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Cowdenbeath 1-4 Annan Athletic

Annan players celebrate at Central Park
Annan kicked off their Third Division campaign in great style

Annan Athletic got off to a dream start by thrashing Cowdenbeath at Central Park in their first senior league game.

Paul McQuade had put the hosts in front after 16 minutes by chipping Craig Summersgill from the edge of the box.

Annan levelled on 29 minutes through a Mike Jack penalty when Kevin Neilson was impeded before Jack volleyed number two three minutes into the second half.

Steven Archibald's scrambled goal made it 3-1 and Darren Johnstone netted a fourth from just inside the area.

Annan Athletic manager Harry Cairney was thrilled at the emphatic start to his side's Division Three campaign.

"We're delighted with how it turned out. Everything went for us on the day and we played really well," he said.

But Cairney admitted he was concerned before Mike Jack stepped up to the penalty spot to hit Annan's historic first senior goal.

"Mike missed two in pre-season but put the keeper the wrong way," he added.

Cowdenbeath: Hay, Cennerazzo, Adamson, McGregor, Mbu, Hodge, Fairbairn, Shields, McQuade, Ramsay (Linton 64), Tomana (Gemmell 46).
Subs Not Used: Fleming, Robertson, Morris.

Goals: McQuade 16.

Annan Athletic: Summersgill, Brown, Inglis, Townsley, Neilson, Jack, Sloan, Jardine, Archibald, Johnstone, Hoolickin (Adamson 66).
Subs Not Used: Hill, Grainger, Parker, Calder.

Booked: Townsley.

Goals: Jack 29 pen, 48, Archibald 57, Johnstone 90.

Att: 596

Ref: N Watters

see also
Annan ready to step up to SFL
24 Jul 08 |  Scottish League
Annan boss sees uphill struggle
02 Aug 08 |  Annan Athletic
Cowdenbeath sign up two defenders
17 Jul 08 |  Cowdenbeath

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