Peterhead 0 - 1 Rangers

Sunday 20th January 2013
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Sandaza strike enough for Rangers

Rangers had to work hard for it but the Third Division leaders saw off 10-man Peterhead 1-0 thanks to Fran Sandaza's goal on the half-hour.

Even after the hosts saw Rory McAllister sent off midway through the second half, the visitors could not add to their advantage in what was an evenly-matched affair.

Missing captain Lee McCulloch through an ankle injury, the visitors made just one change to the side that had beaten Berwick Rangers handsomely last weekend, with Ian Black returning to the side in place of Dean Shiels, having completed a one-match suspension.

Spaniard Sandaza led the line, with support coming from Andy Little and David Templeton on the flanks.

Peterhead are very much in the mix for the play-off places at the moment and had drawn 0-0 with Queen's Park at Hampden last weekend. They made two changes from the side that had lined up at the National Stadium, with David Cox and McAllister coming in for Robbie Winters and Martin Bavidge.

It was Peterhead who were first to threaten. Dean Cowie won a free-kick in the midfield and Neil Alexander in the Rangers goal did well to turn away a Scott Ross header from Ryan Strachan's delivery.

The goalkeeper looked less comfortable as he tried to claim Cox's delivery at the near post, the former Scotland international relieved to hold the ball at the second attempt.

Rangers' first effort on goal saw Black seize upon Scott Ross' slack pass, to fire a snapshot from 25 yards, but his effort was always curling away from the target.

It had been a stuffy opening period, with both teams still settling into the game when Peterhead's Ryan McCann became the first player to go into the book for a cynical foul on David Templeton.

The goal then came the half-hour. Peterhead's Graeme Smith, himself a former Rangers goalkeeper, did well to save a Wallace shot but could not hold on and Sandaza reacted first to fire the ball high into the net.

Peterhead hit back and some fine hold-up play by McAllister created an opening for Cox but he dragged his effort wide of the post.

The Blue Toon started the second half brightly, too, as Cox squeezed out Black on the touchline and cut inside before flashing a left-footed effort over the crossbar.

There was more of an edge to proceedings early in the second period, with Cowie putting in a couple of typically robust challenges which seemed to unsettle the Rangers players slightly. Certainly, referee Mike Tumilty had a quiet word to encourage the local lad to calm things down.

Tumilty did have his yellow card out again shortly before the hour mark as McAllister went into the book for a foul on Wallace and Strachan swiftly became the third player booked.

The visitors were starting to gain a territorial advantage and came close when Lewis McLeod's cross found the head of Chris Hegarty at the back post but his header failed to trouble Smith.

Peterhead's task was made much harder after 65 minutes when McAllister was adjudged to have handled in the area, and received a second booking, reducing his side to 10 men.

The home side had certainly been more physical in the early stages of the second half but they will have been disappointed to lose their main goal threat so softly.

Rangers were dealt a blow themselves as Black had to be withdrawn through injury shortly after, Robbie Crawford replacing him in the midfield.

But with a man advantage and Peterhead's discipline starting to go - Ross was booked within minutes of the red card - the visitors began to take a firm grasp of the game.

Indeed, Templeton worked his way into the box with 20 minutes remaining, only to drag his low shot wide of Smith's far post.

Kyle Hutton became the first Rangers player to be booked, after a foul on Cowie, with 15 minutes to go and that came as the home side began to find their way back into the game.

Rangers could have sealed the points with five minutes remaining. McLeod `s clever reverse pass found Templeton in acres of space on the 18-yard line, but the former Hearts man sent his effort wide of the upright.

Peterhead were determined to battle for everything, though, and that was evidenced as Ross Smith became the fifth Blue Toon player to pick a up a booking - the central defender throwing himself into a challenge midway inside the Rangers half.

In injury time, Alexander was forced to turn a Cox corner over his own crossbar but Peterhead could not find an equaliser that few would have begrudged them.

OfficialMike Tumilty
Attendance4,855
VenueBalmoor Stadium
Kick Off
Peterhead 0 - 0 Rangers
0:45
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
2:05
Cross from James Redman
2:16
Clearance by Ross Perry
2:26
Cross from James Redman
2:33
Clearance by Ross Perry
3:55
Foul on Dean Cowie
4:00
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan
4:25
Cross from Ryan Strachan
4:33
Shot taken by Scott Ross from the centre penalty area
4:45
Save made by Neil Alexander
4:52
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
5:11
Save made by Neil Alexander
6:34
Foul on Francisco Sandaza
6:39
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
6:51
Offside flag raised against Andrew Little
6:52
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
8:12
Shot taken by Ian Black with his right foot
8:27
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
8:51
Foul on Ryan Strachan
8:57
Free Kick taken by Scott McLaughlin
9:38
Shot taken by Scott McLaughlin using his left foot
9:48
Save made by Neil Alexander
9:56
Cross from Christopher Hegarty
10:02
Clearance by Scott Ross
10:07
Corner taken by Lewis Macleod with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
10:32
Clearance by Rory McAllister
11:20
Offside flag raised against Ross Smith
11:21
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
11:45
Foul on Scott Ross
11:50
Free Kick taken by Scott Ross
12:47
Foul on David Templeton
12:52
Free Kick taken by Ian Black from the left wing
13:03
BOOKING: Ryan McCann of Peterhead given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
13:44
Cross from Ian Black
13:51
Clearance by Ross Perry
16:48
Foul on Sanchez Emilson Cribari
16:52
Free Kick taken by Ross Perry
18:08
Foul on Ryan McCann
18:13
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan from the right wing
18:27
Cross from Ryan Strachan
18:35
Clearance by Sanchez Emilson Cribari
21:12
Foul on Lee Wallace
21:17
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
22:15
Foul on Scott Ross
22:21
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
22:39
Foul on Sanchez Emilson Cribari
22:45
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
23:23
Shot taken by David Templeton using his left foot from the left penalty area
23:38
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
24:15
Shot taken by David Templeton with his right foot
24:32
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
24:53
Foul on David Cox
24:58
Free Kick taken by Steven Noble
26:49
Foul on Kyle Hutton
26:55
Free Kick taken by Ross Perry
27:27
Foul on Rory McAllister
27:32
Free Kick taken by Scott McLaughlin from the right wing
27:55
Cross from Scott McLaughlin
28:09
Clearance by Ian Black
29:24
Shot taken by Lee Wallace using his left foot
29:41
Save made by Neil Alexander
29:42
Shot taken by Francisco Sandaza using his left foot from the centre penalty area
29:42
Peterhead 0 - 1 Rangers
GOAL scored by Francisco Sandaza using his left foot from the centre penalty area going centre high of the goal.
33:14
Offside flag raised against Francisco Sandaza
33:17
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
34:22
Corner taken by David Templeton with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
34:47
Shot taken by Lee Wallace using his left foot from the left penalty area
34:57
Block taken by Ross Smith
35:09
Foul on Ryan Strachan
35:15
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
35:43
Offside flag raised against David Cox
35:44
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
36:19
Shot taken by David Cox using his left foot
36:34
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
37:00
Foul on Rory McAllister
37:03
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan
37:36
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the left byline
38:01
Shot taken by James Redman from the right six yard line
38:13
Block taken by Ian Black
39:03
Cross from Steven Noble
39:10
Clearance by Sanchez Emilson Cribari
40:44
Foul on Francisco Sandaza
40:49
Free Kick taken by Ross Perry from the right wing
41:47
Cross from Ross Perry
41:54
Clearance by Scott Ross
44:43
Shot taken by Andrew Little using his left foot
44:55
Save made by Graeme Smith
Half Time
Peterhead 0 - 1 Rangers
Second Half Started
Peterhead 0 - 1 Rangers
45:29
Shot taken by David Cox using his left foot from the right penalty area
45:49
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
49:18
Foul on Kyle Hutton
49:22
Free Kick taken by Kyle Hutton
50:59
Foul on Ryan McCann
51:03
Free Kick taken by Scott Ross
53:06
Foul on David Templeton
53:14
Free Kick taken by Lee Wallace
56:36
Substitution for Peterhead: Martin Bavidge on for Ryan McCann
57:29
Cross from Scott McLaughlin
57:37
Clearance by Ross Perry
58:23
Foul on Lee Wallace
58:26
Free Kick taken by Lee Wallace
58:29
BOOKING: Rory McAllister of Peterhead given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
59:54
Foul on Francisco Sandaza
60:00
Free Kick taken by Ian Black from the right wing
60:05
BOOKING: Ryan Strachan of Peterhead given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
60:43
Cross from Ian Black
60:52
Shot taken by Lewis Macleod with his right foot from the centre penalty area
61:01
Block taken by Ryan Strachan
61:05
Corner taken by David Templeton with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
61:27
Clearance by James Redman
61:33
Foul on Lee Wallace
61:39
Free Kick taken by Lewis Macleod
61:58
Cross from Lewis Macleod
62:06
Shot taken by Christopher Hegarty from the centre penalty area
62:20
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
62:52
Foul on Lewis Macleod
62:58
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
63:13
Cross from Lee Wallace
63:21
Clearance by Ryan Strachan
64:24
Hand Ball taken by Rory McAllister
64:27
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
64:35
DISMISSAL: Rory McAllister of Peterhead sent off for second bookable offence
65:36
Foul on David Templeton
65:40
Free Kick taken by Lewis Macleod
65:42
BOOKING: Scott Ross of Peterhead given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
66:02
Substitution for Rangers: Robert Crawford on for Ian Black
67:02
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
68:23
Foul on Kyle Hutton
68:29
Free Kick taken by Kyle Hutton
69:06
Cross from Lee Wallace
69:12
Shot taken by Andrew Little using his left foot from the centre penalty area
69:26
Block taken by Ryan Strachan
69:34
Cross from Andrew Little
69:41
Clearance by James Redman
70:01
Shot taken by David Templeton with his right foot
70:18
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
70:50
Cross from Christopher Hegarty
70:58
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
71:21
Shot taken by David Templeton using his left foot from the left penalty area
71:36
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
73:29
Shot taken by Kyle Hutton with his right foot
73:43
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
74:34
Substitution for Peterhead: Graeme Sharp on for Ryan Strachan
75:01
Foul on David Cox
75:06
Free Kick taken by David Cox from the right wing
75:33
Cross from David Cox
75:39
Clearance by Andrew Little
75:48
Foul on Dean Cowie
75:53
Free Kick taken by Scott McLaughlin
75:55
BOOKING: Kyle Hutton of Rangers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
76:33
Cross from Scott McLaughlin
76:38
Clearance by Sanchez Emilson Cribari
76:44
Foul on David Templeton
76:49
Free Kick taken by Lee Wallace
77:37
Cross from David Cox
79:10
Substitution for Peterhead: Robert Winters on for Dean Cowie
80:08
Foul on Kyle Hutton
80:15
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
80:54
Substitution for Rangers: Barrie McKay on for Francisco Sandaza
81:33
Shot taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot
81:41
Save made by Graeme Smith
83:12
Foul on Andrew Little
83:16
Free Kick taken by Robert Crawford from the left wing
84:18
Shot taken by David Templeton with his right foot from the centre penalty area
84:35
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
85:49
Foul on Christopher Hegarty
85:54
Free Kick taken by Ross Perry
85:56
BOOKING: Ross Smith of Peterhead given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
87:07
Cross from Lewis Macleod
87:18
Cross from Christopher Hegarty
87:26
Save made by Graeme Smith
88:07
Cross from Martin Bavidge
88:12
Clearance by Ross Perry
88:34
Shot taken by David Templeton using his left foot
88:48
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
89:39
Shot taken by Lewis Macleod with his right foot
89:54
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
90:00+1:07
Cross from Martin Bavidge
90:00+1:14
Clearance by Christopher Hegarty
90:00+1:18
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the right byline
90:00+1:41
Save made by Neil Alexander
90:00+1:47
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
90:00+2:00
Shot taken by Ross Smith from the centre penalty area
90:00+2:15
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
90:00+2:50
Cross from Graeme Sharp
90:00+2:54
Clearance by Ross Perry
Full Time
Peterhead 0 - 1 Rangers

Peterhead

vs

Rangers

0
Goals
1
0
Assists
1
6
Shots
17
3
On Target
7
3
Off Target
10
13
Crosses
11
4
Corners
3
30
Throw Ins
28
3
Saves
5
6
Clearances
12
12
Goal Kicks
4
3
Blocks
1
14
Free Kicks
22
2
Offside
2
1
Hand Balls
0
5
Yellow Cards
1
1
Red Cards
0

Peterhead

Formation: 3-5-2

01.Graeme Smith
04.Scott Ross (66+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Ross Smith (86+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Ryan Strachan (61+0: Unsporting behaviour) 75+0' Tactical
02.Dean Cowie 80+0' Tactical
03.Steven Noble
07.David Cox
08.James Redman
10.Scott McLaughlin
11.Ryan McCann (14+0: Unsporting behaviour) 57+0' Tactical
09.Rory McAllister (59+0: Unsporting behaviour) (65+0: Second Bookable Offence)

Substitutes

21.Paul Jarvie
16.Graeme Sharp 75+0' Tactical
12.Martin Bavidge 57+0' Tactical
14.Robert Winters 80+0' Tactical
15.Stephen Maguire

Rangers

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Neil Alexander
02.Christopher Hegarty
03.Sanchez Emilson Cribari
04.Ross Perry
05.Lee Wallace
06.Kyle Hutton (76+0: Unsporting behaviour)
08.Ian Black 67+0' Tactical
10.Lewis Macleod
11.David Templeton
07.Andrew Little
09.Francisco Sandaza 81+0' Tactical

Substitutes

16.Scott Gallagher
17.Sebastien Faure
12.Robert Crawford 67+0' Tactical
14.Dean Shiels
15.Barrie McKay 81+0' Tactical

McCann the man for Blue Toon

Peterhead will be able to include Ryan McCann against Rangers after midfielder signed a new short-term deal with the club.

But Blue Toon manager Jim McInally will be without defender Callum MacDonald and striker David Ross, who both have knee injuries.

Strikers Rory McAllister and David Cox are in line to start after last weekend's goalless draw with Queen's Park.

McInally said: "We started off poorly against Queen's Park as we were standing back admiring their players.

"We cannot afford the same approach against Rangers or we will be severely punished.

"There is no pressure on us, so we'll go out and look to do as well as we did on the opening day of the season when we secured a 2-2 draw."

Rangers defender Ross Perry is a slight doubt due to an ankle knock, but should be fit for Sunday's Balmoor clash, while Ian Black returns from suspension.

Skipper Lee McCulloch remains sidelined with an ankle injury, while Darren Cole will have surgery later this month on an ankle problem which will end his season.

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Rangers 21 40 52
2 Queen's Park 19 11 33
3 Montrose 21 -2 30
4 Peterhead 21 3 29
5 Elgin City 20 0 28
6 Annan Athletic 20 -5 26
7 Berwick Rangers 19 -1 25
8 Clyde 20 -11 23
9 East Stirlingshire 20 -21 18
10 Stirling Albion 19 -14 14

Updated 20/01/2013 at 14:11