Annbank vs Ardeer
New Pebble Park, Annbank
Saturday 23rd March - 2pm kick off
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Next Match: Annbank vs Ardeer
Following this weekends game against Carluke being postponed we move onto face fellow Ayrshire side Ardeer at New Pebble Park. We have faced Ardeer twice this season beaten them 2-0 in the league and 5-0 in the Scottish Cup however Ardeer are rebuilding under a new manager and as always will provide a stern test for the boys. Cammy Ross is unavailable due to suspension. Get along to New Pebble Park and support the boys.
RESULT: Lanark 4-1 Annbank
The game was only a minute old and Lanark had the lead a freekick was hit low around the wall and despite Danny Gray getting a hand to it but it still buried in the net. A couple of minutes later and Lanark were in again the number 7 charging down the wing but as he broke into the box his shot went into the side net. On 5 minutes Danny Gray made a fine save to deny Lanark from a freekick and from the resulting corner the ball was headed back across goal but no one converted. Lee McClymont had the bankies first chance but he was denied by the Lanark keeper. On 28 minutes Lanark made it 2, there player picked up the ball and curled a strike low into the net from just outside the box, a couple of minutes later a cracking Lanark strike cannoned off the underside of the bar. With 43 gone the bankies got back into it, Lee McClymont broke down field shrugging past two defenders before crossing low to Mitchell Ewing who finished coolly past the keeper.
A brighter start for the bankies in the second half and Ewing hit a half volley which dipped onto the roof of the net. On 53 minutes Danny Gray made a fine block to deny Lanark further increasing their lead. The bankies bright start was extinguished on 69 minutes as Lanark broke down the left the ball was played across the area and at the second time of asking they put the ball low under Danny Gray. Things got worse 5 minutes later from a similar situation as the Lanark player breezed through the middle unmarked to tap home. Mitchell Ewing forced the Lanark keeper into a fine save and as Stevie McLelland looked to have an easy head home the Lanark defender made a fine block to clear any danger. On 78 minutes Cammy Ross was dismissed for a second booking after a bad challenge.
Starting Lineup: Gray, Sloan, Taylor, Dunlop, Fitzimmons, Smith, McClymont(McManus), McLelland, Ross, Ewing, Lawrie
RESULT: Annbank 3-4 St Anthony's
In wet and windy conditions this game was always going to be a tough affair for both sides but they certainly didn't disappoint. The game was only 6 minutes old when the bankies took the lead, Jordan Ryan latched onto a poor back pass before driving into the box where he was brought down, he dusted himself off and converted the penalty. Virtually straight away the Ant's were level as Scott Arthur picked up the ball, spun his man and fired a great strike past Matt McClung. A bankies corner was cleared up field leaving a 2-1 however Cammy Ross's intense pressure caused the Ants player to mess up the square ball and the opportunity was gone. On 21 minutes the bankies went back in front, Alan Orr picked out Jordan Ryan with a sensational pass, he took it wide of the keeper before firing home from a tight angle. An Ant's player was spared by the referee as he went flying at Stevie McLelland but was only shown a yellow, Cammy Ross headed over a Euan Smith Cross as the half wore on. On 34 minutes it was 2-2 and again it was Scott Arthur this time his cross looped over McClung completely unintentionally, a minute later Ant's hit the side net as they took the momentum. After 41 minutes the bankies took the lead again a corner in was met but a combination of Alan Orr and an Ants defender, I'm still unsure who go the final touch. There was still time for another as a ball across the box for the Ant's wasn't cleared by the bankies defence as McClung scrambled to get hold of it, it was played out to Paul Smith who fired home.
The second half was only 4 minutes old when the Ant's took the lead, a ball in from the left was punched by McClung but only into the path of Stephen McGarrigle who looped his header over the keeper despite the best efforts of McLelland. On 58 minutes the Ants had the chance to increase their lead as their winger got the better of Johnny Dunlop who brought him down however the Ants striker put it wide of the post. Mitchell Ewing almost got his first bankies goal as he took the ball off Lee McClymont, twisted inside the first man then spun the second put fired his shot just wide. Up the other end and it was a vital block from Alan Orr to deny the Ants number 10 scoring despite playing from an offside position. On 87 minutes Ants fired another chance over the bar as they held on for the 3 points.
Starting Lineup: McClung, Sloan, Orr, Taylor, Dunlop, McLelland, Smith, Ross, Ryan, Ewing, McClymont
RESULT: Lesmahagow 3-1 Annbank
The bankies had a make shift lineup following a series of injury's and players being suspended. Goalkeeper Matt McClung started outfield and manager Barry Ross was the only listed sub. 3 minutes into the game Cammy Ross brought down a cross before playing into new signing Mitchell Ewing who spun his man but fired his shot narrowly wide. The game was 10 minutes old when the Gow took the lead, a corner was played into the box and McStay came round the back to head past Danny Gray. On 18 minutes 'Gow shot wide from a neat throw in, following a defensive slip the 'Gow were through again but 1-1 their striker made a hash of it and fired well over. 32 gone and Gray was called into action to prevent the number 9 scoring as he was layed off by his striking partner, up the other end and Jack Hainey had a driven shot from distance held. Lesmahagow went 2 up before half time, another corner in wasn't dealt with by the bankies and Steven Clark eventually bundled the ball home.
Straight into the action in the second half and 'Gow should have taken a 3 goal lead but a series of calamities meant they didn't take advantage. 49 minutes and Danny Gray superbly pushed a freekick onto the cross bar, the young keeper made another key save moments later before Tucker Sloan cleared off the line. Lesmahagow had another chance on 58 minutes but their number 10 couldn't find the target when 1-1 with Danny, Jordan Ryan fired over the bar up the other end. On 66 minutes a 'Gow effort fizzed over the bar then things got worse for the bankies as Matt McClung was sent off for a second booking and Liam Fitzimmons went off injured being replaced by Barry Ross. With 8 minutes remaning the bankies had their way back into the game, Mitchell Ewing swung in a perfect freekick for Johnny Dunlop to power a header home. The 10 men of the bankies really ground in and tried to get an equalizer but as they pushed forward the conceded a third. The ball was slid across the box for Jarvie to fire through Danny's legs.
Starting Lineup: Gray, Smith, McClung, Sloan, Dunlop, Fitzimmons(B.Ross), Trialist, C.Ross, Ewing, Ryan, Hainey
The bankies are delighted to announce the signing of Mitchell Ewing from Kello Rovers. Mitchell played for our all conquering u19s team last signing and scored well over 30 goals in the process. Welcome Home Mitch.