Ashfield vs Annbank
The Peugeot Stadium, Possilpark
Saturday 17th November - 1.45pm kick off
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RESULT: Annbank 1-3 Bellshill
This West of Scotland cup tie was only a minute old and the bankies had taken the lead, Dillan Dunn getting of the mark for the season with a low freekick into the bottom corner of the net. Jordan Ryan beat his man and played the ball across to Euan Smith but his shot was blocked as the bankies pressed to extend the lead. After 6 minutes Bellshill were level, a deep cross into the box was met by the diving Jamie Stewart who had strolled past the bankies defenders. On 23 minutes Danny Gray pulled off yet another spectacular save this season getting a hand to a sweetly struck half volley, the ball cannoned off the underside of the bar and bounced on the goal line before it was cleared. Straight up the other end and Smith picked out Ross McManus who in turned played in Dunn but Bellshill keeper Fitzpatrick was equal to his effort. Jordan Ryan had a shot blocked and then the Bellshill defence intercepted a Smith ball as the bankies pushed to take the lead back. On 37 minutes, the bankies were made to pay for a defence mistake ad a ball wasn't cleared properly, Jamie Stewart picked the ball up and finished low under Gray. 2 minutes later and Smith cut the ball back for Dillan Dunn but his first time effort curled just wide, then a minute later Lee McClymont drove down the left before firing a low shot which cannoned off the post.
With 47 minutes on the clock Danny Gray held a Bellshill freekick and they shot wide on 56 minutes as there neat passing play put the bankies under pressure. Up the other end of the pitch and Ross McManus pounced on a loose pass before driving towards goal but his curling shot was easily held by Fitzpatrick. On 68 minutes, Cammy Ross came close for the bankies in a crowded penalty box but the Bellshill defence cleared and then Danny Gray held another effort. The bankies pushed on looking for an equaliser but ultimately it was to be Bellshill's day, on 87 minutes Eoghan McKeown danced his way through the bankies defence before rounding Gray and finishing into the empty net. Jack Taylor was dismissed near the end of the game for a second yellow card.
The match was littered by some puzzling refereeing decisions but lets take nothing away from Bellshill, the played some neat football and made the most of us missing chances up the other end.
Starting Lineup: Gray, Wilson, McClymont, Sloan, Dunlop, Taylor, Smith, McLelland, Ryan, Dunn, McManus
Scottish Cup Draw
Annbank have been drawn away to Rosyth in the fourth round of the Scottish Junior Cup. Tie will be played 24th November at 1:45pm. A bus is running to the game get in touch with the committee to put your name down and we will announce more details soon.
RESULT: Saltcoats 0-0 Annbank
Blustery weather conditions met both teams as they ran out onto Campbell Park for this match. 7 minutes into the game and the Saltcoats keeper smothered a Dillan Dunn effort and then on 16 minutes that man Dunn met a Lee McLymont cross but headered over the bar. Adam Lawrie flashed a shot wide of the left hand post as the bankies pushed for an opener. Up the other end of the part and Alan Orr made a great last ditch challenge to prevent Saltcoats an effort on goal. On 36 minutes, Danny Gray superbly tipped a Saltcoats freekick over the bar. A poor first half for both teams was finished with a forray from the bankies as McClymont had a shot blocked and from the resulting corner Johnny Dunlop headed over the bar
Early in the second half and Saltcoats broke quickly forward following an error from Orr but the squared pass was intercepted and cleared. Lee McClymont made a smart run spinning off his marker to get on the end of a through ball before driving into the box but he slipped his shot just wide of the post, Saltcoats then blazed an effort over the bar. Euan Smith almost caught the keeper out with a deep cross that the wind caught and pushed towards goal but just not quite enough. Ross McManus made a good run before cutting inside and setting up Adam Lawrie but his shot from the edge went over the bar, another Lawrie shot was easily held by the Saltcoats keeper as the bankies just lacked that quality in the final third. With 75 minutes gone, Stevie McLelland slammed a freekick off the wall, he picked up the loose ball and skipped past his man who brought him down in the box but the referee waved play on. Lawrie had another low shot saved after being played in by McManus, Euan Smith then slammed a shot on the angle off the post. Saltcoats almost snatched it with 7 minutes to go as their striker hit a shot off the inside of the post but the bankies defenders managed to clear any further danger. With about 5 minutes left of the game, Lawrie was played in again but his shot was easily held by the keeper.
RESULT: Annbank 2-1 Kello
The bankies pulled off a great result against the Championship side. The match was only 2 minutes old when Kello went ahead, a cross from the left was cleared to the edge where there lad let out a sweet strike right into the top corner. Jordan Ryan headed a Euan Smith corner wide on 4 minutes but in the 6th minute it was level. Another Smith delivery met by new signing Johnnie Dunlop to open his bankies account. With 15 minutes played the confident bankies were ahead, another corner was cleared as far as Stevie McLelland who passed to Jack Taylor and he curled a shot into the bottom corner with the kello keeper rooted to the spot. Jordan Ryan pounced on a miskick by the Kello keeper but his squared pass to Dillan Dunn was intercepted and cleared. Up the other end and a deep cross to the back post was met by the kello striker but her fired over and then Kello hit another sizzling effort from range but this one creeped over the bar. Ryan Dunsmuir made a strong save low from a Lee McClymont effort as the bankies pushed for a third. Ian McIntyre making his return from injury made an easy save after a neat 1-2 as Kello ended the half brightly. After 34 minutes, Dunsmuir saved low from an Alan Orr freekick following a challenge on Jordan Ryan, straight up the other end and McIntyre pounced to stop a Kello attack. Tommy Sloan made a good block after McClymont had been beaten out on the left. McIntyre took a Kello easily into his hands with 39 played. Before the half ended Ian McIntyre was replaced by Danny Gray after injuring himself, he was treated on the pitch for around 5 minutes.
Early in the second half a dangerous looking Kello cross was miscontrolled by Mitchell Ewing and Danny Gray easily collected. With 51 played Kello struck the post after their striker was slipped in. Lee McClymont played a deep cross to the backpost were he found Euan Smith but his header was easily held by Dunsmuir. on 59 minutes Stevie McLelland picked out Jordan Ryan with a great ball the big striker lobbed the advancing keeper but the ball harmlessly went out of play. Kello struck the post again as the pressed forward, Danny Gray made an easy catch on 71 as the bankies held on. With 10 to play Jordan curled an effort over the bar before Danny Gray made a match winning save diving across his goal to claw the ball away. The bankies held on for a remarkable victory.
Starting Lineup: McIntyre(Gray), Sloan, McCrone, Dunlop, Orr, Taylor, Smith(McManus), McLelland, Ryan, Dunn(Lawrie), McClymont
RESULT: Vale of Leven 7-2 Annbank
Disappointing lose for the bankies but we need to bounce back next week in the Scottish Cup. Stevie McLelland and Jordan Ryan with the goals for the bankies.