Stranraer 4 - 2 Annan Athletic

Saturday 31st December 2011
S Winter (41, 69)
S Stirling (pen 61)
C Malcolm (88)
I Harty (pen 36)
S O'Connor (59)

Winter wonderland for Stranraer

Sean Winter's brace ensured Stranraer ended the year at the summit of Division Three following their 4-2 victory over Annan Athletic.

A win for either side would have moved them into first place and the hosts had to come from behind twice.

Ian Harty got the opening goal from the penalty spot in the 36th minute when Frank McKeown was adjudged to have fouled John MacBeth.

Stranraer hit back before half-time when Stuart McColm's cross was headed home by Winter but the visitors nudged ahead shortly after the break through Sean O'Connor's driven effort.

Again the home side responded immediately with Stephen Stirling scoring a penalty he had won after being hacked down by Steven Sloan.

Winter put Stranraer ahead with a fine effort from 18 yards in the 69th minute and Craig Malcolm's placed finish wrapped it up two minutes from time.

OfficialKevin Graham
Attendance592
VenueStair Park
Kick Off
Stranraer 0 - 0 Annan Athletic
2:42
Foul on Peter Watson
2:51
Free Kick taken by Peter Watson
3:12
Foul on David MacGregor
3:19
Free Kick taken by David MacGregor
3:41
Offside flag raised against Stephen Stirling
3:42
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
5:55
Goal Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
6:51
Shot taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot
7:05
Save made by Alex Mitchell
7:54
Foul on Sean Winter
8:07
Free Kick taken by Grant Gallagher
9:07
Shot taken by Martin Grehan using his left foot
9:23
Save made by Alex Mitchell
9:58
Offside flag raised against Sean O'Connor
9:59
Free Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
11:25
Corner taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot from the right byline
11:51
Clearance by Aaron Muirhead
12:39
Foul on Scott Gibson
12:50
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
14:04
Offside flag raised against Martin Grehan
14:05
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
15:42
Corner taken by Christopher Jardine with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
16:31
Goal Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
18:25
Foul on Martin Grehan
18:32
Free Kick taken by Stephen Stirling
19:54
Corner taken by Stephen Stirling using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
20:23
Clearance by Scott Gibson
22:06
Offside flag raised against Craig Malcolm
22:07
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
23:20
Shot taken by Grant Gallagher using his left foot from the right wing
23:35
Save made by Alex Mitchell
23:40
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
24:25
Shot taken by Steven Sloan using his left foot from the right penalty area
24:49
Save made by Ryan Marshall
24:55
Goal Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
25:06
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
25:36
Clearance by Martin Grehan
27:53
Corner taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot from the left byline
28:22
Clearance by Peter Watson
29:02
Shot taken by Sean O'Connor with his right foot from the left penalty area
33:01
Foul on John MacBeth
34:10
BOOKING: Craig Malcolm of Stranraer given yellow card for dissent
35:03
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Ian Harty and scored with his right foot to the bottom left
35:03
Stranraer 0 - 1 Annan Athletic
GOAL scored by Ian Harty with his right foot from the penalty spot to the bottom left of the goal.
36:14
Foul on Stuart McColm
36:23
Free Kick taken by Steven Noble
36:47
Foul on Martin Grehan
37:09
BOOKING: Aaron Muirhead of Annan Athletic given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
37:33
Free Kick taken by Stephen Stirling
38:06
Shot taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot
38:19
Corner taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot from the left byline
38:38
Save made by Alex Mitchell
40:05
Shot taken by Stuart McColm using his left foot
40:05
Stranraer 1 - 1 Annan Athletic
GOAL scored by Sean Winter to the bottom left of the goal.
42:20
Corner taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot from the left byline
43:09
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
43:58
Clearance by Steven Noble
45:00+0:24
Corner taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
45:00+0:49
Clearance by Scott Gibson
Half Time
Stranraer 1 - 1 Annan Athletic
Second Half Started
Stranraer 1 - 1 Annan Athletic
46:25
Foul on Martin Grehan
46:31
Free Kick taken by Stephen Stirling
48:14
Offside flag raised against Martin Grehan
48:19
Free Kick taken by Aaron Muirhead
50:01
Goal Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
50:43
Foul on Martin Grehan
50:50
Free Kick taken by Frank McKeown
51:50
Foul on Frank McKeown
51:56
Free Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
54:01
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
55:38
Offside flag raised against Steven Sloan
55:40
Free Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
56:46
Foul on Sean Winter
56:53
Free Kick taken by Stephen Stirling
57:29
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
58:07
Shot taken by Sean O'Connor with his right foot from the left penalty area
58:07
Stranraer 1 - 2 Annan Athletic
GOAL scored by Sean O'Connor with his right foot from the left penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
60:04
Foul on Stephen Stirling
60:59
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Stephen Stirling and scored with his right foot going centre high
60:59
Stranraer 2 - 2 Annan Athletic
GOAL scored by Stephen Stirling with his right foot from the penalty spot going centre high of the goal.
62:34
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
64:28
Shot taken by Stuart McColm with his right foot from the left penalty area
65:15
Goal Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
66:34
Shot taken by Stephen Stirling using his left foot
67:01
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
67:09
Foul on Christopher Jardine
67:20
Free Kick taken by Aaron Muirhead
67:49
Foul on Steven Sloan
67:58
Free Kick taken by Christopher Jardine
68:28
Cross from Christopher Jardine
68:33
Clearance by Grant Gallagher
68:55
Cross from Sean Winter
68:55
Stranraer 3 - 2 Annan Athletic
GOAL scored by Sean Winter with his right foot from the right penalty area to the top right of the goal.
71:21
Foul on Aaron Muirhead
71:28
Free Kick taken by Aaron Muirhead
71:59
Substitution for Stranraer: Michael Moore on for Stuart McColm
72:50
Offside flag raised against Martin Grehan
72:51
Free Kick taken by Aaron Muirhead
73:17
Goal Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
73:46
Foul on Christopher Jardine
73:55
Substitution for Annan Athletic: Bryan Gilfillan on for Steven Sloan
74:00
Free Kick taken by Scott Gibson
75:24
Corner taken by Christopher Jardine with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
75:52
Clearance by Grant Gallagher
75:56
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
76:51
Foul on Frank McKeown
76:58
Free Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
80:22
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
82:40
Foul on Ian Harty
82:49
Free Kick taken by Christopher Jardine
83:29
Goal Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
84:04
Foul on Christopher Jardine
84:17
BOOKING: Martin Grehan of Stranraer given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
84:53
Free Kick taken by Scott Gibson
84:56
Substitution for Stranraer: Nathan Shepherd on for Martin Grehan
87:03
Cross from Craig Malcolm
87:03
Stranraer 4 - 2 Annan Athletic
GOAL scored by Craig Malcolm with his right foot from the right penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
88:19
Corner taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot from the right byline
89:26
Substitution for Stranraer: Angus Cochrane on for Craig Malcolm
Full Time
Stranraer 4 - 2 Annan Athletic

Stranraer

vs

Annan Athletic

4
Goals
2
3
Assists
1
7
Shots
3
1
On Target
1
6
Off Target
2
2
Crosses
1
7
Corners
5
12
Throw Ins
18
1
Saves
4
4
Clearances
4
7
Goal Kicks
6
12
Free Kicks
13
5
Offside
2
1
Penalties
1
2
Yellow Cards
1

Stranraer

Formation: 4-4-2

17.Ryan Marshall
04.David MacGregor
05.Frank McKeown
11.Grant Gallagher
03.Steven Noble
07.Sean Winter
08.Stephen Stirling
16.John Kane
09.Craig Malcolm (35+0: Dissent) 90+0' Tactical
10.Martin Grehan (85+0: Unsporting behaviour) 85+0' Tactical
14.Stuart McColm 72+0' Tactical

Substitutes

01.David Mitchell
13.Nathan Shepherd 85+0' Tactical
14.Angus Cochrane 90+0' Tactical
15.Dean Agnew
16.Michael Moore 72+0' Tactical

Annan Athletic

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Alex Mitchell
02.Aaron Muirhead (38+0: Unsporting behaviour)
03.Scott Gibson
04.John MacBeth
05.Peter Watson
06.Steven Sloan 74+0' Tactical
07.Danny Mitchell
08.Christopher Jardine
09.David Cox
10.Ian Harty
11.Sean O'Connor

Substitutes

12.Craig Summersgill
13.Jack Steele
14.Bryan Gilfillan 74+0' Tactical
15.John Watson
16.Connor Jamieson

Aitken blow for Blues

Chris Aitken will once again be unavailable for Stranraer's clash with promotion rivals Annan.

The midfielder has had a plaster removed from his broken foot but is not match fit as yet.

Despite winning 3-0 at Galabank at the beginning of December, Blues manager Keith Knox is taking nothing for granted against Harry Cairney's men.

"Annan had good spells in that game where if they had scored the outcome may have been very different so we know that we have to be at our best again," said Knox.

"I want us to play good football and be top at the Third Division at the end of 2011 and the only way we can do that is to win the game."

Annan will be without Michael McGowan.

The full-back is suspended following his dismissal against Berwick last Saturday but Aaron Muirhead is available after a two-game ban.

The Galabank side, who have slipped to third after three months of leading the Third Division, will also be missing the injured Gary Wild and Graeme Bell, while Jordan McKechnie is unavailable due to illness.

Manager Harry Cairney had a wasted Boxing Day as he explained: "I went to spy on Stranraer against Clyde but I did not learn anything as the wind ruined the game.

"They have good players in key areas as they showed against us in the last game but we are looking to bounce back after losing our place at the top of the table."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Up Stranraer 18 21 34
2 Down Alloa Athletic 17 6 33
3 Annan Athletic 17 7 31
4 Queen's Park 16 4 25
5 Berwick Rangers 17 3 23
6 Elgin City 14 6 22
7 Clyde 16 4 21
8 Montrose 16 -11 17
9 Peterhead 16 -11 10
10 East Stirlingshire 17 -29 9

Updated 31/12/2011 at 16:53

 
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