Swifty is forced into a few changes with a few players missing Mikey Miller, Dan Higgins, Callum Yeats and Liam Brown all miss out Tam Orr comes back in to partner Matty Yates up front Ross Philps starts his first game for the club
Annan had an early penalty claim in the first few minutes, but the referee wasn’t interested.
Annan had the first good chance of the match with Conor Brennan performing the save at his near post with Ross Philp clearing the resultant corner.
Just a few moments later, Brennan had to pull off another good save at the expense of a 2nd corner which was well worked with the ball hitting off Tony Wallace.
GOAL: Just as The Warriors try to clear their line, the ball came out to Tommy Muir who drilled the ball across goal with Tony Goss getting in before Conor Brennan. STENHOUSEMUIR 0-1 ANNAN ATHLETIC [Goss 10 minutes]
Stenhousemuir almost had the ball in the net just a few moments later, Adam Brown’s shot was charged down for a corner, which was easily cleared.
Annan had a penalty claim in 13 minutes, however, the referee booked Galloway for simulation.
Matty Yates had the Warriors first good chance just moments later as he picked up a pass from O’Reilly in the box. The young striker turned in the area, but Fleming was able to hold his shot.
Swifty saw red after an exchange with the referee. The gaffer picked up a yellow at first, but has he defended himself, the ref showed a second yellow, meaning he’d have to watch the rest of the match 5 feet behind the dugout.
Annan had a good chance to double their lead on 23 minutes with Muir and Goss linking up well, but Ross Forbes was able to intercept for a corner, which was eventually cleared.
Euan O’Reilly was heading towards goal and was pulled back. Ross Forbes stepped up to take the free kick and was just inches over.
Just a moment later, Tommy Muir saw red for an awful challenge on Matty Yates.
And a moment after that, another bad challenge on the edge of the box on Matty Yates, no booking this time though. Matty picked himself up and drove the free kick into the wall.
The extra man really has given The Warriors the boost as they push for an equaliser. Tam Orr and Matty Yates both having good chances to get on the scoresheet.
40 minutes into the game and another good chance for The Warriors. Matty Yates floated in a free kick and Ross Forbes found himself in free space but his header was inches over the bar.
More and more chances for The Warriors. Euan O’Reilly picked the ball out wide and he drove into the box but his shot was blocked. Nat picked up the rebound ad his shot was blocked, falling to ross Philp who saw his shot saved.
Another free kick on the edge of the box and Ross Forbes stepped up, but again, his attempt wasn’t on target.
HALF TIME: STENHOUSEMUIR 0-1 ANNAN ATHLETIC
First chance of the second half dropped to Stenhousemuir and Adam Corbett. He picked up a pass from Euan O’Reilly and the defender fired his shot which was held by Fleming.
Another chance jus a few moments later with Philp seeing his shot the next to be held by Fleming.
10 minutes into the second half and it’s been constant pressure from the home side with no end result. The Warriors are holding a high line though and need to be careful of the counter attack.
SUBSTITUTION: Tam’s afternoon is over after 57 minutes as he’s replaced up to by Will Sewell.
Almost an immediate impact as Will Sewell is played through on goal, with Greg Fleming making the save. That was followed up immediately by a drive by Ross Forbes which was touched past the post by Fleming, but the referee gave the goal kick.
Another glorious chance for the home side, but this time Adam Brown drills his shot wide.
SUBSTITUTION: Niyah Joseph and Scott Walker were added to the team to add some energy. The youngsters replaced Ross Forbes and Ross Philp on 69 minutes.
The pressure continues into the final 20 minutes. Stenhousemuir have controlled the entire second half but have struggled to find an end product.
Just as The Warriors are pushing forward, they’re always exposed to the breakaway. And that’s exactly what happened in 75 minutes with Conor Brennan making the one on one save to keep the score at 1-0.
Big penalty claim for the home side on 75 minutes with Matty Yates through on goal. The referee pointed to the corner flag though.
Will Sewell almost had the leveller on 77 minutes but for a word class save from Fleming, keeping the clean sheet.
GOAL: Finally after waves and waves of attack, The Warriors make the breakthrough. Nat Wedderburn found space and drove a shot towards goal, the shot was blocked and Nat continued his run, but Sean Crighton popped up and drilled the ball home. STENHOUSEMUIR 1-1 ANNAN ATHLETIC [Sean Crighton 81 minutes]
The Warriors haven’t taken their foot off the gas as they push for a winner. Adam Brown and Adam Corbett both having good chances.
GOAL: The Skipper does it again! a perfect cross from Euan O’Reilly and Sean Crighton rises the highest to find the back of the net. STENHOUSEMUIR 2-1 ANNAN ATHLETIC [Crighton 87 minutes]
GOAL: Just as The Warriors look to see the game out, Tommy Goss picks up the ball on the edge of the box and fires past Brennan STENHOUSEMUIR 2-2 ANNAN ATHLETIC [Goss 90 minutes]
FULL TIME: STENHOUSEMUIR 2-2 ANNAN ATHLETIC