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Share of the spoils in Glasgow between Queen's Park and Annan Athletic

Queen's Park 1

Hay 4

Annan Athletic 1

Omar 8
  • Monday, 03 February 2014
  • Lesser Hampden
  • Under 21´s
  • Development League West

Ameen Rabanni | YFS West Region Journalist
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A well-contested and entertaining game at Lesser Hampden ended 1-1 between Queen's Park and Annan Athletic as both sides had chances but found a combination of good defending and wasteful finishing standing in the way of victory.
 
The first half in particular was very even and it didn't take long for the opening goal to arrive. David Ramsay's good work on the right wing resulted in a cross that wasn't dealt with by the Annan defence and on hand was Stuart Hay who found the bottom corner four minutes in. 
 
The visitors responded well though, immediately taking the game higher up the pitch and a few minutes later drew level. James Johnstone showed good persistence on the left flank and combined well with Rabin Omar, the latter took the ball under control in the box and slotted the ball past Samuel George.  
 
That gave Annan a lift and they then took control of the game keeping possession well and produced the best move of the match with some neat interplay involving a few players around the edge of the box, however, Jordan Brown was very unlucky to see his effort cannon off the crossbar. 
 
Midfielder Kieran Brannon also tried his luck from distance for the Galabankies but saw it drift wide. 
 
Meanwhile, Queen's also had opportunities as the half drew to a close, central defender Bryan Wharton went close with a header from a set-piece and striker Ross McPherson couldn't generate enough power in his attempt from close range which allowed Craig Murray to make the save. 
  • Half Time:
  • Queen's Park
  • 1-1
  • Annan Athletic
In the second 45 the hosts regained some control, looking more likely to add to their solitary strike and almost did when Murray could only watch as he was cleverly chipped but the ball was cleared off the line. 
 
Moments later, another dinked effort from Ramsay looked goal-bound but an excellent clearance by Brannon kept the score level.  
 
Annan replaced their goalscorer and most creative player, Omar, and as a result lost momentum. Their best chance in the second half fell to substitute Benjamin Wagner who was in a promising position but his drive was off target.  
 
Annan soon tired and towards the latter stages it was the Spiders who dominated. A perfect cross by left-back Samuel Biggart picked out William Mortimer but the number 10's deft touch narrowly missed the far post. 
 
There was late drama as Samuel Mackenzie saw his attempt from a few yards miss the target while a goal was ruled out for offside. Before the end another opportunity was presented to the home side but Mortimer's header wasn't powerful enough to trouble Murray.
  • Full Time:
  • Queen's Park
  • 1-1
  • Annan Athletic

Lineups

Queen's Park
Annan Athletic
1. Samuel George
2. Chris Scott
3. Samuel Biggart
4. Bryan Wharton
5. Dale Jones
6. Samuel Mackenzie
7. David Ramsay
8. James Gallacher
9. Ross McPherson
10. William Mortimer
11. Stuart Hay
14. Ryan Smith
15. Gregor Wylie
16. Thomas Lone
20. Stephen Barr
1. Craig Murray
2. Jordan Brown
3. Dan Wadge
4. Scott Norman
5. Dan Wood
6. Callum Cook
7. James Johnstone
8. Kieran Brannan
9. Connor Liddel
10. Rabin Omar
11. Andrew Davidson
12. Benjamin Wagner
14. Trialist
Star Player
Queen's Park
Annan Athletic
Stuart Hay- besides his goal, he was very sharp for the majority of the match and looked dangerous when he received the ball close to goal.
Rabin Omar- scored when his team needed a lift and was easily Annan's most creative player. When he was substituted, Annan lost control of the game and lacked a threat centrally.
Magic Moment
Queen's Park
Annan Athletic
Samuel Biggart's inch-perfect cross that picked out Mortimer in the second half.
The brilliant team move involving a few players around the edge of the box which ended with Jordan Brown's shot hitting the bar in the first half.
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