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ELGIN 0-2 PETERHEAD

Rory McAllister’s double at Elgin gave Peterhead their third straight win in League 2 to consolidate third spot and stay three points behind leaders Stirling Albion.

The Blue Toon travelled to Moray having already defeated the Black and Whites twice this season, without conceding a goal, in the Betfred Cup and the league.

The Balmoor men were without skipper David McCracken so Allan Smith came into the team with midfielder Scott Brown slotting back into the defence.

McAllister, wearing the captain’s armband, kept up his rich vein of form by opening the scoring in the 24th minute with a shot from inside the penalty area, which found the bottom corner.

Elgin, whose new boss Gavin Price was named Manager of the Month for October prior to the fixture, tried to find a route back into the match.

However, McAllister got his and Peterhead’s second in the 71st minute by beating Marc Waters to the ball before bundling it in.

That was the Blue Toon frontman’s ninth goal in his last four outings and his 16th so far this season in all competitions.

 

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  • Home Team Elgin 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Third straight League 2 win for in-form Blue Toon

 

PETERHEAD 1-0 ANNAN
By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead had the woodwork as much as Rory McAllister to thank for their latest win over Annan at Balmoor.

McAllister’s sublime free-kick just before half-time separated the sides in a match spoiled by the wind.

But Annan, who had already lost twice to Jim McInally’s men this term, should not have been beaten after hitting the crossbar in the first period and the post twice near the end.

Peterhead were just grateful they were able to hang on, particularly with League 2 leaders Stirling Albion slipping up at home to Stenhousemuir.

Without forcing Jim Atkinson into any saves early on, the Blue Toon saw plenty of the ball and Jack Leitch hit a 12 yard shot, which was deflected behind for a corner.

But it was Annan, who should have opened the scoring in the 31st minute. Greg Fleming pulled off a smart stop to deny Daniel Orsi, who found space at the back post.

From the resutling corner, Peter Watson looped a header on to the crossbar and when Steven Swinglehurst tried to force in the rebound, Scott Brown cleared off the line.

Peterhead somehow survived that scare and they took a lead into the interval thanks to McAllister’s stunning strike.

Orsi brought down Willie Gibson 25 yards out and McAllister did the rest, curling his effort up and over the wall and into the top corner.

When the Blue Toon were awarded another free-kick 10 minutes into the second half, the striker opted for power rather than precision but, this time, Atkinson made a decent save.

McAllister will feel he ought to have done better in the 74th minute when he blazed over the crossbar after peeling off at the far post to collect a dangerous Scott Brown cross.

Annan were never out of it and they came alive in the closing stages with Aidan Smith sliding a low shot from the right side of the box just wide of the target.

Peter Murphy’s men thought they had levelled in the 84th minute when Owen Moxon let rip wtih a well-struck drive from 22 yards, which rattled the upright.

Peterhead got lucky again in the last minute, Blair Henderson sneaking the ball past Fleming but it came back off the post.

Two big breaks for the hosts, who did pass up a stoppage time chance of their own, Nicky Riley setting up fellow substitute Jordon Brown.

The fit-again former Aberdeen midfielder missed the target but one goal proved sufficient. Just.

 

                              Fleming
Jas.Brown Robertson McCracken McIlduff
             Gibson Ferry Brown Leitch
                     McLean McAllister

 

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  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Annan 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Peterhead claim vital victory at blustery Balmoor

 

CLYDE 1-4 PETERHEAD

A third away win in a row saw ruthless Peterhead defeat Clyde at Broadwood in League 2.

The teams were level at the break but the Blue Toon turned on the style in the second period by scoring three times in a nine minute spell.

That made for a happy return to Cumbernauld for Jim McInally’s men, who were back there for the first time since their title triumph in 2014.

However, they did not make the best of starts after falling behind in the 10th minute.

Smart Osadolor saw a shot saved by Greg Fleming but Darren Ramsay was on hand to sweep in the rebound.

But Peterhead restored parity in the 28th minute when Allan Smith was able to get on the end of a cross to beat Blair Currie.

The second half certainly belonged to the Blue Toon and Jack Leitch fired them in front in the 65th minute with a shot from inside the penalty area.

A stunning goal from Russell McLean two minutes later gave the visitors a cushion, the striker’s effort from distance giving Currie absolutely no chance.

Rory McAllister put the seal on the victory in the 74th minute, netting with a rising shot after Currie had parried out a crossed ball.

The three points moved Peterhead up a place to third in the table, above Stenhousemuir, who were beaten at Elgin.

 

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Clyde 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 4
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon score three in nine minutes at Broadwood

 

PETERHEAD 9-0 COLVILLE PARK
By Glenn Moir

 

Rory McAllister scores five in a cup tie? We’ve heard that one before.

Last time, it was Championship side Falkirk who suffered. This time, it was amateur outfit Colville Park.

The Motherwell-based players gave their lot at Balmoor but it was still hard not to feel some sympathy for them as fitness and ability told long before half time.

Peterhead went on to score nine in the Scottish Cup second round tie and boss Jim McInally later admitted he wanted a 10th goal.

The Balmoor manager will just hope the emphatic result will gave his team confidence for the much, much tougher games that lie ahead.

Once the first goal went in after 14 minutes, the writing was on the wall for Colville. Jamie Stevenson’s free-kick was poorly defended and Jason Brown forced the ball in from six yards.

Regardless of the gulf in class, Peterhead’s second in the 22nd minute was to be admired. A slick move saw Scott Brown feeding Allan Smith, whose diagonal ball found McAllister. His driven cross was then swept in by the sliding Jack Leitch.

In the 36th minute, McAllister netted his first of three quick-fire goals before half time with a fine lobbed effort from just outside the box.

Moments later, Colville keeper David Tait did not look comfortable coming for Stevenson’s cross, clattering into a team-mate, as McAllister picked up the pieces to stroke the ball in from eight yards.

The Blue Toon striker converted a penalty just before the break after Scott Brown was chopped down by Lance Pearce. Referee Lorraine Watson, who recently took charge of her first senior men’s game, was right to point to the spot.

After a brief bit of respite for the visitors early in the second half, an own goal from Gary Currie in the 58th minute gave Peterhead the impetus to got on and score more.

Colville’s mistakes were made from tired legs and minds as Liam Cusack brought down Stevenson, who, due to the space in front of him, played like the winger he used to be rather than a full-back. McAllister did the rest from the spot to make it seven in the 74th minute.

Three minutes later, Scott Brown found the bottom corner with a low 20 yard shot, which gave Tait no chance and McAllister latched on to Stevenson’s pass to complete the rout in added time.

McAllister, after five games without a goal, headed home happy. No doubt his mum, the keeper of his match balls, was chuffed as well.

Talking of goalscorers, Lewis Vaughan, who recently scored in 11 games in a row, will visit Balmoor next month because Peterhead have been drawn to play Raith Rovers in round three.

  

                              Fleming

Stevenson Jas.Brown McCracken McIlduff

            Leitch Ferry S.Brown Gibson

                   Smith         McAllister

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 9
  • Away Team Colville Park 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon stroll through to Scottish Cup round three

 

INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE 3-0 PETERHEAD

 

Peterhead’s hopes of a quarter final appearance in the IRN-BRU Cup were ended by Inverness Caley Thistle, who won comfortably in the Highlands.

The Blue Toon’s game-plan to frustrate and keep their opponents quiet was ripped up after just 90 seconds.

Liam Polworth smashed a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area into the bottom corner of the net via a deflection.

Peterhead tried to come up with a reply, Rory McAllister going close with an overhead kick against his former club and Jamie Stevenson stinging the palms of Owain Fon Williams.

The visitors were still very much alive in the tie until they conceded again six minutes into the second half.

Polworth went from scorer to provider as he laid on Riccardo Calder, who slipped the ball past Greg Fleming from 10 yards.

There was no way back for Jim McInally’s 2015/16 finalists, who shipped a third goal in stoppage time. Youngster Daniel McKay sent a header beyond Fleming to score on his debut.

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Inverness Caley Thistle 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Championship side win 3-0 in Inverness

 

PETERHEAD 0-2 BERWICK RANGERS

By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead did not wear their traditional blue shirts against Berwick and they were certainly off colour as the Borderers claimed the points at Balmoor.

It was flat from both teams for most of the match, although the Blue Toon did look likeliest to make the breakthrough.

However, conceding a 74th minute goal from a set-play for the second home game in a row did not amuse boss Jim McInally, whose team then shipped a killer second in the closing stages.

Barring a double save from Greg Fleming in the 29th minute to deny Aaron Murrell, there was not too much for Peterhead to be concerned about.

In fact, the hosts were denied an interval lead by the woodwork as Mason Robertson rattled the crossbar with an eight yard header from Willie Gibson's cross three minutes before the break.

The match was still deadlocked after an incredible miss from Blue Toon midfielder Jack Leitch on the hour mark. Jamie Stevenson played in the surging Aidan McIlduff, who rolled the ball across goal for Leitch but from just two yards out, the former Airdrie player somehow spooned the ball over the crossbar.

It was a real shocker but as Peterhead began to probe, there was a sense that the Berwick backline could be breached..

Stevenson drew a great save from Bobby McCrorie when he collected a Gibson pass and curled a left foot shot, which was sneaking inside the far corner until the visiting goalkeeper superbly tipped the ball behind for a corner.

Berwick boss Robbie Horn, who played in an infamous 9-2 drubbing at Balmoor in 2008, would probably have accepted a point as the clock began to tick down.

However, his team went ahead from a free-kick, which the hosts failed to deal with. Chris McDonald clipped the ball into the box and Oliver Fleming took advantage of slackness from Scott Brown to prod in from close range at the far post.

The Black & Golds made sure of the points with seven minutes remaining as Peterhead, pushing for a leveller, were caught on the break from their own corner and Michael McKenna rounded Fleming before steering his shot in off the underside of the crossbar.

 

                              Fleming

Stevenson Jas.Brown Robertson McIlduff

            Gibson Ferry S.Brown Leitch

                       Smith McAllister

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 0
  • Away Team Berwick Rangers 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Loss
  • Banner Sub Title Second half goals prove costly for Peterhead
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