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If Peterhead end up in a play-off battle rather than a League 2 title party, they will look back at this table-topping clash with huge regret.

The Blue Toon deservedly led twice after controlling much of the match, yet Montrose still had the last laugh.

It was self-inflicted stuff from Jim McInally’s men, who should certainly have left Links Park with at least a point.

Defensive lapses proved costly and the Gable Endies took full advantage to pull three points clear and still with a game in hand.

Peterhead bossed the first half and Willie Gibson swung in a free-kick, which deceived Allan Fleming and the ball cracked off the crossbar.

Chris Johnston was then unlucky not to score with an angled shot, which flashed inches wide after Rory McAllister neatly knocked down Gibson’s pick-out. 

The wind was a factor in Peterhead’s dominance and they deservedly went in front in the 37th minute.  Jamie Stevenson cut inside and delivered a cross to the back post for Jordon Brown, who stooped to guide a fine 10 yard header inside the opposite corner.

Montrose were probably glad they got in at half time just one down and they were back level on the hour mark.

Terry Masson profited on a dreadful mix-up by Stevenson and Mason Robertson and he was able to slot the ball past Greg Fleming.

But it was an equally poor piece of defending that allowed Peterhead to go back in front just three minutes later.  Paul Watson dithered on the ball and Allan Smith pounced to break through on goal and neatly stroke past Allan Fleming.

Montrose got, what appeared to be, a softly-awarded free-kick in the 71st minute but the visitors ought to have defended it better as Lewis Milne’s delivery to the back post found Chris Templeman, who was able to take a touch and then tap in from close range.

With the scores level, a point would not have been the worst outcome for Peterhead but when Milne nodded in with nine minutes left, they were staring down the barrel of a damaging defeat.  

Gary Fraser looped over a cross from the left and Milne got in between two Peterhead defenders to send a six yard header underneath Fleming.

The Balmoor team piled on late pressure and were unlucky not to get a penalty when Stevenson went down under a reckless challenge from Watson and then Robertson saw a bullet header superbly saved by Fleming as Montrose clung on to become firm favourites in the race for the title.


By Glenn Moir



Stevenson Robertson Jas.Brown McIlduff

                       Gibson    Leitch

Smith                 Jo.Brown          Johnston


Additional Info

  • Home Team Montrose 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Montrose twice come from behind to pull three clear


ATT  471


Fleming, Jas.Brown, Robertson, McCracken (Belmokhtar 33) McIlduff, Gibson, Ferry, Stevenson, S.Brown (Johnston 58), Leitch (Jo.Brown 69), McAllister
Unused. Hobday. Adams. Smith. Norris


Peterhead’s League 2 title hopes suffered a jolt after they were beaten by Stenhousemuir, which allowed Montrose to go back level with the Blue Toon at the top of the table courtesy of their win over Annan.

Jim McInally’s men just never got going and the Balmoor manager later admitted the scoreline actually flattered his own team such was their lacklustre performance.

Stenny totally dominated the first half and Greg Fleming had to make a fine save in the seventh minute to deny Mark McGuigan, who broke the offside trap to break through on goal.

However, McGuigan was in no mood to spurn another chance and he gave the visitors the lead in the 17th minute, latching on to Harry Paton’s pass and rounding Fleming before slotting into an empty net.

It was not a great surprise when the Warriors went further ahead in the 31st minute. Ross Meechan’s thrown-in somehow found its way to the far post for Colin McMenamin, who smashed in a shot from 10 yards.

The Blue Toon struggled to create chances although Scott Brown did test Lewis McMinn with a 20 yard drive early in the second period before substitute Chris Johnston blazed over in the 73rd minute after a surging run.

With 10 minutes remaining, Rory McAllister gave the hosts hope with a sumptuous free-kick, curling a 20 yard effort into the top corner after he was brought down by Ross Dunlop, but Stenny held on to stay fourth.


By Glenn Moir 


Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Stenhousemuir 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Sluggish first half costly as Montrose draw level


Jamie Stevenson was the goal hero as League 2 leaders Peterhead ended Stirling Albion’s winning run to pull three points ahead at the top.

Stevenson’s shot from outside the box in the second half was the decisive moment at a dreich Forthbank.

There were a couple of big scares for the Blue Toon, Darren Smith twice rattling the woodwork. The Binos top scorer was denied by the post in the first period and then the crossbar after the interval.

In-form Peterhead forward Russelll McLean was forced off midway through the first half and his replacement, Aaron Norris, passed up a good chance to make the breakthrough moments later, failing to connect from close range.

But Stevenson struck in the 61st minute with a fine effort, which gave Cammy Binnie absolutely no chance.

Stirling, after five straight wins, could not come up with a reply as the visiting defence held firm.

The Blue Toon victory was made more significant with Montrose’s match at bottom of the table Cowdenbeath postponed.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Stirling Albion 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Leaders take advantage of Montrose postponement to go three clear


By Glenn Moir


Peterhead held off a Clyde comeback to claim a narrow but deserved victory at Balmoor and move to the top of League 2.

First half strikes from Russell McLean and Jack Leitch saw the Blue Toon climb above Montrose on goal difference, although they had to withstand a nervy finish after David Goodwillie pulled one back in the second period.

It was a welcome win and one that should give Jim McInally’s men a pyschological boost in a title tussle, which could yet go the distance.

A snow flurry prior to kick off meant the match was played on a white surface but Peterhead were not put off by the conditions and their measured approach reaped rewards in the 36th minute.

Willie Gibson’s intelligent pass sent Chris Johnston away and the on loan Dumbarton man, who had a fine night, delivered a low left-wing cross for McLean to claim his fifth goal in his last three outings.

Their lead should have only lasted a matter of moments, however, as Goodwillie wasted a glorious chance to reply immediately when he broke clean through on goal but he could not beat Greg Fleming.

The Blue Toon made the most of the reprieve by scoring again to double their advantage three minutes before the interval.

Jamie Stevenson picked out Leitch, who steadied himself before rifling a rising, angled shot beyond the helpless Kyle Gourlay.

The hardy band of Bully Wee supporters greeted their team at the start of the second half with chants of ‘Mon the Snow’ believing the elements would provide their best hope of a happy ending.

But the visitors certainly did not lie down and after boss Danny Lennon made all three changes, they halved the deficit in the 65th minute.

Goodwillie cut inside from the left edge of the penalty area and after the home defence backed off, the former Scotland striker drilled a low shot into the bottom corner.

Goodwillie moved on to 19 goals for the season and he ought have netted again with 10 minutes remaining but, after unconvincing Peterhead defending, his effort through a ruck of bodies flashed just wide.

That was the Blue Toon’s one big scare and McLean could have put the seal on their win late on but two goals proved enough for three points.



Jas.Brown Robertson McCracken Stevenson

                     Gibson Ferry Leitch                  

Norris                     McLean            Johnston


Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Clyde 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title First half goals from McLean and Leitch give Blue Toon deserved win


A goal in each half gave Peterhead victory at bottom of the table Cowdenbeath as the Blue Toon reduced Montrose’s lead to three points.

Russell McLean kept up his good form by opening the scoring and trialist Karim Belmokhtar sealed the points in the dying embers.

McLean, who netted a hat-trick at Annan on Tuesday, made the breakthrough in the 18th minute, heading past David McGurn from WIllie Gibson’s centre.

The former East Kilbride forward went close again with an effort from inside the penalty area after Jamie Stevenson fired wide in the 31st minute.

Bradley Smith smashed a shot over the crossbar for Cowdenbeath midway through the second half before Peterhead lost full-back Aidan McIlduff to injury.

Mason Robertson nearly made sure of the win with a header, which flashed wide following a set-piece.

However, French-Algerian striker Belmokhtar put the match out of Cowdenbeath’s reach deep in stoppage time with a close-range after a cross from fellow substitute Aaron Norris.

The victory, coupled with Montrose’s 2-2 draw at Berwick, gives Peterhead the chance to go top of League 2 on goal difference with a win over Clyde at Balmoor on Tuesday.


















Additional Info

  • Home Team Cowdenbeath 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title McLean and Trialist score as Blue Toon narrow Montrose’s lead


Russell McLean’s impressive hat-trick was not enough to give Peterhead victory after Annan scored twice in the closing stages to earn a draw in an entertaining encounter at Galabank.

Rory McAllister went off injured in the first half but McLean grasped his opportunity and scored within seconds of coming on.

McLean found the bottom corner with a shot from inside the penalty area to give the Blue Toon a 30th minute lead.

The big striker then sent a header just over moments later, but he was on target again in the 35th minute with a low drive from Scott Brown’s pass.

There was hope for Annan when Blair Henderson pulled one back in the 64th minute with a close-range diving header from Rabin Omar’s cross.

However, McLean restored Peterhead’s two-goal cushion from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute after James Creaney was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.

But the hosts would not lie down and Henderson got his second of the night with an immediate reply to set up a nervy ending.

Peterhead, looking to cut Montrose’s lead to three points, were unable to hold out as Peter Watson headed in the equaliser with six minutes remaining to round off a high-scoring contest.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Annan Athletic 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon miss chance to pressurise leaders Montrose
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