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Annan Athletic 1 Forfar Athletic 2

Sunday, 11 September 2016 11:50


The ‘Loons’ maintained their one hundred per cent record and recorded their seventh straight victory in competitive fixtures in the proverbial game of two halves at Galabank on Saturday past.

Gary Bollan made two changes to the starting line-up from the Irn Bru tie with Raith, the fit again Jim Lister returning in place of Marc Scott while Danny Denholm replaced Gavin Swankie, a late call-off due to work commitments.

The league leaders however barely got out of the ‘starting blocks’ in the first 45, their general play fragmented and a pale shadow of what had gone before in recent times.

In fact the travelling support were in all probability quite happy that their side went in at half-time only one goal down.   That goal came on the twenty minute mark, MAX WRIGHT netting for the home side from the penalty spot, the award coming after a clumsy challenge by Tam O’Brien.

What a transformation in the second half, no doubt after a half-time ear bashing from Gary and his staff.

Forfar looked much more alert and eager and were constantly first to the ball, while on many occasions in the opening half, they had been second and only just!

Home custodian Blair Currie did well to deny Josh Peters, prior to Lewis Milne skimming the cross bar with a strike from the edge of the box, but the equaliser eventually arrived on the hour mark.

ANDY MUNRO towered above the home defence to head home a David Cox corner from just inside the six yard area.

Despite their dominance it was Grant Adam who came to his side’s rescue just three minutes later producing a save of some quality to thwart the impressive Darren Ramsay.   Barry Cuddihy also missed an opportunity to put Annan back in front, before the winner came for the ‘Loons’ with five minutes remaining on the clock.

LEWIS MILNE timed his run to perfection to meet a superb cross into the box from Michael Kennedy to give Currie no chance with a blistering close range volley.

This win coupled with results elsewhere has seen Gary Bollan’s outfit open up a five point gap at the top, with Stirling Albion the next opponents at Station Park on Saturday first.

Match report by David McGregor


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