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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

Additional Info

  • 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

Additional Info

  • 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 

 

Additional Info

  • 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.

Additional Info

  • 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

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
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