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End of Season
The season is once again at the end and despite the bankies not finishing quite were the board had wanted there is always positives to take from the season with some spirited and impressive performances. The bankies finished 11th in the league winning 10 of their 28 games scoring 67 goals(average of 2.39 per game). Jordan Ryan finishes top scorer with 23 goals.
Once again thank you to everyone who has take time to watch the bankies this season, to all the players who have played throughout the season and of course to the Scott, John and the committee for their hard and relentless work to keep the club running. A massive shout out to Barry and Andy for their management of the squad this season. We look forward to welcoming everyone back next season.
RESULT: Carluke 2-1 Annbank
An Adam Lawrie goal on 45 minutes put the bankies ahead at halftime. Carluke equalised in the second before Lee McClymont was dismissed. Carluke scored the winner on 83 minutes that means they go up in third place
RESULT: Forth 2-4 Annbank
Early in the match Jordan Ryan got inside his man but curled his shot just wide, the Forth keeper then easily held a Jack Taylor effort from the edge of the area. After 9 minutes Euan Smith picked out Adam Lawrie who out muscled his man before watching his shot being saved, Cammy Ross then put another Smith ball wide as the bankies pushed forward. Smith got in behind his man but his shot was blocked and then moments later he fizzed a ball across the area but no one was there and Forth cleared. On 20 minutes Tommy Sloan done well in a dangerous looking Forth attack to marshall his man and then block the effort. The Forth keeper had an easy save to make from a Smith header following a Lewis Kirkwood ball into the box. On the half hour mark the bankies were finally rewarded, The Forth keeper smashed his kick out straight off Adam Lawrie and the ball fell nicely to Jordan Ryan who just had to slot the ball into the empty net. Fitzimmons put an effort wide following yet another Smith delivery.
Two minutes into the second half and the goal of the game as Lewis Kirkwood smashed home a freekick on the angle leaving the keeper with no chance. Up the other end and a Forth freekick came to nothing, then Jordan Ryan shot over the bar after Adam Lawrie had held the ball up well. After 58 minutes the bankies went 3-0 up, Cammy Ross powered home a header from a Euan Smith freekick. Following this the bankies took the foot off the pedal and Forth were allowed back into the game. Willie McGlone picked the ball up from the goalkeeper and virtually ran the whole length of the field before firing past Danny Gray, poor defending from the bankies. On 73 minutes Danny Gray punched a cross right into the path of a Forth player but he put his effort wide. The resurgent Forth were back into it on 75 minutes James Van Nuil, who was lucky to escape a red card moments earlier, placed a low penalty into the corner following a foul by Johnny Dunlop. The bankies came back into the game and started playing there own game again with the fresh legs of Mitchell Ewing causing the backline problems. The striker was rewarded on the 86th minute as the bankies broke down field from a Forth corner, Jordan Ryan played in Stevie McLelland who passed to Mitchell Ewing who flicked the ball over the defender before smashing home his shot.
Starting Lineup: Gray, Sloan, Fitzimmons, Kirkwood, Dunlop, Taylor, Smith, Ross, Ryan, Lawrie, McLelland
RESULT: Annbank 5-2 Muirkirk
The match was two minutes old and Muirkirk took the lead as Michael Howie headed home a corner at the back post. Muirkirk then flashed an effort across the front of goal as they started brightly. 15 minutes gone and the Muirkirk striker was played in with a ball over the top but put his effort wide when 1-1 with Danny Gray. A low Euan Smith ball was turned wide and from the resulting corner Cammy Ross fired over the bar. On 26 minutes the bankies drew level as a throw in wasn't cleared by Muirkirk allowing Adam Lawrie to coolly slot home, Lawrie was in again moments later but the Muirkirk keeper stood tall and saved the strikers effort. After 29 minutes the bankies took the lead, Lawrie winning the ball before driving into the box and setting up Jordan Ryan who rolled home his 21st of the season, the Muirkirk keeper did well a minute later to deny Ryan again. The resurgent bankies went 3-1 up after 33 as Euan Smith got the ball out wide and drove into the box before slamming a shot high into the net. Up the other end Muirkirk shot wide as they tried to get a grip back in the game before Lawrie saw his low shot saved. On 43 minutes it was 4-1, the bankies cleared there lines, Adam Lawrie did well to hold up the ball before playing in Jordan Ryan who rounded the keeper and finished low into the net.
The Muirkirk manager slaughtered his players at half time not even allowing them to return to the changing room and it seemed to have worked as on 51 minutes as they won the ball back in midfield before playing in Carswell who finished into the corner. On 55 minutes Euan Smith got a head on a Lee McClymont cross but no one was there to finish the move, up the other end and the Muirkirk striker was through and fired a fierce shot over the bar although it looked like Danny Gray got something on it. Just after then hour a lovely Jordan Ryan cross found Adam Lawrie free in the middle but the striker chested the ball rather than heading and the Muirkirk keeper palmed the chance away. A Cammy Ross corner was met by Euan Smith but he headed just narrowly wide, Ross who was running the show in midfield made a great move before playing in Smith but his low driven ball was narrowly missed by Lawrie. Larwie had a low shot saved by the keeper as the bankies continued to dominate play. On 71 minutes the bankies were rewarded as Euan Smith fired home from a corner that wasn't cleared by Muirkirk. Adam Lawrie sliced a shot wide and then Jordan Ryan clipped an effort over the bar as the bankies looked for more. Euan Smith was picked out again on 81 minutes but didn't connect with the shot cleanly and the chance was gone.
Starting Lineup: Gray, Sloan, Taylor, Kirkwood, Dunlop, McLelland, Smith, Ross, Ryan, Lawrie, McClymont
Next Match: Annbank vs Muirkirk
The bankies welcome 9th placed Muirkirk to New Pebble Park this week. Muirkirk have some catching up to do having only played 22 games this season and are still able to clinch the last promotion place. The bankies have scored in all of their last 12 games and have won 5 times from 12 at home scoring 38 times in the process. Muirkirk meanwhile have not won for 4 games but have picked up a total of 21 from their last 36 possible points. Away from home this season they have won twice from 11 games. Earlier in the season when the teams met it finished 2-2 with the bankies scoring late when down to 9 men.