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Clyde 3

Peterhead 3

 

Peterhead endured a frustrating finish against Clyde but it still turned out to be a decent day for the Blue Toon.

The League 2 leaders had to settle for a draw despite leading 3-1 with 18 minutes remaining.

But with Edinburgh suffering defeat at Cowdenbeath, the point meant Jim McInally’s men actually increased their lead at the top of the table.

Willie Gibson gave the visitors the perfect start with a delightful fourth minute free-kick, which found the top corner. 

When Paul Willis scored his first Peterhead goal in the 31st minute with a six-yard strike, Clyde’s prospects appeared bleak.

But Danny Lennon’s team got right back in the match at the start of the second half, David Goodwillie sending a close-range header beyond Greg Fleming. 

Scott Brown restored the Blue Toon’s two-goal cushion in the 52nd minute by rifling a shot from outside the box into the bottom corner.

Shane Sutherland then hit the crossbar before Clyde were awarded a 72nd minute penalty when Jason Brown handled the ball. 

Goodwillie made no mistake from the spot and Scott Banks drew the Bully Wee level six minutes later with a fine 20 yard curling effort. 

The match ended 3-3 but Peterhead will reflect on extending their advantage to six points with now four games left.  It had been five and five.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Clyde 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Clyde unable to cut gap on Peterhead despite fightback

PETERHEAD 2-1 COWDENBEATH

 

Three goals scored and three golden opportunities squandered.

That was the match summary as Peterhead dug out a nervy win over Cowdenbeath to maintain their five point advantage at the top.

Rory McAllister opened the scoring in the 27th minute after a long punt forward from Greg Fleming.  Dreadful defending was exposed by the Blue Toon captain, who got in behind the visiting backline to bury a shot past David McGurn.

How Jason Brown did not make it 2-0 moments later was hard to believe.  It was a header from just a few yards out, following a free-kick, which the 22 year old somehow sent wide. 

Sure enough Cowden equalised through former Blue Toon man David Cox a minute before half time.  Jordan Allan provided the assist with a superb turn to get away from Paddy Boyle and his low cross was dispatched by the sliding Cox. 

Peterhead regrouped at the interval and they went back in front six minutes into the second half.  Boyle crossed for Scott Brown and the midfielder sent a fine 10 yard header high into the net.

Had Ryan Dow not passed up a great chance in the 55th minute, Peterhead would have been comfortable. 

Willie Gibson threaded a ball through for Dow and barring the assistant referee, everybody in the stadium, including Dow, seemed to think the flag was coming for offside.  It stayed down but the former Dundee Utd forward shot tentatively at McGurn and it stayed 2-1.

Cowdenbeath could have taken a point after blowing a gilt-edge chance in the closing stages.  Fraser Mullen’s free-kick was saved by the diving Fleming but Robbie Deas could not net the rebound, heading over from six yards.

Peterhead breathed a sigh of relief to stay clear of Edinburgh and their next opponents Clyde.

 

Fleming, Home, Boyle, Dunlop, J.Brown, S.Brown, Gibson, Leitch (Willox 89), Dow, Sutherland 5 (Willis 71), McAllister (Eadie 76)

Unused. Henderson. Ferry. McCracken

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Cowdenbeath 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Scott Brown scores winner after McAllister’s first half opener

Edinburgh City 0

Peterhead 0

 

There were no goals between the top two in the capital but the draw was a more favourable outcome for Peterhead than title rivals Edinburgh.

The sharing of the points maintained the Blue Toon’s cushion at the League 2 summit with another game ticked off.

Rory McAllister had several efforts on target in the first half but he found home goalkeeper Callum Antell in fine form.

Antell also denied Willie Gibson with an effort, which was destined for the top corner.  

For Edinburgh, forward Scott Shepherd tested Greg Fleming just before half time. 

In addition, Brad Donaldson nodded narrowly wide early in the second period and likewise their leading marksman, Blair Henderson.

But in front of more than 1,000 suppoters, 0-0 was how it ended and the result kept Peterhead five points clear going into the last half a dozen fixtures.

Clyde, meanwhile, scored in stoppage time to edge out Annan and move a point behind Edinburgh. 

The Bully Wee, who were recently docked four points for fielding an ineligible player, still have to face the top two before the season is out.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Edinburgh City 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Battling Blue Toon maintain cushion at summit

BERWICK RANGERS 2-0 PETERHEAD

 

Peterhead conceded two first half goals at Berwick to crash to a first defeat in eight matches in League 2. 

Lewis Barr fired Johnny Harvey’s team in front in the 13th minute and Cameron Blues added to their lead on the half hour. 

The Blue Toon failed to find a route back into the match and it meant they were unable to extend their lead on title rivals Edinburgh.

Jim McInally’s men scored five on their last visit to Shielfield Park but it was a different story this time round, not helped by the absence of skipper Rory McAllister. 

Derek Lyle did start but could not continue after picking up an injury, moments after Barr had smashed a six yard shot past Greg Fleming.

Peterhead were unlucky not to draw level with Brown’s effort which struck the woodwork but they soon found themselves further behind when on loan Livingston midfiedler Blues rifled in Berwick’s second.

There were no further goals after the break as the hosts picked up a first victory since mid November to pull five points clear of basement side Albion Rovers.

A similar points gap remains between Peterhead and Edinburgh as the sides get ready for a key clash at Ainslie Park on Saturday.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Berwick Rangers 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Peterhead unable to extend lead on title rivals Edinburgh

PETERHEAD 2-1 ANNAN

ATT 568

 

For the second game in a row, League 2 leaders Peterhead fought back from a goal down to pick up all three ponts.

On Tuesday, Cowdenbeath were the victims.  Here, it was Annan Athletic.

There was not too much between the teams but the Blue Toon’s grit and determination made the difference.

Derek Lyle ended a 10-game goal drought to score the winner after Jack Leitch had wiped out Tony Wallace’s opener.

It kept the Balmoor team five points clear of Edinburgh, who had too miuch for Queen’s Park.

However, Clyde’s title challenge appears to have ended following their four point deduction for fielding an ineligible player coupled with their defeat at Elgin.

Peterhead’s target is just to keep winning and their victory over Annan was their sixth on the bounce.

They did it the hard way though after falling behind in the 21st minute.  Wallace sprinted clear following a lapse from Paddy Boyle and when his initial effort came back to him, the forward stroked in from eight yards.

Neither Greg Fleming or Jason Brown were decisive for the goal but Peterhead recovered well and needed just four minutes to muster a reply.  Shane Sutherland cut the ball back for Leitch and the former Airdrie midfielder rifled a low shot from the edge of the penalty area into the net.

Jim McInally’s team shaded the second half as Sutherland fired wide from an angle before Scott Brown sclaffed off target from 12 yards.

Aidan Smith headed wide for Annan, who picked up an awards double for February with Peter Murphy and Chris Johnston winning the manager and player prizes respectively.  

But Peterhead came up with the winner in the 71st minute.  Willie Gibson’s corner was met on the volley by Lyle and after his effort was parried by Aidan McAdams, the 38 year old reacted quickest to prod in the rebound.

Fleming, Gibson, Dunlop, J.Brown, Boyle, Ferry, S.Brown, Leitch, Lyle (Eadie 78), McAllister (Willis 89), Sutherland (Home 71) 

Unused. Henderson. Willox. McDonald

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Annan 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Peterhead see off Annan challenge to remain five points clear

Cowdenbeath 1

Peterhead 3

 

League 2 leaders Peterhead came from behind to win at Cowdenbeath and move five points ahead at the top of the table. 

David Cox gave Cowden the lead but Shane Sutherland replied soon after and Rory McAllister then struck to hand the Blue Toon the initiative.

McAllister added another goal deep into the second half to seal the victory, Peterhead’s fifth in succession. 

It meant they pulled further in front of Clyde, who were not in action.  Edinburgh, meanwhile, defeated Berwick to reclaim second spot. 

The night did not get off to the best of starts for Jim McInally’s side, former Blue Toon player Cox smashing the hosts in front in the 17th minute.

However, Cowden’s lead lasted just six minutes with Sutherland burying a close-range effort to draw the visitors level.

Peterhead turned the match around when McAllister flashed a 35th minute  shot from inside the box high into the net and the Balmoor captain netted again with nine minutes remaining to settle the contest.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Cowdenbeath 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title McAllister hits double after Sutherland’s equaliser
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