SEASON 2015/2016

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Buckie Thistle 0

Peterhead        4

Mon 13 Jul 2015

Peterhead manager Jim McInally was delighted after seeing his side win their first pre-season friendly 4-0.

He said “It was our first game and a good workout. We got a lot from it, but the main thing is the fitness.

“The squad is shaping up and we’re not far away. We had a couple of trialists today and we’ll speak to them, and I hope to tie up a couple of loan signings this week.

“We might not have big numbers but I’ happy with what we’ve got. There’s a lot of quality there.”

In terms of the season ahead, McInally is setting his sights high.

“If you’re in something you have to try to win it,” he concluded. “If you come up short, that’s life, but I think we’re in a good place.”

The Blue Toon had opened the scoring just six minutes in. Trialist Leighton McIntosh sent a cross to the back post where Scot Adam sliding to turn home from eight yards.

It was 2-0 after 31 minutes when Scott Ross launched himself full length to head home Nicky Riley’s centre, and McIntosh found the bottom corner from 25 yards five minutes later.

Substitute Jordon Brown added the fourth with 15 minutes to go, as he slotted low past Burr after bursting through a tired Buckie defence.

BUCKIE TH: Burr, MacRae, Carrol, Wood, Mackinnon, Munro, Angus, Cheyne, Wyness, Low, Copeland. Subs: Taylor, Scott, Roddie, Stewart.

PETERHEAD: Smith, Strachan, Noble, Trialist, Ross, Dzierzawski, Adam, Redman, Trialist, Sutherland, Riley. Subs: McAllister, Rodgers, Brown, Blockley, Stevenson, Lawrence.

RANGERS        3

PETERHEAD   0

Mon 03 Aug 2015

The Blue Toon may have been defeated in their first trip to Ibrox since 2013 but left Glasgow with their heads held high. Jim McInally’s men made a valiant effort to take the game to a superior Rangers team who took advantage of the visitors’ ‘kamikaze’ last throw of the dice.

Both sides went into the game on the back of goal gluts against Brechin and Hibs respectively but it was the Gers who were able to keep up their form in front of goal, with strikes from David Templeton, Kenny Miller and man of the match James Travernier the difference.

The margin of victory could have been more if not for a series of stunning saves from former Ibrox stopper Graeme Smith.

McInally managed the Blue Toon during the 2012/13 campaign which saw the Light Blues drop to the fourth tier of Scottish football, and the Peterhead boss claimed four points in four clashes against McCoist’s men.

But the new-look Gers side proved more dangerous and McInally believes his opponents are now Premiership quality.

After the final whistle he said: “There’s no doubt they’ve improved. But if we’d sat the way we were sitting in the first half it could’ve finished 1-0. I didn’t think they exposed us in the first half.

“Graeme Smith had one or two good saves in the first half but in the second half he was fantastic and if it wasn’t for him it could’ve been another six like they got last week.”

The Balmoor boss praised the travelling Peterhead support, and explained his bold second-half strategy which saw the visitors finish the match with four strikers on the pitch.

He continued: “We certainly made it a more entertaining game for the supporters in the second half because of the kamikaze way we played but as Mark Warburton said, it was a pre-season game and that’s the way I’ll treat it.

“The game wasn’t going to be normal for us. Rangers are probably Premiership standard and it was always going to be tough.”

He added that the trip to Ibrox proved a “difficult day at the office” for his side.

Rangers had more of the ball in the first half but Peterhead’s organised play and impressive goalkeeping kept the tie at 0-0 until the 40th minute.

Then David Templeton side-footed past Smith to put the Light Blues into the lead. The visitors held on until half time before pushing forward in the second half.

In the 53rd minute McInally made the first change of the game, with Jamie Stevenson coming off to be replaced by new boy Leighton McIntosh who looked lively throughout.

The home side then paraded their strength in depth, swapping Nicky Law and goalscorer Templeton with Jason Holt and Ibrox hero Kenny Miller.

Jordon Brown took a knock and was replaced by summer signing Scott Ferris before Rangers’ impressive Barrie McKay made way for Nicky Clark.

Then the game turned when in the 75th minute Travernier crossed for Kenny Miller to jab the ball past Smith and into the bottom corner.

Once again the visitors pushed on and McInally threw on striker Andy Rodgers to replaced the fit-again Jamie Redman.

But the bold throw of the dice proved to no avail and left back Travernier sealed the result when he found himself in space on the right hand side of the box and curled around Smithy into the far corner.

Peterhead: Graeme Smith, Nathan Blockley, Steven Noble, Ryan Strachan, Scott Ross, Kevin Dzierzawski, Jamie Stevenson, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Shane Sutherland, Jordon Brown.

Subs: Paul Jarvie, Leighton McIntosh, Andy Rodgers, Scott Ferris, Scott Adams, Mark Lawrence, Ryan Baptie.

Rangers: Wes Foderingham, James, Tavernier, Rob Kiernan, Lee Wallace, Nicky Law, David Templeton, Andrew Halliday, Barrie McKay, Dean Shiels, Danny Wilson, Martyn Waghorn.

Subs: Liam Kelly, Kenny Miller, Nicky Clark, Fraser Aird, Jason Holt, Marius Zaliukas, Tom Walsh.

Referee: Greg Aitken

Peterhead             2

Stenhousemuir   2

Sat 08 Aug 2015

The Blue Toon were forced to battle back from a two-goal deficit after visiting Stenhousemuir opened their season with aplomb.

The Warriors took the lead only four minutes into the new campaign when Euan Murray headed home before Allan Smith doubled the advantage moments later.

Peterhead’s luck began to turn though when Stuart Malcolm was sent for an early bath for a second booking in the 50th minute.

Another silly challenge, this time from Jamie McCormack, gifted Rory McAllister an opportunity to open his account from the spot in the 61st minute. The hitman netted to half the deficit.

Then in the 74th minute Jordon Brown levelled the scoring, firing home from inside the box to claim a point for the Balmoor boys.

Peterhead: Smith, Blockley (Ferries 66′), Strachan, Gilchrist, Baptie (Rodgers 60′), Dzierzawski, Brown, Stevenson, Riley (McIntosh 75), McAllister, Sutherland. Subs: Redman, Adams, McIntosh, Ferries, Lawrence, Rodgers, Jarvie.

Stenhousemuir: Barclay, Meechan, Malcolm, Murray, Summers, Millar, Robertson, Stirling, Cook (Henderson 70′), McMenamin (McShane 89′), Smith (McCormack 54′). Subs: Henderson, McShane, Mazana-Martinez, McCormack, McCroary, Eddington.

Ref: George Salmond
Att: 530

 

 

 

 

Stranraer    0

Peterhead  4

Sat 15 Aug 2015

Jim McInally and the Blue Toon banished a dismal run of form against last season’s Scottish League One runners up Stranraer with victory at Stair Park.

Two goals from Rory McAllister put the visitors on top before Jordon Brown put the icing on the cake. Leighton McIntosh’s close range strike in the 80′ minute proved to be the cherry on top.

For the second week running, hitman Rory McAllister opened the scoring for Peterhead with a set piece goal. When Scott Rumsby brought McAllister down just outside the box in the 5th minute, the striker dusted himself off and netted with a low strike.

McAllister’s effort was all that separated the two sides going into the break after Peterhead and Stranraer both had a decent share of the ball.

It was in the 57th minute that the visitors pressed home their advantage. McAllister, on target yet again, doubled the Blue Toon’s lead with a right-footed shot into the net from a corner.

Then 20 minutes later Brown sealed all three points with a guided header, before substitute McIntosh once again impressed and bagged himself a share of the goal-scoring spoils.

Peterhead: Smith, Blockley, Strachan, Gilchrist, Brown, Dzierzawski, Stevenson, Redman, Riley, McAllister. Sutherland. Subs: Adams, McIntosh, Baptie, Ferries, Lawrence, Rodgers, Jarvie.

Stranraer: Brennan, Robertson, Rumsby, Keenan, Pettigrew, McGuigan, Thomson, Bell, Stirling, Malcolm, Longworth. Subs: Aitken, Cairney, McCloskey, Currie, McGill, Mair, Rowan.

Ref: Kevin Graham
Att: 328

Falkirk         3

Peterhead  5

Wed 19 Aug 2015

Falkirk 3-5 Peterhead

It was an astounding clash in the Petrofac Training Cup second round at the Falkirk Stadium as the Blue Toon’s talismanic frontman Rory McAllister scored five goals to win the tie.

Following an early penalty miss, the Bairns took the lead thanks to David Smith’s volleyed effort before Paul Watson put the home side two goals to the good within 20 minutes.

But then McAllister grabbed the Championship bull by the horns and netted three times before the break – the first a fine lob over Graham Bowman, the second an easy tap in, and the third a deft angled finish.

After the break normality was restored when Alex Cooper came of the bench to equalise for Falkirk – Scottish Cup finalists last season – and the merry band of travelling Blue Toon fans feared that the home side would plough on the win the game.

But McAllister had other ideas – not one to rest on his laurels and eager to steal the headlines, the 28-year-old stunned every spectator in the ground with a 40-yard strike to put his side in front again before Will Vaulks was booked for a clumsy challenge from a corner late on allowing McAllister to stroke home his fifth.

The Blue Toon hitman has now netted nine times in the first fivve games of this season – equalling his tally from last year, scored over a 36 game period.

Rory McAllister – take a bow.

Peterhead: Smith, Blockley, Ross, Strachan, Gilchrist, Stevenson, Redman, Dzierzawskie, Brown, McAllister, McIntosh. Subs: Sutherland, Riley, Adams, Ferries, Lawrence, Rodgers, Jarvie.

Falkirk: Muirhead, Watson, McCracken, Leahy, Alston, Taiwo, Vaulks, Smith, Miller, McHugh. Subs: Rogers, Baird, Grant, Cooper, Blair, Shepherd, Gallacher.

Ref: Brian Colvin

Att: 1,004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peterhead                     2

Dunfermline Athletic  1

Sat 22 Aug 2015

Peterhead made a couple of changes to the side which recorded a great victory against Falkirk with Nicky Riley and Shane Sutherland returning to the side with Scott Ross unavailable and Leighton McIntosh dropping to the bench. However Leighton was to appear in an unfamiliar right back role as Jamie Stevenson pulled up with a hamstring injury on the 20 minute mark.

On the 30th minute, the Peterhead fans favourite par Josh Falkingham barged into the back of Nicky Riley as he entered the penalty area to give referee Charlestown no option but to point to the penalty spot. Rory McAllister continued his storing streak as he stroked the ball into the bottom left giving Murdoch no chance.

As half time approached Dunfermline’s El Bakhtaoui held up the ball and drew the bloo toon defence out before passing to Cardle who crossed for Michael Moffat to head the ball back across Graeme Smith and into the bottom corner of the net.

The second half provided some great football from both teams with Dunfermline exerting pressure on the Bloo Toon goal however Peterhead’s Graeme Smith pulling off some great saves which deservedly earned him a Man of the Match award from match sponsors James Jamieson Construction ltd.

On the hour mark Jim McInally introduced Scott Ferres for Nathan Blockley and Andy Rodgers for Shane Sutherland, it was the young Bloo Toon player Ferres pace tore the Dunfermline right back apart twice breaking into the box only for the final ball failing to find a team mate as the Bloo Toon searched for a second goal.

The Bloo Toon persistence was to be rewarded in the 89th minute as a long clearance from Graeme Smith clearance was headed on by Rory McAllister, Andy Rodgers won the challenge with the Pars centre half Richards-Everton and as the ball broke free to Leighton McIntosh he made no mistake lobbing the keeper to seal a first ever victory for Peterhead against Dunfermline.

Airdrieonians 1

Peterhead      0

Sat 29 Aug 2015

The Blue Toon’s trip to the Excelsior ended in disappointment as a late Jamie Bain goal put an end to a fine run of form.

Peterhead went into Saturday’s clash on the back of a three-game winning streak which saw them score 11 goals, conceding only 4 in response.

But Jim McInally’s men found home keeper Neil Parry in inspired form and despite fire 17 shots at the Diamonds goal – seven of them on target – Rory McAllister and fellow front man Shane Sutherland could not find a way through. McAllister was denied three times by Parry.

Then, in the 71′ minute, Bain made the most of a slack back pass to slip in and beat Graeme Smith.

The defeat means Peterhead drop from second to third in the Scottish League One table behind Forfar and Dunfermline.

Peterhead: Smith, Redman, Gilchirst, Strachan, Noble, Kerr, Brown, Dzierzawksi, Riley, McAllister, Sutherland. Subs: Blockley, Ross, McIntosh, Ferries, Rodgers, Jarvie.

Airdrieonians: Parry, Van Zanten, Crighton, Lithgow, O’Neil, Watt, Smith, Stewart, Morton, Prunty, Cox. Subs: Morgan, Bain, SUmsky, Brown, Ferguson, Glackin, Cadden.

Peterhead       1

Albion Rovers 1

Sat 05 Sep 2015

A promising start from the Blue Toon turned into a disappointing draw against a dogged Wee Rovers side.

After the visitors had appeals for a handball against Ally Gilchirst waved away, prolific former Aberdeen midfielder Jordon Brown headed home a Kevin Dzierzawski cross to put Peterhead into the lead. The goal was Brown’s fifth of the campaign.

However an equaliser from Albion’s former Annan winger Ally Love dampened the mood before halftime and the second period proved frustrating for the 550-strong Balmoor crowd.

Despite pushing on, Peterhead were unable to find a second goal with the Blue Toon’s formiddable front line drawing a blank for a second successive game.

The defeat means Peterhead drop out of the playoff spots and into fifth place, one point ahead of the Wee Rovers.

Blue Toon boss Jim McInally said: “We didn’t do enough to win the match.”

And Wee Rovers boss Darren Young added: “There won’t be too many teams that leave here with anything so I am happy and it continues our good start to the season.”

Peterhead: Smith, Kerr, Strachan, Gilchirst, Noble, Redman, Dzierzawski, Brown, Riley, McAllister, Sutherland. Subs: Blockley, Ross, McIntosh, Ferries, Rodgers, Jarvie.

Albion Rovers: Stewart, Talu, Dunlop, Dunlop, Reid, Mullin, Davidson, Young, Love, Willis, Barrowman. Subs: Gerry, McRobbie, McBride, Fisher, Lochhead.

 

Cowdenbeath  2

Peterhead         2

Sat 12 Sep 2015

Greig Spence netted a late strike as Cowdenbeath earned a draw against Peterhead.

Rory McAllister opened the scoring from the penalty spot early on after Shane Sutherland had been felled by Mo Yaqub.

Cowdenbeath were level by the quarter-hour mark, Gordon Smith scoring his first goal for the club.

Yaqub was sent off for a second bookable offence and Sutherland fired Peterhead in front but Spence ensured the points were shared.

 

Peterhead        2

Forfar Athletic 2

Sat 03 Oct 2015

Peterhead 2 Forfar Athletic 2

Peterhead and Forfar shared four goals as the Blue Toon recorded their fifth draw from the opening quarter of the League 1 season.
There was little in the way of goalscoring opportunities until Nicky Riley gave the Blue Toon a 27th minute.
Forfar replied three minutes after the interval with a Gavin Swankie effort  and Iain Campbell fired them in front midway through the second period.
However, Leighton McIntosh came off the bench to rescue a point for Peterhead, who dropped a place to seventh in the table yet remain just a win away from third spot.
Content with his players’ performance at leaders Ayr last weekend, Jim McInally named an unchanged line-up and he got a similar outcome with the team coming from behind to salvage something.
It might have been better though after Riley’s first half opener, which McAllister made.  The Peterhead top scorer turned his marker with a neat drag back and rolled across goal for Riley to slot home.
Riley did have another chance to score again in the first half but the Loons also threatened with Martyn Fotheringham seeing a free-kick well saved by Graeme Smith and Michael Dunlop heading over from the resultant corner.
Not long after the interval, Forfar were back on level terms with Swankie collecting a Thomas O’Brien pass and then coolly finishing from around eight yards.
With neither side willing to accept a point, the match became open as it wore on and chances were created at either end.
Riley laid the ball off for Simon Ferry, who smashed a shot inches wide while sub Jordon Brown drove straight at visiting goalkeeper Scott Gallacher.
However, Forfar went in front in the 71st minute through Campbell’s 25 yard drive which flew into the corner of the net.
Their lead lasted just seven minutes though, with Peterhead conjuring up a well-worked equaliser.  Jamie Redman’s pass was flicked on by Andy Rodgers and his fellow sub McIntosh made an immaculate job with his finish.
McIntosh was unlucky not to score again with a header, which went inches past and Shane Sutherland also had a good opportunity.  Forfar, however, had late chances of their own but it finished honours even at Balmoor.

PETERHEAD

Smith, Kerr, Noble, Gilchrist, Strachan, Ferry (Rodgers 76), Redman, Stevenson (Brown 62), Riley (McIntosh 70), Sutherland, McAllister
unused. Jarvie. Ferries. Blockley. Dzierzawski
yellow carded. McAllister. Noble
FORFAR
Gallacher, Baxter, Campbell, Nicoll (Hay 70), Dunlop, Travis, Black, O’Brien (Smith 78), Fotheringham (Allan 66), Swankie, Hodge
unused. Douglas. Kennedy. Clark. Yates
yellow carded. Campbell. Hay
REF
Steven Kirkland
ATT
573

 

Peterhead            3

Stenhousemuir  0

Sat 10 Oct 2015

Peterhead progress in the Petrofac Training Cup

Three first half goals gave Peterhead a comfortable victory over Stenhousemuir in the Petrofac Training Cup as Jim McInally’s men advanced to the semi finals.

The Blue Toon have played better and lost this season, which a subdued McInally was quick to point out at full time, but they still did enough to win.

The return of Jordon Brown, Nathan Blockey and Kevin Dzierzawski meant McInally opted for a narrow midfield with the wide-men benched.

The latter was involved in the Peterhead opener in the 17th minute as his corner caused panic in the Stenhousemuir defence.  Goalkeeper Jamie Barclay punched as far as Rory McAllister, who helped the ball on for Jamie Redman to glance home a six yard header.

McAllister and Shane Sutherland combined well in the 38th minute with a neat one-two but Barclay saved well to keep out McAllister’s effort.

The Peterhead top scorer, who netted five in their famous win at Falkirk in the last round, would not have to wait long to add to his tally, however.  From the resultant corner, he was perfectly placed to send a close range header into the net from Steven Noble’s corner.

Noble went from provider to scorer on the stroke of half time, sweeping a delightful sidefoot effort inside the far corner after his delivery was only partially cleared by the visitors.

The visitors did threaten just before referee Alan Muir blew for the interval, with Fraser Eddington seeing a goalbound eight yard shot well saved by Graeme Smith following a scramble in the box.

But that was as uncomfortable as it got for Peterhead, who contained their opponents well in what was a low key contest.

Only an outstanding diving save stopped McAllister scoring again in the second half, Barclay throwing himself to his left to fingertip a delightful curling effort round the post while substitute Andy Rodgers looped a header on to the roof of the net from Noble’s cross.

Overall, a satisfactory afternoon – three goals, a clean sheet and a place in the semi-finals, although the manager wasn’t convinced.

McInally added:”I thought it was poor from start to finish.  I know football is all about winning but it is bizarre that a couple of weeks ago, after playing a really good second half against Brechin and losing the match, 500 people went home disappointed.”

“Today, those same supporters are away happy but I thought it was a dreadful 3-0.”
“We never got control of the ball or the game yet we could have scored a few more goals and so could have Stenhousemuir.  It is a crazy game at times.”
“Even at full time, I found it really hard to go into the dressing room and be really happy but it is still great to be through to the semi finals and it is great for the club.”

Albion Rovers  1

Peterhead        0

Sat 17 Oct 2015

A late Cammy Kerr mistake denied Peterhead a point in a drab League 1 encounter against Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill.

The on loan Dundee defender’s short back pass in the 89th minute was pounced upon by John Gemmell, who rounded Graeme Smith and slotted home to give Darren Young’s team the points.
It was hard on Kerr, who had been one of the Blue Toon’s better performers in a more unfamiliar role at left full back
Peterhead manager Jim McInally spoke to Peterheadfc.com
He said: “Cammy is devastated by what happened.”
“It’s a shame for him because he played well throughout the match.  We used him at left back, where he has played a lot for Dundee’s under 20s, and brought Jamie Stevenson into right back.”
“It was looking like a nailed on nil-nil draw until that error at the end of the match.  That is at least three or four games this season where individual mistakes have costly us dearly.”
Steven Noble and Nathan Blockley were absent due to back and ankle problems respectively so in came Scott Ross and Jamie Stevenson.
Ryan Strachan played in front of the back four as Ross returned to the heart of the defence alongside Ally Gilchrist.
There was little in the way of goalscoring opportunities at Coatbridge with Albion edging an uninspiring first half and the Blue Toon having slightly the better of things after the interval.
Graeme Smith pulled off a fine save from an Ally Love free-kick but Peterhead failed to really trouble Smith’s opposite number Ross Stewart and just when a stalemate looked inevitable, Gemmell notched the winner.
McInally added: “We had more of the ball in the second half although we didn’t threaten their goal as much as we would have liked.”
“We knew coming to Cliftonhill, we would have to fight and we did that.  I could not see us losing so it is disappointing to come away with nothing.”

Peterhead        2

Airdrieonians  0

Sat 24 Oct 2015

Peterhead shine in Diamonds win

Peterhead got the better of Airdrie to register a deserved and much-needed League 1 win at Balmoor.

Rory McAllister struck the opener three minutes before the break and substitute Leighton McIntosh sealed the points in the closing stages of the match.

Airdrie arrived at Balmoor third in the table but they were kept quiet for the first half hour as the Blue Toon controlled proceedings.

McAllister fired a 22 yard free kick wide inside the first 60 seconds after Jordon Brown was bundled over by ex Blue Toon favourite David Cox, who was unlucky to be cautioned for the challenge.

Cammy Kerr, once again operating at left back with Steven Noble still injured, delivered several telling crosses, which deserved better.  One in particular seemed perfect for McAllister but he sent a back post header wide from just a few yards out.

There was another opportunity for the Peterhead top scorer in the 26th minute when Brown slipped him through on goal but he screwed his shot wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Despite the hosts orchestrating the play, Airdrie were gifted a chance from a Ryan Strachan error but Graeme Smith bailed him out by racing off his goalline to save at the feet of George Hunter.

The visitors were then denied by the woodwork in the 32nd minute as Nicolas Sumsky delivered a free-kick to the far post.  Sean Crighton sent a header back across goal for Alan Lithgow and his headed effort struck the underside of the crossbar.  The ball then bounced on the goalline before being scrambled clear.

Lithgow was unlucky again soon after, from Sumsky’s corner, but Smith pulled off a great reflex save to deny the big defender’s near post header.

Airdrie were having their best spell of the match when Peterhead went in front in the 42nd minute.  McAllister drove at the visiting defence with a mazy run and then smashed a fine low left foot shot into the corner of the net.

Straight from the kick-off to start the second half, McAllister cheekily shot from the centre circle and his great effort had to be tipped over by Neil Parry.

Smith then made a smart stop to keep out Taylor Morgan’s 48th minute shot but the ball rolled across goal and Scott Ross had to slide in to turn the ball behind for a corner.

That was about as close as Airdrie got to denying Peterhead a victory as Jim McInally’s men restricted their opponents to few opportunities.

A Peterhead second looked likelier than an Airdrie reply, with Jordon Brown and Nicky Riley both going close.

But the points were made safe by McIntosh in the 80th minute.  The pacy frontman, who replaced Riley, was quickest to react after Kerr’s fierce drive was pushed out by Parry.

PETERHEAD

Smith, Ross, Strachan, Gilchrist, Kerr, Stevenson (Blockley 29), Ferry, Redman, Brown (Sutherland 81), Riley (McIntosh 71), McAllister.

 

Stenhousemuir   4

Peterhead            3

Sat 31 Oct 2015

Peterhead spooked by Stenny

Peterhead threw away a three goal lead to leave Ochilview empty handed after Stenhousemuir produced an amazing turnaround.

Rory McAllister should have made the headlines for his superb first half hat-trick but instead it was veteran Jason Scotland, who stole the show after inspiring the Warriors fightback.

It seemed almost certain the points would head back to the north east given how the opening period panned out with McAllister, aided by Nicky Riley, running riot.

Riley took a great first touch to bomb away from his marker in the 13th minute and he squared for McAllister. The striker still had a lot to do as he shifted the ball on to his left foot and drove a low 18 yard shot inside the far corner.

When Stuart Malcolm fouled McAllister 20 yards out in the 31st minute, there were further problems for the hosts as the Peterhead talisman bent his free kick over the wall and into the net.

Jamie Barclay might have done better although the goalkeeper did make amends with a stunning save from another McAllister free-kick in the second half.

The first half action was far from over though, with McAllister winning and converting a penalty in the 38th minute after more rash defending from Malcolm.

It looked three and easy for the Blue Toon but a Graeme Smith error two minutes from half time turned the match completely on its head.

His poor clearance landed for Colin McMenamin, who in fairness, still had an awful lot to do as he superbly lofted the ball from 35 yards over Smith’s head and into an unguarded net.

From a Peterhead perspective, danger was beginning to be sensed when McMenamin’s overhead kick was brilliantly kept out by Smith at the start of the second half and in the 59th minute, the hosts were right back in the contest.

The Blue Toon defence failed to clear the ball in the box and when it broke to Scotland, the 36 year old slotted home from close range to cut the deficit to one.

Alan Cook then glanced a header wide but it was not all one way traffic with McAllister going close with a curling effort from just outside the box and then he saw a shot cleared off the line by Jim Paterson after rounding the keeper.

However, Stenny were back on level terms in the 66th minute with the goal of the match from Scotland. The former Swansea man collected a pass 20 yards out and burst forward to unleash a fierce left foot shot which flew into the top corner.

There was not too much Peterhead could have done to prevent that piece of quality but the visitors were most definitely on the ropes and so it was not a huge shock that Stenny scored again two minutes later.

This time the goal was preventable as Kieran Millar waltzed through the defence to slot the ball past Smith from 10 yards.

Now trailing, a shellshocked Peterhead went all out attack in the closing stages with sub Leighton McIntosh posing problems with his pace and power.

Shane Sutherland was also introduced from the bench but Jim McInally’s men could find no way through a defence, which had been so creaky before the break.

It turned out to be a very frustrating afternoon for the Blue Toon, summed up by Cammy Kerr’s dismissal in stoppage time for a lunge on Fraser Eddington.

A nightmare for Peterhead on Halloween.

 

 

 

Dunfermline Athletic  0

Peterhead                      0

Sat 07 Nov 2015

Peterhead earn point against Pars

No goals at East End Park but Peterhead manager Jim McInally reflected on a pleasing point and performance against Dunfermline, who missed the chance to return to the League 1 summit.

In fact, the Blue Toon might have come away from Fife with a victory had Leighton McIntosh’s effort not come back off the upright, while Rory McAllister was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty after being bundled to the ground.

McInally told Peterheadfc.com: “It was a very good point.”

“We were the better side and limited Dunfermline to few chances.  They never really carved us open and Graeme Smith did not have a lot to do, although he did make a good save from a free-kick late on.”

“I felt we were unlucky when Rory was goal side of his marker and was pulled down.  Not only should it have been a penalty, it would have resulted in a red card because it was a last man challenge.”

“But, anyway, the players did well against a team in good form and in front of a crowd of around 3,000.”

This was just the response McInally was after, following the Blue Toon’s collapse in the 4-3 defeat to Stenhousemuir last Saturday.

Jassem Sukar was thrown straight into the team, 24 hours after completing a month’s loan from Dundee Utd.  Scott Ferries was also handed a start, playing left of McAllister with McIntosh on the right flank in a 4-3-3 system.

McInally added: “To be honest, I did not know what to expect considering the deflation of last week.  When you lose a three goal lead and come away with nothing, it does affect you.”

“I had to use the squad with several players unavailable. Ally Gilchrist, Jamie Stevenson and Nicky Riley were out and Cammy Kerr was suspended but I was still happy with the team I had out on the park.”

“Jassem did well in his first game but I was pleased with all the players. They showed character after what happened last week and put in a good shift.”

Meanwhile, Peterhead are waiting to learn the extent of a foot injury suffered by Simon Ferry, who was replaced by Jordon Brown early in the second half.

PETERHEAD

Smith;  Strachan,  Ross,  Sukar,  Noble,  Ferry,  Dzierzawski,  Redman,  McIntosh,  McAllister,  Ferries.

 

Queen’s Park  1

Peterhead      2

Sat 14 Nov 2015

A historic afternoon at Hampden saw Peterhead defeat Queen’s Park to reach the Petrofac Training Cup final.

Never before have the Blue Toon reached a national final so this was an unforgettable day for the Blue Toon, who joined the Scottish Football League in 2000.
No surprise that Rory McAllister was on the scoresheet.  He’s netted in every round so far including a famous five at Falkirk but the match-winner was Leighton McIntosh, who has a knack of coming up with important goals.
Now for a five month wait for the showpiece against opponents still to be confirmed and a venue yet to be decided.  Peterhead do know they will meet either Rangers at the national stadium or St Mirren at McDiarmid Park in April.
Manager Jim McInally told Peterheadfc.com: “It feels great to be in a final and I am so happy for the chairman and the directors and, of course, the supporters.”
“We had a good number following us down to Hampden today and I hate disappointing people so I am glad they will have a good night tonight after this result.”
“The team did not play particularly well and I had a right go at the lads at half time because I felt Queen’s Park’s shape was better than ours even though we were not troubled too much.”
After losing three semi finals during his reign as Morton boss, this was fourth time lucky for McInally, whose team denied Queen’s Park a first final in 115 years.
The Peterhead boss continued: “Semi-finals are only nice occasions if you win and although we were by no means at our best today, the players deserve so much credit for getting to a national final.”
“When you think of all the clubs who started this competition in July, it is a great achievement and we look forward to playing either Rangers or St Mirren.  For the club financially, Rangers at Hampden would be fantastic but St Mirren in Perth would also be great.”
In front of a crowd of 917, McAllister broke the deadlock in the 17th minute with a free-kick.  The striker was fouled 22 yards from goal and smashed a low shot past Willie Muir and into the net.
Their lead lasted six minutes as Queen’s Park drew level from the penalty spot.  Sean Burns was upended by Scott Ross and Paul Woods made no mistake from the spot.
However, McInally’s men did not take long to restore their advantage and it was from another set-piece.  Kevin Dzierzawski whipped in a free-kick from the left and McIntosh fired in from a difficult angle from the opposite side.
Jordon Brown almost made it three while Ryan McGeever, formerly on loan at Balmoor, went close for the Spiders with a header just before half time.
Gus MacPherson’s League 2 team had a good spell at the start of the second period but Peterhead were never under too much pressure and Graeme Smith was rarely tested.
In fact, Brown had an opportunity to seal the win as the Blue Toon appeared content to soak up the pressure and hit their opponents on the counter attack.
Jamie McKernon gave the travelling fans a late scare with a well struck shot, which shaved the outside of the post but that was about as uncomfortable as it got.
Joe Bradley was then dismissed in stoppage time for speaking out of turn to referee Don Robertson, who blew his whistle seconds later to spark scenes of jubilation amongst the Peterhead faithful.
PETERHEAD
Smith; Strachan, Sukar, Ross, Noble, Redman, Dzierzawski, Brown, McIntosh, McAllister, Riley.

 

Peterhead  1

Stranraer    1

Tue 17 Nov 2015

Maybe not that big a surprise it finished honours even with Stranraer, as this was Peterhead’s seventh draw of the League 1 season already.

Even less of a shock was that Rory McAllister scored their goal to cancel out Craig Malcolm’s early penalty.  He’s now netted 19 times this term, 11 in the league,
In truth, this game will be remembered most for the faulty floodlights, which threatened to abandon the contest, although Blue Toon manager Jim McInally admitted his team did not function properly either.
McInally said: “We were poor and I was so disappointed with the performance.  We are a gutsy enough team and I think that is why we have managed to draw some games but from the very start, we were never at it.”
“We still had the best chances in the game but it was not good enough.  It was probably a good draw overall, with the lights flashing and how we played.”
Changes in personnel and formation did not go to plan in a flat display and Stranraer took advantage to go in front with a 13th minute penalty.
Teenager Jassem Sukar was punished for pulling back Argentine striker Luciano Nequecaur in the box and Malcolm converted from the spot, despite Graeme Smith diving the right way.
McAllister curled a free-kick into the side-netting in the 31st minute after he was fouled by Ryan Thomson.  It was a decent attempt but he was more accurate with his next one just before half time.
Cammy Kerr was brought down by Liam Dick 22 yards from goal and this time McAllister opted for power. His well-struck low shot arrowed inside the far corner, although visiting goalkeeper David McGurn may feel he could have done better.
Peterhead threatened most down the right with Kerr delivering a couple of dangerous crosses early in the second half.  His first was narrowly missed by Andy Rodgers and McAllister, and then his second should have been finished off by McAllister, who missed the target with a back post effort.
Referee Craig Charleston was not a popular figure with the home fans in the first half for some of his decison-making, but the official does deserve credit for not hastily bringing a halt to proceedings when the floodlights began to dim in the second half.
On several occasions, he consulted with both managers over whether to continue the match.  They agreed to carry on, although had Stranraer not made such a long trip to the north east, Brian Reid’s verdict might have been different.
Reid almost regretted his decision when Nathan Blockley rattled the woodwork with a fine 20 yard in the closing stages.  McGurn did not see it. Literally.
But it finished 1-1, which was probably fair given the circumstances.
PETERHEAD
Smith; Ross, Gilchrist, Sukar, Kerr, Blockley, Dzierzawski, Redman, Noble, McAllister, Rodgers.

 

 

Peterhead         7

Cowdenbeath  0

Sat 21 Nov 2015

Three points, seven goals, a clean-sheet and a hat-trick.  Pretty much a perfect afternoon for Peterhead, who produced the kind of level Jim McInally knows they are capable of.

The Blue Toon manager later admitted he constantly moans at his players because he is well aware of the standards they can reach.  They certainly hit the heights against Cowdenbeath, who were on the receiving end of a Toon trouncing.
Night and day from Tuesday with the recalled Leighton McIntosh and Jordon Brown, aided by the craftiness of Rory McAllister, proving a constant menace to the Blue Brazil.
McInally’s 3-5-2 system failed against Stranraer but his narrow diamond-shaped midfield with two strikers up front worked wonders against Cowdenbeath.
That said, the visitors had the first chance when Graeme Smith’s poor pass went straight to Gordon Smith.  The goalkeeper did atone for his own mistake though by stretching out a hand to turn Smith’s attempted lob behind for a corner.
From there, however, it was one-way traffic and McIntosh started the rout in the 16th minute.  The former Dundee man found space in the penalty area to nod home McAllister’s delivery from the right.
Within seconds, Brown doubled Peterhead’s lead.  McIntosh was again involved as Brown expertly sidefooted a low 16 yard effort inside the far post.
McAllister then clipped the top of the crossbar with an angled effort while, down the other end, Greig Spence saw a backheel smothered by Smith.
Peterhead’s third goal arrived in the 32nd minute, Brown sweeping a rising left shot from just inside the box past Jamie Sneddon after more good work from McIntosh and McAllister.
There was still time for a fourth before the interval, as McIntosh raced on to Steven Noble’s long ball forward and finished in a confident manner.
Rather than their opponents, the only thing now stopping Peterhead picking up maximum points was the prospect of the floodlights failing.
Thankfully, other than a few flickers, that did not happen although the lights had long gone out on Cowdenbeath’s challenge and McIntosh completed his hat-trick in the 55th minute with a near post strike to ensure he would be going home with the match ball.
Four minutes later, McAllister hammered in a well-taken sixth for Peterhead from Brown’s lay-off and further chances came and went in a very one-sided contest.
Substitute Scott Ferries rounded off the scoring with a couple of minutes remaining following a neat move.  Andy Rodgers swivelled and played in McAllister, who squared for the youngster to tap in from a few yards out.
Same again next week please!
PETERHEAD
Smith; Blockley, Ross, Strachan, Noble,  Ferry, Dzierzawski, Redman, Brown, McAllister,  McIntosh.

 

 

Peterhead  1

Livingston  3

Sat 28 Nov 2015

An understrength defence took its toll on Peterhead as Livingston powered their way into the fourth round of the Scottish Cup with a 3-1 win at Balmoor.

Gary Glen and Jordan White put Livi firmly in the driving seat within half an hour and while the Blue Toon kept battling, another goal from White in the closing stages confirmed their passage through.
Rory McAllister did at least convert a late penalty to ensure Peterhead continued their record of scoring in every home match this season.
Scott Ross failed to shrug off an ankle problem but had boss Jim McInally been able to name any of his three loan defenders, the team shape would not have been disrupted so much.
Dundee did not want Cammy Kerr cup tied and St Johnstone refused Ally Gilchrist permission to play.
However, McInally’s former employers Dundee Utd allowed Livingston to field goalkeeper Marc McCallum, yet ruled out Jassem Sukar.
A bit bizarre to say the least and while it would be wrong to suggest that impacted on the outcome, it certainly did not help Peterhead.
Last week against Cowdenbeath, the Blue Toon might have got away with a weakened backline but not against a well-drilled Championship team, which recently held Rangers to a draw.
Mark Burchill’s men were bright from the start and Graeme Smith had to make a superb stop to keep out Liam Buchanan’s shot before Gary Glen drove the rebound just wide.
However, Glen did not pass up his next opportunity in the 14th minute, as a Scott Pitman effort deflected into his path and he sent a first-time shot high into the net from 10 yards.
Livingston scored again in the 25th minute when Buchanan raced down the right side of the penalty area and squared for White to steer a shot past the helpless Smith.
Leighton McIntosh, who netted a hat-trick as a striker last week, was asked to operate in a wider role but he nearly scored before half time with a near post drive, which was turned behind by McCallum for a corner.
Peterhead saw plenty of the ball in the second period but they did not threaten the visiting goal too often and any hope of a comeback was killed off when the West Lothian outfit scored a third in the 74th minute.
Smith did well to block Buchanan’s effort but the ball fell for White, who had the easy task of tapping in to an unguarded net.
In stoppage time, McAllister won and scored a consolation penalty to maintain his rich vein of form.
Peterhead will get another crack at Championship opposition in April with Rangers now confirmed as their opponents in the Petrofac Training Cup final.
PETERHEAD
Smith; Blockley, REedman, Strachan, Noble, Dzierzawski, Ferry, Brown, McIntosh,  McAllister, Riley.

 

 

Forfar Athletic  0

Peterhead         2

Tue 08 Dec 2015

Goals from Jordon Brown and Jamie Stevenson saw Peterhead move into the top four with a hard fought League 1 win over Forfar at Station Park.

Brown struck in the 37th minute after a well worked move and sub Stevenson rifled in the second with five minutes remaining to put the seal on the victory.

After losing to Championship side Livingston in the Scottish Cup last time out, it was no real surprise that Blue Toon manager Jim McInally reverted back to the team and shape which destroyed Cowdenbeath.

The only change to the 7-0 drubbing saw Ally Gilchrist taking the place of the injured Scott Ross and the on loan St Johnstone defender was outstanding throughout in front of the watching Tommy Wright.

Gilchrist and the rest of the back four kept the Forfar forwards in check for most of the match, although Graeme Smith caused panic early on by rushing out of his box and bringing down Scott Martin near the corner flag.  He escaped with a yellow card.

Midway through the half, a long punt forward by Smith was expertly controlled by Rory McAllister and he fed Brown, whose 25 yard shot curled wide.  Then Leighton McIntosh fizzed a great ball across the face of goal which just eluded McAllister.

But McInally’s men went in front eight minutes before the interval with a well-taken goal.  Kevin Dzierzawski found McAllister on the right and he took a neat touch to get past Iain Campbell before firing the ball across goal for the onrushing Brown to steer home a close range volley.

McAllister then strung the palms of Rab Douglas with a long range effort and just before referee Matt Northcroft blew for half time, McIntosh drove an angled shot inches wide.

The second period followed a similar pattern to the first, both sides seeing an equal amount of the ball with the visitors conjuring up the bulk of the chances. 

Douglas pushed behind a McAllister shot for corner in the 55th minute and the Blue Toon striker might have done better soon after with a delayed effort, which was eventually deflected wide.

McIntosh scooped a 74th minute shot over from inside the penalty area but the key moment in the match came with seven minutes remaining when Nathan Blockley cleared a towering Chris Templeman header off the line.  Blockley was guarding the back post when the corner came in but he reacted superbly to deny the Loons a late leveller.

Almost immediately, Peterhead went down the other end and wrapped up the points.  Simon Ferry rolled the ball for Stevenson, who had earlier replaced Brown, and he cracked a low 16 yard shot beyond Douglas.

PETERHEAD

Smith;  Blockley, Strachan, Gilchrist, Noble, Ferry, Dzierzawski, Redman, Brown,  McIntosh, McAllister.

 

 

Brechin City  1

Peterhead     1

Sat 12 Dec 2015

Peterhead had to settle for a point at bottom of the table Brechin after a scrappy, stop-start encounter at Glebe Park.

Leighton McIntosh, the newly named SPFL League 1 Player of the Month for November, maintained his form by getting on the scoresheet again.
However, his early opener was cancelled out late on by substitute Robert Thomson, who netted from close-range to ensure a share of the spoils.
Blue Toon manager Jim McInally thought the equaliser should not have stood, claiming Isaac Layne, who provided the assist, was in an offside position when he advanced forward.
The far-side assistant referee kept his flag down so the official in charge, Gavin Duncan, rightly, did not sound his whistle.  But that was a rarity in this match and he might need a new blower for Christmas after continually halting the play.

Granted, it is the time of year for handing out cards and the referee stayed true to tradition by flashing a series of yellows in a frustrating contest .

Peterhead, though, only have themselves to blame for not coming back up the A90 with all three points after passing up several chances.
They started well and broke the deadlock after seven minutes.  McIntosh fastened on to a Ryan Strachan pass and saw his angled 16 yard shot nestle into the net after taking a wicked deflection off Darren McCormack.
Jordon Brown then smashed a 20 yard drive inches over while Rory McAllister stung the palms of Brechin goalkeeper Graeme Smith following a forceful run.
There was not too much for Peterhead to be concerned about in the first period, although Nathan Blockley made a timely intervention to deny Andy Jackson from Layne’s cutback moments before the interval.
McAllister, one of five visiting players to be cautioned, was incensed at not being awarded a penalty early in the second half when he appeared to be hauled down by Willie Dyer.
The game became messy but the shirt of Peterhead’s Graeme Smith was untouched as he had little to do all afternoon.  But he had to pick the ball out of his net with 10 minutes remaining when Brechin drew level.
The lively Layne raced away down the right side of the penalty area and picked out Thomson, who slotted in from a few yards.  The goalscorer also netted twice when Brechin won 3-2 at Balmoor earlier in the campaign.
The Blue Toon finished strongly and could have forced a late winner.  McAllister had two good opportunities, shooting wide when in on goal and then forcing Smith into a smart save while Kevin Dzierzawski was also foiled by the Brechin stopper.
So after defeating Forfar on Tuesday, Peterhead could not complete an Angus double but they do stay fourth in the table.
PETERHEAD
Smith; Blockley, Strachan, Gilchrist, Noble,  Ferry, Dzierzawski, Redman, Brown, McIntosh, McAllister.

 

Peterhead  3

Ayr United  0

Sat 19 Dec 2015

Peterhead once again showed they are more than a match for the top teams in League 1 after an excellent victory over title-chasing Ayr Utd.
All three goals came in a second half dominated by the Blue Toon, with Kevin Dzierzawski smashing home a stunning opener before Shane Sutherland’s late double.
However, Jim McInally’s men were just as impressive in the first period, showing grit, determination and discipline to get to the interval all square against a strong wind.
The result means Peterhead have now taken an impressive eight points from their matches against the top two, Dunfermline and Ayr, so far this season.
Given their recent run, the team almost picks itself at the moment.  But Scott Ross, in for the concussed Ally Gilchrist, did not last long because of an ankle problem so on came Sutherland in the 7th minute with Jamie Redman dropping into central defence.
The Blue Toon had Graeme Smith to thank early on, his impressive double-save denying Craig Moore, who probably should have done better.
The conditions forced Peterhead to defend more than attack but they still carved out a golden opportunity for Leighton McIntosh in the 10th minute.  November’s Player of the Month latched on to Nathan Blockley’s pass but he dragged his shot wide when through on goal.
In the 21st minute, Smith pulled off a great stop low down to his left to turn behind Alan Trouten’s 20 yard effort and then Moore flashed a free-kick wide as half time drew to a close.
It was roles reversed in the second half with Peterhead asking the questions, but Ayr’s backline was not as watertight.  Not that there was anything they could have done to prevent Dzierzawski’s stunning 63rd minute goal.
The American midfielder collected a pass 25 yards out and unleashed a left foot shot which flew past Greg Fleming and into the top corner.
Smith kept out a Trouten strike while Andy Graham spooned a shot over as Ayr went in search of an equaliser, but the home side carried the biggest threat.
A quick break saw Rory McAllister set up Sutherland, who finished well from the right side of the penalty area in the 81st minute to just about wrap up the points.
McAllister was then unlucky not to add to Peterhead’s lead when he found the net from about 40 yards but referee Alan Newlands had blown for a home free-kick.  Albeit belatedly.
But the Blue Toon fans were soon celebrating another goal as Sutherland put the seal on the win with five minutes remaining.
Fellow sub Jamie Stevenson clipped a cross into the penalty area and Sutherland planted a header into the corner to make it a Merry Christmas for Peterhead.
PETERHEAD
Smith; Blockley, Ross, Strachan, Noble, Ferry, Dzierzawski, Redman, Brown, McIntosh, McAllister.

Airdrieonians  3

Peterhead       4

Sat 26 Dec 2015

Ally Gilchrist was the Boxing Day hero as Peterhead staged an incredible late fightback to defeat Airdrie 4-3 and maintain their excellent League 1 form.

The Blue Toon trailed by two goals in the closing stages but they refused to lie down and after Ryan Strachan and Jordon Brown struck to haul Jim McInally’s men level, Gilchrist headed in a stoppage time winner.

Balmoor boss McInally spoke to Peterheadfc.com: “It was a bizarre match and an incredible finish.”
“My head went down at 3-1 and I just thought it was going to be one of those days.. But thankfully the players did not think that.”
“Even when we got it back to 3-3, it would have been easy for the boys to accept a draw but they kept going.”
“Nicky Riley went on in the second half and was unbelieveable out on the left wing.”
“The players showed real character to come away with three points.”
Ex Peterhead man David Cox gave the Diamonds an early lead with a fine strike but the contest swung in the Blue Toon’s favour midway through the half.
Leighton McIntosh was smashed by goalkeeper Neil Parry, who was sent off for the challenge, and Rory McAllister tucked away the penalty.  McIntosh didn’t last much longer, though, because of the hefty blow, with Shane Sutherland coming on.
However, such was the odd nature of the game, 10-man Airdrie restored their advantage soon after as Liam Watt found the bottom corner with a free-kick.
Peterhead, despite having an extra man, could not find a route back into the match, even though they had lots of possession.  When Steven Noble was dismissed for bringing down Nicky Cadden, who converted the resultant 78th minute spot kick, the writing appeared to be on the wall.
Far from it.
In the 84th minute, Strachan gave the Blue Toon hope with a well struck shot from outside the box and then Jordon Brown prodded in from close range to level proceedings with two minutes left.
Not content to settle for a point, the visitors continued to attack and they were rewarded for their bravery when Gilchrist nodded home from a few yards after Airdrie failed to clear a free-kick.
So Peterhead rise to third in the table after a game containing seven goals, two penalties, two red cards and an terrific turnaround.
Who says Scottish football is boring?
PETERHEAD
Smith; Blockley, Strachan, Gilchrist, Noble, Ferry, Dzierzawski, Redman, Brown, McIntosh, McAllister.

Peterhead           4

Stenhousemuir  1

Sat 02 Jan 2016

Stevenson rocket as Blue Toon start 2016 in style

First footing, hungover or the inclement weather were probably amongst the excuses for those who skipped Peterhead’s maiden League 1 fixture of 2016.
But the 588 hardy souls, who were in attendance at Balmoor, were treated to a trio of early Goal of the Year contenders and another great three points for a reshuffled Blue Toon, who won their third match on the bounce.
The two Jamies, Redman and Stevenson, slotted into an unfamiliar defence and were outstanding at both ends, each getting on the scoresheet.
Redman’s opener came in the fifth minute.  The former Brechin player got on the end of Shane Sutherland’s inswinging free-kick to send a glancing header high into the net.
Sutherland was involved again moments later, linking with Jordon Brown, who picked out Kevin Dzierzawski but his 14 yard effort missed the target.
Playing against the wind, Peterhead kept their focus despite floodlight issues causing a brief stoppage in play, as Stevenson hooked a Euan Murray header off the line in the 29th minute.
When the visitors did draw level, there was not too much that could have been done to stop it.  Alan Cook smashed a left foot from 30 yards in off the upright in the 33rd minute.
It was a fantastic goal but Peterhead could have restored their lead before the interval when Rory McAllister blazed over after taking a neat touch from a fine Simon Ferry pass.
Conditions favoured the hosts in the second half and might have influenced Stevenson’s decision to shoot from so far out in the 53rd minute.
Last season’s PFC Player of the Year was around 35 yards from goal when he unleashed a rocket, which flew past Matty Gould and into the top corner.
Enough to warm up any of the home fans on a dreadful afternoon of weather.
Soon after, and very much in the mood, Stevenson tried his luck with a couple of long-range free-kicks, which had to be closely watched by the Stenny goalkeeper but the Blue Toon scored a killer third goal in the 77th minute.
The impressive Sutherland played a clever one-two with McAllister and after his shot was well saved by Gould, McAllister was on hand to dispatch the rebound from inside the penalty area.
There was still time for one more screamer as Dzierzawski rifled a thunderous 22 yard shot high into the net with eight minutes remaining.
Happy New Year!
PETERHEAD

Smith; Stevenson, Strachan, Gilchrist, Redman, Dzierzawski, Ferry, Brown, Sutherland,  McAllister,  Riley.

 

 

Stranraer    1

Peterhead  5

Sat 16 Jan 2016

Five star Blue Toon run riot at Stranraer

A ruthless display of finishing saw in-form Peterhead stretch their winning run as they eased to a 5-1 victory at Stranraer.

The Blue Toon were three goals ahead by the interval with the excellent Shane Sutherland scoring twice and Jamie Stevenson netting.

Despite the hosts pulling one back in the second period, Jim McInally’s men were far from done with Ally Gilchrist and substitute Leighton McIntosh getting in on the act.

This was Peterhead’s fourth consecutive win and they have scored an impressive 16 goals during that run, ahead of the leaders Dunfermline visiting Balmoor next week.

McInally spoke to Peterheadfc.com at full time: “We were really good on a muddy surface.”

“To be 3-0 ahead at half time was terrific and in the second half, we managed the game really well.”

“Actually, had we taken a bit more care, we could have scored more than five but this was a great result.”

“The work-rate of the players was good and they showed their quality on a boggy pitch.”

“That was Shane’s best game for us. He’s been doing really well lately but today he was terrific and took his goals well.”

Sutherland struck in the 17th minute to give the visitors the lead with a low shot from inside the box, which found the bottom corner.

The former Inverness Caley and Elgin scored again in the 36th minute, getting on the end of a Steven Noble delivery to beat teenage keeper Max Currie.

Stranraer were further behind before the break, Stevenson pouncing after a misplaced back pass in the 41st minute. Stevenson, back in a midfield role after deputising at full back, capitalised and drove a crisp shot into the net.

The last time Peterhead built up an early three goal lead on the road was back in Halloween and they threw it away.

That was at Stenhousemuir but there was no chance of a repeat happening at Stair Park, despite Craig Malcolm converting a Ryan Thomson cross in the 68th minute.

Rory McAllister limped off after picking up a knock but the band of away supporters were celebrating again in the 76th minute when Gilchrist sent a header home from Kevin Dzierzawski’s corner.

Sutherland was denied a hat-trick thanks to a fine Currie save, although the goalkeeper was tasked with picking the ball out of his net again with three minutes remaining as McIntosh put the seal on another notable Blue Toon win.

Peterhead’s wonderful winter continues!

PETERHEAD

Smith; Strachan, Ross, Gilchrist, Noble, Stevenson, Dzierzawski, Ferry, Redman, McAllister, Sutherland.

 

Peterhead                      0

Dunfermline Athletic  0

Sat 23 Jan 2016

Battling Blue Toon pick up Pars point

After scoring a barrel load of goals during their winning runs in League 1, it was typical that Peterhead and Dunfermline would play out a goalless draw.

But this contest was better than a stalemate suggested and while the Blue Toon could not manage a fifth straight win, they did extend their unbeaten record to 10 matches.
Jim McInally’s men also remain undefeated against the Pars this season and look a good bet for a play-off berth, although the Balmoor manager was quick to rule out a title tilt when addressing the media at full time.
McInally stuck with the same line-up which ripped apart Stranraer last week, with the impressive Shane Sutherland continuing his fine form after a brace at Stair Park.
However, the first opening fell the way of the Fifers, Michael Moffat thwarted by Graeme Smith after Scott Ross got caught underneath a long ball forward from Brad McKay.
Smith then saved Fassal El Bakhtaoui’s 14 yard shot from Josh Falkingham’s cutback but it was by no means one-way traffic towards the home goal.
Sutherland’s powerful running caused the league leaders problems and he tested Sean Murdoch with a shot on the turn midway through the half.
The former Inverness and Elgin attacker then set up Rory McAllister and Jamie Stevenson respectively but both players could not keep their efforts down.
The second half, playing against the wind, meant Peterhead had to be compact and dig in.  To their credit, they restricted the leaders to few sights at goal, although Andy Geggan went very close with a glancing header from Joe Cardle’s cross, which went just wide.
Geggan was then denied by an outstanding Smith stop in the 64th minute from a set piece.  Michael Paton whipped in a free kick from the left and Geggan’s goalbound header was superbly pushed behind for a corner by the Blue Toon number one.
Not content to take a point, Peterhead pushed back the Pars in the closing stages but were unable to create a clear cut opening although Sutherland was unlucky to see his wicked inswinging corner evade his team-mates and go behind for a goalkick.
All in all, a plucky performance and a deserved draw.
PETERHEAD
Smith; Strachan, Ross, Gilchrist, Noble, Stevenson, Ferry, Dzierzawski, Redman, Sutherland, McAllister.

 

 

Peterhead        5

Albion Rovers  1

Sat 30 Jan 2016

Peterhead rip Rovers apart with second half show

Given their fantastic form, it’s not overly surprising when Peterhead win and score a hatful of goals these days.

But few could have predicted 5-1 against Albion Rovers, especially after a first half performance boss Jim McInally branded ‘atrocious.’
Perhaps, he was a bit too critical of his team’s display prior to the interval, but such has been their high standards, you understood where he was coming from.
Rory McAllister and Shane Sutherland were kept very quiet before the break but they made plenty of noise in the second period, each scoring twice in a contest, which became very one-sided.
Only after the worst possible start when Ally Gilchrist conceded a penalty within 30 seconds.  The on loan St Johnstone youngster needlessly brought down Scott McBride, who dispatched the spot-kick.
The Blue Toon were back in it through Jamie Redman’s close range header in the ninth minute, the midfielder nodding home after Scott Ross helped on Kevin Dzierzawski’s free-kick.
Dzierzawski and Jordon Brown then went close but Albion thought they had restored their lead in the 30th minute.  McBride had the ball in the net but the far-side assistant referee deemed the striker to be in an offside position.
If the hosts were fortunate on that instance, there was nothing lucky about the way they scored in the 52nd minute to go in front.  Nicky Riley’s beautifully weighted pass was perfect for McAllister to confidently slot the ball beyond the advancing Ross Stewart.
From there, Peterhead ripped Rovers apart and McAllister netted again just two minutes later.  The League 1 top scorer won a penalty when his shot struck the hand of the unlucky Mick Dunlop and he expertly rolled in from 12 yards.
Then it was Sutherland’s turn to get in on the act.  He hammered a near post shot in off the underside of the crossbar from Steven Noble’s cutback to make it 4-1 in the 63rd minute.
Four minutes later, Brown was hauled down but referee Colin Steven played a good advantage as the ball landed at the feet of Sutherland, who made no mistake from inside the box.
No mean feat for Peterhead to hit Rovers for five – a team that prior to their Balmoor visit, had the second meanest defensive record in the league behind Dunfermline.
However, Peterhead have now scored more than anyone else..that’s 53 and counting.
PETERHEAD
Smith; Strachan, Ross, Gilchrist, Noble, Brown, Dzierzawski, Redman, Riley, McAllister, Sutherland.

 

 

 

Ayr United  1

Peterhead  2

Sat 06 Feb 2016

Blue Toon go second after Ayr victory

Peterhead boss Jim McInally was delighted after his men maintained their magnificent form to defeat Ayr and rise to second in League 1.

Shane Sutherland’s sumptuous free-kick gave the Blue Toon the lead midway through the first half at Somerset Park.

It did not take long for Craig Moore to level for the hosts but as half time approached, Rory McAllister scored what proved to be the winner. 

Scott Ross was harshly sent off in stoppage time as the visitors leapfrogged their opponents in the table.

Speaking exclusively to Peterheadfc.com, McInally commented: “It was a right good game.”

“The pitch meant there was not a lot of football played but it was two teams having a go, with a lot of tough tackling and plenty of action.”

“I actually felt we should have buried Ayr in the first half and we were also denied a stonewall penalty.”

“Shane scored a great goal and was terrific for us again, as was Simon Ferry, but I don’t really like to single players out when all lads put in a great shift and showed a great attitude.”

“I felt the referee’s decision to send off Scott Ross was absolutely shocking.  You know I don’t always stick up for Scott when I think he has done wrong, but he made a great challenge and somehow got a second yellow.”

“But I don’t want that to spoil our day.  To go second is remarkable considering where we were a few months ago.”

Peterhead were in front in the 22nd minute with red hot Sutherland continuing his excellent form.  The former Elgin forward found the top corner with a superbly executed free kick.

Sutherland went close to netting again almost immediately and Ayr made the most of the reprieve by hauling themselves level in the 25th minute.  Ex Motherwell youngster Moore rifled a shot from inside the penalty area beyond Graeme Smith.

With their lethal front two, the Blue Toon always carried a threat and they restored their advantage four minutes before the break.  Jamie Adams lost possession for the hosts in midfield and when Kevin Dzierzawski picked out McAllister, he drove a low shot from a tight angle into the corner of the net. 

Determined to hold on to their lead, McInally’s men did well to keep their opponents at arms length in the second period, with Smith largely untroubled.

Ross saw red in stoppage time after the official Alan Muir deemed his challenge on Alan Forrest to be worthy of a second yellow card. However, Peterhead saw out the remaining seconds to pick up another three points.

PETERHEAD

Smith; Strachan, Ross, GIlchrist, Noble, Dzierzawski, Ferry, Redman, Brown, McAllister, Sutherland.

Peterhead         3

Forfar Athletic  2

Sat 13 Feb 2016

10 man Peterhead mount fabulous fightback

What a turnaround this was.  

 

A man down and a goal down but confidence and belief very much up as promotion-chasing Peterhead fought back to claim a superb win.

The Blue Toon came from behind with 10 men to deservedly defeat Forfar, who stay in relegation trouble alongside their Angus rivals Brechin.
On Valentine’s weekend, referee Gavin Ross seemed determined to dish out a card and he sent Steven Noble off for a perceived stamp on Andy Ryan.
It appeared soft but the Balmoor club reacted in an impressive manner.  Not only did they get back on level terms, they went on to completely dominate the second half and pick up another three points.
All this after Rory McAllister had netted his 100th league goal for Peterhead in the fourth minute.  The division’s top scorer reacted quickest to a deflected Nicky Riley shot and found the net from the left side of the penalty area.
Forfar were back in it on the quarter hour mark.  Ryan ran unchallenged down the left and crossed for Steven Craig to slot home, albeit from a home perspective, it appeared all too easy.
The Loons scored again three minutes later.  Graeme Smith made heavy weather of dealing with Gavin Swankie’s free-kick from 22 yards and Ryan pounced on the goalkeeper’s error to slot home from a few yards.
Riley then ballooned a close range shot over the crossbar before Noble was dismissed in the 29th minute.
On the far touchline, the Blue Toon skipper landed his foot on the floored Ryan and while it appeared accidental, assistant referee Ross Haswell instructed the whistler the incident was worthy of a red card.
However, from there on in, Peterhead showed plenty of fight, determination and quality to respond.
Shane Sutherland was rightly named the League 1 Player of the Month this week and he showed why by rifling a left foot shot into the corner of the net to haul the hosts level in the 42nd minute.
Despite their numerical advantage, Forfar could not get out their own half in the second period such was Peterhead’s dominance.
Sutherland was twice denied by visiting goalkeeper Darren Hill while substitute Leighton McIntosh, whose pace was problematic for the Loons, lofted a shot over the crossbar when through on goal.
McAllister also flashed a header wide from Jamie Stevenson’s corner but McIntosh made their possession tell with 15 minutes remaining, slotting in the rebound after Sutherland’s shot was saved by Hill.
Jubilation for Peterhead but frustration and fury for Forfar, whose boss Gary Bollan insisted the cameras stayed off during his post-match interview.  Anyway, the Blue Toon’s long undefeated streak continues.  Due to a fantastic fightback, this was not unlucky 13.
PETERHEAD
Smith; Stevenson, Strachan, Gilchrist, Noble, Redman, Dzierzawski, Ferry, Riley, McAllister, Sutherland.

Cowdenbeath  2

Peterhead         3

Sat 20 Feb 2016

Redman the matchwinner as Peterhead win 3-2 again

Tyres are scattered around the stockcar track, which rings the Cowdenbeath pitch – but the wheels would not come off for Peterhead, who continued their amazing League 1 run.

Stand-in skipper Jamie Redman scored the winner at Central Park as the second top Blue Toon stretched their unbeaten streak to 14 matches.

Twice Jim McInally’s team gave away the lead in a topsy-turvy match but Redman’s 75th strike was decisive and deserved.

Given the condition of the surface, this was never going to be a spectacle for the purest, but it was not short of action.

Cowden keeper Alin Roman was named man of the match, an indication of the Balmoor club’s pressure on the home goal.

Roman made the first of several stunning stops in the third minute from Rory McAllister, who linked neatly with Shane Sutherland before getting his shot away.

But there was absolutely nothing the Romanian could do to keep out Ryan Strachan’s thunderbolt in the 16th minute.

Strolling out of defence, Strachan unleashed a left foot screamer from 35 yards, which pinged into the corner of the net.

It was almost 2-0 to the visitors in the 23rd minute when Sutherland stung the palms of Roman with a well-struck effort from the left side of the penalty area.

Ally Gilchrist made a couple of important blocks down the other end as the Blue Brazil grew into the match and they drew level in the 28th minute.

Greig Spence cut the ball back across goal for Declan McDaid, who was able to squeeze a low shot home from 10 yards.

However, Peterhead’s response was almost immediate.

Leighton McIntosh, who scored a hat-trick when the teams last met in November, forced the ball past Roman with a shot from inside the box on the half hour.

McIntosh, unfortunately, would not last too much longer after suffering a foot injury when colliding with two Cowden defenders, seconds after Roman had pulled off another top spot.

There was a scare for the visitors just before the break when Jack Beaumont fluffed his lines from close range after being picked out by McDaid.

Sutherland was foiled by Roman early in the second period and soon after it was all square again.

Strachan was penalised for handball out on the left in the 53rd minute. Beaumont’s whipped delivery eluded bodies in the box and the ball flew past Graeme Smith.

The equaliser prompted the Blue Toon to up their level on a muddy surface and they carved out several openings.

McAllister sent a header from Sutherland’s corner wide and he then blazed a shot over from Strachan’s pick-out, before driving another effort too high.

McInally’s men kept going and they were rewarded with 15 minutes remaining.

McAllister passed to Nicky Riley, who replaced McIntosh in the first period, and the former Dundee winger’s cross was swept into the net from 10 yards by Redman.

Delight for the travelling band of away fans, which included the matchwinner’s parents and sister.

Jamie Stevenson almost put the seal on the victory with a shot, which deflected just wide after good work from debutant Marc Lawrence, who came on as a late substitute.

So another 3-2 success for Peterhead, who have amassed 34 points from the last 42 available. An incredible return.

PETERHEAD

Smith; Stevenson, Strachan, Gilchrist, Blockley, Redman, Dzierzawski, Ferry, Sutherland, McAllister, McIntosh.

Peterhead     4

Brechin City  1

Sat 27 Feb 2016

McAllister hat-trick helps Blue Toon beat Brechin

“He’s just a legend here, isn’t here? He knows that and we know that.”

The words of Jim McInally, who heralded Rory McAllister after his latest hat-trick helped Peterhead to another League 1 victory.

The 28 year old came back to haunt his former employers Brechin, who continue to prop up the League 1 table.

It was the second time McAllister had claimed a treble this season, on top of the five he bagged at Falkirk in the Petrofac Training Cup in August.

That’s already 30 goals for the Blue Toon frontman, just three shy of his best tally when he helped the Balmoor club win the League 2 title two years ago.

McAllister could have been up and running in the fifth minute after taking a touch to go round Graeme Smith. But sensing a collision with the visiting goalkeeper, he went to ground and was cautioned for simulation, meaning his ever-present tag will end in a fortnight with a suspension now confirmed.

However, he did find the net in the 25th minute, stroking the ball in from a few yards out after unselfish work from Shane Sutherland, who picked out his fellow forward with a neat cutback.

McAllister netted again, seconds before the referee blew for half time. After seeing his free-kick blocked by the Brechin wall, McAllister slammed a well-struck 22 yard shot beyond Smith.

Without being anywhere near their best, Peterhead were well in control but Darren Dods’ team gave them a fright when Liam Watt replied in the 63rd minute.

The on loan Airdrie midfielder’s 16 yard shot found the far corner and from nowhere it was game on.

When Peterhead keeper Graeme Smith fumbled a corner, it appeared as if the hosts were in danger of throwing away a lead until McAllister struck down the other end with a quarter of an hour left.

Latching on to a throughball, the League 1’s top marksman clipped a delightful effort over the advancing Smith. Cunning, cute and classy.

The matchball was McAllister’s but only after Sutherland put the seal on the win with a cool finish when through on goal in stoppage time.

Winning handsomely without hitting top form – can’t be bad.

PETERHEAD

Smith; Stevenson, Ross, Gilchrist, Strachan, Dzierzawski, Ferry, Redman, Sutherlan, McAllister, Riley.

 

Albion Rovers  1

Peterhead        1

Sat 05 Mar 2016

Last gasp penalty rescues Blue Toon

Persistent Peterhead salvaged a point with a stoppage time penalty, despite an unconvincing display against Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill.

Ally Love’s 16th minute strike looked like condemning the Blue Toon to their first League 1 defeat in more than four months.

But after Scott McBride was punished for handball in the box, Rory McAllister kept his cool to slot in the spot kick with seconds remaining.

Relief for the Balmoor outfit, who ended up strengthening their grip on second spot, with Ayr losing at bottom of the table Brechin.

Blue Toon manager Jim McInally said: “We were really poor in the first half and probably should have been out of it.”

“We kept playing in the wrong areas and Graeme Smith had to make a great save to stop us going two goals behind.”

“We did not have any quality so to score that late penalty and come away with a point is pleasing and with Ayr losing, it actually makes it a terrific result.”

Peterhead’s last visit to Coatbridge was decided by Love’s solitary goal and the exact same outcome appeared on cards.

Love struck with a close range effort to give Darren Young’s team a lead, which looked like being decisive.

But the second half introduction of Marc Lawrence at the heart of the midfield aided the Blue Toon, who could not have left it much later to preserve their undefeated run.

McInally continued: “Marc really showed our players how to do it.  He is just 17 but he came on and did a great job in the middle of the park.”

“He showed a real enthusiasm, which helped us stay in the game and so did Scott Ferries, who is now back with us after his loan at East Stirling.”

“Their energy gave us a lift when we needed it.”

“It was not a good performance but at least the players did not give in so we will take the point.”

PETERHEAD

Smith; Stevenson, Ross, Strachan, Blockley, Dzierzawski, Ferry, Redman, Brown, McAllister,  Sutherland.

Stenhousemuir  1

Peterhead           4

Sat 12 Mar 2016

Peterhead march on with victory at Stenny

Another display of clinical finishing saw Peterhead power past Stenhousemuir to consolidate second spot in League 1.

Goals from Jamie Stevenson and Leighton McIntosh, either side of Shane Sutherland’s double, gave the Blue Toon their latest victory.

Stenny did pull one back through Carlos Martinez and had other opportunities to further cut the deficit.

However, the visitors, minus the suspended Rory McAllister, had already sealed the points by then to right the wrongs of their last visit to Ochilview when they let slip a three goal lead.

Peterhead manager Jim McInally, whose men are now 17 undefeated, said: “I’m happy that we have come away with the win.”

“It was not as straightforward as the result might suggest but I thought we looked a confident side and took our goals well.”

“We got a bit complacent and sloppy in the second half and conceded too many chances to them, especially in the last 15 minutes.”

“It was probably in the back of the everybody’s mind what happened the last time down here so the players did well to overcome that.”

“It’s also pleasing that we have managed to score another four goals, even without Rory.”

“We don’t make a fuss about suspensions, we just get on with it, knowing that we have a squad of good players capable of winning matches and to go almost the half the season unbeaten is brilliant.”

A left foot drive by Stevenson saw Peterhead take a 13th minute lead and then Sutherland scored the first of his goals just before the interval.

Warriors goalkeeper Colin McCabe was fortunate to escape a red card when he floored McIntosh in the 54th minute and Sutherland converted the resultant penalty.

McIntosh soldiered on to score the Blue Toon’s fourth midway through the second half before Martinez’s late consolation.

So more plaudits for the players, who keep re-writing the script with this remarkable run. Happy days..or is it?

McInally joked: “Graeme Smith came in moaning about our lack of clean sheets!”

PETERHEAD

Smith; Strachan, Ross, Gilchrist, Noble, Lawrence, Dzierzawski, Redman, Stevenson, Sutherland, Riley.

 

Peterhead  0

Stranraer    0

Tue 15 Mar 2016

Peterhead go half a season unbeaten after Stranraer stalemate

You get some goalless draws, which throw up drama, entertainment and action.

Sadly this was not one of them.

It was perhaps surprising that free-scoring Peterhead failed to breach the Stranraer goal and an even bigger shock they could not muster a single opportunity.

But the Blue Toon did show heart and fight to ensure if they could not win the game, they would not lose it either.

Therefore, it was a point gained, which stretched their unbeaten run to 18 matches in League 1, exactly half the season.

Pride and praiseworthy for Peterhead, who came into the match tucked in behind title favourites Dunfermline and near stick on certainties for the play-offs.

Having swept aside Stenhousemuir on Saturday, manager Jim McInally made three changes to freshen up the team.

Rory McAllister and Simon Ferry returned from suspension while Jordon Brown was promoted from the bench. The trio making way were Nicky Riley, Marc Lawrence and the injured Jamie Stevenson.

Scott Ross, who was named Man of the Match by the sponsors, made a key contribution in the 14th minute to prevent the visitors going in front. Willie Gibson’s low cross was pushed out by Graeme Smith into the path of Andy Stirling and his eight yard shot was well blocked by Ross.

Stirling will feel he should have scored and Scott Robertson ought to have done better in the 36th minute as Brian Reid’s team continued to enjoy the lion’s share of possession. Kyle Turner pulled the ball back from the right flank but Robertson could not keep his 12 yard effort down.

Apart from a poked 18 yard Jordon Brown effort, which went wide, Peterhead failed to ask questions of the Stair Park men, although goalkeeper Cameron Belford almost gifted the Blue Toon a chance with a poor clearance.

The Petrofac Training Cup finalists did improve after the break and they saw much more of the ball but finding a way through a stubborn Stranraer rearguard continued to be a struggle.

Not that Smith was overworked down the other end. Far from it, although he was forced to turn behind Turner’s 20 yard shot for a corner.

Leighton McIntosh, who scored a screamer at Ochilview at the weekend, was introduced alongwith Nathan Blockley and Riley but the game petered out and both teams were content to take a point apiece.

Neither of tonight’s two Champions League matches could serve up a goal either so maybe this spectacle was not too bad after all.

PETERHEAD

Smith; Strachan, Ross, Gilchrist, Noble, Redman, Ferry, Dzierzawski, Brown, Sutherland. McAllister.

 

 

Peterhead        1

Airdrieonians  0

Sat 19 Mar 2016

Andy's winner confirms play-off spot

The last time Peterhead forward Andy Rodgers scored at Balmoor, he took personal satisfaction in denting Dunfermline’s promotion push from League 1.

That was 11 months ago.

But his goal against Airdrie was all about helping his own team’s bid to move up to the Championship.

Rodgers struck in the 76th minute to give the Blue Toon a narrow but deserved win and the significance of it was confirmation of Peterhead’s place at the end of season play-offs.

It was near enough confirmed anyway, but certain is better than probable and to achieve it with five games remaining is commendable.

Rodgers latched on to a pass from fellow substitute Jordon Brown to roll in the winner.

This time he didn’t bother running the length of the pitch celebrating because the Pars fans, who love to hate him, obviously weren’t there and Airdrie’s army give him less grief.

But he still more than enjoyed his moment. It was his first goal this season so why shouldn’t he?

For long spells, Peterhead looked like they were heading for another goalless draw after their Stranraer stalemate.

But this was better than Tuesday and while Airdrie goalkeeper Neil Parry did not have too much to do, the hosts were on top and did enough to merit the three points.

First half opportunities fell the way of Nicky Riley and Scott Ross, from Ryan Strachan corners.

Steven Noble then cracked a right footed shot off the crossbar at the start of the second half, with Rory McAllister unable to direct the rebound on target.

McAllister spurned another chance as the clock ticked down and he eventually drifted out to the left so that Rodgers could take centre stage. Literally.

The 32 year old’s finish was cool and composed as he tucked away his effort on his left foot.

Impressive as well, given the fact his game time has been very limited this season due to the form of McAllister, Shane Sutherland and Leighton McIntosh, who have all won League 1 Player of the Month Awards this season.

Airdrie could not respond although Graeme Smith did make an important save to keep out Nicky Cadden’s long-ranger.

So the Diamonds’ scramble for the play-offs continues. No such worries for Peterhead, who are there already.

PETERHEAD

Smith; Blockley, Strachan, Ross, Noble, Lawrence, Ferry, Redman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peterhead        0

Cowdenbeath  1

Sat 26 Mar 2016

The long unbeaten run is ended by the Blue Brazil

The unbeaten record had to be broken at some point.

Nearly five full months had past since the Blue Toon’s League 1 loss at Stenhousemuir. Today, it was relegation threatened Cowdenbeath, who ruined the run.

Greig Spence scored the only goal to lift the Central Park team off bottom spot and deny the Blue Toon a 20th undefeated match.

You could argue the wind was the real winner though.

Cowdenbeath played with the overhead conditions in the first half and a early mistake in the Peterhead defence let in Liam Callaghan, whose shot was charged down by Leighton McIntosh.

Dean Brett then went close with a powerfully hit shot from 35 yards, which flew just over the crossbar.

It was tough for the Blue Toon to create much down the other end, although Rory McAllister saw a free-kick saved by Grant Adam.

The decisive strike in the match came on the half hour when Spence got in behind the home defence to slot the ball past Graeme Smith.

As half time approached, the Blue Toon strung together their best move with McAllister and Leighton McIntosh linking to set up Jordon Brown, whose fine shot did not clear the crossbar by much.

Jim McInally’s men bossed most of the second period but they could not convert.

In the 52nd minute, McAllister bent towards goal a 22 yard free-kick which was closely watched by Adam and then he combined with Nathan Blockey to tee up Brown, who sidefooted wide.

By far their best opportunity fell the way of last week’s winner, Andy Rodgers, in the 67th minute.

A long wind-assisted punt from Smith ran all the way through for the untracked striker but he lofted his shot over the crossbar from 10 yards out.

Other opportunities came and went in the closing stages as Colin Nish’s team held out for the win.

It was when the clocks had just gone back that Peterhead were last beaten. This loss comes just as the clocks go forward.

 

 

 

Rangers      4

Peterhead  0

Sun 10 Apr 2016

Cup final disappointment for Blue Toon

The Petrofac Training Cup will be staying in Glasgow this evening as Rangers ran out 4-0 winners against Peterhead at Hampden Park.

En-route to the final, the Blue Toon had only conceded four goals in the competition whilst scoring thirteen. Today, Rangers put four past them without reply.

The first real chance came after 15 minutes when Kenny Miller pushed into the Peterhead box and cut the ball back for Harry Forrester, and his shot was deflected out for a corner kick. Rangers began to dominate possession and a few minutes later they took the lead.

Miller had time on the left flank to square the ball across the 6 yard box, and Ally Gilchrist got the final touch to send the ball into the back of his own net. 1-0 Rangers.

Shortly afterwards, Peterhead’s Ryan Strachan was forced off with an injury, and he was replaced by Jamie Stevenson in the middle of the park.

Rangers doubled their advantage five minutes before the break. The ball dropped to the right back James Tavernier on the outside of the area, and he rifled the ball into the back of Graeme Smith’s net.

Peterhead, to their credit, almost responded immediately.  The ball was whipped in from a corner and a Peterhead player nodded the ball towards goal, but Jason Holt was on the goal line to clear.

It was a chance that could have changed the complexion of Jim McInally’s half-time teamtalk altogether, and would certainly have given the Blue Toon momentum going into the second period. Alas, they went in at the break 2-0 down.

Both sides cancelled each other out for much of the second half. Nicky Riley had the Peterhead fans on their feet in the 60th minute when he took a shot inside the box. However, his effort was just wide and hit the side netting.

Five minutes from time, Rangers got a third when Jason Holt was brought down inside the box and Andy Halliday converted the resulting penalty.

The scoring was completed in the 89th minute. The ball made its way to Kenny Miller at the back post, who then tucked his shot away.

Perhaps the scoreline was a bit harsh on Peterhead in the end, but Rangers were worthy winners of this Petrofac Training Cup Final. The Blue Toon will now turn their attentions to the playoffs and, more imminently, their next league fixture away at Brechin.

PETERHEAD

Smith; Noble(c), Ross, Gilchrist, Strachan (Stevenson, 26), Redman (McIntosh, 65), McAllister, Sutherland (Riley, 57), Dzierzawski, Brown, Ferry.

Attendance: 48,133.