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Rally sees off Burgh.

Annbank.........3 Johnstone.......2 Johnstone Burgh were left shocked after Annbank United battled back from two goals down to consign them to a 3-2 defeat.

In a heated battle at New Pebble Park, Jamie McKim's Burgh looked nailed on for the three points as they raced into a two-goal lead.

But three second-half strikes from the hosts proved to make all the difference as Burgh lost for just the second time this season.

The visitors dominated the game early on but struggled to turn any of their chances into clear-cut opportunities.

Annbank, on the other hand, were more than happy to sit back and soak up the pressure before launching counter attacks in a bid to catch out the Burgh defence.

McKim's men finally made their breakthrough five minutes before the interval as a fizzed ball across the six-yard box was met by Gary Nugent at the back post to tap home from close range.

Buoyed by their first-half display, Burgh came out in the second half looking to hammer home their advantage.

A mazy run from new signing Chris Agnew resulted in him being brought down just outside the box. Sam Esplin seized upon the opportunity and showed exactly why he is the side's in-form forward as he smashed home the free kick to put Burgh in control of the tie.

But Annbank hit back almost immediately as a defensive clearance fell kindly to Annbank centre back Alan Orr to thunder home a stunning drive into the top corner of Gavin Wallace's goal. The second followed soon after as the impressive Lee McClymont strolled through the Burgh defence before firing beyond the helpless keeper.

Annbank then grabbed the winner 10 minutes from time as a Burgh free kick rebounded off the encroaching Annbank player, which resulted in a 4 v 2 counter attack, which effectively finished the game as Jordan Ryan slotted home.The Burgh players protested, but the referee could see no wrong in the decision.

Annbank's Orr was sent off for a second yellow late in the day, but the home defence withheld the pressure from the hosts to see out the game.

Johnstone Burgh: Wallace, Agnew, Herron, Wilson, Nugent, MacDonald, Downey, Blair, Esplin, Robson, Officer. Subs: Gemmell, Findlay, Magennis, Mccallum, Davies.

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Sep 25, 2018
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