Elgin City 0-2 Annan Athletic

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Report by George Hay

From the heights of the Stirling Albion game last week, we hit the depths of Borough Briggs this week. How similar was this game to the Clyde one a few weeks ago.

We lost the toss and Annan opted to play towards the Cooper Park end. We had an emergency loan goalkeeper between the sticks by name of Mark Waters. However he could do nothing about Annan’s first goal.

We appeared not to have learned any lessons from the Clyde game a couple of weeks ago by conceding the goal after 2 minutes. The ball was swung into the City penalty box by Aiden Smith to a totally unmarked Darren Ramsay who picked his spot past an unsighted Mark Waters in the City goal.

Chris McLeish came close for City but his header from close range was just past the post. It was McLeish again shortly after when he was played in by a superb ball from Twiggy, but this time his effort was saved by the Annan goalkeeper.

Thomas Reilly was next to have a go from 25 yards, but the keeper saved his effort pushing it round the post for a fruitless corner. Matty Cooper put in a useful cross, but an Annan defender was close by to make the clearance. Shane then had a snapshot which went past the post.

Daniel Moore came on at half time in place of Jamie Reid. But the start of second half was just as bad as the first, when we gifted Annan a second goal.

Matty Cooper had the opportunity to clear his lines and get the ball down the park, but he hesitated and the ball ran loose. Two City defenders seemed to get in each other’s way and the ball ran kindly for Darren Ramsey who ran in on our goalkeeper who took him down in the penalty box resulting in a penalty kick which was put away with ease by McKenna.

At this point in the game, many heads seemed to go down. In all honesty there really wasn’t very much to say about the second half. It was in my opinion a non event other than the introduction of 2 substitute in Craig Gunn and Kyle McLeod in place of Chris Dodd and Paul McLeish.

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