3rd May 2004.
ANNAN ATHLETIC 18 NEWTON STEWART 0.
Annan Athletic recorded their highest ever victory in senior football in their last home game of the season on Monday evening . Newton Stewart were the opponents and in a one sided match the rout started in the first minute when Ross Kerr lobbed the ball over the advancing Willie McWilliam in the Newton Stewart goal. Gary Cochrane made two nil in the 5th minute and Ross Kerr volleyed number three in the 15th minute. Gordon Moffat got his name on the scoresheet in the 17th minute. Ross Kerr secured his hat trick in the 28th minute when he slipped the ball between the legs of McWilliam to make it five nil. Neil Johnstone latched on to a Ross Kerr pass to guide the ball into the net in the 40th minute . Grant Learmont’s penalty kick was saved by McWilliam in the 41st minute but Gordon Moffat piled on the pressure by scoring number seven on the stroke of half time.
Neil Johnstone grabbed his second immediately after the break with Gordon Moffat adding another two minutes later. Gary Cochrane beat the offside trap with a run from the half way line to finish clinically in the 52nd minute. Ross Kerr side footed into the net from a Gordon Moffat cross in the 53rd and in the 55th minute Gary Cochrane secured his hat trick and Annan’s twelfth goal. Gordon Moffat headed a Darren Armstrong cross into the net in the 65th minute and Gary Cochrane secured the record breaking fouteenth goal in the 68th minute and the same Annan player latched on to Alan Smiths cross in the 75th minute followed by Ross Kerr’s sixth goal two minutes later. Darren Armstrong scored the penultimate goal after good work by Gary Cochrane in the 80th minute and Neil Johnstone concluded a miserable evening for Newton Stewart in the 83rd minute.
For the record books the scorers were Ross Kerr 6 , Gary Cochrane 5 , Gordon Moffat 4, Neil Johnstone 3 and Darren Armstrong 1.
Annan Athletic – G McCulloch , P Watson , N White , G Learmont , A Smith , G Cochrane, G Moffat , R Kerr, N Johnstone , G Cranston , D Armstrong . Substitutes – J Mounesey , C Norval , C Cornwall , J Wilson , S Sorbie.
Newton Stewart – W McWilliam ,J Earnshaw , A Petrie , K Groves , A Middleton , P McLelland , F Campbell , K Faulds , G McKie , J Munro , G McNight. Substitutes B McKie , K Punse.
Referee - D Davidson.