|22nd October 2016||15:00||William Hill Scottish Cup||2016-17|
|Team||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
ANNAN ATHLETIC 0 SHIRE 0
Shire’s 2016/17 Scottish Cup season will continue for at least another week after fighting out an entertaining goalless draw with League 2 Annan Athletic at Galabank.
John Sludden’s team had by far the better of the opening period and were unfortunate not to go in at the interval ahead. But they did have their work cut out in the second half as Annan Athletic fought back and the home team had chances late in the game to win.
However, neither side was capable of scoring and the teams now must replay at Ochilview on Saturday 29th October at 3:00pm.
The Shire coach restored Andy Grant in the centre of defence after he had missed the previous week’s encounter with Mid Annandale, but that was the only change to the starting eleven. Jamie Glasgow made a welcome return to the squad after a three game injury lay-off but had to make do with a place among the substitutes.
The visitors came out of the traps at top speed. After less than two minutes a desperate defensive clearance was required to put the ball behind for a Shire corner with Andy Rodgers waiting to pounce.
From the resulting flag kick keeper Blair Currie fumbled the high ball and Shire skipper Derek Ure set himself up for a shot but his effort smacked off the base of the post and the ball was scrambled clear by the home defence.
Two minutes later Rodgers sent a header just too far wide of the far post after a great delivery from Graeme MacGregor and, in a growing sign of confidence, the visiting striker then sent a powerful volley barely past the keeper’s near post from the edge of the box.
After 13 minutes Rodgers set up Kris Faulds for an attempt at goal but Currie made a comfortable stop but, four minutes later, a trademark mazy run from David Grant found Faulds on the edge of the box and this time the keeper was at full stretch to turn the net-bound shot behind.
Annan had been disrupted by early injuries which saw two players substituted in the opening 15 minutes but they slowly tried to find their way back.
One of the replacements, former Shire man Max Wright, was the first to test Jamie Barclay after 27 minutes and four minutes later Darren Ramsay came close with a long-range effort.
But, in the closing stages of the half, Shire were denied twice by brilliant saves from the Annan keeper. After 34 minutes he made a wonderful fingertip stop from a powerful header to deny Rodgers a certain goal and five minutes later he got down low to palm away a great shot from Paul Sludden which again looked destined for the back of the net.
The interval possibly came to Shire’s disadvantage and they weren’t able to find top gear at the start of the second period.
Annan came more into things and after 54 minutes Ramsay flashed a shot across the face of goal and wide. On the hour mark the same player was unlucky to see a shot from the edge of the box come back off the post.
Shire tried to respond. Rodgers was almost through but prevented from getting a shot away by a last-ditch tackle while Liam Allison’s free header from Derek Ure’s corner was too close to Currie who saved.
Currie then made a brave diving save at Rodgers’ feet after a cleverly-worked Shire free-kick. But late on Jean Guy Lucas might have stolen it for Annan with an effort that just cleared Barclay’s crossbar before Ramsay hit an effort onto the roof of the net.
ANNAN ATHLETIC : Currie, Black(Krissian 6), Swinglehurst, Sinnamon, Watson, Cuddihy, Omar(Wright 15), Finnie, McKenna, Lucas, Ramsay.
SHIRE : Barclay, MacGregor, Allison, A. Grant, Greene, White(Glasgow 78), Rodgers, Ure, D. Grant(McGuigan 90), Sludden, Faulds.
REFEREE : A. Newlands.
|Galabank, North St, Annan DG12 5DQ, UK|