Gretna 2-1 Livingston

Last updated : 21 July 2005 By Livimckenna

Roddy saves the Penalty
A decent crowd showed up to watch this pre season clash at Annan. It was fair to say Gretna started the better side David Graham forcing Roddy McKenzie into a fine save early on.

The opening goal was a strange one to say the least. A long, Harmless ball came through Greg Strong was trying to Shepard it out when Dene Shields came along and heavily barged the big defender. It could have easily have been a foul but the ref didn’t think so. Shields put the cross in which McGuffie forced McKenzie into a fine save from his header. Graham saw his rebound smack the crossbar then a major scramble in the box before the ball was cleared.

However No one had noticed that the Referee had pointed to the spot for a hand ball against Scott McLaughlin. A strange one which would have been hard for the Ref to see. There were no appeals from the Gretna players or Fans but there was an appeal from Dundee. (No Surprise there)

Dene Shields stepped up to take the penalty, Roddy McKenzie made a great save from the penalty but McGuffie tapped in the rebound. It looked to me that McGuffie had ran into the box before the penalty was actually taken.

Not long afterwards a complete confusion in defence between Strong and Tierney left Baldacchino one on one with Roddy and once again the magnificent keeper made another save by tipping the ball onto the post.

The SPL side and I repeat the SPL side levelled halfway into the first half. Graham Dorrans cut inside from the left flank then he unleashed a Sensational Strike into the top corner of the net.

Richard on the ball

Robert Snodgrass nearly give Livi the lead with a twenty yard lob which curled a few yards wide.

almost took the lead before half time. Skelton played the ball into Graham. Roddy McKenzie rushed out of his goal Graham turned and let rip but Roddy McKenzie saved with his legs.

It has to be said Livi were lucky to be on Level terms at half time despite being unlucky with the
Gretna goal.

Martin Jimmy Scott forced the real first bit of action in the second half with a delicate shot which went just wide.

The winning goal was a peach. Dene Shields produced a magnificent 30 yard dipping shot which left Roddy McKenzie with no chance at all.

did create a few chances to equalise once again. The best chance Fell to Robert Snodgrass He was through on goal against Alan Main but somehow Snoddy placed the shot straight at Main.

The ball went out for a corner which Snoddy took. The ball was floating in the air above Snoddy when it finally came down Snoddy produced a sweet volley which hit the side netting.

Snoddy once again forced our Former keeper into another fine save low down to his right.

However Livi should have had a goal. Richard Brittain took a curling free kick which Alan Main tipped onto the post it looked like the ball trickled over the line before it was cleared but the Ref played by Derrymac didn’t think so.

The picture that shows the ball wasn't over the line

I know its Pre season but this is a wake call for the team. Yes the team had quite a lot of young players in it but I expected much better from a quite a few players. The likes of Strong, Snoddy . Strong was really disappointing yes he was probably fouled but he really should have done better. His overall performance was miles below par. Snoddy lacked the pace, Confidence and finish to make an impact. Anyway roll on our new SPL Season.