ALTHOUGH defeated, Rob Roy gave a good account of themselves against the Irn-Bru Third Division league leaders in a keenly-contested friendly played in atrocious conditions.
Annan Athletic................ 2
Rob Roy....................... 0
Both sides had early chances to take the lead with Rabs’ Gormley connecting with a Donnelly cross, but seeing his attempt blocked. Then Cox fired straight at keeper Robertson. Athletic keeper Sommergill had to be alert in the 20th minute to cut out an inviting McLachlan cross before Mackie could make contact.
Midway through the first half the senior side began to take control with Robertson tipping over a stinging 25-yard free-kick from Cox before Neilson rose unchallenged to power a header wide. Minutes later Cox flashed a snapshot just past Robertson’s upright.
Having weathered the storm, Rabs substitute Lochhead freed Fulton on the right wing, but his cross into the goalmouth eluded his team-mates and the chance to take the lead was lost.
Three minutes before half-time the home side made the breakthrough with a scrappy goal. With the ball bouncing around the penalty box David Cox managed a header from close range which hit Robertson’s leg before ending in the back of the net despite the keeper’s efforts.
The home side introduced four subs at the interval and nearly added a second, but their trialist fired wide. Then at the other end Gormley drilled a shot past the post. As play swung to the Rabs end Gilfillan was only inches wide with a volley.
Annan increased their advantage on the hour mark with a well-worked goal. A clever passing move allowed Steele to send over an inch-perfect cross from the right into the Rabs penalty box, where it was met by Jordy Atkinson who netted with a clinical finish.
In the latter stages of the game the strength-sapping pitch was beginning to tell on the visitors, with Atkinson sending a diving header wide and Gary Wild clattering the Rabs bar with Robertson brilliantly tipping his follow-up over the top.
To their credit Rabs never gave up, with Donnelly coming close to snatching a consolation goal with a 25-yard free-kick and Gormley testing substitute keeper Mitchell at the end.