East Fife v Peterhead

East Fife 1 Peterhead 3

Apr 29, 2021

Peterhead got the job done in terms of securing their place in League 1 next season with the minimum of fuss and two games to spare when they came from behind to win 3-1 at East Fife.

The Blue Toon fell behind to an Aaron Dunsmore goal however Derek Lyle showed he has lost none of his goal-scoring ability by levelling with first goals for the club for Andrew McDonald and Danny Strachan saw the three points head north.

Lenny Wilson kept his place in goal however manager Jim McInally reshuffled his outfield line-up with McDonald starting in defence in place of the suspended Jason Brown with Brown’s sibling, Jordon, replacing Simon Ferry in midfield.

There were also starts form Ben Armour and Derek Lyle with Derryn Kesson given the opportunity to show what he can do straight from kick-off with Hamish Ritchie, Steven Boyd and Niah Payne making way.

The Fifers had a chance after 6 minutes when Aaron Dunsmore and Danny Swanson set up Greig Spence however he fired over and an offside flag would have come to Peterhead’s rescue had Spence found the net.

Six minutes later the hosts created another opening however Ross Davidson was off target with Peterhead’s first chance coming with quarter of an hour gone when Scott Brown fed Kesson with the youngster firing wide.

The opening goal came on 17 minutes and came for the hosts with Dunsmore picking up on a mistake in the visiting defence and slotting in from a tight angle.

Peterhead looked to hit back quickly and Jordon Brown was not far away with a header from a Danny Strachan cross on 20 minutes with Kesson warming the hands of Jordan Hart with a stinging shot shortly afterwards.

Andrew McCarthy was denied an equaliser on 32 minutes when he picked up on a Ross Dunlop error and bore down on goal however Hart scampered from his line to save.

Kyle Bailey headed a Davidson effort off the line on 41 minutes and Peterhead made the most of that reprieve by drawing level with the ‘fox in the box’ Derek Lyle scoring.

A nice passing move allowed Ben Armour to progress deep into enemy territory and his cut back was perfect for 40 year old Lyle to do what he has been doing in senior football since 1999 and stroke the ball into the net.

Within two minutes of the restart the game had turned around completely with the visitors going ahead after McCarthy robbed Scott Agnew of possession and was fouled at the edge of the box.

McDonald stepped up to take it and the defender sent a thumping shot flying into the net past a stunned Hart to claim his first goal since his move from Elgin City in January.

It was East Fife’s time to try and hit back with Swanson firing an effort at Wilson’s goal on 55 minutes however the ball rose and cleared the bar.

Manager McInally freshened things up with Armour and Lyle making way for Payne and Kieran McGrath and McGrath almost made an instant impact as he met a cross however his header failed to trouble Hart.

A third goal came for Peterhead on 77 minutes and it had a made in the north-east stamp all over it as local boy Strachan exchanged passes with on-loan Inverurie Locos player Hamish Ritchie and Strachan moved towards the home goal before slotting in an angled drive.


Peterhead – Wilson, Strachan, McDonald, Bailey, Freeman, Jordon Brown Ritchie 72), McCarthy, Scott Brown, Kesson (Boyd 72), Armour (Payne 64), Lyle (McGrath 64)

Unused substitutes – Rae, Ferry

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

East Fife v Peterhead

East Fife              1

Dowds (22)

Peterhead          0

An afternoon of frustration for Peterhead on and off the park ended in a 1-0 defeat at East Fife. Before the game started there was a change made in the Peterhead line-up with Simon Ferry being replaced by Gary Fraser with manager Jim McInally unhappy at having to drop his player/ coach who could not even take a place on the bench.

A free-kick from the Fifers Scott Agnew on four minutes was the first effort on goal however Greg Fleming saved his effort.

Peterhead raced to the other end and Derek Lyle picked out Jack Leitch with a deft cross however the midfielder sent his header from six yards over the bar.

The hosts got their noses in front midway through the opening half when Agnew sent Anton Dowds clear on goal and the striker kept his composure to slide the ball under the advancing Fleming.

Peterhead recovered well from that set-back and were denied an equaliser just after the half hour mark when Brett Long blocked a shot from Fraser.

Another chance for the visitors went unconverted six minutes before the interval when Lyle fired just wide.

Early in the second half former Arbroath attacker Danny Denholm sent a shot past Fleming’s goal with the Blue Toon shot-stopper excelling on 67 minutes when he finger-tipped away an Agnew free-kick that looked net bound as soon as it was struck.

Unfortunately for Peterhead they could not turn pressure on the home goal into restoring parity and a game that started in frustration ended in frustration.