Another tough road trip ended in a superb 2-0 win against Annan Athletic.
Another blustery day saw both teams struggle to control the ball in the opening exchanges, with game being devoid of much flowing football or chances during much of the opening 45 minutes. There was a notable chance for Annan which came from a cross in to the City penalty area but it was well held by the Josh Rae, City’s trialist keeper. It took until literally the 44th minute for City to really threaten, when a Craig Thomson free kick on the edge of the box was deflected wide. The main talking point of the first half however was the straight red card shown to Annan’s Swinglehurt, for an alleged elbow on Scott Shepherd.
Half-time Annan Athletic 0-0 City
The first half can best be described as “not a classic”, however after the break City picked up the tempo, boosted no doubt by the extra man. Alex Harris’ driving run and dipping shot from distance was well tipped over by the Annan keeper shortly after the re-start and this was a good signal of intent. The second half was only 6 minutes in when a Craig Thomson corner was headed home by the free scoring Liam Henderson, for the defender’s third goal in two games! City were bossing the game at this point, stretching the opposition and making decent use of the extra man good chances fell to Alex Harris again, who blazed over then both Danny Handling and Blair Henderson had opportunities but City couldn’t add to their advantage. The game was effectively over in the 76th minute when City’s brilliant counter-attack saw Liam Brown Feed the ball to Alex Harris on the left hand side and the former Hibernian man delivered a great low ball into the box which was met by Danny Handling with an emphatic finish. Annan despite being down in numbers were always competetive, but City saw out the game comfortably to return from the South West of Scotland with all three points.
Full Time Annan Athletic 0-2 City
Man of the Match
Craig Thomson’s return to the side after injury has been a major boost to the side and his presence and delivery for the first goal, coupled with him breaking up the Annan attack that started the counter attack for the second goal sees him named man of the match.
Stirling Albion (A) Saturday 21 December 2019