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Stirling Albion 0-1 Peterhead

 

Rory McAllister scored a first half header at Stirling to keep Peterhead on the coat-tails of League 2 leaders Edinburgh.

 The Blue Toon captain’s goal separated the sides and the result means Jim McInally’s team can go top on Tuesday with a win over Cowdenbeath.

Jamie Stevenson laid on the winner, running down the flank and crossing for McAllister, who nodded past Cammy Ferrie in the 36th minute. 

Shane Sutherland spurned a great chance to double the visitors’ lead after the break when he rounded Ferrie but was unable to steer his shot into the net.

Willie Gibson then saw an effort cleared off the line by Jason Marr but one goal proved enough for Peterhead, who maintained their fine Forthbank record.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Stirling Albion 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title McAllister’s first half header proves decisive

PETERHEAD 2

QUEEN’S PARK 1

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Peterhead gained ground at the top end of League 2 with a vital victory over Queen’s Park at Balmoor.

Strikes from Shane Sutherland and Willie Gibson gave the Blue Toon the win, which moved them one point behind leaders Edinburgh City.

Sutherland, back at the club and back in the goals, reopened his account in the third minute.

It was all about a good first touch after a fine clipped ball from Jason Brown, which allowed the former Elgin attacker to shoot past Jordan Hart from six yards. 

In the 14th minute, Jack Leitch attempted an overhead kick, which went narrowly wide, after unconvincing goalkeeping from Hart and then Sutherland tested the visiting number one from Derek Lyle’s pick-out.

It all seemed to be going to plan but the stubborn Spiders clung on and after an even end to the first half, they got back level four minutes after the interval.

A corner broke into the path of Calvin McCrory and after his 14 yard shot flashed through a ruck of bodies, Scott Gibson scrambled home from close in.

Peterhead’s own Gibson came up with the decisive strike though in the 55th minute to pile the pressure on Edinburgh.

Stevenson’s corner was only partially cleared and Gibson, on at half-time for the injured Leitch, thundered a low 22 yard drive into the bottom corner of the net.

 

Fleming, Stevenson, Dunlop, J.Brown, Boyle, S.Brown, Leitch (Gibson 46), Dow, Sutherland, McAllister (Home 83), Lyle (Willis 68)

Unused. Henderson. Ferry. Eadie. Willox

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Queen’s Park 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Sutherland reopens scoring account before Gibson hits winner

PETERHEAD 0-0 EDINBURGH CITY

 

Occasionally you get a decent 0-0 draw but this Balmoor stalemate certainly was not one of them.

Peterhead and Edinburgh City played out a drab encounter to leave the top of League 2 unchanged.

Perhaps the windy conditions contributed to the poor spectacle, or even nerves given the significance of the fixture.

But neither manager offered any excuses post-match for the lacklustre 90 minutes, which failed to produce a serious attempt on target.

The Blue Toon actually started with intent and Jack Leitch might have done better with a 14 yard shot, which he dragged off target.

The one big chance fell the way of the visitors in the 23rd minute when Jack Breen screwed wide from 10 yards with just the goalkeeper to beat after the on-loan Hamilton rookie ran on to Scott Shepherd’s knockdown.

Breen then went down under a challenge from Jason Brown just before half-time but there did not appear to be enough contact to award a penalty.

In the second period, Shane Sutherland, back in blue after his return from Elgin last month, saw a 25 yard chip narrowly clear the crossbar.

But 0-0 was in the script long before referee Mike Roncone blew up for full-time.  

The result means Peterhead remain four points adrift but with two Cowdenbeath games in hand.

Fleming, Stevenson, Dunlop, J.Brown, Boyle, Gibson (Lyle 65), Leitch, S.Brown, Dow, Sutherland (Willis 67) McAllister

Unused. Henderson. Ferry. Home. Eadie. Willox

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Edinburgh CIty 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Neither goalkeeper tested in poor Balmoor spectacle

Three goals in a mad 15 minutes saw Peterhead crash to a disappointing defeat at Annan.

David Wilson scored early in the second half before Tommy Muir hit a quickfire double.

The result meant the top two changed hands again as Edinburgh picked up a point at Elgin in a six-goal thriller, which swung both ways.

Simon Ferry was not risked on the artificial surface but Jamie Stevenson was fit enough to return in the only change from last week’s win over Berwick.

The teams were still all-square at the interval at a wet Galabank Stadium but the Blue Toon fell behind in the 53rd minute.

 Wilson looked up from outside of the box and beat Greg Fleming with a shot, which nestled into the bottom corner.

The home team doubled their lead on the hour, Scott Hooper picking out Muir, who stroked in Annan’s second.

The same two players combined again soon after as Muir sent a header into the net from Hooper’s cross in what was a real off-day for Jim McInally’s men.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Annan Athletic 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Three second half goals send Blue Toon crashing

PETERHEAD 2-0 BERWICK RANGERS

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Peterhead showed patience to break Berwick’s resistance in a significant victory, which saw them replace Edinburgh as League 2 leaders.

It looked like being a frustrating afternoon for the Blue Toon but they eventually got the goals their play deserved. 

Key to the win was substitute Rory McAllister, who made the breakthrough with a fine 72nd minute free-kick before assisting Jack Leitch in stoppage time.

Greg Fleming also had a role to play, making two big saves in the first six minutes to keep out Craig Hume’s header and then spreading himself well to thwart Daryl Healy, who was through on goal.

The woodwork came to Berwick’s rescue in the 16th minute, Leitch’s downward header bouncing up off the turf and striking the crossbar from Jason Brown’s centre.

There were one or two other chances for the home team prior to the interval but they stepped it up in the second half after McAllister took the place of Cammy Eadie.

Derek Lyle wasted a golden opportunity in the 61st minute when he somehow sent a close-range header over the crossbar after excellent wing work from Ryan Dow.

But the deadlock was broken after McAllister won and scored a free-kick on the angle 25 yards out.  McAllister, managing a back problem, struck his effort up and over the wall and the ball flew past the helpless Kyle Allison.

More openings were passed up by Jim McInally’s men in the closing stages but they sealed the points with seconds remaining to go above Edinburgh on goal difference.

McAllister darted into the box after cutting in from the left flank and he rolled in Leitch, who slotted into the bottom corner from eight yards.

 

 

Fleming, J.Brown, Boyle, Eadie (McAllister 57), Dunlop, Ferry (Home 79), Leitch, Gibson, S.Brown, Dow, Lyle (McLean 76)

Unused. Henderson. McCracken. Willox

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Berwick Rangers 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Key contribution from second-half sub McAllister

Albion Rovers 0

Peterhead 2

 

Peterhead scored two second half goals to pick up three points against Albion Rovers in Coatbridge.

Ryan Dow’s header shortly after the interval and a strike from substitute Russell McLean gave the Blue Toon the victory.

Following last week’s defeat to Clyde, Derek Lyle was preferred ahead of Willie Gibson but the veteran midfielder was required midway through the first half after Rory McAllister picked up an injury.

Cammy Eadie saw a header narrowly miss the target as Albion got to half-time unscathed.

However, the League 2 basement side fell behind four minutes after the restart when Dow nodded in from close range.

McLean then replaced Jamie Stevenson, who suffered a knock, and the big striker made sure of the points in the 71st minute.

The former East Kilbride man lashed a shot beyond Albion’s trialist goalkeeper to keep Peterhead in second spot in the table.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Albion Rovers 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Dow and McLean net second half goals for Peterhead
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