A sunny Sunday afternoon saw us travel to Annan knowing that a point would secure the league title. Keir was nursing a injury and wanted to see how it was in the warm up, not good was the answer and he unfortunately had to sit out the match, fingers crossed for a speedy recovery. This meant that Callum started up front with Liam and Niall coming in to midfield.
The game was a bit of a scrappy affair until Greystone got a break with a handball in the Annan area resulting in a penalty which was duly dispatched by Keenan. The game looked more like a game of tennis in this first half with possession being given away far too cheaply by both sides. Greystone certainly had more of the ball but Annan had several through balls causing some worrying moments in the Greystone defence.
Another piece of good fortune near the break saw the Annan defence give the ball away near their penalty box which was capitalised on by Callum who kept his composure and skilfully set up Liam for a finish low into the corner of the net.
Half time Annan Athletic 0 – 2 Greystone Athletic
The second half started with a couple of changes with Ross Young and Thomas replacing Niall and Duncan respectively . Annan pressed forward looking to get back into the game and were unfortunate when a shot struck the inside of the post and ricocheted to safety. More space was starting to appear as the game progressed and Greystone took control using far more width in their play. This meant the Keenan was starting to see a lot more of the ball and made it count with 2 more goals to complete a fine hat trick, and a first for the season with his right foot!!
In swinging corners were wreaking havoc in the Annan goal mouth and Mo got on the end of one of these from Patrick’s delivery to add to his tally for the year. The remainder of the game had a strange end of season feel to it with Greystone keeping possession of the ball much better and the Annan challenge fading.
Thanks to David and Annan for their hospitality and also referee Michael Williamson.
Mission accomplished for the league title, another game with Annan beckons on the 6th of May in the Rotary Cup Final at Palmerston.