Annan Athletic 1 - 3 Stranraer

Saturday 10th March 2012
S Swinglehurst (4)C Aitken (pen 13)
F McKeown (45+2)
C Malcolm (87)

Blues stage comeback

Stranraer recovered from an early goal as they dented Annan's play-off hopes in a 3-1 win at Galabank.

The hosts got off to a flying start when Steve Swinglehurst rose highest to head home David Cox's cross after just four minutes.

But the Blues were level nine minutes later when Christopher Aitken netted from the spot after Michael McGowan felled Martin Grehan.

The visitors took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Frank McKeown was on hand to fire in from Aitken's corner.

Craig Malcolm ensured victory three minutes from time when he collected Sean Winter's pass to finish inside the area.

Victory keeps Keith Knox's side in pole position for the play-offs but the Black and Golds are still six points adrift.

OfficialDon Robertson
Attendance491
VenueGalabank Stadium
Kick Off
Annan Athletic 0 - 0 Stranraer
1:41
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
2:14
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
2:48
Foul on Steven Sloan
2:55
Free Kick taken by Peter Watson
3:24
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the right byline
3:56
Shot taken by Steven Swinglehurst from the centre penalty area
3:56
Annan Athletic 1 - 0 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Steven Swinglehurst from the centre penalty area to the top right of the goal.
6:44
Cross from Jack Steele
6:51
Shot taken by Sean O'Connor with his right foot from the centre penalty area
7:03
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
7:41
Foul on Martin Grehan
7:47
Free Kick taken by Stephen Stirling
8:12
Offside flag raised against Martin Grehan
8:13
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
8:48
Foul on Aaron Muirhead
8:56
Free Kick taken by David Cox
9:38
Cross from David Cox
9:49
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
10:58
Foul on Steven Noble
11:06
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
11:49
Foul on Martin Grehan
12:53
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Christopher Aitken and scored with his right foot to the top right
12:53
Annan Athletic 1 - 1 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the penalty spot to the top right of the goal.
13:45
Foul on Scott Gibson
13:52
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
14:12
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
16:50
Offside flag raised against Martin Grehan
16:51
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
17:34
Offside flag raised against David Winters
17:34
Free Kick taken by Scott Taggart
19:07
Foul on Steven Noble
19:15
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
22:56
Hand Ball taken by Ryan Borris
23:00
Free Kick taken by David Cox
23:24
Cross from David Cox
23:38
Clearance by Steven Noble
23:44
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
24:18
Clearance by Craig Malcolm
24:26
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the right byline
24:44
Save made by David Mitchell
26:45
Foul on David MacGregor
26:52
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
27:19
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
27:46
Clearance by Steven Swinglehurst
28:11
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
31:39
Foul on David Cox
31:45
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
32:55
Foul on Scott Gibson
33:01
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
38:18
Foul on Micheal McGowan
38:26
Free Kick taken by Steven Swinglehurst
39:28
Foul on Christopher Aitken
39:34
Free Kick taken by David MacGregor
39:41
BOOKING: Jack Steele of Annan Athletic given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
43:05
Shot taken by David Winters with his right foot from the right penalty area
43:17
Save made by David Mitchell
43:30
Foul on Jack Steele
43:39
Free Kick taken by David Cox
45:00+0:55
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
45:00+1:20
Shot taken by Frank McKeown from the centre penalty area
45:00+1:20
Annan Athletic 1 - 2 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Frank McKeown from the centre penalty area to the top left of the goal.
Half Time
Annan Athletic 1 - 2 Stranraer
Second Half Started
Annan Athletic 1 - 2 Stranraer
46:41
Foul on Micheal McGowan
46:58
Free Kick taken by Steven Swinglehurst
47:36
Foul on Aaron Muirhead
47:43
Free Kick taken by Scott Gibson
48:07
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
48:34
Shot taken by Aaron Muirhead from the right penalty area
48:46
Save made by David Mitchell
48:50
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
49:07
Clearance by Frank McKeown
51:47
Foul on Scott Gibson
51:57
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
53:03
Shot taken by Aaron Muirhead with his right foot
53:22
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
53:40
Foul on Sean O'Connor
53:47
Free Kick taken by Aaron Muirhead
54:27
Shot taken by Aaron Muirhead with his right foot
54:37
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
55:52
Foul on Jack Steele
55:59
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
56:20
Offside flag raised against David Winters
56:22
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
56:42
Foul on Steven Swinglehurst
56:48
Free Kick taken by Steven Swinglehurst
57:20
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the left byline
57:51
Clearance by Ryan Borris
59:31
Offside flag raised against Christopher Aitken
59:32
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
62:35
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
62:55
Clearance by Micheal McGowan
63:08
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
63:53
Shot taken by David Cox with his right foot from the left penalty area
64:02
Save made by David Mitchell
64:09
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
64:27
Clearance by Martin Grehan
64:53
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
65:15
Clearance by David MacGregor
65:36
Foul on David MacGregor
65:42
Free Kick taken by Steven Noble
65:48
Substitution for Annan Athletic: Graeme Bell on for David Winters
70:06
Foul on Steven Swinglehurst
70:10
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
71:27
Foul on Christopher Aitken
71:28
BOOKING: Peter Watson of Annan Athletic given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
71:53
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken
76:11
Substitution for Stranraer: Nathan Shepherd on for Ryan Borris
77:17
Shot taken by Martin Grehan with his right foot from the right penalty area
77:26
Save made by Alex Mitchell
77:42
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
78:24
Clearance by Steven Swinglehurst
79:28
Foul on David Cox
79:35
Free Kick taken by David Cox
80:22
Substitution for Stranraer: Michael Moore on for Martin Grehan
81:37
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
81:59
Clearance by Jack Steele
83:00
Shot taken by Ben McKenna with his right foot
83:12
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
84:15
Foul on Ben McKenna
84:21
Free Kick taken by David Cox
86:21
Shot taken by Craig Malcolm with his right foot from the right penalty area
86:21
Annan Athletic 1 - 3 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Craig Malcolm with his right foot from the right penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
87:54
Substitution for Stranraer: Stuart McColm on for Craig Malcolm
88:54
Foul on Jack Steele
88:58
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
89:45
Corner taken by Ben McKenna with his right foot from the right byline
90:00+0:07
Clearance by David MacGregor
90:00+0:27
Substitution for Annan Athletic: Christopher Jardine on for Jack Steele
90:00+1:42
Offside flag raised against David Cox
90:00+1:43
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
Full Time
Annan Athletic 1 - 3 Stranraer

Annan Athletic

vs

Stranraer

1
Goals
3
1
Assists
2
8
Shots
3
4
On Target
3
4
Off Target
0
3
Crosses
0
9
Corners
6
21
Throw Ins
9
1
Saves
4
4
Clearances
7
3
Goal Kicks
6
21
Free Kicks
10
3
Offside
3
0
Hand Balls
1
0
Penalties
1
2
Yellow Cards
0

Annan Athletic

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Alex Mitchell
02.Peter Watson (72+0: Unsporting behaviour)
03.Scott Gibson
04.Steven Swinglehurst
05.Micheal McGowan
06.Aaron Muirhead
07.Jack Steele (40+0: Unsporting behaviour) 90+1' Tactical
08.Steven Sloan
09.David Cox
10.David Winters 66+0' Tactical
11.Sean O'Connor

Substitutes

12.Craig Summersgill
13.John MacBeth
14.Ben McKenna
15.Christopher Jardine 90+1' Tactical
16.Graeme Bell 66+0' Tactical

Stranraer

Formation: 4-4-2

01.David Mitchell
02.Scott Taggart
04.David MacGregor
05.Frank McKeown
03.Steven Noble
06.Christopher Aitken
07.Sean Winter
08.Stephen Stirling
16.Ryan Borris 77+0' Tactical
09.Craig Malcolm 88+0' Tactical
10.Martin Grehan 81+0' Injury

Substitutes

17.Ryan Marshall
13.Nathan Shepherd 77+0' Tactical
14.John Kane
15.Michael Moore 81+0' Injury
16.Stuart McColm 88+0' Tactical

Galabank poised for play-off showdown

Annan will be without midfielder Jordan McKechnie following his midweek red card as they take on Stranraer in a crunch promotion clash.

The Galabank side have also ruled out Bryan Gilfillan due to injury while Michael McGowan, Jack Steele and Sean O'Connor are all rated as doubts.

Manager Harry Cairney said: "Stranraer have been a bogey team for Annan this season as they were the first to beat us and then the first to beat us at home.

"It would be great to get a win and put that right and also get our play-off hopes going up the way again.

"We have not won at Galabank for a couple of months now and this would be the perfect game for us to end that run."

Stranraer have snapped up Dumbarton midfielder Ryan Borris on loan ahead of their trip to Annan.

Defender Grant Gallagher (ankle) is the only absentee for the Stair Park men for a game which manager Keith Knox describes as "massive".

Knox said: "We have done better against Annan this season than ever before and it would be great for that to continue in what could be a massive game in the Third Division.

"It is always a hard game as they put you under great pressure especially with set-pieces at their place.

"A win would be a great boost to our play-off hopes as it would move us nine points clear of Annan."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Alloa Athletic 28 20 60
2 Up Stranraer 28 22 49
3 Down Queen's Park 27 18 48
4 Elgin City 28 12 46
5 Annan Athletic 28 1 40
6 Up Peterhead 28 -10 35
7 Down Berwick Rangers 28 -3 34
8 Clyde 27 -4 26
9 Montrose 28 -21 26
10 East Stirlingshire 28 -35 20

Updated 10/03/2012 at 16:55