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BERWICK RANGERS 1-3 PETERHEAD

Two more goals from Russell McLean helped Peterhead beat Berwick at Shielfield Park to stay ahead of Montrose on goal difference.

McLean scored in each half while Jason Brown also got on the scoresheet as the Blue Toon won their third game on the trot.

McLean, who netted a double against Clyde last weekend, opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a close-range effort from Jack Leitch’s assist, not long after David McCracken had seen a header superbly saved by Robby McCrorie.

Jim McInally’s men doubled their lead two minutes before the break when Brown got on the end of Willie Gibson’s corner to send a rising effort into the net.

McLean’s second and Peterhead’s third in the 65th minute effectively wrapped up the points, the big striker stroking in the rebound after McCrorie had done well initially to keep the ball out.

There was a consolation goal for Berwick, Jack Hamilton smashing a shot beyond Greg Fleming with 12 minutes remaining but this was another fine away day for Peterhead, their 13th win on the road this season.

They stay just ahead of Montrose, who managed a 5-0 win at Stirling ahead of playing their game in hand at Cowdenbeath this Tuesday.

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  • Home Team Berwick Rangers 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Peterhead keep the pressure on Montrose in League 2 title race

PETERHEAD 3-0 CLYDE

By Glenn Moir

 

Clyde marksman David Goodwillie arrived at Balmoor with 15 goals from his last 15 appearances.

But it was Peterhead striker Russell McLean, who was the headline maker to keep the Blue Toon at the top of League 2 on goal difference.

McLean needed just four minutes to get off the mark and the 19 year old stroked in a penalty in the second period before substitute Rory McAllister completed the scoring.

It was an impressive result and a commanding second half showing against an in-form Clyde, who were overpowered in the end.

McLean prodded in the rebound to give Peterhead the lead, after David McCracken’s volley from Willie Gibson’s corner broke into his path.

Danny Lennon’s side shaded the remainder of the first half and Goodwillie saw a shot smothered by Greg Fleming, who then tipped over a dipping Jordan Stewart free-kick before Barry Cuddihy skewed a back-post effort.

The second half, however, belonged to Peterhead and Allan Smith saw a 12 yard drive deflect behind for a corner in the 59th minute.

From Gibson’s centre, Jason Brown rose highest to plant a header towards the bottom corner but Chris McStay hooked the ball off the line.

A Peterhead second rather than a Clyde comeback look likeliest and they duly doubled their lead in the 68th minute.

Jamie Stevenson was barged over by Stewart and McLean confidently slotted past Kyle Gourlay.

The teenager, after collecting a Scott Brown pass, could have completed his hat-trick when he dragged a shot wide.

McLean had done his bit though and his replacement, McAllister, put the seal on the victory with 11 minutes left after his 14 yard effort deflected in off Mark Lamont.

 

 

                                Fleming

 

   Stevenson Jas.Brown McCracken McIlduff

 

                            Gibson  Ferry

                 Jo.Brown             Leitch

 

                        Smith       McLean

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  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Clyde
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon remain joint-top after impressive showing

PETERHEAD 1-0 ANNAN

By Glenn Moir

 

It might have been a cross-come-shot or perhaps it was a cracking, curling effort.

But whether or not Jamie Stevenson’s 83rd minute goal was meant is completely irrelevant.  

What really matters is that Peterhead eventually got over the line against Annan and the victory was fully merited.

With League 2 title rivals Montrose failing to pick up points against Clyde, it would have been painful had the deadlock not been broken at Balmoor.

The Blue Toon tried everything in the first half but they came up against an inspired Alex Mitchell, who pulled off several excellent saves.

Annan also defended resolutely and they had the woodwork to thank as well for getting into the interval all square.

Jack Leitch saw a half-volley superbly kept out by Mitchell in the 13th minute and midway through the first half, full back Scott Hooper somehow cleared with his head to keep out Allan Smith’s goalbound effort.

Rory McAllister smashed a 14 yard drive off the post and then Stevenson saw a drilled effort tipped around the post by Mitchell.

Other chances came and went for Peterhead and although they continued to dictate the play in the second period, Annan looked as though they might hold out and go back down the road with the unlikeliest of points.

However, Stevenson came up with the winner with seven minutes remaining, curling the ball inside the far corner from the right side of the penalty area.

Violent conduct from Peter Watson saw the Annan defender receive a straight red card with a minute remaining as the Blue Toon used their superior goal difference to go back above Montrose, who still have a game in hand.

 

 

                                 Fleming

 

  Stevenson Jas.Brown McCracken McIlduff

 

                            Gibson Ferry

 

                    Smith Jo.Brown Leitch

 

                                McAllister

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  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Annan
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon back on top after Stevenson’s goal

MONTROSE 3-2 PETERHEAD

 

If Peterhead end up in a play-off battle rather than a League 2 title party, they will look back at this table-topping clash with huge regret.

The Blue Toon deservedly led twice after controlling much of the match, yet Montrose still had the last laugh.

It was self-inflicted stuff from Jim McInally’s men, who should certainly have left Links Park with at least a point.

Defensive lapses proved costly and the Gable Endies took full advantage to pull three points clear and still with a game in hand.

Peterhead bossed the first half and Willie Gibson swung in a free-kick, which deceived Allan Fleming and the ball cracked off the crossbar.

Chris Johnston was then unlucky not to score with an angled shot, which flashed inches wide after Rory McAllister neatly knocked down Gibson’s pick-out. 

The wind was a factor in Peterhead’s dominance and they deservedly went in front in the 37th minute.  Jamie Stevenson cut inside and delivered a cross to the back post for Jordon Brown, who stooped to guide a fine 10 yard header inside the opposite corner.

Montrose were probably glad they got in at half time just one down and they were back level on the hour mark.

Terry Masson profited on a dreadful mix-up by Stevenson and Mason Robertson and he was able to slot the ball past Greg Fleming.

But it was an equally poor piece of defending that allowed Peterhead to go back in front just three minutes later.  Paul Watson dithered on the ball and Allan Smith pounced to break through on goal and neatly stroke past Allan Fleming.

Montrose got, what appeared to be, a softly-awarded free-kick in the 71st minute but the visitors ought to have defended it better as Lewis Milne’s delivery to the back post found Chris Templeman, who was able to take a touch and then tap in from close range.

With the scores level, a point would not have been the worst outcome for Peterhead but when Milne nodded in with nine minutes left, they were staring down the barrel of a damaging defeat.  

Gary Fraser looped over a cross from the left and Milne got in between two Peterhead defenders to send a six yard header underneath Fleming.

The Balmoor team piled on late pressure and were unlucky not to get a penalty when Stevenson went down under a reckless challenge from Watson and then Robertson saw a bullet header superbly saved by Fleming as Montrose clung on to become firm favourites in the race for the title.

 

By Glenn Moir

 

                            Fleming

Stevenson Robertson Jas.Brown McIlduff

                       Gibson    Leitch

Smith                 Jo.Brown          Johnston

                           McAllister

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  • Home Team Montrose 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Montrose twice come from behind to pull three clear

PETERHEAD 1-2 STENHOUSEMUIR

ATT  471

 

PETERHEAD
Fleming, Jas.Brown, Robertson, McCracken (Belmokhtar 33) McIlduff, Gibson, Ferry, Stevenson, S.Brown (Johnston 58), Leitch (Jo.Brown 69), McAllister
Unused. Hobday. Adams. Smith. Norris

 

Peterhead’s League 2 title hopes suffered a jolt after they were beaten by Stenhousemuir, which allowed Montrose to go back level with the Blue Toon at the top of the table courtesy of their win over Annan.

Jim McInally’s men just never got going and the Balmoor manager later admitted the scoreline actually flattered his own team such was their lacklustre performance.

Stenny totally dominated the first half and Greg Fleming had to make a fine save in the seventh minute to deny Mark McGuigan, who broke the offside trap to break through on goal.

However, McGuigan was in no mood to spurn another chance and he gave the visitors the lead in the 17th minute, latching on to Harry Paton’s pass and rounding Fleming before slotting into an empty net.

It was not a great surprise when the Warriors went further ahead in the 31st minute. Ross Meechan’s thrown-in somehow found its way to the far post for Colin McMenamin, who smashed in a shot from 10 yards.

The Blue Toon struggled to create chances although Scott Brown did test Lewis McMinn with a 20 yard drive early in the second period before substitute Chris Johnston blazed over in the 73rd minute after a surging run.

With 10 minutes remaining, Rory McAllister gave the hosts hope with a sumptuous free-kick, curling a 20 yard effort into the top corner after he was brought down by Ross Dunlop, but Stenny held on to stay fourth.

 

By Glenn Moir 

 

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  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Stenhousemuir 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Sluggish first half costly as Montrose draw level

STIRLING ALBION 0-1 PETERHEAD

Jamie Stevenson was the goal hero as League 2 leaders Peterhead ended Stirling Albion’s winning run to pull three points ahead at the top.

Stevenson’s shot from outside the box in the second half was the decisive moment at a dreich Forthbank.

There were a couple of big scares for the Blue Toon, Darren Smith twice rattling the woodwork. The Binos top scorer was denied by the post in the first period and then the crossbar after the interval.

In-form Peterhead forward Russelll McLean was forced off midway through the first half and his replacement, Aaron Norris, passed up a good chance to make the breakthrough moments later, failing to connect from close range.

But Stevenson struck in the 61st minute with a fine effort, which gave Cammy Binnie absolutely no chance.

Stirling, after five straight wins, could not come up with a reply as the visiting defence held firm.

The Blue Toon victory was made more significant with Montrose’s match at bottom of the table Cowdenbeath postponed.

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  • Home Team Stirling Albion 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Leaders take advantage of Montrose postponement to go three clear
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