East Fife v Peterhead

Frustration in Fife – East Fife 2 Peterhead 1

Apr 17, 2021

East Fife              2

Denholm (71)

Agnew (78)

Peterhead          1

Ritchie (24)

Controversial penalty decisions marred Peterhead’s 2-1 defeat at East Fife that confirmed that the Blue Toon would finish in the bottom half of League 1 when the split takes place.

Jim McInally’s side led midway through the first half and looked set to be awarded a penalty however despite the stand side assistant appearing to confirm the award nothing was given.

East Fife scored twice after Peterhead were reduced to ten men when Andy McDonald was dismissed and after parity had been restored when Craig Watson was dismissed the Blue Toon were denied a chance to equalise in injury time.

Danny Strachan was handed his first start when he came in to replace the injured Ryan Conroy with Kieran Freeman moving across to left back to allow Strachan in with Andrew McCarthy returning after a one game ban.

In the first minute a quickly taken free kick from McCarthy released Steven Boyd however referee Wilson pulled the game back. When the set-piece was taken Jason Brown headed McCarthy’s cross into the arms of Brett Long.

With five minutes gone a Scott Agnew free-kick found the unmarked Kevin Smith however the striker headed over with the Fifers blowing another great chance three minutes later.

Smith headed down to Ryan Wallace seven yards out however with the goal gaping the attacker blazed high over.

Peterhead responded with Scott Brown having a shot blocked at the expense of a corner that the skipper crossed over for Boyd and he should have done better than head tamely over.

The hosts threatened again when Wallace picked out Danny Denholm and his header brought out a fine leaping save from Joshua Rae.

The opening goal came at the other end on 24 minutes when Scott Brown had a shot blocked and the ball fell into the path of Hamish Ritchie with the on-loan Inverurie Locos midfielder controlling it on his chest before side-footing home.

Within a minute loud visiting appeals for a penalty after what looked like a handball in the home box were waved aside. The stand side assistant appeared to confirm that a spot-kick was the right decision however referee Wilson waved played on.

Ritchie had the chance of a second when he reached a cross from the over-lapping Strachan however this time his effort was off target.

East Fife thought they had levelled on 38 minutes when Watson headed in from a set-piece however whistler Wilson had already blown for a foul.

Before the break Peterhead were penalised twice at the edge of the box and they had Rae to thank for another super stop as he pushed away a Wallace effort with Agnew sending the second dead ball wide.

Three minutes into the second half Rae kept his goal intact again when he finger-tipped away another Agnew free-kick.

Peterhead raced to the other end and Lyle flicked a Ritchie cross wide with goalscorer Ritchie having a glimpse of goal on 57 minutes however he shot straight at Long.

Rae was bang on form and he proved it again on 65 minutes when he produced another fine stop to deny Ross Davidson this time.

The game started moving out of Peterhead’s reach three minutes later when McDonald was dismissed for a trip on Wallace at the edge of the box. A yard further it would have been a penalty and no red card however McDonald trooped off and on 71 minutes East Fife took advantage as Peterhead looked to regroup when Danny Denholm nodded in a corner.

Four minutes later Agnew finally got the better of Rae when he sent what looked like a cross from the right into the far corner of the net.

The Fife sides’ Watson was sent off for a second yellow on 80 minutes and Peterhead thought they would have the chance to grab an equaliser in injury time from the penalty spot for a double handed push on Jason Brown however referee Wilson blew for full time instead.

Peterhead – Rae, Freeman, McDonald, Jason Brown, Ferry (McGrath 80), Ritchie, S Brown, Boyd (Bailey 70), McCarthy, Strachan, Lyle (Armour 62)

Unused substitutes – Wilson (G/k), Jordan Brown, Kesson, Payne

Peterhead v Partick Thistle

Peterhead 0 Partick Thistle 3

Apr 10, 2021

Peterhead went down 3-0 to visitors Partick Thistle with goals either side of half-time taking the game away from the hosts.

Manager Jim McInally made two starting changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Forfar Athletic on Tuesday night with Jordon Brown coming in for the suspended Andrew McCarthy and Niah Payne replaced Ben Armour.

The Blue Toon started brightly and won the game’s first corner on 5 minutes however the visiting defence stood firm and the danger was cleared.

Peterhead continued to press and looked set to take the lead on 13 minutes when Jordon Brown fired for goal however his effort took a deflection and whistled past a Thistle post. Ross Docherty was on the spot for the visitors to head the resultant corner away from goal.

The game began to have a more balanced feel with Docherty bringing a save out of Joshua Rae in the home goal just before the half hour mark.

Brian Graham sent a shot high over the home bar with Connor Murray denied by Rae as Thistle began to take charge and the Glasgow side grabbed the opener on 40 minutes.

Murray sent a low cross into the home box and Joe Cardle turned the ball home however Peterhead responded well to that set-back with Scott Brown going close to an equaliser before the break with a 25 yard free-kick.

Manager McInally was forced into making his second substitution at half-time with Simon Ferry joining Ryan Conroy in picking up a knock with Kieran McGrath coming on at the break to join up with Kyle Bailey who was brought on just before the half-time whistle.

A long clearance from Thistle goalkeeper Jamie Sneddon helped set up their second goal five minutes into the restart with Cardle released and his cross was perfect for Scott Tiffoney to tap in.

Just before the hour mark Rae got his fingertips onto a header from Brian Graham to prevent Thistle going further ahead however from the resultant corner the striker scored when he nodded in.

A stunned home side looked to get back into the game and Scott Brown went close with another free kick however the visitors saw the game out without too much threat on their goal with Zak Rudden going close to adding a fourth goal.

The defeat leaves Peterhead in seventh place nine points ahead of bottom side Forfar and four in front of second bottom Dumbarton with Ian McCall’s side moving up to third.

 

Peterhead – Rae, Freeman, Jason Brown, McDonald, Conroy (Bailey 42), Ritchie, Ferry (McGrath 46), S Brown, Jordon Brown (Armour) Payne (Lyle 66), Boyd (Kesson 72)

Unused substitutes – Strachan, Wilson (G/k),

Forfar Athletic v Peterhead

Forfar 1 Peterhead 1

Apr 6, 2021

Peterhead left Forfar’s Station Park having secured a point in a 1-1 draw however there will be regrets that it was not three points especially as the Blue Toon were leading 1-0 when they were awarded a penalty with six minutes left.

Manager Jim McInally selected the same starting eleven that lost last Tuesday night to Clyde with the Balmoor boss looking for a far punchier display from his men and he got it in the opening stages.

The Blue Toon started off in determined fashion and in the opening seconds Ben Armour sent a warning shot towards the home goal.

With six minutes played skipper Scott Brown fired in one of his trademark powerfully hit shots from the edge of the box and Forfar goalkeeper Marc McCallum had to make a fine stop to keep out Brown’s low effort.

Brown tried his luck again two minutes later but again McCallum was equal to it with Steven Boyd shooting wide of goal shortly afterwards.

As Peterhead continued to push and probe a scramble in front of the Forfar goal ended when Armour was denied from close range.

Forfar tried to make the most of Peterhead not making a breakthrough when Scott Shepherd was presented with a chance on 20 minutes however his effort was blocked. Shepherd did well to win a corner for the hosts midway through the opening half however the Blue Toon got back on top however they could not turn chances into goals.

Andy McDonald became the latest player to be denied by McCallum when the shot-stopper prevented his effort hitting the top corner and Armour was kept out when a curling shot was caught by the Loons number one.

Peterhead’s misfortune in front of goal continued at the start of the second half with Boyd cutting past the high defence before firing over.

However with an hour gone the Balmoor men finally got a goal and it was on-loan Inverurie Locos midfielder Hamish Ritchie the grabbed it. The attacking midfielder timed his run perfectly to avoid an offside flag and he finally got the better of McCallum as he stroked the ball home.

Ritchie could have grabbed a quick-fire second however he dragged his effort wide of goal with the same player firing wide of goal with 20 minutes left.

With seven minutes left Peterhead had the perfect opportunity to move further ahead when Scott Brown was brought down in the box by Graeme Holmes however Boyd’s effort from 12 yards was saved by McCallum.

The Station Park side made the most of that reprieve by grabbing an equaliser on 86 minutes when Bernard Coll picked out Martin Scott and his header crossed the line despite Joshua Rae’s best efforts.

Peterhead – Rae, Freeman, Jason Brown, MacDonald, Conroy, Ferry, S Brown, McCarthy, Ritchie (Jordon Brown 85), Boyd (McGrath 87), Armour (Payne 66)

Unused substitutes – Wilson (G/k), Bailey, Kesson, Lyle, Strachan

Peterhead v Clyde

Peterhead 0 Clyde 2

Mar 30, 2021

Peterhead 0 Clyde 2

Peterhead were the better side against visitors Clyde for an hour of their match however the game turned on a wonder-strike from the visiting Craig Howie and the Bully Wee ended up with a 2-0 win after Ross Cunningham added a well-taken second.

Blue Toon manager Jim McInally made one change to his starting line up when Clyde came calling with Steven Boyd starting in place of Niah Payne.

Isaac Layne who was a substitute for Saturday’s 1-0 success at Dumbarton was on the bench for the Sons at Falkirk after agreeing a loan move to the Sons earlier in the day.

The first chance of the game came on 14 minutes when Ryan Conroy whipped in a free kick towards the Clyde goal however David Mitchell stretched to his left and pushed the ball past for a corner.

Andy McDonald reached the resultant flag kick however he sent his header wide.

With 27 minutes gone Clyde’s Lewis Jamieson had a glimpse of goal however he sent his shot high and wide.

Six minutes later trickery from Steven Boyd created danger deep in the visitors’ box and his deep cross picked out Kieran Freeman at the back post however the defender was unable to side-foot an effort on target and the ball was scrambled clear with Ben Armour firing a chance from the resultant corner wide.

At the start of the second half a long throw in released Armour and his looping shot was held at the second attempt by Mitchell.

Boyd was beavering away up front however he was unable to work himself into a shooting position and McDonald tried to help out with an ambitious effort from 30 yards however the visiting goal was not troubled.

The match turned in dramatic circumstances on 62 minutes when a long free kick from the half way line reached Craig Howie and the half-time substitute controlled the ball on his chest before cracking a ‘Goal of the Season’ contender past Joshua Rae.

It was 2-0 to Clyde 11 minutes later when Ally Love curled over a cross that picked out Ross Cunningham who deftly touched the ball past Rae and then slid it into an empty home net.

If Peterhead needed further confirmation that it was not going to be their night it came on 82 minutes when substitute Jordon Brown picked out fellow replacement Derek Lyle with a curling cross and Lyle’s header swept past Mitchell however it hit the post and bounced to safety.

Marc Lamont had a late chance to make it 3-0 when he flicked the ball past Rae however the goalkeeper won the race for the ball before it crossed the line.

 

Peterhead – Rae, Freeman (Lyle 76), McDonald, Jason Brown, Conroy, Ferry, S Brown, Ritchie (Kesson 76), Boyd (Jordon Brown 64), McCarthy, Armour (Payne 65)

Unused substitutes – Payne, Strachan, McGrath, Wilson (G/k), Bailey