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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.
RESULT: Annbank 1-2 Ashfield
A minute into the game and the bankies had a penalty shout turned down as Mitchell Ewing beat the keeper to the ball and appeared to be brought down but the ref waved the appeals away. In the third minute Ashfield headed over the bar from a freekick. The first half was fairly even and the next chance didn't come till the 31st minute as Lewis Kirkwood played a sensational ball to Jordan Ryan who beat his man but just couldn't get his shot away, Ewing then had a shot blocked. The bankies took the lead after 37 minutes as they pressed the ball in midfield it was cheaply given away and Cammy Ross ran through and made no mistake slotting past the keeper. An Ashfield freekick from the edge of the area was blocked before the bankies were reduced to 10. Alan Orr was dismissed for a silly challenge on the keeper and having already received a yellow the referee had no choice but to send him packing.
A minute into the second half and Ashfield drew level as they headed home from a corner. On 56 minuted they hit a shot wide as they looked to take advantage of the extra man. However the bankies wouldn't lie down and nearly pulled ahead again as Cammy Ross made a scintillating run before curling a strike from outside the area but is cannoned back off the post and Euan Smith's rebound was blocked. After 75 minutes it was Ashfield that took the lead and in disappointing circumstances, a ball in wasn't dealt with properly and as the loose ball fell no one reacted allowing the Ashfield player to poke home. A Lewis Kirkwood freekick went over the bar on 77 minutes and another on 84 minutes was struck sweetly forcing the Ashfield keeper into a low save.
Starting Lineup: Gray, Sloan, Orr, Taylor, Dunlop, Kirkwood, Smith, Ross, Ryan, Ewing, McClymont
RESULT: Annbank 9-2 Newmains
The game was a mear minute old when the bankies took the lead, Mitchell Ewing picked out Lee McClymont who played across for Stevie McLelland to cushion a shot past the Newmains keeper. A corner in from Ewing was played back out to him, he crossed in for Johnny Dunlop who played the ball back to Lewis Kirkwood but he fired over meanwhile Newmains headed over the bar. On 10 minutes it was 2-0, Mitchell Ewing finishing low into the net despite the keeper getting a hand to the effort. 5 minutes later it was 3-0 as the bankies dominated, Ewing was brought down inside the box and Jordan Ryan stepped up converting at the second time of asking for his 20th of the season. It was that man Ewing that scored the 4th on 24 minutes as he headed a Lee McClymont cross past the Newmains keeper. The Newmains keeper was killed into action to deny both Ewing and Ryan as the bankies pushed for more, Ewing then shot wide. On 39 minutes Ewing completed his hat trick finishing into the corner of the net. However Newmains would get one back before half time as Browning slotted low under an advancing Danny Gray.
Early in the second half Danny Gray did well to deny Newmains from scoring again and then up the other end the bankies made it 6. Mitchell Ewing was brought down again and this time he stepped up to fire high into the corner. Alan Orr picked out Jordan Ryan with a great ball but the big striker fired his shot wide. Just before the hour it was 7-1, Ewing got onto the end of a great reverse ball before finishing high into the net. After 66 minutes it was 8-1, Ewing got onto the end of a Jordan Ryan ball to finish past the keeper, his 6th of the day and 8th in 3 games. Newmains got another back on 73 minutes, Danny Gray did well to save a header but no one followed Robertson who tapped home. Jordan Ryan played a quick freekick into Gavin Todd who beat two before finishing from the edge of the area to make it 9-2.
Starting Lineup: Gray, Sloan, Taylor, Orr, Dunlop, Kirkwood, Smith, McLelland, Ewing, Ryan, McClymont
The bankies have signed defender Lewis Kirkwood from Dalry. Meanwhile Dillan Dunn leaves the club to join Lugar
RESULT: Annbank 5-2 Ardeer
4 minutes into the game and Danny Gray had to make a save with his legs to stop Ardeer taking the lead, straight up the other end and Jordan Ryan looked to have scored the opener but the referee disallowed it for offside. It was that man Ryan again on 7 minutes this time striking the post with his effort and then Mitchell Ewing shot wide as the bankies dominated. Lee McClymont was next to have a go slicing wide a Ryan ball in, Stevie McLelland was played through moments later but took the ball too wide of the keeper and ran out of play. It was only a matter of time for the bankies and on 19 minutes the goal finally came, Alan Orr overtook McClymont on the wing he received the ball before crossing deep into the box the Ardeer keeper missed the ball and it fell to Tommy Sloan who knocked the ball back to Stevie McLelland and he powered the shot home. This seemed to wake Ardeer up as the attacked back straight away first shooting wide and then on 26 minutes equalizing. Their player was through 1-1 with Danny Gray and slotted into the corner. Just before half time Ewing shot wide following a superb touch to control the ball and up the other end Gray made a low save then recovered well to block the follow up.
The second half was moments old when Ardeer took the lead, a good ball played down the wing their player touched it inside and the Ardeer striker slotted through Danny Gray's legs. The lead was short lived as on 50 minutes the bankies made it 2-2. A corner in was met by Jordan Ryan his effort was cleared off the line and the ball fell out to Alan Orr who from 25-30 yards smashed an unstoppable effort into the top corner. The bankies took the ascendancy again as Mitchell Ewing saw his shot saved after beating two and then he finally got his goal. 55 minutes on the clock and Jordan Ryan plays across the box to Stevie McLelland who saw his shot saved it hit off Ewing's knee came back off the bar and the young striker tapped home. It was 4-2 a minute later as Lee McClymont made a surging run before playing to Jordan Ryan who played it back to the winger for him to finish neatly into the corner. Some poor bankies defending nearly allowed Ardeer to score but danger was averted and then up the other end Ewing missed two chances to increase the lead. A Jordan Ryan drive from distance went over the bar as the bankies pushed for more. In the 86th minute Danny Gray made a great save to deny Ardeer as the ball looked to be looping over him. With 92 played Gavin Todd was brought down inside the box and Adam Lawrie stepped up to smash home off the underside of the bar.
Starting Lineup: Gray, Orr, Dunlop, Trialist, Fitzimmons(Smith), Sloan, Taylor, McLelland(Todd), McClymont, Ryan, Ewing(Lawrie)
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.
RESULT: Vale of Clyde 1-2 Annbank
The bankies took points off Vale of Clyde for the second time this season winning 2-1 away from home. Jordan Ryan opened the scoring in the first half from the penalty spot before Vale drew level in the second. Cammy Ross scored a winner in the 96th minute to ensure all 3 points.
Starting Lineup: McClung, Wilson, Dunlop, Sloan, Fitzimmons, Taylor, Smith, McLelland, Ross, McClymont, Ryan
RESULT: Newmains 4-2 Annbank
The bankies went down to fellow struggles Newmains away from home. The bankies played 80 minutes with 10 men as Michael Mossie was dismissed. Jack Taylor and Adam Lawrie both scored their 4th goal of the season.
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
RESULT: St Anthony's 4-0 Annbank
Three minutes into the match a Jack Taylor effort was deflected into the Ants keepers hands, and then for 10 minutes or so there was a foray of attacks by the Ants but nothing came of them. On 16 minutes, Johnnie Dunlop met a Euan Smith corner but his header was cleared off the line and then Ross McManus made a good run before slipping in Stevie McLelland but the ants keeper was alert and blocked the effort. Dillan Dunn had the ball in the net on 23 minutes but the goal was ruled out for offside. After 33 minutes St Anthony's took the lead a long ball was misjudged by Lee McClymont and the ball was played along the floor by McDonald for Williams to tuck away. Two minutes later and McLelland went on a jinking run before striking from the edge of the area but McCallum in the Ants goal pushed it well away. On 39 minutes it was two, Scott Arthur striking a fierce freekick into the top left corner leaving Danny Gray with no chance. Dunn nearly put a freekick away minutes later by again McCallum was on hand to push it around the post and then Jordan Ryan had a header tipped off the bar by McCallum as the bankies looked for a way back into the game
Dillan Dunn had another freekick which this time went narrowly wide and then Johnnie Dunlop headed a Euan Smith freekick wide of the post as the bankies started stronger. Dunn headed a Smith cross wide and up the other end Dunlop made a well timed challenge to prevent further damage for the bankies. However after 70 minutes the third did come, Mark McIlvaney making the run before playing in Scott Arthur who spun and fired high into the net. 77 minutes and Euan Smith cut inside his man before striking for the far corner but again McCallum pushed the effort away. The Ants quickly turned defence into attack in the 79th minute but luckily for the bankies McIlvaney put his effort wide. It would be 4 before the game was over as some neat passing play let to Williams coolly finishing past Danny Gray
Starting Lineup: Gray, Sloan, Dunlop, McCrone, McClymont, McManus, McLelland, Taylor, Smith, Dunn, Ryan
RESULT: Rosyth 2-0 Annbank
The bankies went down in this Scottish Cup tie despite having the better of the chances just couldn't convert on the day.
RESULT: Ashfield 8-2 Annbank
The game was only a minute old when the bankies had taken the lead, Jack Taylor picked out Euan Smith with a lovely pass and the winger shot across the keeper into the bottom corner. On 9 minutes Ashfield had their first attack as their striker got on the end of a good ball from the left but put his effort over the bar. After 12 minutes Ashfield were back in it as Ciaran Friel finished a cross from the left acrobatically. Ashfield took the foothold and blasted an effort over on 19 minutes, then Danny Gray made a good save after the Ashfield striker had latched onto his poor kick out. Tommy Sloan headed over the bar from a deep freekick before Ashfield took the lead on 22 minutes. A corner in was met by a head which Gray saved however the rebound fell to Friel who slammed home. On 24 minutes it was 3 as Ashfield really turned the screw, a header through to the striker(who mas more than a hint off side) saw him square the ball for Parker who finished comfortably past Gray. Jordan Ryan make a good move down the left beating two men however the Ashfield keeper was alert to stop the danger, Gavin Todd then struck over the bar from the edge. On 43 minutes it was 4, an Ashfield player went to ground in the box, which no one protested for, and the referee pointed to the spot and that man Friel stepped up to complete his hat trick.
The second half almost started brightly for Ashfield as their number 4 got on the end of a Gray push but put his effort over. On 47 minutes it was 5, some shambolic defending eventually seen the ball cleared for a corner and this was swung in for Friel who headed home past Gray. Gray then done well in a 1 vs 1 situation to prevent another and up the other end Ryan McCrone saw his half volley cleared off the line. Alan Orr made a great last ditch challenge as the bankies looked to limit the damage in the second half. On 59 minutes the bankies made their way back into the game as Lee McClymont spun his man to get on the end of a cross and finish into the bottom corner. Ashfield attacked again and put another couple of chances over the bar as they looked to really kill the game off. Ashfield scored again on 72 minutes as Hearton finished low into the corner past Gray, Jack Taylor put an effort over the bar for the bankies up the other end. After 82 minutes Cullen headed past Gray as he strolled through unmarked and then 3 minutes later it was 8 as the bankies made it oh so easy for Friel to score his fifth.
Starting Lineup: Gray, Sloan, McCrone, Dunlop, Orr, Taylor, McLelland, Smith, Todd, Ryan, McClymont
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.
RESULT: Thorniewood 4-1 Annbank
5 minutes into the game and the bankies had taken the lead as Jordan Ryan drove the ball across the box and Jack Taylor turned it past the Thorniewood keeper. The lead was short lived though as the bankies lost the ball and Thorniewood quickly played down the field, a pass took a deflection off Alan Orr and as John McWilliam attempted to keep the ball in play he slipped and played it straight to the Thorniewood striker who had a simple tap in. On 24 minutes it was 2-1 and another poorly conceded goal. A badly timed Lee McClymont challenge gave Thorniewood a freekick, the freekick was deflected off the wall and it rolled past McWilliam. For the rest of the first half, Thorniewood looked the more likely to score again on the attack as the bankies struggled to get a foothold.
Early in the second half, a Thorniewood corner was met with a glancing header that went narrowly wide but after 56 minutes it was 3. A cross to the back post found an unmarked striker who headed the ball down into the ground, off the crossbar and past John McWilliam. Lee McClymont and Ross McManus combined nicely on the left with McClymont driving into the box and driving the ball across the area but no one was there to finish. Thorniewood dragged a shot wide and then Tommy Sloan and John McWilliam were on hand to block another effort as the pushed for a fourth to kill the game. With 4 minutes to play they did kill the game, a long ball played towards the bankies area, which McWilliam should have come to collect but the keeper was indecisive and left it too later allowing the Thorniewood striker to get there first and head past him.
Starting Lineup: McWilliam, McClymont, Sloan, McCrone, Orr, Smith, Taylor, McLelland, Wilson, Ryan, McManus
RESULT: Annbank 5-0 Ardeer
The bankies cruised into the third round of the Scottish Junior Cup with a dominating performance against Ardeer. Early in the game Lee McClymont headed on for Gordon Wilson but his shot dribbled into the keepers hands. Jordan Ryan then had a shot held by the keeper following a cross from Stevie McLelland. With 7 minutes played, John McWilliam played a long goalkick into Ryan but his lob cleared the bar as the bankies really turned up the pressure. After 9 minutes it was 1-0, route one football as McWilliam kick long for Gordon Wilson who knocked on to Jordan Ryan who finished low past the Ardeer keeper. On 14 minutes it was two, this time Lee McClymont played in Jordan Ryan who was in acre's of space and he comfortably finished past the keeper. 7 minutes later Jordan Ryan completed his hat trick, sneaking in between the Ardeer defence and flicking a McWilliam kick past the Ardeer keeper, he then hit the post moments later as the bankies threatened to run away with the tie. McClymont broke away up the wing before playing in Ryan who was closed down by the keeper but he managed to get the ball back to McClymont but his shot dribbled narrowly wide. On 34 minutes it looked a certain 4th as Wilson played in Euan Smith who burst past the defence and squared to Ryan for a tap in but he stumbled over the ball and it ran out of play. Near the end of the half Ardeer had their first real chance as they were left 2-1 but the striker fired well over the bar.
The second half was 5 minutes old when the bankies scored a 4th. Euan Smith intercepted a pass in midfield before picking out Jordan Ryan who finished well past the Ardeer keeper. On 54 minutes Tommy Sloan headed off the outside of the post as the bankies dominance continued. After 72 minutes it was 5, Stevie McLelland burst through into the box before being brought down, Adam Lawrie stepped up to slam home the penalty. Ardeer fired over the bar from a tight angle on a rare foray forward. The bankies had another few chances at the end of the half but didn't convert any more as the game finished 5-0
Starting Lineup: McWilliam, Sloan, McCrone, Orr, Scobie, Smith, Taylor, McLelland, Ryan, McClymont, Wilson
RESULT: Annbank 3-2 Johnstone
A poor first half from the bankies saw us going into the break one down and 5 minutes into the second half we conceded another. Alan Orr then scored a belter to get us back into the game and the boys really took a boost from this. On form Lee McClymont added an equalizer with another well worked goal. In the 81st minute a break away through midfield saw an excellent team goal scored by Jordan Ryan following a cut back by Stevie McLelland. Orr was sent off for a second yellow but the bankies defence withheld intense pressure to see out the game and showing some great character.
RESULT: Annbank 2-3 Forth
The bankies went into half time leading 2-0 thanks to two goal by Lee McClymont, after playing some neat football and having several more chances to increase the lead. Second half started much the same with another two chances going to waste. Forth scored one to get back into and the bankies wobbled conceding a sloppy goal from a corner, Forth went 3-2 up with a belter. We still created chances to get back into it but couldn't finish. Stevie McLelland was dismissed for two yellow cards
The bankies have added Jack Hainey to the squad signing from Valspar u19s
RESULT: Annbank 1-1 Vale of Clyde
The first real chance of the game came the bankies way in the 16th minute as McManus won the ball back before playing in Jordan Ryan but his cut back was cleared over the bar, from the resulting corner a Gordon Wilson shot was held by the Vale of Clyde keeper. On the 25th minute it was Bankies keeper John McWilliam's turn to hold a shot following a neat 1-2, Vale of Clyde then watched a diving header agonizingly loop over the bar. On the 30th and 32nd minutes McWilliam made two fantastic saves to keep the bankies in it. The bankies took the lead on 38 minutes as a corner in was headed by Jordan Ryan, his effort was saved but the ball was rolled back across goal for the striker to tap home. The lead didn't last long though as a mear minute later Vale Of Clyde equalised from another corner, their defender made a late run into the box unmarked and powered a header into the bankies goal.
A Vale of Clyde player made a jinking run into the box and slammed a strike at goal by Alan Orr got his head in the way to deflect the effort away and then Vale of Clyde headed over as they looked to score a second. In thr 69th minute it was McWilliam their to prevent them again with a strong save with his legs from an angled drive. A deflected Vale of Clyde shot squirmed just wide of the post on 87 minutes and with a minute to go Jordan Ryan was played through with a fantastic ball but the ref pulled it back for offside.
Starting Lineup: McWilliam, Orr, McCrone, Cotton, Sloan, Wilson, Smith, McLelland, Lawrie, Ryan, McManus
RESULT: Ardeer 0-2 Annbank
A rehearsal for the upcoming Scottish Cup tie, bankies ran out 2-0 winners against Ardeer with Adam Lawrie and Euan Smith scoring
RESULT: Annbank 0-5 Lanark
A dissapointing lose for the bankies as Lanark pushed themselves into second place
Scottish Cup Draw
Annbank have been drawn at home to Ardeer in the Second round of the Scottish Junior Cup
RESULT: Annbank 1-2 Carluke
The bankies went 1-0 down in the first half as Watson scored for Carluke. Euan Smith got us back into it in the second half before Carluke scored again through Haley. Byrne was dismissed for the visitors late on in the game and the bankies were awarded a penalty with 10 to go but it was missed as we suffered our first league defeat.
RESULT: Muirkirk 2-2 Annbank
The bankies headed to Muirkirk looking to add to last week's impressive start to the league, Muirkirk had ended last season strongly and would provide a tough match for the young bankies. The game was 20 mins old when the bankies were put up against it as Tommy Sloan was dismissed for a last man foul and it was nearly worse as Muirkirk slammed the crossbar with the resulting freekick. However the bankies took the lead on 26 minutes, Stevie McLelland firing high into the roof of the net from an acute angle. The second half was always going to be difficult as the bankies had worked hard chasing everything and were clearly tiring as Muirkirk played the ball around nicely. After 69 it was 1-1 a header from a corner took a slightly deflection and evaded the hand of Danny Gray. On the 80th minute Muirkirk took the lead as they piled the pressure on, their striker fired low through a crowd into the bottom corner. The bankies had Lee McClymont dismissed during a 50/50 challenge and the match looked over but they found a burst of energy to get in the box one more time and the bankies attacker was shoved to the floor leaving the ref no option but to award a penalty. Jordan Ryan stepped up after 88 minutes to level the game.
Starting Lineup: Gray, Scobie, Sloan, Orr, McClymont, Smith, Wilson, Fitzimmons, Ryan, McLelland, McKenzie
Annbank are delighted to announce the signings of Jordan Ryan and Alan Orr from Darvel, Ian McIntyre has signed from Tarbolton Ams and Tucker Sloan has resigned for another year. Jordan has been on fine form and has scored 7 competitive goals already another 5 and he will beat our top scorer from last season!!
RESULT: Annbank 7-2 Saltcoats
The first opportunity came after 6 minutes when Jordan Ryan connected well from a corner but the ball was cleared over the bar then from the second effort Stevie McLelland watched his header be cleared off the line. After 10 minutes it was 1-0, Gordon Wilson was played through and he finished neatly past the Saltcoats keeper. 2 minutes later it was two as Stevie McLelland goto onto the end of a through ball and finished low into the net and after 15 minutes it was three, McLelland tapped home after Euan Smith had beaten two on the wing and played a low cross in. McLelland had a header from a Tommy Sloan header held and then Danny Gray had his first save to make holding a weak effort. Saltcoats had a couple of efforts from range that didn't trouble Gray. On 28 minutes the Saltcoats keeper got a strong hand to a powerful Lee McClymont effort and a vics defender had to be alert to prevent the ball crossing the line. After 34 minutes it was 4-0, Jordan Ryan hit a powerful shot off the underside of the bar which appeared to have crossed the line but the ref didn't give it lucky Stevie McLelland was on hand to head home and complete his hat trick. Euan Smith had an angled drive saved as the half came to an end.
McClymont worked his way down the win early in the half before cutting back to Gordon Wilson who blazed over. Saltcoats started this half brighter and had a couple of opportunity's to get a goal back but shot over the bar on a few occasions. After 64 minutes they did get one back as a corner was headed past Danny Gray, up the other end and Lee McClymont had a shot blocked. On 69 minutes Gordon Wilson scored his second after connecting with a McClymont cut back; straight from the kick off a Saltcoats player danced his way though into the bankies box, Danny Gray got down well to save his first effort but brought him down with a trailing leg and Saltcoats converted the penalty. Gray then made a clever save with his legs before Jordan Ryan made it 6, he got on the end of a Jack Taylor pass before curling around the keeper. On 79 minutes it was 7 as Ryan converted a McClymont cross into the bottom corner. Danny Gray made another save for the bankies then Ryan had the chance to completed his hat trick, he was one on one with the keeper and tried to round him but the Saltcoats keeper did well to get a hand on the ball and push it away.
Starting lineup: Gray, McClymont, Orr, Scobie, Sloan, Taylor, McKenzie, Wilson, Smith, Ryan, McLelland
RESULT: Maybole 2-6 Annbank
5 minutes into the game and the bankies were in front as a Gordon Wilson shot deflected into the path of our trialist striker who slotted home his 5th goal in 3 games, however moments later up the other end a slack back pass sold Danny Gray short and the Maybole striker rounded the young keeper to make it 1-1. With 20 minutes played the lively Adam Lawrie struck the post as the bankies looked to get the lead back. On the half hour we went 2-1 up as the trialist striker was played in his marker slipped leaving him free to curl home, 2 minutes later and he completed his hat trick after a bad kick out from the Maybole keeper left him 1 on 1. Maybole got a second in the 36th minute courtesy of a penalty. Before the break it was 4-2 as a Euan Smith ball in found an unmarked trialist striker(different trialist) who converted.
Just after the break and a low ball was cleared to the edge where Jack Taylor met it sweetly to fire past the Maybole keeper. In the 56th minute Danny Gray made a fine save for the bankies and Jai Holland blazed the rebound over, Gordon Wilson then hit the post as the bankies looked for more. Lee McClymont watched his shot narrowly squirm wide then the Maybole keeper made a good save from our trialist striker. On 75 minutes it was 6 for the bankies as Maybole played a high line a long ball into the trialist striker seen him go through on goal and finish as he scored his 8th goal in 3 games.
RESULT: Annbank 0-3 Whitletts
A double from former bankie Adam Forsyth and a goal from Jordan Mullen gave Whitletts victory in this derby match. Keeper Ian McIntyre was replaced by youngster Danny Gray following an injury.
Starting Lineup: McIntyre, Sloan, McClymont, McCrone, Smith, Wilson, Todd, McLelland, Walker, Barrett, Taylor
RESULT: Girvan 1-2 Annbank
Goals from our trialist striker and youngster Euan Smith gave us victory in our first Sectional League Cup match vs Girvan
Starting Lineup: McIntyre, Sloan, Scobie, McCrone, McClymont, Taylor, Fitzimmons, Walker, Smith, Trialist, Trialist
We are delighted to announce the following signings: Gordon Wilson(Ardeer), Lee McClymont(Whitletts), Gavin Todd(Heathside), Darrell Cotton(Valspar 19s), Ryan McCrone(Valspar 19s), Adam Lawrie(Dalry), Lee Young(Maybole), Sean Scobie(Dailly). Danny Gray, Jack Taylor, Stevie McLelland, Calum Walker, Euan Smith and Liam Fitzimmons have all stepped up from the u19s side.
New Management Team
Annbank are delighted to announce our new management team of Barry Ross and Andy Boyd. Barry has been working as assistant at Darvel and Andy moves up from our u19s having previously been in charge of Whitletts u19s. Welcome to the club.