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PETERHEAD 2-1 EDINBURGH CITY

Peterhead’s victory over Edinburgh City was not enough to wrestle the League 2 title away from Montrose, who drew with Elgin to be crowned champions by one point.

A dramatic final day swung to and fro but in the end the Gable Endies did just enough to pip the Blue Toon.

Jim McInally’s men needed to win their match and hope for a Montrose defeat at Links Park and by half time, Peterhead’s prospects were promising.

The Buchan team came flying out of the traps to take a third minute lead against Edinburgh, Pat Scullion putting through his own net from Willie Gibson’s corner.

It could have been two-nil in the 12th minute when Mason Robertson smashed a shot off the crossbar after another Gibson delivery.

After a lull in the play, the home support next got excited when they heard Elgin had taken the lead in Angus seconds before the interval.

All of a sudden the half-time pies tasted even better but by the time they had been properly digested, Montrose had sorted themselves out.

The Gable Endies were back level in their match, ex Blue Toon man Jamie Redman scoring the all-important goal.

Home fans were glued to their handsets hoping for more drama down the road as Peterhead tried to double their lead with Robertson and Rory McAllister going close.

Unable to score a second, the Blue Toon gave Edinburgh hope and the capital club levelled with a rare venture forward with eight minutes left.

Peterhead made heavy weather of clearing a corner and Gareth Rodger profited to stab the ball in from eight yards.

But the hosts kept going right until the end and Scott Brown restored their lead in stoppage time after Jamie Stevenson’s long throw.

However, Montrose held on in their game to ensure a helicopter to take the trophy up to Aberdeenshire would not be required.

 

 

                                Fleming

 

Jas.Brown Robertson McCracken Stevenson

 

                S.Brown Ferry Gibson Leitch

 

                            Smith  McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Edinburgh City 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Battling Blue Toon forced to settle for play-offs

ELGIN 0-1 PETERHEAD

Jason Brown’s second half header extended Peterhead’s winning run to five matches and ensured the League 2 title race would go down to the final day.

The former Inverness Caley Thistle defender scored the only goal at Elgin, who saw their play-off hopes come to an abrupt end.

The play-off route might yet be what the Blue Toon have to settle for after Montrose won again to remain at the top of the table.

Stewart Petrie’s team defeated Stenhousemuir at Ochilview to leave them needing just one more point to be crowned champions.

Peterhead can only keep winning and hope last day nerves kick in for their title rivals.

Brown’s goal kept their bid alive after he nodded in Willie Gibson’s delivery in the 74th minute to settle the match at Borough Briggs.

It was the tenth time the 21 year old had netted this season. 

Whether he has one more fixture, or an additional cluster of season-ending games, to add to his tally will be confirmed next weekend.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Elgin 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title League 2 trophy could still end up at Balmoor after Jason’s goal

PETERHEAD 1-0 COWDENBEATH

By Glenn Moir

 

A fourth straight win saw patient Peterhead overcome basement side Cowdenbeath to keep up the chase on title rivals Montrose.

A fine header from substitute Jordon Brown was all it took but it was no more than the Blue Toon deserved.

Prior to the midfielder’s 80th minute goal, Cowden keeper David McGurn had done superbly to keep the scores level with a string of saves, particularly in the first half.

McGurn made a couple of early stops to thwart Allan Smith and then the follow-up effort from Jack Leitch.

Rory McAllister was also denied on two occasions as McGurn threatened to spoil Peterhead’s afternoon.

WIllie Gibson and Simon Ferry continued to dictate the play after the interval, which restricted the visitors’ ability to get up the pitch.

When Jason Brown failed to keep down a close-range 70th minute header, Cowdenbeath must have started to believe it might just be their day.

But Peterhead kept at it and they were rewarded with a quality goal.

Gibson delivered a telling cross from the right and Brown rose to send a bullet header beyond McGurn.

Gary Bollan’s side did have a big chance to level with four minutes remaining but Blair Malcolm was unable to keep his composure with a 12 yard shot, which he wildly blazed over.

The result condemned Cowden to the pyramid play-offs for the second season in a row.

Peterhead’s campaign might yet be extended into May as well but at least if that does happen, unlike the last two years, they will carry momentum and be confident of finishing on a high.

 

                                     Fleming

 

       Stevenson Jas.Brown McCracken McIlduff

                               

                                 Ferry Gibson

                     S.Brown                Leitch

 

                           Smith       McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Cowdenbeath 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon beat Blue Brazil at Balmoor

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.

Additional Info

  • 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

Additional Info

  • 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

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
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