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PETERHEAD 2-3 DUMBARTON
By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead bowed out of the Scottish Cup but only after giving Championship side Dumbarton a major scare at Balmoor.

The Sons had to withstand plenty of pressure in the second half and had their goalkeeper Scott Gallacher to thank for booking their place in round five.

The outcome was tough on Jim McInally’s men, who never, at any stage, looked beaten despite falling behind twice in a gripping contest.

Calum Gallagher gave the visitors the lead in the 11th minute after Greg Fleming fumbled Dougie Hill’s free-kick.

Peterhead claimed their goalkeeper had been fouled but referee Gavin Ross did not whistle, which was a rarity in this tie, and Gallagher swept into an unguarded net.

The hosts pulled themselves level, however, in the 31st minute with Jason Brown getting on the scoresheet for the eighth time this season.

The big defender notched from close range after good work from Mason Robertson, following Willie Gibson’s free-kick.

The teams went in level at half-time, which was just about right, but Russell McLean passed up a golden opportunity four minutes into the second half to put Peterhead in the driving seat.

McLean got the better of Andy Dowie but after homing in on goal, he failed to beat Gallacher, who pulled off a smart save.

From there, Dumbarton scored twice in quick succession to take maximum advantage of the reprieve.

Iain Russell picked out Gallagher, who slotted past Fleming in the 53rd minute to claim his second of the night.

Before Peterhead could react, Stephen Aitken’s side scored again four minutes later with Russell sending a six yard header into the net from David Wilson’s corner.

The Blue Toon certainly did not throw in the towel though.

Rory McAllister, who was on the bench due to family reasons, was immediately introduced and came within inches of an instant reply.

Even though the clock ticked down, the tie was from far dead especially after Robertson reduced the arrears with seven minutes remaining.  Gibson’s inswinging free-kick was expertly taken and Robertson was able to glance a header inside the far post.  

It was attack versus defence as Dumbarton desperately tried to cling on and Gallacher pulled off a stunning stop with seconds left to finger-tip David McCracken’s goalbound header over the crossbar.

In the end, Peterhead ran out of time rather than steam but this was still a great effort against opponents from two leagues above.

 

                                  Fleming

           Robertson McCracken Jas.Brown 

   Stevenson S.Brown Ferry Gibson McIlduff

                                   Leitch

                                  McLean

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Dumbarton 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Frustrating fourth round exit for brave Blue Toon

PETERHEAD 4-3 STIRLING ALBION
By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead boss Jim McInally labelled his team’s latest win as their best of the season so far, after the Blue Toon edged out Stirling Albion at blowy Balmoor.

Given the windy conditions and the way the game panned out, he was probably right.

Playing with a gale behind them in the first half, the Blue Toon would have wanted to build up some kind of lead.

Instead four goals were shared and it should have been advantage to the Binos after the break.

But McInally’s men restricted Stirling to few chances in the second half and scored another couple of their own.

It was a bizarre contest right from the off, with Rory McAllister trying an audacious attempt from the kick-off and his 50 yard deflected effort went just over.

From the resulting corner, Willie Gibson’s inswinging delivery deceived Cameron Binnie and went straight into the net.

Their lead did not last long with Stirling drawing level in the sixth minute when Willie Robertson prodded in from close range at the back post.

Back came Peterhead after McAllister won and converted a penalty to restore the home team’s advantage in the 23rd minute. Former Blue Toon defender Ross Smith got too close to the striker, who drew the foul and sent Binnie the wrong way from the spot.

How the visitors’ second equaliser came about in the 32nd minute was a right shambles. A Mason and Jason mix-up saw Robertson’s attempted clearance hit off Brown and Darren Smith rolled the loose ball into the net.

“Wind of Change” was belted out by the Public Address Announcer at half time and that should have been music to the ears of Stirling for the second period.

It was the turn of Dave Mackay’s side to have the benefit of the conditions and they would have gone in front 11 minutes after the restart had it not been for a fine save from Greg Fleming, who flung himself to his right to beat away Ross Kavanagh’s goalbound header.

At this point, Peterhead introduced Russell McLean from the bench and the teenager’s contribution was tremendous and telling.

The 19 year old scored twice in four minutes to effectively hand the hosts the points.

In the 68th minute, McLean brought down Simon Ferry’s cross to lash an angled drive inside the far corner and, before Stirling had time to recover, he banged in another, this time from McAllister’s pick-out, displaying great composure and ability to beat his marker and sidefoot past Binnie.

Stirling did pull a goal back deep in stoppage time, Smith profiting on David McCracken’s misjudgement to claim his second of the afternoon, but Peterhead had done enough to chalk-up an eighth straight victory in all competitions.

 

                              Fleming
Jas.Brown Robertson McCracken McIlduff
                Stevenson Ferry Gibson
         Jo.Brown                       Leitch
                            McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 4
  • Away Team Stirling Albion 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Stirling lose 4-3 as Blue Toon make it eight in a row

STENHOUSEMUIR 1-4 PETERHEAD

In-form Peterhead ended their wretched record against Stenhousemuir by rallying from a goal behind to continue their excellent run in League 2.

Rory McAllister scored twice more to take his terrific tally to 26 for the season before Mason Robertson and Russell McLean notched.

The victory shifted the Blue Toon eight points clear of third-placed Stenny and still within a point of current leaders Montrose.

It was not the best of starts for the visitors at Ochilview, Robertson penalised for a 28th minute foul on Alan Cook and Mark McGuigan tucked away the spot-kick.

Stenny would have hoped to get to half-time ahead but they conceded a penalty of their own seconds before the interval when McGuigan upended Jason Brown and McAllister did the rest from 12 yards.

McAllister caught the Warriors freezing cold right at the start of the second period, the prolific marksman lashing a left-foot shot beyond Chris Smith.

It was quite a turnaround for Peterhead, who netted again in the 72nd minute through Robertson’s close-range header from WIllie Gibson’s corner.

Substitute Russell McLean, who came on for Allan Smith near the end of the first half, guided home a header with 10 minutes left to put the seal on a sixth straight league victory.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Stenhousemuir 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 4
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Four more for red-hot Blue Toon as purple patch continues

PETERHEAD 7-0 ELGIN CITY

A stunning second half display saw Peterhead rip Elgin apart and start the New Year with a resounding bang.

The Blue Toon took a slender one goal lead into the interval but the Borough Briggs team completely imploded after the break as Jim McInally’s men added six more.

Rory McAllister began the rout from a 27th minute free-kick but it was not until Jordon Brown netted in the 54th minute that the floodgates opened.

Substitute Nicky Riley added a third in the 65th minute before Jamie Stevenson flighted in a free-kick six minutes later.

Stevenson scored again in the 76th minute and then Mason Robertson claimed Peterhead’s sixth in the 84th minute.

Russell McLean, who came off the bench, tapped in with three minutes remaining to round off Elgin’s misery.

The emphatic home victory came just days after the Blue Toon hit League 2 title rivals Montrose for six at Links Park.

With Montrose forced to settle for a draw against Cowdenbeath, it means Peterhead, who still have two games in hand, have managed to whittle down the Gable Endies’ advantage at the top to just a point.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 7
  • Away Team Elgin City 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Elgin suffer Balmoor beating as Peterhead win big again

MONTROSE 2-6 PETERHEAD

Relentless Peterhead turned on the style to register an emphatic win at League 2 title rivals Montrose, who saw their 10-match unbeaten run abruptly ended.

In front of a crowd of just under 1,000, the Blue Toon took a lead into the interval thanks to Jason Brown’s double and Jim McInally’s men scored four more goals in the second half.

Brown headed the visitors in front in the fifth minute and he was on hand from six yards to slam home his and Peterhead’s second in the 17th minute.

Montrose could have fallen further behind before they gave themselves a lifeline in the 41st minute, Sean Dillon nodding in an Iain Campbell corner to reduce the deficit.

However, Stewart Petrie’s team failed to exert any more pressure on Peterhead, who scored twice in quick succession early in the second half to effectively kill the contest.

The second period was barely a couple of minutes old when Allan Smith netted with a close-range finish and that was followed by Mason Robertson’s goal five minutes later.

Willie Gibson then got in on the scoring act with a well-taken 58th minute free-kick before a delightful Rory McAllister volley from Jamie Stevenson’s 69th minute pick-out made it six.

Shellshocked Montrose just wanted to hear the final whistle, although Kerr Hay did manage a consolation strike for the Gable Endies with 15 minutes remaining.

Aaron Norris was then introduced from the bench for his maiden Peterhead appearance as the Balmoor team moved to within three points of their opponents and still with two games in hand.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Montrose 2
  • Away Team Peterhead 6
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon close to within three points and with games in hand

PETERHEAD 3-2 COWDENBEATH
By Glenn Moir

 

There is nothing quite like a late winner to send the fans home happy.

Jordon Brown netted with seconds remaining to give Peterhead a vital victory against bottom of the table Cowdenbeath.

For long spells, there appeared to be a rustiness in the Blue Toon’s play, which was perhaps understandable after a fortnight’s inactivity.

But the supporters will not care one jot about what was served up during the 90 minutes after their team snatched the points at the death.

In all honesty, even though five goals were scored at Balmoor, this was far from a Christmas cracker.

Cowdenbeath were better than their league position suggested and were worthy of their first half lead.

After going very close through Cameron Muirhead in the 31st minute, the young striker made the breakthrough moments later.

Robbie Buchanan got in behind the home defence and squared for the 19 year old to tap home from close range.

Russell McLean wasted a chance to equalise immediately when he latched on to Simon Ferry’s pass but failed to beat the alert David McGurn, and then Rory McAllister had a strong claim for a penalty turned down after he was wrestled to the ground by Jamie Pyper.

However, two Peterhead goals in quick succession, at the start of the second half, stunned the visitors.

McAllister guided a neat header past McGurn from Jamie Stevenson’s cross in the 48th minute before Jason Brown slotted in David McCracken’s knockdown in the 53rd minute.

The referee had barely sketched the score in his notebook when Gary Bollan’s men replied straight away, Buchanan running on to Bradley Smith’s pass and rolling the ball into an empty net after rounding Greg Fleming.

In a bid to regain the initiative and the lead, Nicky Riley and Paul Cairney were both introduced from the Blue Toon bench but it was another substitute, Jordon Brown, who was the eventual hero.

This was after Buchanan was shown a straight red card for violent conduct in the 87th minute, for allegedly directing an elbow in Willie Gibson’s direction.

Cowdenbeath were unable to hang on with a man down, as Brown tucked away McAllister’s stoppage-time set-up to net for the third home game in a row and keep Peterhead tucked in behind their next opponents, Montrose.

 

                            Fleming

      Jas.Brown McCracken Robertson

Stevenson Gibson Ferry Leitch McIlduff

                   McLean McAllister

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Cowdenbeath 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon not at their best but grind out another win
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