Annan Athletic 1 Spartans 2

Posted on Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Spartans are today looking forward to a long trip to Elgin on the 29th of November after their hard fought victory over Annan Athletic.

The media had billed this as a potential revenge match for Spartans, however the City Park club were only interest in progressing in the cup and furthering their reputation as one of the best non league sides in the country.

There were several changes from the team that faced Dalbeattie two weeks ago. Spartans lined up in a 4-5-1 formation with Gavin Malin moving into the centre of midfield. Kader returned to his usual right wing position and captain Fowlie was passed fit to start the game.

Annan started strong, using long ball tactics to the tall strikers and causing Spartans a few problems at the back.

In the 15th minute Annan took the lead. a corner heading into the back of the net by the tall centre half Neilson.

This seemed to galvanise spartans who took control of the game. The away side playing excellent football at times. Strong defending from Annan however ensured the East of Scotland side were given few chances to score.

Just before half time Henretty was clearly brought down inside the box, however the referee awarded a goal kick.

Spartans started the second half strong and it took only three minutes for the away side to pull level. Gavin Malin, who had been causing a lot of problems for the Annan defenders, ran with the ball into space. He looked up and fired a brilliant strike into the top left hand corner from 25 yards.

It took only two further minutes for Spartans to take the lead. A Manson freekick was excellently headed into the net by Archibald much to the delight of the Spartan bench and the sixty travelling Spartan fans.

Annan started to come back into the game, looking to bring the game level again however Spartans were easily able to cope with the constant long balls played by the Annan midfielder and defence.

Spartans brought on Preston and the returning Keith McLeod who has a fantastic scoring record in the Scottish Cup. Kader and Hoskins went off as Spartans moved to a more attacking 4-4-2 to ensure they didn’t just sit on their one nil lead.

Both Preston and McLeod had chances to score however the ball would not be in the back of the net again and Spartans were delighted to hear the final whistle.

They now face a very long journey to the most northern SFL team in Scotland and hope the Spartan army will be out in numbers.

MOTM: Gavin Malin, a brilliant strike and a fantastic hard working performance in the centre of midfield. This was his first ever Scottish Cup tie and we hope he has many more like this one.

Team: Flockhart, Gerrard, Hoskins (Preston), Archibald, Fowlie, O’Donnell, Malin, Kader (McLeod), Walker, Manson, Henretty

Att: 532

Next Fixture

Date: 23/07/24
Opponent: Forfar Athletic
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: Premier Sports Cup
Kick off: 7.45pm

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