Montrose and Webster continue their runs of success over Peterhead
Montrose 1 Peterhead 0
Peterhead’s miserable run of results against Montrose continued with the Links Park hosts securing a 1-0 win to extend their unbeaten run against Jim McInally’s side to eight games.
The winner came from Grahame Webster and the Gable Endie is unlikely to be receiving any Christmas cards from Peterhead this December as it was his third penalty goal against the Balmoor men in the last three games.
Danny Strachan and Josh Mulligan returned to the Peterhead team after playing against them in midweek for Dundee’s B team however the third Dark Blue loan player at the club, Lyall Cameron, was injured and missed out.
Brett Long who was an outfield substitute in the 2-1 SPFL Trust Trophy contest on Tuesday was back on goalkeeping duty, and he went on to star, with Andy McCarthy and Russell McLean stepping up from the bench to the starting XI.
The first chance came on 11 minutes when Webster fired for goal however Long dealt with it confidently and four minutes later the shot-stopper was equal to an effort on his goal from Milne.
Milne tried his luck from a free kick on 17 minutes however his dead-ball strike rose and cleared the bar.
As Montrose continued to probe Craig Johnston fired wide on a couple of occasions however the Blue Toon grew into the game and they created danger through former Montrose attacker McLean who rose to meet a cross however he headed over.
Montrose looked to get the second half off to a flyer and Blair Lyons set up a raid on the visitors’ goal that put Milne in a good position however Long tipped his drive wide.
Long was called into action again quickly and this time he conceded another corner by pushing a shot from Cammy Ballantyne over.
A goal for the hosts came on 51 minutes from the penalty spot after Webster ran across the path of Andrew McDonald and when he stumbled to the ground a spot-kick was awarded.
Unfortunately for Peterhead Webster did his usual immaculate job when he slotted home the spot-kick.
Hamish Ritchie who was having a quiet afternoon was replaced by Derek Lyle just after the hour mark and Jason Brown who had not long been booked was replaced by his brother Jordon.
Despite these attacking moves Montrose continued to press and a volley from Cammy
Ballantyne hit the underside of the bar and Milne saw his follow up effort cleared by a Peterhead head.
The changes started to make an impact and the final 10 minutes saw them push the hosts back and they almost grabbed a point with a fierce Niah Payne effort however Allan Fleming produced a fine stop.
Peterhead – Long, Strachan, Jason Brown (Jordon Brown 69), McDonald, Conroy, Mulligan, Scott Brown, McCarthy (Kesson 87), Ritchie (Lyle 62), Payne, McLean
Unused substitutes: Wilson, Mushanu
C Ballantyne (2),
Lyons (15, 27)
S Brown (80)
Despite scoring six goals at Links Park this season Peterhead have not been able to pick up any points at Montrose after losing 4-3 at the Angus ground for the second time this season.
Controversial decisions at the start and the end of the game affected Peterhead adversely however poor defending on the Blue Toon’s part was also a contributing factor in the defeat.
With less than two minutes played Peterhead were all set to take a throw in however the match officials surprisingly awarded the shy to Montrose and with the visitors unsettled one of the two Cammy Ballantyne’s in the Montrose team took full advantage and cracked a shot home.
The afternoon worsened on 15 minutes when the ball was lost in midfield and chipped in between the visiting defence and goalkeeper Greg Fleming. Unfortunately, from a Peterhead point of view, no-one took control of the situation and Blair Lyons took the ball around the Blue Toon shot-stopper and slotted in.
It was 3-0 12 minutes later when Lyons clipped in his second however Peterhead responded well to the mountain they had to climb.
Alan Cook spurned the chance of getting a foothold when he sent a header wide however the former Stenhousemuir soon made amends with a great cross to Derek Lyle but the striker looked to be taken by surprise by Cook’s delivery and failed to convert.
Peterhead did get into the game just before half-time and it came in spectacular fashion with Cook lashing home a long-distance effort.
Manager Jim McInally brough on striker Aidan Smith for midfielder Andrew McCarthy at half-time in a bid to go for goals in the second half.
A spell of pressure failed to bring a goal at the start of the second half and to make matters worse Peterhead fell three behind for a second time when Matty Allan headed home with an hour played.
To their credit Peterhead rallied and Lyle made up for his earlier miss on 68 minutes when he looped over Aaron Lennox and it was 4-3 with ten minutes to go when Scott Brown curled home from 20 yards.
Peterhead were awarded the chance to grab an equaliser in the closing stages when referee Graham Beaton pointed to the spot however after discussions with one of his assistants the award was overturned.
Whilst there was little complaint at that sequence of events there was disappointment in the closing stages when what looked like a handball in the Montrose box went unpunished.
Peterhead – Fleming, Hooper, Boyle, J Brown 90, Stevenson (Ferguson 85), S Brown, Leitch, McCarthy (Smith 46), Cook, Lyle, Boyd (Fraser 67′)
Montrose 4-3 Peterhead
An entertaining seven-goal thriller went the way of basement side Montrose as Peterhead struggled to contain two former players.
Jim McInally’s men looked as though they would collect at least a point from Links Park after coming from 3-1 behind.
But the home team came up with the winner through ex Blue Toon loanee Graham Webster, his second of the game, to register their first victory of the League 1 season.
Joel MacBeath gave the hosts the advantage in the 13th minute when he neatly guided in a back post volley from a tight angle following a corner.
Peterhead were back level six minutes later through a lucky Scott Brown strike, which took a huge deflection off Sean Dillon to wrong-foot Aaron Lennox.
That did not hinder Montrose, who regained the initiative in the 27th minute, Webster bending a 25 yard left foot shot inside the far post.
Paul Watson, who played for Peterhead under John Sheran’s reign, added a third for the Gable Endies just before half-time with a stinging, low drive from fully 30 yards, which beat Greg Fleming.
However, the visitors were right back in the contest early the second half, scoring twice in a matter of minutes.
Mick Dunlop pounced when Montrose failed to clear a free-kick and then Jamie Stevenson showed superb technique to volley in a 12 yard shot after Derek Lyle saw two efforts blocked.
The momentum was with Peterhead but the points ended up with Montrose as Webster powered a 67th minute drive from distance inside the far post.
Fleming, Ferguson, Boyle, J.Brown, Dunlop, Ferry (Conroy 46), Stevenson, S.Brown, Fraser (Smith 70), Lyle (Armour 76), McAllister
Unused. Wilson. Hooper