Newmains vs Annbank
Victoria Park, Newmains
Saturday 26th January - 1.45pm kick off
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RESULT: Annbank 1-4 Vale of Leven
The bankies were visited by third top Vale of Leven having lost 7-2 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. For the first 10 minutes play was fairly even between both teams but it was Vale that took the lead after 12 minutes. A quick break away following a poor bankies corner resulted in Lee McGeachy slicing a shot across Danny Gray into the bottom corner. On 16 minutes it was two as Craig Cowan slammed a freekick low into the bottom corner. Up the other end on 21 minutes and Tucker Sloan picked out Lee McClymont but his shot across the keeper was well saved by the keepers legs. McClymont had a part to play in the next Vale goal after giving away a penalty which Craig Cowan stepped up and put past Gray to make it 3-0, a few moments later it was 4. A long throw into the box was met by the attacker who slipped it across the area for Richie Stewart to fire through Gray's legs. On the half hour mark the Vale keeper held a Cammy Ross effort and then Danny made a fine save up the other end to stop Vale going further ahead.
Just after the break the bankies got one back, Cammy Ross did well pressuring the defenders before winning the ball back, Lee McClymont was played in and he slid a shot into the corner of the goal. A Stevie McLelland volley was held by the Vale keeper as the bankies started the second half more lively. Danny Gray made a series of three saves in the space of 5 minutes to keep the bankies in the game. Another break up field on 71 minutes saw both Gray and Sloan do well to marshal the attacker with Danny making a save and tucker clearing off the line. On 75 minutes the bankies should have had a second, Adam Lawrie sliced a shot but the ball fell kindly to Jordan Ryan 1-1 but he put his effort narrowly wide. Just before full time, Lee McClymont had an effort saved by the Vale keeper.
Starting Lineup: Gray, Sloan, Mossie, Dunlop, Orr(Trialist), Taylor, Smith(Dunn), McLelland, Ross(Lawrie), McClymont, Ryan
The bankies are pleased to announce the signings of goalkeeper Matt McClung and defender Michael Mossie. Welcome to the club lads.
RESULT: Annbank 2-3 Lesmahagow
A feisty affair for the bankies against second place 'Gow resulted in a narrow loss. 'Gow had a penalty appeal turned away in the first minute and as the ball was quickly worked up the other end both Lee McClymont and Adam Lawrie had efforts held. On 5 minutes Euan Smith drove into the box before playing across the area however the ball was deflected into the path of Dillan Dunn who saw his shot blocked. 'Gow took the lead on 11 minutes when they were awarded a soft penalty which was converted past stand in keeper Dan McColgan. On 19 minutes it was two as a low cross was turned into his own net by Ryan McCrone with an attacker breathing down his neck. After 23 minutes it could have been 3 as a 'Gow player got in before twisting and turning past his man but fired his shot well over the bar. Things got worse for the bankies just after half time as Johnny Dunlop had to come off after dislocating his shoulder and bravely playing on.
Just after half time McColgan pulled of an excellent save from a 'Gow header to keep the score line down. As previously mentioned the game was fiercely contested in midfield with some strong challenges going in and the referee had a hard job of keeping a lid on the match, unfortunately he wasn't in control of the game at all and looked well out his depth. Things boiled over as what can only be described as an assault on Callum Walker was met with only a yellow card, the resulting confrontation say Ian McIntyre send from the bankies dugout and the 'Gow no 9 also dismissed. The bankies got back into it on 80 minutes after some neat football Stevie McLelland side footed past the keeper. However hopes were dashed again on 84 as the 'Gow striker was allowed to pull the ball out the air and play in his stike partner who coolly finished past McColgan. There was late drama in the 91st minute as Jordan Ryan fired home from the edge of the area but the bankies didn't have time for the equaliser.
RESULT: Johnstone 3-4 Annbank
The bankies raced into a 3-1 lead thanks to goals from Lee McClymont(2), scoring his 8th of the season and 4th in two games, and Adam Lawrie with Johnstone Burghs' Billy Davis scoring a penalty. In the second half Johnstone pegged us back thanks to goals by Sam Esplin and Mark Davis, however the old warhorse that is Tucker Sloan smashed in a winner in the last minute for the bankies to give us two win on the bounce
RESULT: Annbank 3-2 Thorniewood
Straight from kick off Danny Gray was forced to make a low save following a long ball down the left. Their striker was 1-1 with Danny again after 7 minutes put swiped his shot well wide and the same man put the ball into the side net moments later. 17 minutes played and Stevie McLelland fired over from the edge of the area, up the other end and Gray got strong hands on a freekick to turn it around the post. Lee McClymont seen an effort of his saved by the Thorniewood goalkeeper before the bankies went 1-0 up. On 33 minutes a corner kick played in was met wonderfully by Johnny Dunlop who looped his header over the keeper and into the net. Thorniewood hit the side netting again moments after the goal as they looked to come back into it, but it was nearly two as Jordan Ryan connected with a Euan Smith cross but had to watch as the effort cannoned back off the post. On 39 minutes Ryan McCrone was cleaned out the game dangerously by a Thorniewood player with the ball nowhere to be seen but the referee deemed this only a yellow but worse was to follow on 44 minutes. A Thorniewood player ran into Euan Smith and the ref pointed to the spot, a baffling decision. The number 10 fired the penalty high and, despite Danny getting his hand to it, into the net. The drama wasn't over for the first half though as Lee McClymont smashed home a second for the bankies.
5 minutes into the second half and Thorniewood were level once again, poor marking at the front post allowed there man to touch home a corner kick. A Euan Smith effort was deflected into the keeper's hands and up the other end Tommy Sloan recovered well to block an effort after making a poor header. On 64 minutes it was 3-2 to the bankies, Jordan Ryan flicked the ball onto Lee McClymont who cut inside and curled a finish coolly into the bottom corner. Danny Gray was called into action in the 79th minute as he made a double save to keep the bankies in it and again in the 89th minute he made another save as it looked to be the bankies day.
Starting Lineup: Gray, Wilson, McCrone, SLoan, Dunlop, Smith, McLelland, Taylor, McClymont, Dunn, Ryan