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    Players gave everything 

    Monday, May 22, 2017 4:07:47 PM

    Saturday’s Play-Off Final 2nd Leg v. Brechin City was a rollercoaster of a match which had everything for the fans who attended the game and others who watched live on BBC ALBA, the game was enthralling with both teams on the offensive from the kick-off, it was an incredible game and a great advert for the game of football.

    Just as one team looked to have the advantage, there would be another twist and by the end of the regulation 90 minutes “The Wasps” lead 4-3, making the aggregate score 4-4. So to extra time for the second week in a row for both teams, again both teams had chances to score but with time running out it looked like the outcome of the game would be determined by penalty kicks.

    Greig Spence completes his hat-trick, 26 goals for the season
     
    Dylan Mackin rises to make it 4-3 on the day for "The Wasps"

    Well done to all the players of both sides who stepped forward to take a penalty kick, but as always there has to be a winner and unfortunately for Alloa Athletic with the score at 4-4 after the initial five penalties each taken it went to sudden death and Iain Flannigan’s spot kick struck the post and went past, James Dale then had the opportunity to win the game for Darren Dod’s team, which he converted.

    Sudden death - Iain Flannigan's penalty hits the post

    Losing a penalty shoot-out is always hard to take, it has been a fantastic season with so many highs to remember but it was not the end we had hoped for. It’s devastating as we put so much into the game, to finish the season second best club in the league, we knew counted for nothing, we’re bitterly disappointed , so neat yet still so far. Good luck to Brechin City as they head to the SPFL Championship next season.

    Stay focused 

    Thursday, May 18, 2017 4:39:15 PM

    Having done so well to reach this season's Championship Play-Off final, "The Wasps" would be hugely disappointed by their display in the first leg at Glebe Park, Brechin. Once again, Alloa will need to come back in the 2nd leg from a 1-0 deficit from the 1st Leg. On the night the team had a lot of possesion but created little in front of goal and never really looked like scoring. The best chance of the evening for "The Wasps" fell to Kevin Cawley but he never took it cleanly and it was blocked and cleared to safety, soon after the home side scored the evening's only goal through Elliot Ford, his first goal for the club.

    Iain Flannigan who was making his 100th first team appearance for "The Wasps" certainly had a strong penalty claim turned down when he was fouled inside the penalty box by two Brechin City defenders, the referee ignoring, and took no action.

    Iain Flannigan goes between both Brechin City defenders
    Before being pulled back and knocked to the ground!
     
    On Saturday we have the chance to maintain our 100% record in Play-Off finals having appeared in 3 previous finals in 2005/06, 2012/13 & 2014/15 and have a perfect record of winning over the 2 legs, let's get behind the team aa they look to extend that record to winning 4 in a row.
     
    Adam Martin is crowded out at Glebe Park, Brechin
     
     
     
     

     

    Wasps progress to final 

    Sunday, May 14, 2017 6:30:44 PM

    The Wasps progressed to their fourth Play-Off final after defeating Airdrie on penalty kicks after the ninety minutes and extra time had ended 1-0 on the day, 1-1 on aggregate. This was a tie over the two legs with Airdrie having the better of the first leg but Alloa Athletic deservedly won after being the better side in the second leg and really should have won inside the ninety minutes but for some outstanding saves by the airdrie keeper Rohan Ferguson and a crucial miss in front of goal, ironically from Alloa top goalscorer Greig Spence nearly let "The Diamonds" off the hook.

    Both sides gave their all and at times the game flowed from end to end with plenty goalmouth action. Dylan Mackin was denied giving Alloa the lead when Rohan Ferguson tipped his header over the bar and then saved from the same player with his feet. The winning goal on the day was a goal fit to win any match and Jon Robertson who had replaced Graeme Holmes in the line ups from midweek, struck a 25 yard volley past Ferguson. Then remarkably Greig Spence missed the chance of the match after Jordan Kirkpartrick had taken the ball round Airdrie keeper Rohan Ferguson anset up Greig in front of goal, but his shot lifted and struck the top of the bar, which was a huge let off for the visitors. Alloa missed a penalty in the shoot out when Steven Hetherington saw his effort saved but Alloa keeper Neil Parry then produced two stunning saves to deny Iain Russell & Kieran MacDonald, with the scores locked at 3-3, Calum Waters was given the responsibility to take the final spot kick, which he coolly drilled past Rohan Ferguson to win the match 4-3 on penalties.

    The Wasps will now meet Brechin City, who themselves progressed to the final after defeating Championship side Raith Rovers on penalties.

    Jon Robertson fires home games winning goal
    Alloa players celebrate games winning goal
    Jordan Kirkpatrick rounds keeper Rohan Ferguson
    Greig "Must Score"
    Jim Goodwin and Alloa players cannot believe their eyes.
    Airdrie cannot believe they are not two behind!
    Dylan Mackin unleashes a rocket shot
    Rohan Ferguson pulls off another wonder save.
    Rohan Ferguson this time blocks Jordan Kirkpatrick effort
    Rohan Ferguson pulls off another wonder save
    Penalties - Neil Parry saves from Iain Russell
    Calum Waters takes final penalty kick
    Calum Waters penalty hits the net, Alloa win 4-3 on Penalties
    Alloa players applaud their fans
    Jim Goodwin was delighted to reach the final
     

    Managers Preview 

    Saturday, May 13, 2017 3:47:03 AM

    Good afternoon and welcome along to the Indodrill Stadium for the second leg of the play off semi final against Airdrie.

    We are disappointed to lose in the first leg, it is disappointing but its only 1-0 at the end of the day, I thought Airdrie were the better team on the night and I’ll give them credit for that, we allowed them far too much time on the ball in the first half and we weren’t able to keep possession well enough which was disappointing, that’s not us, we are a good football team and we like to try and dictate the game but Airdrie were slightly better than us on Wednesday.

    We have been in these situations many times throughout the season when you go a goal down by half-time, in a normal league game you only have 45 minutes to turn it around and we have done that on numerous occasions in the past, we now have another 90 minutes and another hell of a lot of football to be played.

    Airdrie are a very good team and have had an excellent season under the guidance of Mark Wilson. They, much like ourselves take pride in trying to play the game in the right manner with neat passing and attacking throughout. I am sure with the way both teams set up it will make for a very entertaining game.

    With regards to ourselves I have been delighted with the players commitment all season. As I mentioned in previous programmes there is no shame in finishing second to Livingston, with them being a full time team. Our lads went toe to toe with them for the majority of the season but unfortunately they just had too much for us in the end. The next nearest team to us in the table was our opponents today who  finished 10 points adrift in third. It is for that reason I am immensely proud of the players contribution and I hope they get the rewards I believe they deserve which is promotion to the Championship next year. Although finishing second is a great achievement we are aware it counts for nothing if we don’t back it up with promotion!

    Testament to the good season we have had, I am delighted that Neil Parry, Andy Graham, Calum Waters and Jordan Kirkpatrick were all recognised by their fellow professionals and were named in the League 1 team of the year. I wouldn’t have been surprised if one or two others got a mention too.

    I would like to finish by thanking you the supporters for sticking by us all season. Your support is never taken for granted and I can assure you that all the staff, players and board are extremely grateful and appreciative of the commitments you make on a weekly basis. Not only turning up here at home but travelling the length and breadth of the country at times too. Thank you for everything up to now and please continue to drive us on and ensure we are celebrating at the end of today and in Alloa in a week’s time, , the positive aspect for us is it is only 1-0 and we have plenty quality in our team and belief we can turn it around.

    Regards,

    Jim.

    Wasps in Play Off's 

    Friday, May 12, 2017 5:01:37 PM

    ALLOA ATHLETIC - IN THE PLAY-OFFS

    Alloa have appeared in the play-offs on 5 previous occasions. They won in their first encounter. This came in the maiden play-off season back in 2005/06, where they completed the “great escape” by defeating Arbroath and Berwick to retain their Division 2 status. They contested the First Division Play-offs in 2007/08 where they were to suffer heartbreak in the semi final. After defeating Clyde 2-1 in the home leg, Alloa then led 3-1 at Broadwood after an hour gone, but a collapse allowed Clyde to take the tie to extra time, where Pat Clarke scored the decisive goal to allow Clyde to progress. And after the demise of Gretna that season, reaching the final would have been enough to see Alloa promoted. 2 years later they lost again at the semi final stage in the First Division play-offs, defeated by Cowdenbeath after managing to go the previous 7 games unbeaten against the Blue Brazil that season. The following season saw a real reversal in fortunes.  Defeat to Annan, again at the semi final stage, saw them relegated to Division 3 for the first time in their history. Success finally came in 2013, Dunfermline were beaten 3-1 on aggregate which allowed the club to achieve back to back promotions and onto the Championship.  In Season 2014/15 “The Wasps” again held on to their Championship status after a memorable 3-0 victory 2nd leg victory in the final after Forfar Athletic had won the 1st leg 3-1. Michael Chopra’s goal just prior to half-time gave the team the belief, Liam Buchanan scored a fantastic 2nd goal and Daryll Meggatt scored with a powerful header six minutes from time to complete a great comeback.

    ALLOA FULL PLAY OFF RECORD-

    2005/06 2nd Div SF

    ARBROATH 1    ALLOA 1 (Sloan)

    2005/06 2nd Div SF

    ALLOA 1 (Jamie Stevenson)     ARBROATH 0

    2005/06 2nd Div FINAL

    ALLOA 4 (Tony Stevenson, McLeod, Ovenstone 2) BERWICK 0

    2005/06 2nd Div FINAL

    BERWICK 2    ALLOA 1 (Hamilton)

     

    2007/08 1st Div SF

    ALLOA 2 (Scott, Coakley)    CLYDE 1

    2007/08 1st Div SF

    CLYDE 5    ALLOA 3 (Ferguson, Forrest, Bestvina og)

     

    2009/10 1st Div SF

    COWDENBEATH 1    ALLOA 1 (Gormley)

    2009/10 1st Div SF

    ALLOA 0     COWDENBEATH 2

     

    2010/11 2nd Div SF

    ANNAN 2    ALLOA 1 (Scott)

    2010/11 2nd Div SF

    ALLOA 0     ANNAN 0

     

    2012/13 1st Div SF

    BRECHIN CITY 0    ALLOA 2 (McCord, Moon)

    2012/13 1st Div SF

    ALLOA  2 (Cawley, Elliot)   BRECHIN CITY 3

    2012/13 1st Div Final

    ALLOA 3 (Tiffoney, Elliot, Moon)    DUNFERMLINE 0

    2012/13 1st Div Final

    DUNFERMLINE 1    ALLOA 0

     

    2014/15 Championship SF

    BRECHIN CITY 0    ALLOA 2 (Chopra, Benedictus)

    2014/15 Championship SF

    ALLOA  0   BRECHIN CITY 1

    2014/15 Championship Final

    Forfar Athletic  3  ALLOA  1 (Benedictus)

    2014/15 Championship Final

    ALLOA  3 (Chopra, Buchanan, Meggatt)   Forfar Athletic  0

     

    Lets get behind the team tomorrow and give them the support they deserve, it has been a wonderful season but let's keep it going!

     

    Its only half-time 

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017 7:31:57 PM

    Airdrieonians will take a slender 1-0 lead into the second leg of our Championship Play Off Semi final tie after their top goalscorer Andy Ryan headed home his 27th goal of the season to give the home side a deserved 1-0 victoy on the evening. Games between the sides this season have always been close with only a one goal margin in both teams favour have counted. The Wasps will go into Saturday's 2nd Leg knowing they can play better than they did in a the first leg and still have great belief they can reach their fourth Play Off final having already reached and won on their previous three finals.

    Calum Waters with the first chance of the evening
    Jordan Kirkpatrick looking for an opening
    Andy Ryan heads home the only goal of the game
    Stefan McCluskey late shot is blocked on route to goal
     

     

    PFA Scotland Awards  

    Sunday, May 07, 2017 4:31:49 PM
    Tonight at the PFA Scotland Awards presentation at the Hilton in Glasgow, Alloa Athletic were well represented with Jordan Kirkpatrick one of the nominees for the Ladbrokes League One Player of the Year, along with Neil Parry, Andy Graham, Calum Waters and Jordan Kirkpartick being named in the Ladbrokes League One team of the year.
    Jordan with Danny Mullen, Liam Buchanan & Andy Ryan
     
    Congratulations to Liam Buchanan who won the Ladbrokes League One Player of the Year. The full results were:-
     
    League Two Player of the Year - Shane Sutherland  (Elgin City)
    League One Player of the Year - Liam Buchanan (Livingston)
    Championship Player of the Year - John McGinn (Hibernian)
    Premiership Player of the Year - Scott Sinclair (Celtic)
    Young Player of the Year - Kieran Tierney (Celtic)
    Manager of the Year - Brendan Rodgers (Celtic)
    Goal of the Season - Moussa Dembele (Celtic v. St. Johnstone)
    Special Merit Award - Scotland Woman's National Team
     
     
     

    Huge games ahead 

    Sunday, May 07, 2017 3:13:42 PM

    Manager Jim Goodwin was disappointed to lose 3-2 to Peterhead at Balmoor Stadium on Saturday in a game the home side had to win to have a chance of retaining their league one status by relegating Stenhousemuir and now being involved in the League One Play-Off games featuring Forfar Athletic, Annan Athletic and Montrose.

    "The Wasps" now know who they will face in their Championship Play-off Semi-final, meeting Airdrieonians over the two legs. The 1st leg at the Excelsior Stadium on Wednesday night, Kick-Off 7.45pm & the 2nd leg at the Indodrill Stadium, next saturday 13th May, Kick-Off 3pm. This will be the sixth time "The Wasps" have taken part in the end of season Play-Off's since their conception at the end of Season 2005/06, reaching the final on three occasions and winning on each occasion. 2005/06 defeating Berwick Rangers 5-2, 2012/13 defeating Dunfermline Athletic 3-1 and most recently last season 2014/15 defeating Forfar Athletic 4-3.

    Iain Flannigan opens scoring at Peterhead
    Jamie Longworth in action at Balmoor Stadium
    Adam Martin scores 1st competitive goal for 1st team
    Alloa Athletic players celebrate Adam Martin's goal
    Scott Hynd tries shot on goal from right side of pitch
    Graeme Smith denies Adam Martin his 2nd goal of the day
     

    Play-Off Update 

    Thursday, May 04, 2017 4:25:24 PM

    Championship Play-Off Update

    Not until the final whistle on Saturday will “The Wasps” be able to know who they will face in the Play-Off Semi-Final. Alloa Athletic will face the team which finishes third in the Ladbrokes League One table. Alloa Athletic being the higher ranked team, they will play the first leg away from home on the Wednesday 10th May and be at the Indodrill Stadium for the second leg on Saturday 13th May. Admission Prices for the game will be normal admission prices with SEASON TICKETS VALID.

    1st leg away Wednesday May 10th
    2nd leg home Saturday May 13th


    If Alloa Athletic were to progress to the final, they would face the winner of the other play-off semi final tie. Depending on who wins, if the 9th placed Championship team progress, then 1st leg would be at home, if the 4th placed League One team won, then the 1st leg would be away.

    1st leg Wednesday May 17th - Live on BBC ALBA, Kick-Off 7.35pm
    2nd leg Saturday May 20th - Live on BBC ALBA, Kick-Off 5.15pm

    Late Winner  

    Monday, May 01, 2017 2:37:54 PM
    Kevin Cawley was the Alloa goal hero against Stranraer, his late header was the only goal of the game as the striker notched his 7th goal of the season and his 45th Alloa career goal, a victory which sees "The Wasps" maintain their winning form, which they want to keep going into the end of season play-off games.
    Jordan Kirkpatrick slips past Stevie Bell
     
    Stranraer were never going to make the fixture easy having being on a good run of form and still looking to consolidate their position in the league for next season. Indeed it was the visitors who came closest to opening scoring when Michael Donald's header was brilliantly saved by Neil Parry.
    Neil Parry denies Michael Donald opening goal.
     
    Graeme Holmes captained the Alloa Athletic side, marking his 200th first team start for "The Wasps", taking his first team appearances, including substitute appearances to 226 a fantastic achievement.
    Scott Taggart shot is saved by Stranraer keeper Belford
     
    Adam Martin's pinpoint cross sets up Kevin Cawley for goal
    Kevin Cawley scores last minute winner to clinch points
     
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