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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

STIRLING ALBION 0-1 PETERHEAD

Red-hot Rory McAllister was on the scoresheet again as Peterhead defeated League 2 title rivals Stirling Albion to climb to the top of the table.

McAllister, Scotland’s leading marksman for the season so far, notched four minutes before half time with a deflected effort, which proved decisive.

Victory at Forthbank saw the Blue Toon leapfrog the Binos and edge above Montrose on goal difference.

Jim McInally’s team began brightly and Mason Robertson sent an early header wide of the target before McAllister did likewise soon after.

Stirling survived a scare in the 26th minute when Jack Leitch prodded towards goal but the home defence managed to scramble the ball off the line.

The Blue Toon, however, made the breakthrough in the 41st minute as McAllister claimed his 14th goal from his last eight outings .

The striker’s shot from the corner of the penalty area hit a home defender and the ball looped up and over goalkeeper Cammy Binnie for his 21st goal of the campaign.

Jason Brown was denied by the woodwork in the 52nd minute, the big defender rattling the crossbar with a header from Willie Gibson’s corner.

Stirling’s hopes of finding an equaliser were hindered by the dismissal of Andy Black with 15 minutes remaining. The midfielder was red carded for a high tackle on Gibson.

Substitute Jordon Brown saw a header saved as the match entered the latter stages but one goal was enough for Peterhead to lead the table for the first time this season.

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  • Home Team Stirling Albion 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Striker’s deflected first half goal proves decisive

PETERHEAD 3-0 EDINBURGH CITY

Peterhead capitalised on their extra man to defeat Edinburgh City at Balmoor and continue their fine form.

Rory McAllister took his scoring tally to 20 for the season by bagging a double while Jordon Brown came off the bench to net for the second game in a row.

All that after Chris McKee was red carded for the visitors, who gave a decent account of themselves, particularly in the first half.

McKee, two minutes after the interval, pulled down McAllister when the striker was clean through on goal.  The spot=kick was dispatched by the Blue Toon top scorer and from there, the game was much more straightforward for Jim McInally's men.

McAllister will feel he should have added another in the 63rd minute when he intercepted a short backpass from Craig Beattie. The 30 year old opted to try and clip the ball over Calum Antell but the visiting goalkeeper read his mind and made the save..

That was the second one-on-one opportunity that McAllister had passed up, having done so in the first period as well, but he was clinical in the 72nd minute, stabbing home from close range to put Peterhead two-up.

Moments later, Brown got in on the scoring act, picking up the pieces after Jack Leitch's shot broke the way of the substitute six yards out.

There were further chances in the closing stages but this was a good day for the Aberdeenshire team, with the top two, Montrose and Stirling Albion, failing to win their games.

It means that victory over Stirling on Tuesday would see the Blue Toon become the new league leaders.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Edinburgh City 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon close in on League 2 summit after Balmoor victory

 

PETERHEAD 3-0 RAITH ROVERS
By Glenn Moir

 

Part-time versus full-time, League 2 up against League 1.

It might have pointed to an away win before kick off.

But given Peterhead’s excellent home record in the knock-out competitions, it was not a big surprise that they dumped Raith Rovers out of the Scottish Cup.

The Blue Toon made it five out of five at Balmoor this season, with a commanding and fully-deserved 3-0 win.

Jordon Brown scored his first goal of an injury-hit campaign with a superb header before Rory McAllister helped himself to a double.

This was after Peterhead had dominated the first period, aided by the wind, racking up 10 corners, some of which resulted in headers missing the target.

Greg Fleming did have one important save to make just after the re-start, foiling Jonathon Court from close range after Liam Buchanan’s initial shot was blocked.

But that was the only uncomfortable moment from a home perspective and when Jim McInally’s men did make the breakthrough in the 55th minute, a home win seemed inevitable.

Jamie Stevenson clipped in a cross from the right and Brown, on as a first half sub for the injured Simon Ferry, rose eight yards out to nod past former team-mate Graeme Smith.

Two minutes later, Brown picked out McAllister, who got in behind the Raith defence to bury a shot inside the far post.

There were further opportunities for the hosts to extend their lead with the front two, Russell McLean and McAllister, a constant threat and the latter netted a sublime solo effort with five minutes remaining.

Peterhead broke rapidly from a corner and McAllister ran from the half-way line down the left channel. There were options for the striker to pass but he opted to go alone, skipping past Jamie Watson and smashing an angled left foot drive into the top corner.

The Blue Toon safely into round four and they will learn their next opponents on Monday.

 

                             Fleming
Ja.Brown Robertson McCracken McIlduff
        Stevenson Gibson Ferry Leitch
                  McLean McAllister

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 3
  • Away Team Raith Rovers 0
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Blue Toon score three second half goals in impressive win
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