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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

 

EDINBURGH CITY 0-3 PETERHEAD

It has been a couple of happy away days for Peterhead, who followed up on their demolition of Cowdenbeath with a commanding win against Edinburgh City at Ainslie Park.

In a first-ever meeting between the teams, the Blue Toon, who brought back Jack Leitch in place of the rested Simon Ferry, were ahead at the interval.

Central defender Jason Brown made the breakthrough with his second goal for the club in the 21st minute.

Russell McLean, after recovering from a foot injury, came on as a second half substitute and the big striker gave the visitors a two-goal cushion with eight minutes remaining.

Moments later, Scott Brown, for the second game in a row, put the seal on the victory as an efficient Peterhead climbed a place to second in the table.

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Edinburgh City 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Capital gains for Blue Toon after win moves them to second spot

COWDENBEATH 0-4 PETERHEAD

 

Peterhead moved up to third in League 2 with an impressive victory at Cowdenbeath, who slipped to the bottom of the table.

A ruthless display of finishing saw the Blue Toon take a three goal lead into the interval and they added another after the break.

Boss Jim McInally was able to field a strong starting line-up with Rory McAllister and Jamie Stevenson shrugging off injuries to declare themselves fit.

Cowdenbeath included former Blue Toon defender Scott Rumsby in their team.

Following a sixth minute free-kick, Allan Smith notched from close range and the same player netted again from six yards in the 19th minute.

The visitors were certainly in the mood and Willie Gibson added a third with a shot from inside the box in the 22nd minute.

WIth the points as good as in the bag, Peterhead managed a fourth goal in the 77th minute when Scott Brown got in on the scoring act.

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Cowdenbeath 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 4
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Peterhead climb to third with thumping victory

 

PETERHEAD 1-1 MONTROSE
By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead outplayed Montrose but their lack of height and strength in comparison with their opponents proved pivotal.

After Jack Leitch had given the Balmoor team a fully deserved lead with a glorious goal, the visitors levelled deep in stoppage time from a set-piece.

Chris Templeman peeled off Willie Gibson, Peterhead's top performer, to score with a header from Martyn Fotheringham's corner.

There was only ever going to be one winner in the Templeman v Gibson contest from a dead ball delivery but in fairness to Jim McInally's men, there were powerhouses aplenty to pick up.

The Blue Toon's giant striker Russell McLean was designated to mark Templeman but he came off injured early in the second half.

It was still a good delivery and a fine header but that did not make it any easier for Peterhead, particularly as they never looked like conceding from open play.

The home team impressed, especially in the first half, and Montrose were fortunate not to trail by a couple of goals early on.

Rory McAllister rattled the crossbar with a cracking left foot shot from the edge of the penalty area in the sixth minute, just before McLean sent a free header wide from Gibson's cross.

Jason Brown then looped a header just over, before McLean forced Allan Fleming into a smart save from another Gibson centre.

Montrose did very well to get to half time level pegging and they continued to ride their luck in the second period as McAllister prodded wide from substitute Nicky Riley's pass.

Peterhead were finally rewarded for their play and pressure in the 71st minute through a stunning Leitch strike.

Gibson's free-kick was only partially cleared by the visitors and when the ball broke out to the former Airdrie midfielder, he hit a first-time shot from 20 yards into the top corner of the net.

Given that the Gable Endies had offered next to nothing, Peterhead would have felt confident of finishing off the job.

McInally later admitted he faced a dilemma, sacrifice forward-thinking creative players in order to bulk up his backline or go with the flow and seek a second?

He opted for the latter, not that he had too many options from the bench in terms of physicality.

Anyway, Montrose got their goal, which maintained their unbeaten start, but it was very tough on the Blue Toon.

                   

                            Fleming
S.Brown Jas.Brown Robertson McIlduff
                  Gibson Ferry Leitch
             McLean McAllister Smith

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Montrose 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Montrose maintain unbeaten start after injury-time goal wipes out Leitch stunner
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