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Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Halsman on Kevin McMullan. Josh Falkingham restarts play with the free kick. Corner taken right-footed by Gavin Swankie, clearance by Aaron Muirhead. Josh Falkingham concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick Walker. Free kick taken by Craig Summersgill.
Bryan Felvus comes on in place of Ian Harty. Patrick Walker is brought on as a substitute for David Cox.
Effort on goal by Josh Falkingham from 12 yards. Kevin Neilson gets a block in.
Ian Harty is caught offside. Free kick taken by Daniel Griffin.
Corner taken left-footed by Marc McCulloch from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Kevin Neilson.
Gavin Swankie takes a shot. Craig Summersgill makes a comfortable save.
Corner taken right-footed by Gavin Swankie, Kevin Neilson makes a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against David Cox. Darren Hill takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Falkingham by Bryan Gilfillan. Free kick crossed right-footed by Daniel Griffin from own half.
Paul Sheerin goes off and Ian Nimmo comes on.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Cox on Kevin McMullan. Kevin McMullan takes the direct free kick.
Robert Ross on for Jordyn Sheerin.
Corner taken right-footed by Gavin Swankie, Craig Summersgill makes a save.
Corner taken left-footed by Paul Sheerin, Josh Falkingham takes a shot. Andrew Aitken gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Kevin McMullan by Jordan Halsman results in a free kick. Kevin McMullan takes the free kick.
Kevin McMullan receives a yellow card.
David Dimilta joins the action as a substitute, replacing Keith Gibson.
A cross is delivered by Jordan Halsman, Paul Sheerin manages to make a clearance.
Keith Gibson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
(Annan Athletic) makes a substitution, with Chris Jardine coming on for Mike Jack.
Josh Falkingham takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gavin Swankie, inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gavin Swankie from the right by-line, save by Craig Summersgill. Save made by Darren Hill. Clearance by Andrew Aitken.
Ian Harty takes a shot. Darren Hill makes a brilliant save.
Ian Harty challenges Daniel Griffin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Hill.
Corner taken left-footed by Jordan Halsman, Andrew Aitken produces a left-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Paul Sheerin, Stuart Malcolm takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Paul Sheerin, Craig Summersgill makes a brilliant save.
Ian Harty is caught offside. Stuart Malcolm takes the indirect free kick.
Gavin Swankie fouled by Andrew Aitken, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Sheerin has an effort direct from the free kick, blocked by Kevin Neilson.
Jordan Halsman decides to take the corner short. Jordan Halsman takes the inswinging corner, Kevin Neilson scores a headed goal from close in. Arbroath 0-2 Annan Athletic.Assist on the goal came from Jordan Halsman.
David Cox finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Arbroath 0-1 Annan Athletic.The assist for the goal came from Ian Harty.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Gavin Swankie, Jordan Halsman manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordyn Sheerin by Kevin Neilson. Free kick crossed by Gavin Swankie.
Aaron Muirhead concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Sheerin. Gavin Swankie crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Kevin Neilson by Gavin Swankie results in a free kick. Craig Summersgill takes the direct free kick.
Gavin Swankie takes the inswinging corner, Mike Jack manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Bryan Gilfillan on Gavin Swankie. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Daniel Griffin.
David Cox has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin, clearance by Aaron Muirhead.
David Cox gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Swankie. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gavin Swankie, Andrew Aitken makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Neilson on David McGowan. Direct free kick taken by Marc McCulloch.
Unfair challenge on Aaron Muirhead by Keith Gibson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Mike Jack.
Keith Gibson challenges Aaron Muirhead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mike Jack delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
Centre by John MacBeth, Bryan Gilfillan produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Gavin Swankie has an effort at goal from long range that goes wide left.
Stuart Malcolm concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Harty. Mike Jack takes the direct free kick.
Keith Gibson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bryan Gilfillan. Direct free kick taken by Bryan Gilfillan.
Foul by Jordyn Sheerin on Andrew Aitken, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Neilson.
Corner taken right-footed by Gavin Swankie, Close range header by Daniel Griffin misses to the right of the target.
The game begins.
The first half comes to an end.
The second half kicks off.
The match has reached full-time.
Shields back for Arbroath
Arbroath player manager Paul Sheerin has Jay Shields available for the visit of Annan.
Shields is back from suspension as Sheerin takes his managerial bow at Gayfield, while winger David Dimilta is also back from work commitments,
However Alan Rattray, who is ironically now free of suspension, is out injured along with the experienced Kieran McAnespie.
Sheerin said: "We won well at Elgin last week which was great but we have to build on that by getting a victory at home.
"Picking up three points on a regular basis at home is going to be crucial in this league. Annan will be looking to push on this season and that makes them very dangerous opponents."
Annan boss Harry Cairney will travel without goalkeeper Greg Kelly.
Kelly remains absent because of work commitments and striker Graeme Bell is also missing after he recently underwent groin surgery. Forward David Cox is a major doubt with badly blistered feet as Cairney returns to Gayfield for the first time since leaving his position as manager almost five years ago.
Cairney said: "I don't think I have even been back there for a game and we have never played against each other so it will be a case of seeing some old faces I recognise.
"Whilst it will be good to see them it will be even better to leave with the three points and if we do as well as we did when we beat East Stirling last week we have a chance."
Early salvo enough
First-half headers from David Cox and Kevin Neilson secured Annan a 2-0 win at Arbroath.
Cox nodded home Ian Harty's left-wing cross after 38 minutes before Neilson got on the end of Jordan Halsman centre two minutes later to give Athletic a two-goal advantage.
Andrew Aitken and Stuart Malcolm had chances to extend the lead after the break but they both shot over the bar from six yards.
Home goalkeeper Darren Hill then expertly saved from Harty before The Smokies had late chances to score a consolation.
However, Gavin Swankie's strike was saved by Craig Summersgill in the away goal and Josh Falkingham's effort was blocked as Annan held out to go top of the table with two wins from two.
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