Falkirk v Peterhead

Falkirk 2 Peterhead 1

Aug 7, 2021

Peterhead manager Jim McInally had no qualms about the final result as his side went down 2-1 at Falkirk however he remains disappointed that his side were not allowed to put pressure on the home side after two strong penalty claims were ignored.

The Bairns, who benefitted early when a Leon McCann challenge went unpunished, led at the break through Craig McGuffie’s goal and when that was added to early in the second half by Paul Dixon a long afternoon could have been in store.

Despite this the Blue Toon rallied and after a handball in the home box went unpunished Jordon Brown pulled a goal back deep into injury time however it was too little and too late.

The Balmoor outfit continued with Brett Long in goal and Andrew McCarthy at right back with Jason Brown returning at centre back and Josh Mulligan moving into midfield to replace Lyall Cameron who dropped to the bench.

It looked like McInally’s side would get an early chance to take the lead when Mulligan arrived unannounced in the home box and was felled by Callumn Morrison however referee Matthew MacDermid delighted the noisy home support behind the goal when he waved on.

The Peterhead players were incensed by the decision however their mood lifted when Long produced a fine save from Morrison with Aidan Keena not able to get onto the loose ball.

Paul Sheerin’s side opened the scoring on 14 minutes when Morrison crossed and McGuffie rose to head home. Falkirk looked to quickly add to their lead with Morrison again forcing Long into a fine stop and Keena sending a good chance wide.

Former Hearts striker Keena sent another chance wide before the break however nine minutes into the second half it was all smiles for Falkirk as Paul Dixon netted via the crossbar after Aidan Nesbitt’s shot had been deflected.

It looked like Falkirk would now cruise to victory however the visitors started to believe they could get something and Russell McLean looked set to net as he bore down on goal however Ben Hall popped up to end the danger with a timely tackle.

Long denied Falkirk’s new recruit Samuel Ompreon a debut goal before referee MacDermid surprised everyone again by missing a handball in the home box however Jason Brown ensured that the Blue Toon got some consolation when he took advantage of slackness in the home defence to pull a goal back in injury time.

Jim said: “If you look at the 90 minutes you would have to say that Falkirk deserved to win. However we should have, in my opinion, had a penalty in the first couple of minutes. That would have allowed us to have Falkirk worried and have their fans getting on their backs so it was disappointing not to get that chance.”

“It was the same with 15 minutes left. Our goal was too late but if we got the penalty on 75 minutes we would have created a nervous atmosphere. The players deserve credit for sticking at things however I am irked by a couple of things.”

 

Peterhead – Long, McCarthy, Jordon Brown, McDonald, Conroy, Mulligan (Strachan 66), Ferry (Cameron 52), Scott Brown, Payne (Jordon Brown 85), McLean, Ritchie

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

Falkirk v Peterhead

Strong second half not enough to repair damage of insipid first

Dec 5, 2020

Falkirk                 2

Alston (25)

Sammon (45+1)

 

Peterhead          1

Cameron (77)

Peterhead again produced a ‘Night and Day’ performance as they went down 2-1 at Falkirk however a solid second half performance was not enough to repair the damage caused by a listless first 45 minutes.

Manager Jim McInally made two changes with Gary MacKenzie coming in for only his second start in the league and Alan Cook replacing Ben Armour who did not make the bench after pulling out on Friday night due to a hamstring problem.

The hosts had the first opening on 7 minutes when a break down the right created a chance for Connor Sammon however Joshua Rae was equal to it. A minute later Steven Boyd had a glimpse of goal for Peterhead however he chipped his effort wide.

On 18 minutes Anton Dowds burst clear of the visiting defence however Rae came out on top in their one to one confrontation by parrying his shot.

MacKenzie sent a header over the Falkirk bar and the Bairns made the most of that reprieve by opening the scoring on 25 minutes when Blair Alston converted a Charlie Telfer pass from 17 yards.

The Blue Toon looked to hit back and Boyd was on target when he cracked a half-volley towards the home goal however PJ Morrison made a fine block.

In first half injury time Falkirk moved two ahead with Telfer again the architect as he picked out Sammon with a pass and the striker slotted past Rae.

McInally had stern words with his side at the interval and just three minutes into the restart Alan Cook flicked Gary Fraser’s free-kick over.

On 55 minutes Cook should have brought Peterhead back into the game after he was picked out by Ryan Conroy who had twisted his way through the Falkirk defence to pick out his team-mate three yards from goal however Cook fired wide.

Boyd sent an opening wide before Falkirk almost picked Peterhead off from a breakaway with Dowds sending a header against the bar.

Lyall Cameron marked his introduction to the game quickly by cracking home a shot following a corner.

The goal triggered nerves in the league leaders and those nerves increased further when on-loan Dundee youngster Cameron had another glimpse of goal only for his shot to be blocked.

Jason Brown was sent forward in the closing stages as Peterhead searched for an equaliser and the move almost worked however the defender sent an injury time shot over Falkirk’s bar.

Jim said: “The second half was the standard I was expecting. The first half was not.”

Peterhead – Rae, Freeman, MacKenzie (Lyle 70) J Brown, Bailey, Conroy, Fraser, S Brown, McCarthy (Cameron 74), Boyd, Cook

Unused substitutes – Wilson, Kesson, Bakar

Falkirk v Peterhead

Falkirk                 3

Miller (9), McManus (25pen, 61)

 

Peterhead          0

 

A disappointing first half at The Falkirk Stadium aligned with a soft penalty decision gave Peterhead a mountain to climb and despite a much more competitive second half the Blue Toon went down 3-0 to the title chasing Bairns.

Manager Jim McInally’s game plan to frustrate Falkirk for as long as possible came unstuck after just nine minutes when Lee Miller showed the skills that made him a Scotland striker earlier in his career by slotting home an Aidan Connolly pass.

What the visitors did not need as they looked to get back into the game was for referee Craig Napier to hand Falkirk the chance of a second goal via the penalty spot 16 minutes later however that is what happened.

The award came when Connolly drilled a free-kick into a visiting defensive wall and Simon Ferry was harshly penalised for handball with Declan McManus netting from 12 yards to double Falkirk’s advantage.

Manager Jim McInally replaced Ryan Conroy with Alan Cook at the break and the January signing pepped up his side by driving at the home defence.

Cook had a shot saved and a much-improved performance gave Peterhead hope of getting back into the game.

That hope was extinguished on 61 minutes with Peterhead left with a grievance over this goal as well.

Jack Leitch looked to be fouled a few yards outside his own box however referee Napier awarded the free-kick to Falkirk and McManus cracked home the deal ball to make the score 3-0.

Peterhead saw the game out without any more damage however they were left rueing their slow start as well as key decisions in the second half that went against them.

The Balmoor men continue to sit third bottom of the table after Stranraer went down 4-1 at Montrose and Forfar lost 2-1 to Falkirk’s title rivals Raith Rovers.

 

Peterhead – Fleming, Eadie, J Brown, Bollan, Boyle, Conroy (Cook 46), Stevenson, Ferry, S Brown, Leitch (Fraser 60), Lyle (Boyd 65)

Unused substitutes – Smith, Armour, Ferguson, Wilson (G/k)

Falkirk v Peterhead

FALKIRK 4-0 PETERHEAD

Jack Leitch was restored to the team after an injury lay-off but Peterhead crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Falkirk, who scored twice in each half in a dominant display.

Connor Sammon started the rout in the 13th minute, heading past Greg Fleming from close range following a Louis Longridge cross.

Midway through the half, David McMillan rattled the post and that was a warning shot for the visitors because the former St Johnstone midfielder drilled home a crisp shot nine minutes before the interval.

Sammon had the chance to score his second and Falkirk’s third in the 59th minute when Scott Hooper conceded a penalty.  Fleming saved the spot-kick but Longridge reacted first to stab in the rebound.

Five minutes later, Declan McManus netted the goal of the game with an effort from outside of the box, which found the bottom corner.

The result, coupled with Montrose’s victory at Airdrie, saw the Blue Toon slump to second bottom of League 1.