Falkirk v Peterhead

Falkirk v Peterhead

Falkirk 3 Peterhead 1

Aug 14, 2022

Peterhead took the lead at Falkirk just before the half-time whistle in a game where Blue Toon goalkeeper Jack Newman had been busy however the Bairns raced up the park and levelled before going on to secure a 3-1 win.
Max Gillies’ first senior goal led to hopes of frustration building at The Falkirk Stadium only for Ryan Williamson to charge forward and equalise before second half goals from Callumn Morrison and Gary Oliver secured the points for John McGlynn’s side.
The Balmoor men went into the game boosted by the loan signings of Jack Wilkie and Ewan Murray from Dundee with midfielder Murray handed a start alongside Andrew McDonald who was returning from suspension with David Wilson and Danny Strachan making way. Falkirk who were beaten 4-0 by Airdrie in their last outing were out to make it up to their fans with a quick goal and they came close on eight minutes. Williamson found himself in space on the right flank and he cut the ball back to Stephen McGinn who picked out Juan Alegria with a cross. His knockdown was perfect for Morrison to crack home however Ryan Strachan made a superb block. Five minutes later Morrison, who was to prove to be a thorn in Peterhead’s side all afternoon darted from just inside the visitors’ half and after dancing his way past a couple of challenges his parting shot was pushed away by Newman. Midway through the opening half Aidan Nesbitt crossed for Morrison who had ghosted in at the back post with the winger sending a header against the top of the bar and over. Peterhead were trying to force their way into the game at the other end however they found themselves under pressure again on 25 minutes with Newman having to save from Finn Yeats before denying Alegria twice in quick succession. Ten minutes from the break a raid on the Falkirk goal was halted by Coll Donaldson who teed up Morrison to run at the Blue Toon backline with Newman again excelling with a low diving save to his right after Morrison had let fly from 20 yards. Four minutes later Alegria hit the outside of the post with a header after referee Stewart Luke had missed a push on Ryan Strachan in the build-up. After sustaining all that home pressure Peterhead showed what they could do as an attacking force by grabbing the lead on 44 minutes. Conor O’Keefe darted clear on the left and his low cross was perfect for Gillies to run onto and side-foot the ball through Nicky Hogarth’s legs from 14 yards. The key for the men in yellow and blue was to hold onto their lead until the break however that did not happen as Williamson was allowed to run from deep inside his own half. After finding himself at the edge of Peterhead’s box he cracked home a left foot shot with the visiting management team left wondering why the full back’s run had not been halted. Falkirk left the pitch to cheers rather than jeers and they looked to build on that quickly into the restart when Alegria was sent clear however ex-Bairn Paul Dixon got back to make a crucial tackle with loud appeals for a penalty waved aside. Twelve minutes into the second half Peterhead charged forward however after their attack was cleared Nesbitt picked out Morrison with a cross-field pass. The Falkirk wide man bore down on Newman’s goal and after skipping past Dixon he sent a shot high into the net to give the hosts the lead. Morrison sent a shot over the bar and Nesbitt had a drive deflected over before O’Keefe was sent off for a late challenge on Leon McCann on 83 minutes with the Blue Toon camp believing that a yellow card would have sufficed. Newman made another fine stop with two minutes left when he pushed away a Morrison effort however from the resultant corner the ten men found themselves two goals behind. Sean Mackie nodded Nesbitt’s dead ball towards Oliver who was standing a yard from goal with the former Morton striker adding a head flick to ensure it went over the line.

Peterhead – Newman, Gillies, McDonald, R Strachan (Wilson 59), Dixon, Jack Brown (Jordon Brown 88), Murray (Wilkie 59), Scullion (McGale 76), Adeyemo, Dow, O’Keefe Unused substitutes – D Strachan, McLeod, Wood (G/k)

Post-Match Interview with Jim McInally: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhKeQzl9INo

Peterhead v Airdrieonians

Peterhead v Airdrieonians

Season opener ends in defeat

Jul 31, 2022

Peterhead’s League 1 campaign started off with a visit from Airdrieonians and it was the men from Lanarkshire who emerged victorious in a 2-0 success. The Diamonds hit the Blue Toon with two goals just before the half-time whistle and despite having chances to get back into the game after the restart the Balmoor men could not get the goal that would have provided a springboard.

Injuries and suspensions prevented Peterhead manager Jim McInally from fielding a settled side in the four Premier Sports Cup games prior to the opening league game and unfortunately absences were again prominent in his starting line-up.

Five regular starters from last season – the injured Jason Brown, Andy McCarthy, Russell McLean and Hamish Ritchie as well as the suspended Andy McDonald were again missing, with manager McInally calling in two trialists to his match day squad and new loan recruit Max Gilles from Queen’s Park.

It was the hosts that earned the first corner of the game on four minutes and they also had the first glimpse of goal when the ball fell to David Wilson on the six-yard line however his effort drifted wide. Airdrie’s player/ manager Rhys McCabe had an effort on target on six minutes with Jack Newman able to deal with it in the centre of his goal.

On nine minutes the Blue Toon had a let off when an Airdrie corner reached Craig Watson at the back post with the visiting defender nodding wide when a goal looked on. Peterhead threatened again on 11 minutes when Ryan Dow flicked the ball onto Conor O’Keefe with the attacker’s volley held by visiting goalkeeper Murray Johnston. Two minutes Newman denied Airdrie a goal with the bar keeping out a header from Justin Devenny and then the shot-stopper making a fine stop from Cammy Ballantyne on the follow-up.

Ballantyne showed his defensive qualities shortly afterwards as he raced back to cut out the danger posed by a break from O’Keefe before Airdrie went close again through a Callum Fordyce header that was cleared from the goal-line. Ola Adeyemo had a shot blocked on 31 minutes with the deadlock broken by Airdrie through a mixture of good luck and fine skill two minutes later. A ball out of the visiting defence was intercepted by Wilson on the half-way line however his clearance struck Callum Smith and ricocheted into the Peterhead half with Smith leading the chase to retrieve it.

Smith scampered down the left before cutting in and driving past Paul Dixon and Wilson before burying a shot past Newman. On 39 minutes it was 2-0 when Devenny swung over a corner from the right and Watson got everything right this time as he rose above Wilson and nodded in. Adeyemo had a header saved before the teams trooped off at the end of the first 45 minutes with Airdrie two ahead.

The Blue Toon came out for the second half with instructions from manager McInally to press Airdrie further up the park and the change showed early signs of working with O’Keefe getting two opportunities after 50 minutes with his first effort blocked and his second slipping wide. Three minutes later a Fordyce clearance was blocked by Adeyemo and that allowed the striker to have a one on one with Johnston however he slipped his shot into the side-netting.

Airdrie responded to Peterhead upping their game with a 25-yard shot from McCabe that Newman had to tip over. A decent chance opened up for Jordon Brown on 57 minutes however he sent his effort off target with the player/ coach replaced shortly afterwards by Ryan Strachan who was looking to add more game time under his belt following ankle surgery. Strachan’s first involvement was to send a pass through the Airdrie rear-guard and find Adeyemo with Watson doing well to get back and block.

Adeyemo was doing everything he could to get on the score-sheet and with 16 minutes left he pounced on a loose ball however his parting shot failed to trouble Johnston. Before the final whistle Gabby McGill was not far away from adding a third for Airdrie before Callum Gallagher slipped an effort past the post for McCabe’s men with Peterhead unable to find the net despite a very competitive second 45 minutes.

Peterhead – Newman, Gillies, Wilson, Dixon, D Strachan, Jack Brown, Trialist (McGale 70), Jordon Brown (R Strachan 61), Dow, O’Keefe (Simpson 84), Adeyemo. Unused substitutes – McLeod, Trialist (g/k)