Shire have drawn an away tie against Ladbrokes League 2 side Annan Athletic in the Second Round of the 2016/17 William Hill Scottish Cup.
The game is scheduled to go ahead at Galabank on Saturday 22nd October. Dates for a replay and any reserve date in case of postponement will be announced later along with admission price details.
The draw was made in Aberdeen earlier and was streamed live on Facebook. Shire didn’t have long to wait to find out their opponents; the tie was the first one drawn with the results announced on Twitter.
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It will be the first-ever Scottish Cup meeting of the teams and it’s the first time Shire have drawn League 2 opposition at this stage of the competition since 2009/10 season when we travelled to Forfar Athletic in a game Jim McInally’s team lost 4-2.
But, of course it won’t be the first time Shire have played Annan Athletic. The team’s last visit to Galabank was in April of this year in a League 2 encounter which Shire won 3-1 thanks to these second half goals from Kris Faulds and Gavin McMillan, who, of course, are still at the club.
And it won’t even be the first time Shire have played Annan Athletic this season. They were drawn together in Group F of the 2016/17 Betfred Cup along with Motherwell, Rangers and Stranraer.
The match was the final one in the competition for both and effectively a dead rubber as neither could by that point progress in the competition. After a goalless first period Annan Athletic substitute Ryan Finnie broke the deadlock and former Shire man Max Wright secured a 2-0 win for Annan Athletic with a penalty in the final minute.
The only cup-tie the two teams have played at Galabank was in the Second Round of the ALBA Challenge Cup in 2009/10 season when an injury-time Peter Watson goal gave the home team a narrow 1-0 victory.
Overall, since Annan Athletic joined the Scottish Football League in 2008/09 season there have been 34 meetings with Annan ahead 19 wins to 11 with the other four games drawn.
The Second Round of this season’s Scottish Cup will feature a total of sixteen ties with the winners advancing to a Third Round where they will be joined by all ten League 1 clubs and six teams from the SPFL Championship.
This is how the Second Round draw looks in full.