yard drive wide.

The deadlock would not be broken, however, as Peterhead played out their first 0-0 since March last year.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Edinburgh City 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Goalless encounter at Ainslie Park

PETERHEAD 0-1 MONTROSE
By Glenn Moir

 

Sometimes a draw is good enough.

That was the point Peterhead boss Jim McInally made to his players after leaders Montrose nicked the win at Balmoor.

The Blue Toon went into the match eyeing top spot in League 2 but it was a cagey contest with few chances created.

Having played the last two midweeks, including a long journey to Berwick, a share of the points would have been a favourable outcome for the Buchan team, given they still have two games in hand.

However, they have become accustomed to winning in recent months and their quest for three points here saw them ultimately end up with none.

Montrose were well aware of Peterhead’s recent exertions, which was why they sat back and offered little as an attacking threat.

Their aim was to stifle, stay in the game and then when the legs of their opponents started to tire, become a bit more adventurous.

That was exactly how the game panned out, with Chris Templeman scoring the winner with 16 minutes left.

Prior to that, the hosts had asked the most questions, although barring an early Russell McLean header which flashed wide and a 29th minute Rory McAllister drive that was saved by Allan Fleming, there was not much to choose between the teams.

It was apparent from quite early on that one goal would be enough in this match and McInally’s men, not willing to settle for a point, thought they could get it.

But it was Templeman, who struck down the other end after a quickly taken free-kick.

Graham Webster, a former Blue Toon loanee, broke into the box and fired a shot against the post and the veteran striker was on hand to dispatch the rebound, despite the best efforts of the sliding Jason Brown.

Moments later, Greg Fleming smashed his attempted clearance off Templeman and it looked like the ball would ricochet into the net until the home keeper scampered back.

McAllister nearly came up with a last-minute leveller after taking a great first touch to control Aidan McIlduff’s cross but he blazed his shot over as Montrose pulled four points clear.

 

                           Fleming
S.Brown Jas.Brown McCracken McIlduff
                  Gibson Ferry Leitch
McLean           McAllister        Jo.Brown

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Montrose 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Peterhead suffer narrow defeat in table-topping clash
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