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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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.

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

PETERHEAD 1-0 ELGIN CITY

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Peterhead racked up their third 1-0 win in a week by seeing off Elgin City to open up a four point gap at the top of League 2.

Paddy Boyle was the unlikely matchwinner, the left-back scoring early on to claim his first goal for the club.

The former Airdrie player finished neatly from 16 yards after Rory McAllister pickpocketed Jordan Lowdown to provide the assist. 

Derek Lyle could have made it 2-0 after a fine passage of play, which saw Ryan Dow neatly flick the ball into his path from Scott Brown’s centre. 

But Elgin should have been level just before half time, Ross MacIver breaking through on goal only to be denied by a fine Greg Fleming save. 

That was Peterhead’s only real scare and they went on to see out the second half untroubled. 

The visiting goalkeeper Kyle Gourlay did make a couple of impressive saves to keep his team alive in the contest, Jamie Stevenson and Scott Brown both denied for the hosts. 

Peterhead’s victory, coupled with Clyde’s win over Edinburgh, meant they extended their advantage at the top of the table.

 

Fleming, Boyle, J.Brown, Dunlop, Stevenson (Home 77), Gibson, Ferry (Leitch 54), S.Brown, Dow, Lyle (Willis 72), McAllister

Unused. Henderson. Willox. McDonald. Eadie

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Elgin City 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Boyle the hero as Blue Toon win fourth straight game

PETERHEAD 1-0 COWDENBEATH

A dominant display saw Peterhead notch a fully-deserved win against Cowdenbeath to replace Edinburgh City as League 2 leaders.

Just one goal separated the teams - Scott Brown’s strike just before half-time - but the Blue Toon could have had a hatful had they been more ruthless.

Regardless, the scoreline was enough to hoist the Buchan team to the summit and it is there where they will be determined to stay in the final third of the season.

Following their 1-0 win at Stirling on Saturday, Peterhead made one change as Willie Gibson dropped to the bench to make way for Jack Leitch. 

Shane Sutherland saw an early header hacked off the line by Luc Bollan before the former Elgin man thundered over from 10 yards midway through the half.

Brown forced Aaron Lennox into a smart save with a volley, which kicked up off the turf, but Cowden were unable to get the interval level as Peterhead finally made their dominance count in the 43rd minute.

Rory McAllister found Brown in the box and the former St Johnstone midfielder slid a six yard effort into the roof of the net via a flick off Robbie Deas.

It was scrappy and not in-keeping with Peterhead’s impressive play, which continued in the second half.

Chances continued to flow and the visitors were bizarrely aided by Leitch when the ball hit his body on the line to stop a goalbound effort from substitute Derek Lyle, who also flashed a header wide,

Ryan Dow then nodded wide from inside the six yard box in the 75th minute but while the Blue Toon lacked a killer instinct, they saw out the game with minimal fuss to move two points clear at the top.

 

PETERHEAD

Fleming, Stevenson, Dunlop, J.Brown, Boyle, Leitch (Gibson 71), S.Brown, Ferry, Dow, Sutherland (Lyle 62), McAllister (Willis 85)

Unused. Henderson. Willox.  Home. Eadie. 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Cowdenbeath 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Scott Brown nets the winner in one-sided contest
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