Annan Athletic 5 - 2 East Stirlingshire

Saturday 27th October 2012
D Hopkirk (42, 68, 90)
A Love (45)
S Chaplain (pen 79)
P Quinn (60)
N Shepherd (90+2)

Hopkirk leads Annan goal fest

A hat-trick from David Hopkirk meant Annan Athletic kept themselves within sight of a play-off spot after seeing off East Stirling 5-2 in the Scottish Division Three.

Hopkirk and Alistair Love ensured a comfortable first half for the hosts with goals near the break, and even though Paul Quinn pulled one back on 60 minutes, the result never looked in doubt.

Hopkirk scored his remaining two goals on 68 and 90 minutes respectively, around Scott Chaplain's penalty as Nathan Shepherd's injury-time goal for Stirling was too little, too late.

Annan dominated most of the first half but the goals only came in the final few minutes as Kieran McGachie's headed assist got Hopkirk's treble started and Love powered into the top corner from close range.

Quinn's effort could not boost Stirling's revival as Hopkirk found the bottom corner for his second and then proceeded to win the penalty, which Chaplain converted.

Love then turned provider to set up Hopkirk's third in the final minute, before Shepherd scored a consolation goal for the visitors.

OfficialBarry Cook
Attendance374
VenueGalabank Stadium
Kick Off
Annan Athletic 0 - 0 East Stirlingshire
0:38
Shot taken by Alistair Love using his left foot
0:58
Save made by Grant Hay
1:10
Corner taken by Alistair Love using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
1:25
Save made by Grant Hay
3:32
Goal Kick taken by Grant Hay
3:41
Foul on Graeme Ramage
3:51
Free Kick taken by Christopher Jardine
4:15
Corner taken by Alistair Love using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
4:46
Goal Kick taken by Grant Hay
5:28
Foul on Peter Watson
5:32
Free Kick taken by Peter Watson
6:07
Shot taken by David Hopkirk with his right foot
6:24
Save made by Grant Hay
6:30
Foul on Craig Hume
6:39
Free Kick taken by Craig Hume
8:43
Shot taken by Alistair Love with his right foot
10:25
Foul on Grant Hay
10:30
Free Kick taken by Grant Hay
11:36
Shot taken by Paul Quinn with his right foot
11:51
Save made by Alex Mitchell
11:57
Goal Kick taken by Grant Hay
12:01
Corner taken by Alistair Love using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
13:31
Cross from Graeme Ramage
13:45
Clearance by Paul Quinn
15:06
Foul on Kevin Turner
15:12
Free Kick taken by Sean Kelly
16:39
Foul on Micheal McGowan
16:45
Free Kick taken by Micheal McGowan
17:05
Foul on David Hopkirk
17:15
Free Kick taken by Graeme Ramage
17:40
Corner taken by Alistair Love using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
18:07
Clearance by Steven Jackson
18:11
Corner taken by Graeme Ramage with his right foot from the right byline
18:30
Foul on Richard Miller
18:47
Free Kick taken by Grant Hay
20:59
Corner taken by Scott Maxwell using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
21:35
Save made by Alex Mitchell
21:40
Foul on Kieran McGachie
21:48
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
22:52
Shot taken by Paul Quinn using his left foot
24:04
Shot taken by Kevin Turner with his right foot
24:44
Offside flag raised against Craig Hume
24:45
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
25:16
Foul on Jamie McKernon
25:31
Free Kick taken by Craig Hume
25:59
Hand Ball taken by Scott Maxwell
26:05
Free Kick taken by Craig Hume
29:11
Hand Ball taken by Nathan Shepherd
29:15
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
30:14
Foul on Alistair Love
30:25
Free Kick taken by Graeme Ramage from the right byline
30:58
Corner taken by Alistair Love using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
31:18
Clearance by Steven Jackson
31:22
Corner taken by Graeme Ramage with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
31:56
Goal Kick taken by Grant Hay
33:49
Shot taken by Craig Hume with his right foot from the centre penalty area
34:21
Save made by Alex Mitchell
35:39
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
38:38
BOOKING: Steven Jackson of East Stirlingshire given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
38:57
Foul on John Watson
39:07
Free Kick taken by Micheal McGowan
39:56
Foul on Jonathan Blake
40:05
Free Kick taken by Jonathan Blake
40:11
BOOKING: Michael Hunter of East Stirlingshire given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
41:16
Shot taken by David Hopkirk with his right foot
41:16
Annan Athletic 1 - 0 East Stirlingshire
GOAL scored by David Hopkirk with his right foot to the bottom left of the goal.
42:49
Foul on Kieran McGachie
42:56
Free Kick taken by Alistair Love
44:41
Shot taken by Alistair Love using his left foot from the right penalty area
44:41
Annan Athletic 2 - 0 East Stirlingshire
GOAL scored by Alistair Love using his left foot from the right penalty area to the top right of the goal.
Half Time
Annan Athletic 2 - 0 East Stirlingshire
Second Half Started
Annan Athletic 2 - 0 East Stirlingshire
46:33
Corner taken by Scott Maxwell using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
46:59
Clearance by Kieran McGachie
48:05
Goal Kick taken by Grant Hay
49:12
Corner taken by Scott Maxwell using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
49:48
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
50:51
Shot taken by Scott Chaplain with his right foot
51:15
Goal Kick taken by Grant Hay
51:20
Foul on Kevin Turner
51:26
Free Kick taken by Michael Hunter
53:51
Shot taken by Paul Quinn with his right foot from the right penalty area
54:03
Save made by Alex Mitchell
56:35
Foul on David Hopkirk
56:42
Free Kick taken by Scott Chaplain
58:04
Foul on Alex Mitchell
58:16
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
58:20
BOOKING: Craig Hume of East Stirlingshire given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
59:40
Shot taken by Paul Quinn with his right foot from the right penalty area
59:40
Annan Athletic 2 - 1 East Stirlingshire
GOAL scored by Paul Quinn with his right foot from the right penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
61:58
Foul on Steven Jackson
62:05
Free Kick taken by Steven Jackson
63:54
Substitution for East Stirlingshire: David Greenhill on for Steven Jackson
67:09
Shot taken by David Hopkirk with his right foot from the left penalty area
67:09
Annan Athletic 3 - 1 East Stirlingshire
GOAL scored by David Hopkirk with his right foot from the left penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
68:14
Offside flag raised against Paul Quinn
68:16
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
71:00
Foul on Micheal McGowan
71:15
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
73:19
Foul on Kevin Turner
73:23
Free Kick taken by Jamie McKernon
74:11
Shot taken by Alistair Love using his left foot from the right penalty area
74:47
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
77:23
Foul on David Hopkirk
77:25
DISMISSAL: Richard Miller of East Stirlingshire sent off for professional foul
78:02
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Scott Chaplain and scored with his right foot to the bottom right
78:02
Annan Athletic 4 - 1 East Stirlingshire
GOAL scored by Scott Chaplain with his right foot from the penalty spot to the bottom right of the goal.
79:11
BOOKING: Kevin Turner of East Stirlingshire given yellow card for dissent
79:40
Foul on Kevin Turner
79:44
Free Kick taken by David Greenhill
80:04
Shot taken by David Greenhill with his right foot
80:20
Substitution for Annan Athletic: Jack Steele on for Christopher Jardine
81:38
Corner taken by Alistair Love using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
82:05
Clearance by Nathan Shepherd
83:58
Corner taken by David Hopkirk with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
84:27
Goal Kick taken by Grant Hay
87:08
Substitution for Annan Athletic: Michael Daly on for Kieran McGachie
89:53
Shot taken by David Hopkirk with his right foot from the left penalty area
89:53
Annan Athletic 5 - 1 East Stirlingshire
GOAL scored by David Hopkirk with his right foot from the left penalty area going centre low of the goal.
90:00+1:26
Shot taken by Nathan Shepherd with his right foot from the left penalty area
90:00+1:26
Annan Athletic 5 - 2 East Stirlingshire
GOAL scored by Nathan Shepherd with his right foot from the left penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
90:00+2:58
BOOKING: Phillip Zufle of East Stirlingshire given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
Full Time
Annan Athletic 5 - 2 East Stirlingshire

Annan Athletic

vs

East Stirlingshire

5
Goals
2
4
Assists
2
9
Shots
8
6
On Target
5
3
Off Target
3
1
Crosses
0
9
Corners
3
16
Throw Ins
17
4
Saves
3
1
Clearances
4
3
Goal Kicks
7
15
Free Kicks
10
0
Offside
2
0
Hand Balls
2
1
Penalties
0
0
Yellow Cards
5
0
Red Cards
1

Annan Athletic

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Alex Mitchell
03.Micheal McGowan
06.Scott Chaplain
11.Alistair Love
02.Jonathan Blake
04.John Watson
05.Peter Watson
08.Christopher Jardine 81+0' Tactical
07.Graeme Ramage
09.Kieran McGachie 88+0' Tactical
10.David Hopkirk

Substitutes

17.Craig Summersgill
14.Lee Underwood
15.Jack Steele 81+0' Tactical
12.Jordan McKechnie
16.Michael Daly 88+0' Tactical

East Stirlingshire

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Grant Hay
03.Nathan Shepherd
04.Richard Miller (78+0: Professional Foul)
06.Sean Kelly
02.Craig Hume (59+0: Unsporting behaviour)
07.Jamie McKernon
08.Michael Hunter (41+0: Unsporting behaviour)
11.Scott Maxwell
05.Steven Jackson (39+0: Unsporting behaviour) 64+0' Tactical
09.Kevin Turner (80+0: Dissent)
10.Paul Quinn

Substitutes

17.Craig Gordon
12.David Greenhill 64+0' Tactical
14.Mark Begg
16.Phillip Zufle (90+3: Unsporting behaviour)
15.Alec Lurinsky

Swinglehurst misses out for Annan

Annan defender Steven Swinglehurst has picked up a knee injury which will rule him out for the visit of East Stirling.

Manager Harry Cairney's resources will be stretched as Graeme Bell, Jack Steele, Steven Sloan and David Murray are all also missing through injury.

But Cairney is determined his side will build on two solid away performances to end the first quarter of the season undefeated at home.

Cairney said: "We have been behind to Queen's Park and Elgin, two sides at the top of the table, and came back to get a point in both games.

"It would be great to build on these displays by getting the three points that will move us close to the pack of clubs in the top half of the table."

East Stirling are without the injured quartet of Craig Donaldson, Rhys Devlin, Jamie Benton and Michael Herd.

Head coach John Coughlin does however welcome back Philipp Zufel to his squad after work commitments in Germany.

Coughlin said: "We did really well last Saturday to bounce back from losing a first-minute penalty to defeat Peterhead and we are now looking to build on that at Galabank.

"Annan have done well in their last two games at Hampden and Borough Briggs where they have hit their opponents hard with quick breaks from midfield, however we are going there looking to pick up a result.

"Having Philipp back will help as he showed on his recent debut that he can add value to our midfield."

Shots

Saves

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Up Elgin City 10 4 16
2 Down Rangers 8 12 15
3 Queen's Park 9 5 15
4 Peterhead 9 2 14
5 Up Annan Athletic 9 0 13
6 Down Berwick Rangers 9 3 12
7 Down Montrose 10 -5 12
8 Clyde 8 -4 10
9 East Stirlingshire 9 -11 9
10 Stirling Albion 9 -6 7

Updated 27/10/2012 at 17:12

 
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