Peterhead 3 Stranraer 2

Peterhead 3 Stranraer 2

Peterhead welcomed Stranraer to Balmoor on Saturday in The Blue Toon’s 11th fixture of League 2. Stranraer came out on top of the reverse fixture earlier in the season with a 2-1 victory however since then have endured a 5 match losing streak in the league; winning only once since they welcomed Peterhead to Stair Park.

STARTING XI: McKenzie, R. Strachan, Jas. Brown (C), Ross, Goldie, McKee, Jack Brown, O’Keefe, Ward, Shanks, McAllister.

After a morning of showers in Peterhead, the sun shone down on Balmoor in time for a two minute silence which was impeccably held. Joe McKee got the match underway with league leaders Peterhead having a point to prove. With neither side enjoying comfortable spells of possession, the first few early chances fell in favour of Peterhead as O’Keefe’s effort soared over the crossbar and a Shanks header from a McKee delivery was claimed by Budinauckas in the the Stranraer goal. With the Stranraer defence pinned back by The Blue Toon attack, Shanks drove into an area of space through the centre of the pitch where Stranraer attempted to stop the counter attack. Their defending efforts only fell to Rory McAllister who did what he does best and found the back of the net with his curling shot into the far bottom corner. With The Blue Toon in front and in control, Stranraer looked to hit Peterhead on the counter attack in the form of forward Ben Armour who found himself 1-on-1 with Stuart McKenzie. With a huge stop, McKenzie made himself big in the Peterhead goal to deny Armour’s effort and keep Stranraer at bay. After McKenzie’s heroics, Stranraer equalised through former Peterhead forward Ben Armour who after a cross into the Peterhead penalty area, tapped home from close range. With the scoreline level, Peterhead immediately looked to regain control of the match through Ward after another McKee delivery, Ward’s attempt was blocked by the face of Budinauckas. With McKee providing yet again another inch perfect delivery from the corner, the head of Scott Ross aimed towards goal and after some controversy, Kieran Shanks claims he got a touch on it and claimed Peterhead’s 2nd of the afternoon. With Stranraer enjoying a spell of possession before half time in an attempt to level the scoreline once again, Matthew Grant’s effort was denied by McKenzie to keep The Blue Toon in front going into the interval.

HT: Peterhead 2 – 1 Stranraer.

The visitors resumed play after half time and after enjoyable spells of possession from both sides and a yellow card apiece, McAllister took aim from range to grab his 2nd of the afternoon. After catching Budinauckas off his line and chipping the ball in from 25 yards, McAllister’s goal was chalked off having been adjudged to have been offside in the build up prior. His next effort would be a set piece in the form of a free kick from around 25 yards out; however his attempt flew high. With Peterhead pushing to put the game to bed, Shanks’ effort from the edge of the visitors’ penalty area was wide after Ward did well to find the forward in space. Against the run of play, a quick attack from Stranraer resulted in a corner and after failing to properly clear their lines, it was Caleb Goldie who turned the ball into his own net. Subsequently, Ward made way for Jordon Brown in Peterhead’s first replacement of the afternoon. With neither team looking like scoring, Peterhead were enjoying more possession as Jack Brown drove forward however his effort was narrowly wide. The Blue Toon made their 2nd substitute of the match as Aaron Reid was introduced to the match to replace Conor O’Keefe. As the final whistle drew nearer, the fixture looked as though both sides would share points at Balmoor; until Joe McKee stepped up. Awarded a free kick in similar territory as McAllister’s set piece effort earlier, McKee managed to loop his shot over the Stranraer wall and into the bottom corner; leaving Budinauckas with no chance. With Peterhead in front in injury time, a final tactical change saw Ryan Strachan make way for David Wilson to keep things tight for the dying minutes.

FT: Peterhead 3 – 2 Stranraer.

MOTM: Rory McAllister.

After the long trip up north, Stranraer may have felt aggrieved to leave Balmoor empty handed after a 5 goal thriller in Peterhead. The Blue Toon got their much anticipated revenge on Stranraer after the reverse fixture resulted in defeat earlier in the season. With now 6 league wins on the bounce for Jordon and Ryan, eyes immediately look to an away match against in-form Stenhousemuir on Tuesday evening.

The tap is beginning to turn

The tap is beginning to turn

Season 2022/23 begins for Peterhead in the same way that season 2021/22 ended with a game against Airdrieonians however the personnel involved will be very different.

Of the sixteen players that played for the Blue Toon in the 1-1 with the Diamonds back in April only two, Jack Brown and Jordon Brown, were in the squad manager Jim McInally had in for training ahead of this meeting.

A summer exodus of players, as well as cruel luck on the injury front, left Peterhead short of players for their Premier Sports Cup campaign however there is good news on the horizon with Jim saying: “I had always said that this week would start to see players become available. The tap is beginning to turn and we could have up to three new loan signings involved against Airdrie.”

“They are all agreed however we need to get the paperwork completed. We have one, Max Gillies, on board but even if we get them all in, we are still a bit understrength however we will get on with it against Airdrie. We know that the loan signings will strengthen us and hopefully there will be a couple of new recruits in next week as well.”

“Once the injuries clear up, I will have selection problems which is very different to the last few weeks.”

As for the Diamonds Jim said: “Airdrie started last season a good bit ahead of us but we closed the gap in every game we played them after that. We have had them watched and they are also a changed side both in terms of players and management.”

“One thing that has remained the same with them is that they are sharp up front with Callum Smith and Callum Gallagher and we need to be ready for that.”

Jim added: “Training this week has been good for us. A few of the young boys were a bit heads down after the last few weeks but that is gone now and you could see the experienced boys brining them on in training.”

“If we get the two other loan deals onto the Teamsheet then we will be stronger than we have been and we know that we will get stronger still.”

Team news

Max Gillies is added on loan from Queen’s Park The concussion suffered by Jason Brown at Stirling last weekend keeps him out and he joins Andy McCarthy (ankle), Russell McLean (knee) and Hamish Ritchie (knee) in missing out with Andy McDonald also absent due to suspension.

Skipper Paul Dixon and summer signing Ryan Dow return after bans saw them sit out at Forthbank with another summer recruit Ryan Strachan in the squad although not fully match fit.

Match Programmehttps://issuu.com/peterheadfc/docs/_03_airdrieonians_30.07.22

Attending the game – There are no cash turnstiles in operation. All tickets must be bought for the ticket office prior to entry. Cash and Card are accepted in the ticket office. The ticket office is located to the right of the main entrance.

Watching the game – We have had to stop our live matchday streaming service within the UK and Ireland for home matches in cinch League One. This is as part of new regulations set out by the SPFL, with Covid-19 restrictions having been relaxed, and now removed, allowing supporters to attend matches at full capacity. Live streaming is not allowed in the UK and Ireland on a Saturday between 2.45pm and 5.15pm, and virtual season tickets are not permitted.

Welcome to Peterhead – Max Gillies

Welcome to Peterhead – Max Gillies

Peterhead have brought in Queen’s Park defender Max Gillies on loan with the 19-year-old expected to make his debut against Airdrie at Balmoor on Saturday afternoon.

Right back Gillies, the son of former St Mirren and Aberdeen player Ricky, played 12 times for the Spiders last season with Blue Toon manager Jim McInally saying: “Queen’s Park rate Max very highly and view Peterhead as the best place for him to continue his development. One other thing that helped clinch the move was Max’s desire to get further first team experience.”

“He told the Queen’s Park manager Owen Coyle that he would come here without hesitation. Owen has seen the benefits close up of the work we did with Grant Savoury last season and wants Max to benefit in the same way.”

Picture – Courtesy of Queen’s Park FC

Easter Coaching

Easter Coaching

We are running another coaching camp!

Our Easter camps are hugely popular so please register your place with us at Balmoor.

You can download the form here to bring into the office at Balmoor for payment, we are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Peterhead leave Broadwood frustrated after home comeback

Peterhead leave Broadwood frustrated after home comeback

Clyde                  2

Peterhead          2

Peterhead roared into a two-goal lead at Clyde however they had to settle for a point in a 2-2 draw after David Goodwillie netted either side of half-time.

Russell McLean and Grant Savoury scored fine goals to have their side in charge however the Blue Toon, who restored Josh Mulligan to their starting line-up in place of Niah Payne, left Cumbernauld frustrated that late pressure could not force a winner.

Jim McInally’s side started brightly and an early foul on Savoury gave Andy McDonald the chance to cross in a ball however there were no takers.

Ally Love sent in a low drive from 20 yards on seven minutes which Brett Long had to stretch to push around for a corner with the visitors’ first chance coming four minutes later.

Home goalkeeper Neil Parry could only parry a corner to the edge of the box where Andy McCarthy replied with a shot that was only inches out.

Clyde had a good chance when Scott Brown was penalised for a foul on Morgaro Gomis 19 yards from goal however Love sent the ball over.

The game was held up for a few minutes when the hosts’ Ross Cunningham fell awkwardly in a challenge with McCarthy and had to be stretchered off with Euan Deveney coming on in his place.

The opener came on 20 minutes after McCarthy and McLean caused panic in the Bully Wee defence who could only clear to Scott Brown and the Peterhead skipper picked out McLean who crashed the ball into the net via the bar from six yards.

Home striker Robert Jones was booked for simulation after he tried to win a penalty a minute later with Peterhead doubling their lead five minutes later.

McLean raced away from his marker on the left wing and the towering forward picked out Savoury with a rolled pass and the former Celtic midfielder side-footed home his first goal in senior football.

With confidence flowing in the blue shirted visitors a surging run and cross from Mulligan created a chance for McLean however his effort was deflected past

Savoury then fired over the bar after some great build up play which included a couple of one-twos however Peterhead were given a reminder that Clyde were still in the game on the 45-minute mark when Jones met a free-kick and only a fine stop from Long prevented his header crossing the line.

Deep into injury time Peterhead gave away possession and that allowed Goodwillie to be played through on goal where he was met by the out-rushing Long.

Referee Stuart decided that the former Scotland striker was fouled by the shot-stopper as they came together with Goodwillie rolling in the resultant penalty.

That goal brought Clyde alive and seven minutes into the restart a lightning break saw Goodwillie level the score when he darted past Flynn Duffy on the right and curled a shot into the far corner.

The game almost turned around totally on the hour mark when Goodwillie let fly from 20 yards and Long had to dive low to push the ball out for a corner.

Peterhead settled after that scare and McCarthy and Scott Brown had shots blocked before McLean was inches out from a wonder goal after he worked his way past two defenders and cracked in a shot from 20 yards only to see it crash against the bar.

Mulligan’s strong attacking runs created two late chances to win the three points for the visitors however he lofted his first shot wide and then drilled his second across the face of the Clyde goal and out of play.

Peterhead – Long, Wilson, Jason Brown, McDonald, Mulligan, Ritchie (Payne 61), McCarthy, S Brown, Duffy, McLean, Savoury

Unused substitutes – Wilson (G/k), Lyle, Jordon Brown, Cameron, Strachan, Duncan

Festive Friends No – Christmas Hamper Yes!

Festive Friends No – Christmas Hamper Yes!

Once again Peterhead Football Club will not be hosting their annual Festive Friends Event this year due to Covid restrictions however the club would still like to spread some festive cheer.

If you know of an elderly, isolated or vulnerable person in the Peterhead area who would benefit from a Christmas Hamper please email Nat.porter@peterheadfc.co.uk.