SEASON 2014/2015

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Peterhead 0

Aberdeen   1

Sun 06 Jul 2014

Derek McInnes’s Scottish League Cup winning Dons side left Balmoor with a 1-0 victory from this afternoon’s friendly match.

Lawrence Shankland bagged the only goal of the game midway through the second period but despite their defeat, Blue Toon boss Jim McInally said he was pleased his players were able to improve their match fitness.

 

Peterhead             2

East Stirlingshire 2

Sat 19 Jul 2014

Blue Toon share the spoils in 2-2 friendly with Shire.

Peterhead FC drew 2-2 away to East Stirlingshire yesterday. Andy Rodgers netted both goals for the Blue Toon in a friendly tie against Craig Tully’s new side.

The striker opened the scoring with a curling shot before launching his side two goals into the lead from the penalty spot.

The referee had pointed to the spot after Jordon Brown was brought down rounding the Shire keeper.

Poor discipline cost Peterhead at the other end but once again manager Jim McInally stressed the performance was more important than the final scoreline.

McInally said: “We went two up quite early and to be quite honest it could have been four or five, the way we were playing.

“We played some unbelievable stuff. Andy Rodgers scored an out of this world goal and after Andy put in Jordon, Jordon was brought down in the box and Andy scored the penalty.

“We did some really good stuff in the first half then gave away a really sloppy goal with Sharpie being caught trying to head a ball back to Graeme Smith.

“I wouldn’t have termed it the ‘first team’ or ‘starting XI’ and after we made all our changes the last half and hour was really poor.”

“Enough’s enough now, let’s get started with the season.

 

 

Peterhead 3

Montrose  0

Sat 26 Jul 2014

Peterhead demolish Montrose in Challenge Cup first round

In this afternoon’s Petrofac Training Cup first round, Peterhead FC demolished former League Two rivals Montrose 3-0.

The Blue Toon’s triple-threat strike force of Andy Rodgers, Rory McAllister and new signing Jamie Stevenson netted one goal apiece in a blistering first 27 minutes before Jim McInally’s side closed the game out.

The Gable Endies cause was not helped when Graham Webster and Gary Wood were both shown straight red cards either side of the interval.

 

 

Peterhead               1

Greenock Morton 2

Sat 23 Aug 2014

Blue Toon boss Jim McInally was left ruing spurned chances and Rory McAllister’s late red card as Peterhead slumped to a 2-1 defeat against his former charges, Greenock Morton.

Morton’s Stefan Milojevic poked the visitors in front moments after the break when he latched onto a Joe McKee cross.

But the Serbian defender quickly spoiled the party for Morton, catching Andy Rodgers on the edge of the box and conceding a penalty which Rory McAllister coolly dispatched.

The star striker saw red late on for two bookable offences before Thomas O’Ware broke Peterhead hearts with a late winner.

 

 

Peterhead    1

Brechin City 1

Sat 30 Aug 2014

Substitute Jordan Brown rescued a point for Peterhead by scoring four minutes from time in a draw with Brechin City.

Brechin earned a penalty just before the break, but Andrew Jackson could not convert.

The Glebe Park men eventually broke the deadlock at the start of the second period thanks to Paul McLean’s instinctive finish.

Despite their dominance, City could not hang on as Brown nodded in a late equaliser from Graeme Sharp’s cross.

 

 

Peterhead 0

Livingston  1

Sat 06 Sep 2014

A late strike from Livingston’s Myles Hippolyte denied Peterhead a famous Quarter Final victory in the Petrofac Training Cup.

The Balmoor side went toe to toe with John McGlyn’s Livingston squad in a breathless first half and despite allowing the visitors the better of the early chances – Gary Glen threatened twice – were pleased to reach the break level.

The second period was lacklustre from both teams until Jim McInally introduced forwards David Cox and Andy Rodgers into the fray.

The usually deadly Rory McAllister was hauled off after picking up a yellow card and it fell to two subsitutes to grab the headlines.

With the game deep into extra time, Hippolyte’s strike finally broke down Peterhead’s resilient back line in the 113th minute.

Rodgers then saw red for erupting at referee Brian Colvin when the official failed to spot a clear indirect free kick for the Blue Toon inside the Livingston penalty box.

 

 

Forfar Athletic 1

Peterhead        0

Sat 13 Sep 2014

It was a disappointing afternoon for the Blue Toon as Danny Denholm’s left-footed strike proved enough to seperate the two League One outfits.

Forfar 24-year-old winger netted just before half-time but despite a energetic 45 minutes from Peterhead after the break, the game ended 1-0.

Dale Hilson, Stephen Husband and Gavin Swankie all threatened for the Station Park side in the first half before Jamie Redman brought a good safe from former-Celtic stopper Rab Douglas.

After the match Blue Toon boss Jim McInally said: “I was disappointed because in the first-half it looked like we wanted to take a look at our opponents and it cost us.

“I don’t often have a go at half-time but I did this time – you can’t play against players like Swankie and Husband like that. We just never got close to them.”

Peterhead: Smith, Smith (Cox – 71′), Ross (Strachan – 57′), Donaldson, Noble, Sharp, Stevenson, Redman, Cowie, Rodgers (Gilfillan – 78′), McAllister. Subs: Cox, Brown, Gilfillan, Strachan, McCann, Richardson, Jarvie.

Forfar: Douglas, Dods, Dunlop, Malcolm, Baxter, Kader (Smith – 82′), Husband (Dale – 56′), Denholm (Paterson – 91′), Young, Swankie, Hilson. Subs: Paterson, Dale, Malin, Smith, Keiller, McLellan, Salmon.

Dunfermline Athletic 3

Peterhead                     0

Sat 27 Sep 2014

The 3-0 scoreline from Peterhead’s visit to East End Park told far less than half the story from what was a bad-blooded affair.

It was three first half red cards rather than three second half goals which proved to be the talking points.

Peterhead FC bore the brunt of referee Greg Aitken’s wrath during Saturday’s game, with all three of Jamie Redman, Steven Noble and Jordon Brown sent off.

This was the first time the two sides have ever met in league football and it is unlikely to be a game that is ever matched for its vitriol in the coming encounters.

Jamie Redman saw red after only 15 minutes for a challenge on Josh Falkingham deemed by the man in black as dangerous.

Captain and usually level-headed left back Steven Noble was sent for an early bath moments before the break for a tackle on Falkingham, later described by the Pars player as one he would ‘be proud of’. Jordon Brown was given his marching orders for a push in the ensuing brawl.

After the break the eight men of Peterhead stood tall for a quarter of an hour before Falkingham – again at the heart of the action – found the top corner.

Gozie Ugwu and James Thomas added to Blue Toon boss Jim McInally’s misery before the end but it should be said that those who remained on the park did an admirable job of limiting the talents of arguably this league’s top team.

Peterhead  2

Ayr United 0

Mon 06 Oct 2014

Saturday’s visit of Ayr United marked a return to form and deserved victory for Peterhead.

Goals from Stevenson and Strachan sealed the points as makeshift leftback Reece Donaldson and emergency loanee Nicky Riley put in starring performances.

It was perhaps no surpise however that club stalwart Graeme Sharp was chosen as man of the match, an honour to mark what may well have been his final appearance in Balmoor blue.

Graeme, who enjoyed a testimonial match this year in the wake of the historic League Two title in May, was given a standing ovation by the Balmoor faithful.

An exciting if goalless first half saw emergency loanee Nicky Riley denied a penalty early on and usually clinical Rory McAllister leave two chances going begging.

At the other end Ryan Donelley and Michael Donald had free headers from Ayr corners, but spurned their chances.

Following the break, Jamie Stevenson powered in a loose ball after McAllister was denied at close quarters by David Hutton.

Ryan Strachan fires the Blue Toon two goals to the good after a neat layoff from substitute Ryan McCann in the box. So far a clinical second-half performance from the boys in blue.

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Peterhead: Smith, Sharp, Donaldson, Smith, Ross, Strachan, Millar, Gilfillan, McAllister, Stevenson, Riley. Subs: Jarvie, Cox, McCann, Richardson, Rodgers.

Ayr: Hutton, Devlin, Donald, McLaughlin, McKinlay, Gilmour, Forrest, Beattie, Donelley, McGovern, Slane. Subs: Newman Shirkie, Crawford, Muir, McGill.

Peterhead      1

Airdrieonians 1

Sat 18 Oct 2014

A fine strike from Rory McAllister was cancelled out by a penalty from Keigan Parker. Penalty given after a clumsy challenge from Dean Richardson in the box. Captain for the day McAllister cautioned for dissent.

It finished all level at Balmoor after a breathless final five minutes. Plenty of chances at both ends as well as multiple penalty appeals. At the end of 90 minutes a goal apiece from McAllister and Keigan meant both sides left with a point.

Peterhead: Smith, Richardson, Smith, Ross, Donaldson, Cox, Strachan, Millar, Riley, McAllister, Stevenson. Subs: Tait, Deakin, Reid, Jarvie.

Airdrieonians: McNeil, O’Neil, Blockley, Gasparotto, Boyle, Gray, Fraser, Fitzpatrick, Watt, Lister, Parker. Subs: Bain, Prunty, Boyle, Stewart, Gerguson, Cadden, Haggerty.

 

 

 

Stranraer   5

Peterhead 0

Tue 28 Oct 2014

It was a traumatic midweek trip to Stair Park for Jim McInally’s squad as in-form Jamie Longworth scored a double to move Stranraer into fourth place.

Willie Gibson put Stranraer in front in the 20th minute with a top corner freekick before Longworth doubled the advantage after the break with a smart finish.

Chris Aitken struck from the penalty spot penalty after Ryan Strachan brought down Craig Malcolm.

Despite efforts from Jordon Brown, Rory McAllister and Jamie Redman, the late night clash finished an embarassing 5-0 to the home side.

Longworth and Stoney hit the net late on to seal three points and silence the small band of dedicated travelling Blue Toon supporters.

Stranraer: Mitchell, Gallagher, Rumsby, McKeown, Longridge, Winter, Stirling, Aitken, Gibson, Malcolm, Longworth. Subs: Stoney, Marenghi, Russell, Bell, Forde, Tobin, McCloskey.

Peterhead: Smith, Cox, Smith, Donaldson, Noble, Brown, Redman, Rodgers, Strachan, McAllister, Stevenson. Subs: Richardson, Lawrence, Jarvie.

 

 

 

Peterhead 0

Stranraer    1

Sat 01 Nov 2014

Peterhead 0 Stranraer 1

After a frenetic final ten minutes when tempers spilled over on and off the pitch, Stranraer left Balmoor as victors and progressed into the next round of the Scottish Cup.

Jamie Stevenson was been at the heart of everything good about Peterhead’s play. Despite several chances for McAllister and Stevenson though, it was level at the break.

Into the second half and Jamie Longworth – the midweek villain – swept home from the left side of the box and under Graeme Smith to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

Reece Donaldson sent off – perhaps harshly – for a challenge on Willie Gibson and Graeme Smith picked up a yellow in the ensuing melee.

Peterhead: Smith, Smith, Donaldson, Ross, Redman, Strachan, Stevenson, Millar, Noble, McAllister, Riley. Subs: Rodgers, Brown, Richardson, Gilfillan, Jarvie.

Stranraer: Mitchell, Gallagher, Rumsby, McKeown, Russell, WInter, Aitken, Bell, Gibson, Longworth, Malcolm. Subs: Stoney, Stirling, Longridge, Marenghi, Forde, Tobin, McCloskey.

 

 

Peterhead                     1

Dunfermline Athletic 1

Sat 08 Nov 2014

Peterhead 1 Dunfermline 1

Jamie Stevenson’s late equaliser in a thrilling final quarter of an hour rescued a point for the Blue Toon against Jim Jefferies’ full-time side.

There was a fantastic atmospher at Balmoor in a clash that was played in the shadow of the hugely controversial 3-0 Dunfermline victory last month.

Andry Rodgers – who earned himself a SFA ban for social media comments in the wake of that match – was heckled throughout the 90 mins despite starting on the bench.

Dunfermline drew first blood as El Bakhtaoui rose highest in the box to head past Smith in the Blue Toon goal.

The visitors went in a goal to the good at the break. Dunfermline bossed the opening exchanges and El Bakhtaoui capitalised with a cool header.

But Jim McInally’s men came into the match in the final ten minutes of the half to set up a more evenly matched second 45 minutes.

Summer signing Jamie Stevenson then sent the home crowd into raptures when Bryan Gilfillan headed Steven Noble’s in swinging freekick across the goal for the former Cowdenbeath man to nod home from two yards.

Peterhead: Smith, Kerr, Noble, Brown, Ross, Strachan, Millar, Redman, McAllister, Stevenson, Cox. Subs: Jarvie, Rodgers, Gilfillan, Richardson.

Dunfermline: Scully, Millen, Whittle, Urqhart, Buchanan, Geggan, El Bakhtaoui, Spence, Moffat, Forbers, Byrne. Subs: Goodfellow, Thomson, Stirling, Martin, Ugwu, Smith, WIlliamson.