Peterhead v Montrose

Peterhead 1 Montrose 1

Dec 22, 2020

Peterhead 1

Layne (21pen)

Montrose 1

Webster (68pen)

Peterhead manager Jim McInally spent the day handing out Christmas Hampers to the local community of the Peterhead area in conjunction with the SPFL Trust and the Balmoor boss also found time to make two changes from Saturday’s win at Partick Thistle.

Ryan Conroy was missing out through injury with Alan Cook coming in to replace him and Isaac Layne dropping to the bench with Lyall Cameron starting after being a substitute at Firhill.

The Blue Toon nearly got off to a flying start when Scott Brown found Cameron on the left and with the Peterhead skipper darting forward to meet Cameron’s cross with his head however his effort easily cleared that bar.

Peterhead’s injury jinx struck again after only 8 minutes when Gary Fraser fell to the ground after landing awkwardly and his immediate discomfort was recognised by the Montrose players who ushered the ball off the pitch.

Layne came on to replace Fraser, who appeared to suffer a knee injury, with Cook dropping back to a midfield role to allow the substitute to play up-front.

Former Peterhead striker Russell McLean had the ball into the net on 16 minutes however an offside flag was raised and as play raced to the other end Cameron’s trickery saw him send a ball across the face of the Montrose goal however there were no takers.

On 21 minutes Layne made an impact as he darted away from Kerr Waddell and charged into the Montrose penalty box with Kerr impeding his progress at the expense of a penalty that Layne lashed high past Allan Fleming.

Five minutes later Layne was all set to convert a Cameron pass and make it 2-0 until Andrew Steeves produced a last gasp tackle.

Montrose began to edge into the game and Kyle Bailey almost gave them a helping hand with a short headed pass-back however Joshua Rae came to his rescue.

Graham Webster got free on the left hand side of the hone box on 35 minutes however he sent his shot high over Rae’s bar.

Just before half-time Peterhead had claims for a second penalty turned down when Steven Boyd went down under a challenge from Sean Dillon as he waited for a cross.

Half time Peterhead 1 Montrose 0

Montrose had Peterhead pinned back in the opening stages of the second half and manager McInally responded by bringing on Derek Lyle for Layne in a bid to keep the visitors occupied in their own half.

Simon Ferry robbed Lewis Milne of the chance of an equaliser on the hour mark with a superb sliding tackle with Craig Johnston scooping the loose ball into the arms of Rae.

A leveller did arrive on 68 minutes and it too came from the penalty spot with Webster slotting in from 12 yards after Jason Brown had tangled with McLean.

A further enforced substitution came on 73 minutes when Gary MacKenzie was replaced by Derryn Kesson in what could never be called a like for like move with another reshuffle of positions by the Peterhead coaching team seeing Ferry drop into centre half with Kesson playing further forward.

A minute later a superbly timed sliding tackle from Kieran Freeman denied Webster the chance to run at Rae’s goal with the Montrose man denied late on when Ferry kicked his header away from the Peterhead goal.

The hosts had looked to hit on the break however Cook thumped their best effort high over however there was to be no further scoring.


Peterhead – Rae, Bailey, MacKenzie (Kesson 73), J Brown, Freeman, Ferry, S Brown, Fraser ((Layne 9) Lyle 59), Cameron, Boyd, Cook

Unused substitutes – Wilson, Bakar

Peterhead v East Fife

Peterhead stand firm to see off East Fife 2-1

Dec 12, 2020

Peterhead          2

Cameron (20)

Brown (50)

East Fife              1

Denholm (34’minutes)

Ten-man Peterhead stood strong to earn a 2-1 win over East Fife at Balmoor to secure their third league success of the season.

Lyall Cameron grabbed his third goal of the season to put the Blue Toon ahead however Danny Denholm levelled before the break.

Skipper Scott Brown thumped Peterhead ahead for a second time early in the second half however it quickly became a ‘backs to the wall performance’ as Gary Fraser was sent off for an off the ball incident.

After starting recent games against Forfar and Falkirk at too slow a pace Peterhead were out the blocks quickly against Darren Young’s side with Scott Brown bringing out an early save from Brett Long.

Peterhead took the lead on 20 minutes thanks to the quick thinking of Kyle Bailey who had ventured forward for a corner. The visiting defence failed to clear Ryan Conroy’s delivery and Bailey, with his back to goal, looked up and fed the ball back to Cameron at the edge of the box and the on-loan Dundee youngster slammed home.

A solid tackle from Andrew McCarthy set up Fraser to have a shot at goal that Long needed two attempts to hold on 28 minutes however McCarthy hobbled off shortly afterwards after a knee knock.

Alan Cook came on and the disruption seemed to affect the hosts with East Fife equalising on 34 minutes when Jack Hamilton broke clear and rather than shooting the striker picked out Danny Denholm who tapped in.

Scott Brown was just off target with a shot before the break however five minutes into the second half the midfielder got everything inch perfect as he lashed home a volley from 25 yards to put Peterhead back in front.

Thoughts of going on and increasing the advantage became thoughts of seeing out the 2-1 score-line after Fraser was dismissed on 65 minutes for an incident that occurred off the ball.

Peterhead responded to Fraser’s dismissal by bringing on Isaac Layne for Cameron and dropping Steven Boyd into a midfield role and adopting a 4-4-1 formation.

The Fife side started to enjoy plenty of possession as they pushed and probed for an opening and it looked like they had grabbed a late equaliser when Hamilton headed goalward late on however Joshua Rae dived on top of the ball.

The final whistle sounded shortly afterwards and the three points remained in Peterhead with McInally saying: “The players deserve great credit for staying as well-organised as they did. I am not convinced that Gary deserved to be sent off but I will take my time and consider whether an appeal is the right thing to do.”



Rae, Bailey, MacKenzie, J Brown, Freeman, Fraser, McCarthy (Cook 30),  S Brown, Conroy, Cameron (Layne 66), Boyd (Lyle 85)

Unused substitutes – Kesson, Bakar, Wilson

Peterhead v Forfar

Frustration against Forfar – Peterhead 0 Forfar Athletic 1

Nov 28, 2020

Peterhead 0


Forfar Athletic 1

Barr (44)

Peterhead paid the price for an off-colour first half performance and a shot-shy second 45 minutes as Forfar left Balmoor with their first three points of the season after a 1-0 success.

Boosted by last Saturday’s win over Dumbarton the Blue Toon made only one change with the free from suspension Jordan Brown coming in for Simon Ferry who is still feeling the effects of a hamstring injury.

The Balmoor side started sluggishly and Scott Shepherd had the chance to fire Forfar ahead on 14 minutes however the Loons striker slipped his shot well past.

Home skipper Scott Brown tried to lift his side five minutes later with a powerful drive however his shot cleared the bar. As Peterhead tried to play themselves into that Steven Boyd created an opening for Ben Armour on the half hour mark, however the striker who grabbed the winner last weekend was off target.

Forfar opened the scoring a minute from half-time when a breakaway caught out the home defence and Daniel Scally picked out the unmarked Bobby Barr with a cross and the experienced wide-man headed past Joshua Rae

Gary Mackenzie was brought on for Kyle Bailey at the break and as Peterhead dominated territoriality Ryan Conroy curled a free-kick wide.

Mackenzie sent a header straight at Forfar shot-stopper Marc McCallum with the big defender poking another chance midway through the second 45 minutes.

Alan Cook and Derek Lyle were brought on in a bid to make a breakthrough however no further clear cut chances were created to leave Peterhead boss Jim McInally saying: “We paid the price for not being near our best in the first half.”


Peterhead – Rae, Bailey (MacKenzie 46), J Brown, Freeman, Conroy, Cameron, S Brown, Fraser (Cook 61), McCarthy (Lyle 62), Boyd, Armour

Unused substitutes – Kesson, Bakar, Wilson

Peterhead v Dumbarton

Injury jinx strikes again however Blue Toon see off Dumbarton 1-0

Nov 21, 2020

Peterhead 1

Armour (4)

Dumbarton 0



Peterhead secured their first home league win of the season with a 1-0 win over Dumbarton with the Blue Toon having to dig deep to see off the Sons.

Everything in the Blue Toon garden looked rosy early on when Ben Armour scored however after injury problems again resurfaced with Simon Ferry and Isaac Layne going off the hosts had to dig deep to keep Dumbarton out.

Wise words from manager Jim McInally at half-time saw Peterhead enjoy the better of the chances in the second half however they kept everyone on their toes as they could not score a second goal but eventually a 1-0 win was secured.

Peterhead with Joshua Rae back in goal took the lead on four minutes when Andrew McCarthy worked his way free on the right and picked out Alan Cook with a cut-back. Cook’s shot was saved by Kevin Dabrowski however Armour was on hand to lash the loose ball home.

Ferry came off just before the quarter hour mark after suffering a hamstring injury and that saw Lyall Cameron come on and tactical changes took place with Kyle Bailey going into central defence and McCarthy moving to right back.

These changes unsettled Peterhead and Dumbarton took control and they could have equalised when Adam Frizzell sent over a cross that was begging to be put in with Jamie Wilson only inches away from converting.

Former Peterhead player Ryan McGeever headed a good chance over before the break however the half -time break allowed Peterhead the chance to regroup and the second half was a more even affair.

Steven Boyd missed a great chance to make it 2-0 and Rae did well to keep out a Sam Wardrop shot as Dumbarton pressed.

Injury issues surfaced again when Layne had to be replaced by Hashim Bakar after he looked to have suffered a knee problem with Derek Lyle failing to ease nerves when he headed over just before the end.

Nerves were finally soothed with the final whistle and Peterhead had picked up their second win of the season.

Peterhead – Rae, Freeman, Conroy, Ferry (Cameron 13), Bailey, Brown, McCarthy, Fraser, Boyd, Cook (Layne 65 (Bakar 86)), Armour (Lyle 65)

Unused substitutes – Kesson, Trialist, Wilson

Peterhead v St Johnstone

Betfred Cup run comes to an end

Nov 14, 2020

Peterhead          1

Rooney (78og)

St Johnstone      3

May (49pen, 60pen)

Kane (77)


Peterhead’s Betfred Cup journey came to an end after a 3-1 defeat from visitors St Johnstone who put in a strong second half performance to ensure that they finished at the top of Group C.

Stevie May grabbed two penalties for his side, with his first spot-kick given for an offence that went unseen by everyone apart from referee Steven Anderson, with the second a more obvious award.

Chris Kane added a third before Peterhead responded instantly through an own goal

The blustery conditions meant that neither side got into any rhythm in the early stages with the first real opening coming in 20 minutes for the Perth side.

May darted down the left after a Guy Melamed pass had sliced open the home defence however Lenny Wilson ended the danger by getting down low to cut out the former Aberdeen player’s cross.

A tug on Steven Boyd’s jersey five minutes later gave Peterhead a free-kick in a dangerous position however Gary Fraser’s effort cleared Zander Clark’s bar without worrying the visiting goalkeeper.

Craig Conway created space 25 yards from goal on 27 minutes however his parting shot matched Fraser’s.

The hosts suffered a blow when Ben Armour had to come off just before the half hour with Alan Cook coming on in his place.

Peterhead should have been behind at the break after Scott Brown had given away a free-kick just outside the right-hand side of the home box. Conway flighted the dead ball to the back post where Shaun Rooney was waiting however the full-back steered his effort wide.

The second half got off to the worst possible start with St Johnstone awarded a penalty on 49 minutes after whistler Anderson spotted an infringement in the box that no-one in the Perth camp had claimed for. That did not trouble May who drilled home from 12 yards.

Freeman did well to stop a St Johnstone counter-attack on the hour mark however as the visitors kept up the pressure the on-loan Dundee United youngster tripped May and referee Anderson again pointed to the spot.

May did another immaculate job from the spot as Saints moved two ahead with Peterhead manager Jim McInally responding by taking off defender Jason Brown and bringing on striker Derek Lyle.

A third goal arrived on 77 minutes when Andrew McCarthy lost possession 30 yards from goal and substitute Callum Hendry released fellow replacement Chris Kane who drilled under Wilson at his near post.

McCarthy atoned for his error in the best possible way by getting free on the right and his low cross was turned into his own net by Rooney under pressure from Lyle.

Scott Brown slipped a late effort past a post as Peterhead continued to try and reduce the deficit.

Peterhead – Wilson, Bailey, Freeman, J Brown (Lyle 63), Conroy, Ferry, S Brown, Fraser (Cameron 68), McCarthy, Boyd, Armour (Cook 29)

Unused substitutes –Kesson, Bakar