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By Glenn Moir


The last time Peterhead were on a morale-sapping winless run, they beat Brechin to get back on track.

That was in the New Year fixture, when they ended a five game streak without a victory.

However, they could not repeat the trick today as Darren Dods' team came out on top to increase the pressure on the out-of-form Blue Toon.

The only positive in defeat was that fellow strugglers Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers were both beaten as well but it is getting way too close for comfort at the bottom.

This game produced little in the way of goalscoring chances but Brechin will argue they did enough to go back down the A90 with the points.

They would have a decent case because Peterhead's top two performers were their centre-backs.

One of them was pitched straight into the team for his debut, Craig Reid, who has spent time in Iceland playing for Keflavik, having previously been at Dunfermline, Motherwell, Morton and Queen of the South.

Considering he had not played competitvely since September, the 31 year old was solid and steady and his partner at the heart of the Blue Toon rearguard, Liam Gordon, was impressive throughout.

Peterhead had to contend with a couple of scares in the first half as Michael McMullin, on early for the injured Steven Noble, cleared an Ally Love effort off the line while Graeme Smith superbly kept out a Finn Graham drive.

The Blue Toon did fashion a big chance in the 36th minute when Nicky Riley chose to square for Jordon Brown, whose shot was blocked and when the ball broke out to Jamie Redman, the midfielder's goalbound strike was desperately cleared by the visiting defence.

In truth, it was untidy from both teams prior to the interval and although the hosts began to settle early in the second period, they fell behind on the hour mark.

A Brechin corner was only partially cleared to Willie Dyer, whose shot was anything but cleanly struck. However, the ball landed at the feet of Andy Jackson and the former St Johnstone striker was not going to miss from close range.

Substitute Leighton McIntosh had the Blue Toon's best chance for an equaliser but his header from a deep Grant Anderson delivery lacked power and conviction.

Had it not been for some smart Smith saves, Brechin could actually have added to their lead in the closing stages as Jim McInally threw extra players forward leaving space for the Glebe Park outfit to exploit.

However, Peterhead were always going to find it hard to get back into the match.

The statistics would prove that because in their previous three meetings with the Hedgemen this season, only Rory McAllister had netted for the Blue Toon.  

Sadly, he was sitting in the stand serving a suspension.



        Comrie Gordon Reid Noble

Anderson S.Brown J.Brown Redman


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  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Brechin 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Jackson's second half goal proves decisive


The pressure is building on Peterhead after they were beaten by bottom of the table Stenhousemuir in League 1.

In a nightmare start for the Blue Toon, Stenny were two goals ahead early on thanks to an Alan Cook free-kick and Mason Robertson's header.

Rory McAllister was then sent off for Jim McInally's men, who did manage to half the deficit through a Jordon Brown effort at the start of the second period.

However, Colin McMenamin added a third for the Warriors, which was more than enough to seal victory and move to within two points of Peterhead.

Going into the last quarter of the season, the Aberdeenshire team lie eighth in a congested table, although they are sitting very uncomfortably having played more games than the teams below them.

Another concern is that, for at least one match, they will be without their leading goalscorer McAllister, who was dismissed for foul and abusive language.

Frustration clearly got the better of the 29 year old, with the Blue Toon already facing an uphill battle by the time he was red carded.

Cook, the outstanding player when the teams met at Balmoor on Boxing Day, scored a free-kick in the 10th minute and six minutes later, the visitors fell further behind when Robertson nodded home from a corner.

Hopes of a comeback were dashed when McAllister was sent up the tunnel in the 34th minute for saying something that referee David Munro clearly did not like.

It was not all plain sailing for the basement side though, especially when Brown pulled a goal back two minutes after the restart to score his second goal in as many games.

But veteran striker McMenamin beat Graeme Smith in the 64th minute to ensure there would be no way back for Peterhead, who have taken just one point from their three matches against Stenny this season.

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  • Home Team Stenhousemuir 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Pressure building on Peterhead after Ochilview loss


By Glenn Moir


A third straight draw for Peterhead, who came from behind to deny in-form East Fife at Balmoor.

Jordon Brown levelled for the Blue Toon, moments after coming on as a substitute, to cancel out Kevin Smith's opener.

Picking up a point here and there wont get Peterhead into top four contention but it might stop them being sucked into a relegation dogfight.

Second bottom Stranraer, who defeated Brechin, have moved to within two points of the Blue Toon.  Albion Rovers are down there as well but they have three games in hand.

Yet in a bizarre, tightly-bunched table, Jim McInally's men are still just four points outside the promotion play-off zone, albeit matches are starting to run out.

Today's opponents East Fife are likely to be in the mix until the end of the campaign after stretching their unbeaten run to 10 matches.

Not that they were up to much at Balmoor. Mind you, Peterhead were not any better and the first half was completely forgettable.

Cast your mind back to the poorest 45 minutes you have seen and the chances are this was worse.

It was desperately devoid of entertainment although as the interval approached, Scott Brown did test Ryan Goodfellow with a 22 yard effort from Rory McAllister's short free-kick.

During the half-time cup of tea, the home manager apparently asked his players why they were so nervous. Instead, he wanted them to get on the ball and not rely on McAllister to come up with something on his own.

The second period was just four minutes old when the Fifers broke the stalemate. Jamie Penrice swung over a cross from the left and Kevin Smith powered in an eight yard header to give the Methil men the lead.

McAllister was very unlucky not to restore parity not long after. When Jamie Stevenson was upended just outside the box, McAllister smashed his powerfully struck free-kick off the far post.

The Blue Toon began to dictate proceedings and within two minutes of Jordon Brown replacing Nicky Riley, the former Aberdeen youngster levelled in the 65th minute.

The goal was as much down to Grant Anderson, whose inswinging left foot delivery was right on the money. Brown, from close range, stooped to nod past Goodfellow.

Game on.

Well that was what you had hoped. But it petered out and finished all square, which was just about right.



Comrie Gordon Strachan McMullin

       S.Brown  Ferry  Stevenson

    Anderson     McAllister     Riley

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  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team East Fife 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Jordon's header rescues a point for Blue Toon



In front. Behind. In front. Draw

It was a bit of a rollercoaster ride for Peterhead at Stranraer as the teams shared six goals in this League 1 cracker.

Rory McAllister and Willie Gibson both scored two each but it ended all square on the south west.

The result keeps the Blue Toon eighth in the table, four points clear of the relegation play-offs and four points adrift of the top four.

Unpredictable Peterhead but predictable McAllister, who continues to find the net with regularity.

The 29 year old has scored six goals in his last four matches and his 12th minute opener at Stair Park was a well-struck effort from just outside the penalty area, which flew into the top corner.

Back came the hosts, however.  

They levelled in the 19th minute thanks to a Ryan Thomson header and then Gibson's sumptous free-kick in the 33rd minute meant Peterhead trailed at the interval.

McAllister levelled 10 minutes into the second half with a bullet header to claim his 20th goal of the season and when Grant Anderson slotted home from close range in the 67th minute, it looked as if the Blue Toon's long trip would be worthwhile.

But Gibson's low drive five minutes later ensured Stevie Farrell's unbeaten start as Stranraer boss stretched to four games.


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  • Home Team Stranraer 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title McAllister's double not enough for Blue Toon


By Glenn Moir


A point apiece was not a great outcome for Peterhead or Albion Rovers, who remain eighth and seventh respectively in League 1.

Reeling in the chasing promotion play-off pack was a realistic prospect for the Blue Toon at half time thanks to Rory McAllister's opener.

But by full-time, following Ross Stewart's equaliser, Jim McInally's men were more concerned by the results of the bottom two clubs, Stranraer and Stenhousemuir.

What frustrated the Balmoor manager most was how his team tailed off after letting slip their lead, much like last week at Airdrie.

Before the break, Peterhead were in relative control and deservedly went in front through McAllister's calm and composed finish.

But Darren Young's men were much better in the second period and, going on chances, ought to have gone back down the road with all three points.

Scott Ross spurned a great opportunity in the 20th minute, the defender, operating at full-back, getting on the end of Jamie Stevenson's corner only to send his free header wide of the target.

Without testing the visiting goalkeeper too often, Peterhead had the upper hand and they made the breakthrough in the 37th minute. Scott Brown's throughball was not dealt with by the Rovers rearguard and McAllister kept his cool to slot in his 18th goal of the season.

Back came Albion though. The Coatbridge club levelled in the 56th minute through Stewart, who swept in Ross Davidson's cutback from close range after the home defence had failed to clear the danger.

Although Ryan Strachan tested the Rovers goalscorer's namesake with a shot from distance, Peterhead had plenty of defending to do in the last half hour.

Not long after equalising, Stewart rattled the woodwork with a shot from just inside the penalty area and then on loan Celtic teenager Theo Archibald, who was a Peterhead signing target last month, tested Graeme Smith with a well-struck 25 yard shot.

Michael McMullin had another steady game at the heart of the Blue Toon defence but a moment of inexperience from the Partick youngster in the 81st minute presented a great chance for Stewart, who was thwarted by the diving Smith.

With time running out, Peterhead substitute Allan Smith saw an effort comfortably saved by the Albion goalkeeper before Mick Dunlop, down the other end, powered a back post header from Archibald's corner wide of the target.

A share of the spoils means both teams stay level on points but Albion, perhaps crucially, have two games in hand.





Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Albion Rovers 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Albion hit back to earn a deserved point


Airdrie pounced on a second half collapse from Peterhead, who missed the chance to make up ground on the teams above them.

It had looked promising for the Blue Toon after Rory McAllister had given them an interval lead.

However, the hosts turned the match in their favour by scoring three goals in quick succession and they added a fourth in stoppage time.

Chasing a third straight win, Jim McInally's men were unchanged after winning so impressively against Queen's Park and they were on course for a second victory of the season at New Broomfield thanks to McAllister's 36th minute strike.

Holding off a challenge from Diamonds' recent recruit Simon Mensing, McAllister unleashed a shot, which flew past Rohan Ferguson and went in off the post.

Jack McKay, on loan from Leeds where his twin brother Paul also plays, came close to restoring parity in the 62nd minute when he rattled the upright.

The hosts nearly fell two goals behind in the 67th minute, Grant Anderson blazing a great chance over the crossbar and it proved to be a turning point.

Instead of being two-up, Peterhead were pegged back just a couple of minutes later. McKay beat Graeme Smith with a close range shot after the visiting defence failed to clear Sean McIntosh's cross.

Mark Wilson's team then gained the upper hand in the 71st minute.  Adam Brown rattled the post with a crisp effort and Ryan Conroy was on hand to tuck home the rebound.

Peterhead's chances of finding a route back into the match were effectively over when Andy Ryan netted in the 76th minute. The former Forfar frontman collected a Brown pass and from the left side of the box, he rifled a shot inside the far corner.

The suffering was not quite over for the visitors as substitute Scott Stewart added Airdrie's fourth deep in added time with a fine solo goal.

With only bottom of the table Stranraer managing a win from the other four League 1 fixtures, this was a chance missed for the eighth placed Blue Toon to climb a congested table.

By Glenn Moir

Additional Info

  • Home Team Airdrie 4
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon's half time lead wiped away
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