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    More late drama 

    Sunday, September 17, 2017 3:57:56 PM

    A late goal denied "The Wasps" full points against an Ayr United side at Somerset Park who were tipped for promotion and started the season on fire. "The Wasps" were to lose the opening goal for the fourth game in a row against a side who were looking to bounce back after losing to league leaders Raith Rovers the previous week. After being disappointed at losing a bad goal the Alloa players response was positive and they took the upper hand in the game and scored a deserved equaliser, when Frank McKeown deflected Jon Robertson's shot into the net.

    Jon Robertson shot is deflected for equaliser
    Jim Goodwin & Michael Moffat
    Kevin Cawley put "The Wasps" in front with his 49th competitive goal for the club and his third goal in last three games with a header which went in a t the top right hand side of the goal.
    Kevin Cawley puts Alloa 2-1 ahead
     
    jamie Adams the pulled a goal back for the home side to draw the sides level again before his celebrations were cut short when referee Euan Anderson awarded Alloa a penalty when he was adjudged  to have handled a Frank McKeown header in the box, Scott Taggart coolly stepped forward and put "The Wasps" back in front at 3-2.
    Penalty, after Frank McKeown header blocked in box
     
    However just like last week there was still late drama in the game when Lawrence Shankland equalised for the home side four minutes into time added on and although it felt like a defeat losing such a late equaliser we came here to win and came so close, it was a hugely encouraging performance and there were plenty of positives. The squad is still getting to know each other after all the changes in the summer but they can take great credit from this display.
    The pain at losing such a late goal
     
     
     
     

    Vital Late Victory 

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 12:24:51 PM

    This was the first time "The Wasps" had faced Forfar Athletic since the epic play Off victory against "The Loons" on 17th May,2015 when we bounced back from a 3-1 deficit in the first leg to win the home fixture 3-0. Yesterday had its own drama and plenty character as "The Wasps" scored two late goals to clinch a 2-1 victory with the winner coming in the 94th minute.

    Captain Andy Graham started the game but having injuried his shoulder at Tannadice last week it was always a risk and one which in the second half after 62 minutes he had to be replaced, taking his place was player / manager Jim Goodwin making his first appearance as a player since 7th January, 2017 at Stair Park against Stranraer, when "The Wasps" came back from 0-1 to win 2-1.

    Ousman See puts Forfar ahead after 52 minutes
     
    Slack play in defence allowed Forfar to take the lead seven minutes into the second half and five minutes later the manager introduced Craig Malcolm & Adam Martin in a positive move to try and inject more pace and goal threat to the team. To their credit there was a positive reaction from going behind and Alloa started to dominate possession. Kris Renton was close with header but signs were Alloa were getting back into the game, he came even closer but could not get on the end of Adam Martin's cross in front of goal.
     
     
    Forfar were getting deeper and looking to waste time and two minutes before the end Kevin Cawley scored his 3rd goal of the season and now his 48th for the club. The players never gave in and they had the ball in the net again before it was given as offside.
    Kevin Cawley makes it 1-1
    Celebrations in vain - Given offside
     
    Deep into stoppage Kris Renton was to get his reward for never giving in, when the ball broke to him in the box he fired the ball past Forfar keeper Marc McCallum for a vital three points.
    Kris Renton about to score winning goal.
     
     

    Manager Previews Forfar Game 

    Saturday, September 09, 2017 1:19:36 AM

    Jim Goodwin Previews Forfar Athletic Match

    We are looking forward to the game and are expecting another very difficult league encounter. We spoke at the start of the season about how we wanted to make The Indodrill a difficult place for visiting teams to come and I think we’ve shown that in our first two home games against Raith and Queens Park. We hope to carry on our good home form today and give you the fans something to cheer about after two disappointing away results recently. Our performance against Airdrie two weeks ago was below par and the players realise that. To win game s in this league you have to do the basics well first and foremost and unfortunately we didn’t do that against Airdrie. I thought our performance against Dundee Utd last weekend was very reassuring and gave me great confidence in what we are trying to do as a group. Everyone who was present at the game is in agreement that the end result was not a fair reflection on the game. The lads were terrific on the day and if we manage to replicate that performance consistently on a weekly basis we will be absolutely fine.

    On an injury front we have been quite unlucky lately. Andy Graham came off with a shoulder injury last week and is one we are not sure about for today’s game. Hopefully by the time you are reading this we will have a better idea of what the extent of his injury is. PJ Crossan is back at Celtic for treatment on a hamstring injury picked up against Airdrie which is very disappointing as we worked hard to get that deal done and I feel PJ can add some real pace to our side. Hopefully we will have him back in a couple of weeks. Callum Crane picked up a knock on his knee in the Airdrie game also and Ryan Hoggan is out long term with a foot injury. Craig Malcolm will return to the squad today after his absence from Saturday’s game.

    Although we as a group aren’t satisfied with our league position at the moment, we are very confident of climbing the table and mounting a serious challenge to the teams at the top in the coming weeks. Promotion was never won in September and there is a he’ll of a lot of football to be played between now and the end of the season. I would ask for you the supporters to continue to get behind the team and know that the players are always very appreciative of the continued encouragement you give them on a match day.

    Thanks as always and enjoy the game.

    Jim

     

    New Sponsor announced 

    Wednesday, September 06, 2017 2:56:44 PM

    ALLOA Athletic Football Club has secured new front of shirt sponsors for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

    It is the first Scottish club to be supported by The Energy Check, which is keen to make it the case study for the whole of the country.

    In selecting it, the South Shields-based company recognised the strong relationship Alloa has with the local community.

    The focus on helping others is a value shared by the two and it was also impressed by chairman Mike Mulraney and the direction he wants to take the club in, both on and off the pitch.

     

    Mr Mulraney said: “The club is very pleased to have secured this two year sponsorship deal with The Energy Check.

    “We are glad they have decided to sponsor Alloa Athletic as their first venture into the Scottish game and are grateful for their support.

    “This will make a huge difference to the club and we feel we can work closely with them to our mutual benefit.

    “There will be some exciting opportunities lined up for those involved with the club, both corporate and individual supporters, and details will appear on the website."

     

    The Energy Check are the front of shirt sponsor of Shrewsbury Town F.C, stadium naming rights with Bury F.C, are the official ticketing sponsor of Cambridge United F.C and official partner of FC United of Manchester, all for the next two years.
    Shaun Martin, partnership manager at The Energy Check, said they were delighted to be named the Alloa Athletic's official front of shirt sponsor.

    He added: “For those who don’t know us, The Energy Check are an international energy consultancy, focused on the commercial and domestic markets in the UK, ROI, U.S.A and France."

     

    “Our main aim for our customers is to reduce energy costs, consumption and their carbon footprint."

    “As part of our agreement with Alloa, we’re working closely with the club to ensure we deliver reductions in energy consumption at the club, alongside providing opportunities for the fans to make fantastic savings on their utilities."

    “It’s an exciting time for both organisations entering what we expect to be a long-lasting relationship and we wish the club all the success both on, and off the pitch for this coming season."

    “We look forward to working with Alloa Athletic F.C and being a part of its continued success.”


    Manager Jim Goodwin and Club Captain Andy Graham show of the new Alloa Athletic strip with new sponsors Logo.
     

     

     

     

     

    Cruel scoreline 

    Sunday, September 03, 2017 5:05:46 PM

    It was "The Wasps" who took all the plaudits at Tannadice on Saturday, indeed it was the visitors who created the best scoring chances in the match and deserved better than a 3-1 score line - only going behind to their second contentious penalty in a week, having also suffered losing the opening goal the previous Saturday at Airdrie under similar circumstances.

    "The Wasps" had a great opportunity to take the lead after 23 minutes when Daryll Meggatt passed the ball inside to the lively Kevin Cawley, but his shot went inches past the post.

    "The Wasps" were pushing forward at every opportunity and looked dangerous on the break. Indeed before half-time they had another two great chances to open the scoring, Iain Flannigan went close with a free kick before a minute prior to half-time Alan Cook broke through but his shot went high and wide.

    Although at times Dundee United had periods of pressure they didn't create much in front of goal. Scoring the first goal in matches is so crucial and it was the home side who took the lead in 72 minutes when Andy Graham was ajudged to have fouled Patrick N'Yoti who slotted home the resultant penalty kick. Unfortunately for "The Wasps" Andy Graham had to be replaced with a shoulder injury but the introduction of Adam Martin was the catalyst for "The Wasps" best period in the game. He battled to gain possession on the wing and set up the equaliser for Kevin Cawley.

    Adam Martin loses Dailly & Flood
    Kevin Cawley fires home equaliser
     
    Kris Renton then had a great chance to win the match but could not be clinical enough in final third of park having battled hard to get the opportunity. There was no doubt Alloa were finishing the stronger although the game looked destined for extra time Dundee United scored twice in time added on - it was a scoreline that not even the United supporters watched could have imagined, it flattered them and was very hash on what was an excellent performance from Jim Goodwin's side who more than matched their full time opponents.
     
    Kris Renton beats William Edjenguele
    Wasps pile on pressure near end of game
    Jim Goodwin cannot believe last ditch goals.
     

     

    Three players out on loan 

    Thursday, August 31, 2017 5:38:43 PM

    Manager Jim Goodwin tonight allowed three young Alloa Athletic players to go out on loan to gain first team football. Striker, John Cunningham, who was rewarded with a Pro Contract after scoring 27 goals for the Development Team last season, has joined Annan Athletic on a Development Loan until 4th January, 2018.

    John Cunningham in Pre Season friendly v. Celtic U20's
     
    Steven Smith, the captain of the Development Team, who can operate in defence or midfield, now aged 20 and in his sixth season at the club, moves to Wishaw Juniors also in a Development Loan until 4th January, 2018. Wishaw play in the Central District League First Division where they finished 6th last season.
    Steven Smith
     
    The third player, who moves to Moor Park, with Lanark United, is Ronan Kearney, who moves on a season long Development Loan until 30th June, 2018. Ronan who is 18, can operate as a left back or as a striker. He returns to Lanark United where he ended up as the club's top goalscorer last season with 15 goals.
    Ronan Kearney
     
    The club wishes all three players the best of luck during their period away from Indodrill Stadium, hoping that the opportunity to gain regular first team football will help gain valuable experience for their future in the game.

    Wasps must do better 

    Sunday, August 27, 2017 4:28:15 PM
    This is a game "The Wasps" will not want to look back at, in the first half neither team created many clear cut chances but in the second half there was no doubting Airdrieonians deserved their victory. Decsisions can change matches and certainly the penalty for the opening goal looked harsh. In these games the opening goal has proved vital in games already this season. Kevin Cawley was very unfortunate not to score a great equaliser for "The Wasps" his netbound shot striking the post before the rebound was struck over the bar by the onrushing Scott Taggart.
     
     
    However most contentious decision in the match was the when Airdrieonians keeper Rohan Ferguson was not penalised for what clearly looked like he handled the ball outside his box?
     
     
    In the second half the home side began to get on top and always looked likely to increase their lead. Alloa manager Jim Goodwin introduced Kris Renton and young Celtic loanee PJ Crossan before the hour mark, PJ's pace and getting in behind their defence did begin to work before he pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury, this reduced "The Wasps" to 10 players as all three substitutes had been made.
     
     
    With two minutes remaining Airdrie finally extended their lead when Sean McIntosh played a long ball through to Jake Hastie on the break and the young player sealed victory for Airdrieonians slipping the ball past Neil Parry in the Alloa goal.

     

    PJ Crossan joins on loan 

    Thursday, August 24, 2017 4:16:40 PM

    PJ Crossan joins on Development Loan

    Manager Jim Goodwin tonight signed young 18 year old Celtic striker, Paul Joseph Crossan on a Development loan until 4th January, 2018. Jim Goodwin said “PJ is a young talented striker who Celtic paid a lot of money to Dunfermline Athletic last season on a three year contract, he is a player with huge potential, and he gives us a bit of pace in behind, he runs his socks off, works hard and has an eye for a goal. He has scored plenty goals for Celtic in the Development League most recently in 4-0 victory over Falkirk on Tuesday night when he scored the third goal and set up the fourth, but now his need is first team football and to start playing in senior football games, we are delighted to give him that opportunity, he is not guaranteed to go straight into the team, he will need to work hard here to get into the team. He is different to the other boys we have, he is a player I have had an eye on for a while and he stood out when we played at Lennoxtown in Pre season friendly, he was certainly a handful that day”.

                           PJ Crossan & Andy Graham at Lennoxtown

     

    Adam Martin one to watch 

    Wednesday, August 23, 2017 5:35:59 PM

    Late strike gave “The Wasps” full points against Queen’s Park last Saturday the club’s first competitive victory this season. The goal scored by substitute Adam Martin was worthy to win any game, a bold substitution by the manager by a player who is pushing for regular first team action, he has now made nineteen first team appearances and scored two goals for the first team against Peterhead last season and Queen’s Park last Saturday. Adam who only turned nineteen in May this year is progressing well at the club after joining the club from Rossvale Juniors, although previously on books of Dundee United.  Previously capped at Under 18 schoolboy international for Scotland, he was rewarded against England gaining the “Player of the match award”  

    He made his First Team debut against Stenhousemuir and played against Cowdenbeath in last pre-season in July, 2016.  Adam has a wide array of tricks, is quick and determined and is also a goal threat, a really exciting prospect who will look to continue his progress in first team squad this season.

    Goal Celebrations
     
    Adam receives Man of Match Award v. Queen's Park

     

    Craig McDowall departs 

    Monday, August 21, 2017 5:37:04 AM

    The club have reluctantly agreed to release goalkeeper Craig McDowall from his contract this morning. Craig after starting the season as number 1 keeper, due to Neil Parry being still on holiday, Craig now wants to push for first team football and not be sitting on the bench on match days. Craig in his two spells with the club made 55 first team appearances and everyone connected with the club wish him well in finding another new challenge.

    Craig McDowall v. Montrose in Betfred Cup

     

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