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    Wasps draw Dundee United 

    16 August 2018 18:02:58

    The draw for the Irn-Bru Cup 2nd round was made earlier today, "The Wasps" reward for defeating Stirling Albion 3-1 in the First Round was a tie against Dundee United at Tannadice on the weekend of 8th / 9th September, 2018.

    The full Second Round Draw

    The New Saints   v.  Queen's Park
    Falkirk   v.  Connah's Quay Nomads
    Boreham Wood   v. Dunfermline Athletic
    Airdrieonians   v.  Sutton United
    Coleraine   v.  Formartine United
    Queen of the South  v.  Crusaders
    Sligo Rovers  v.  Livingston Colts or Forfar Athletic
    Peterhead  v.  Bohemians
    East Fife  v.  Partick Thistle
    Arbroath  v. Annan Athletic
    Dumbarton   v.  Montrose
    Dundee United   v.  Alloa Athletic
    Dundee Colts  v.  Motherwell Colts
    East Kilbride   v.  Edinburgh City
    St. Mirren Colts  v.  Hamilton Accies Colts
    Ross County   v.  Raith Rovers
     
    The Wasps reached the 2nd Round after defeating Stirling Albion 3-1 at the Indodrill Stadium on Tuesday 15th August, which maintains the clubs long unbeaten record against Stirling Albion which now goes back to 7th March, 2009.
    Kevin Cawley opens the scoring 1-0
     
    Jim Goodwin was forced into having only two outfield players on the bench such is the tightness of his squad, not helped by Greig Spence having to sit the tie out carrying forward an suspension carried forward from last season and Jake Hastie playing for Motherwell colts.
    Kevin Cawley doubles his tally 2-0 to "The Wasps"
     
    Iain Flannigan makes it 3-0
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Dario Zanatta 

    16 August 2018 13:52:20

    Alloa Athletic manager Jim Goodwin was delighted to be able to strenghen his squad this evening, securing Hearts forward, Dario Zanatta on loan until January, 2019.

    Dario Zanatta
     
    Twenty One year old Dario, was born in British Colombia in Canada and has represented his country at Under 16, 18 & 20 level. He has been with Hearts since 2015 after leaving Vancouver Whitecaps. He initially went on loan with Queen's Park at start of 2016 on an emergency loan which was extended. Last season he moved on loan to Raith Rovers at start of the season on a season long loan deal but Hearts recalled him in January, 2018 which was a blow to Raith Rovers promotion.
     
    Dario in action against "The Wasps" in December, 2017.
     
    We welcome Dario to the Indodrill Stadium and thank Hearts for their assistance.

    Not getting rewards 

    12 August 2018 12:10:54

    Defeats in our opening two league games of the new season have been hard to take, losing such a late goal at Dingwall and looking on top in the second half yesterday at home against Greenock Morton before Chris Millar unleashes a goal fit to win any game. The Alloa players are not getting the results their efforts merit at present but at the end of the day everybody knows it is goals that count.


    Alloa Vice Chairman Martin Ross makes presentation to Iain Flannigan who recently make his 150th appearance for "The Wasps"
     
    Manager Jim Goodwin knows this season was never going to be easy and is working tirelessly to bring in new faces to strenghen his squad, knowing we will need to be even better than last season to make things happen and silence the doubters who are expecting Alloa to struggle.
     
    Ryan Scully at full stretch to foil Jake Hastie
     
    In this league chances are going to be limited, but there was little between the teams yesterday, especially in the second half when "The Wasps" dominated possession but lacked the killer punch in last third of the pitch. Jake Hastie was a consistent threat on the left flank of the pitch driving at the Morton defence, but we needed to get an equalising goal when we were on top in the second period.
     
    Greig Spence fouled in box by Rory McKeown
     
    Indeed the turning point could have been when Greig Spence was flattened in the penalty box by Morton defender Rory McKeown which looked a very strong case for a penalty. Having survived this scare Chris Millar's second goal of the game with ten minutes left was a body blow, at that stage against the run of play but a fantastic strike.
     
    Jim Goodwin & Ray McKinnon at end of match
     
     
     
     
     

     

    Wasps look for home advantage 

    10 August 2018 15:59:52

    Tomorrow we welcome Greenock Morton to the Indodrill Stadium in our opening home league fixture in this season’s SPFL Championship, the last time the sides met on a league fixture at Alloa was back in Season 2015/16 when the sides drew 2-2 on the 9th February, 2016, “The Wasps” goal scorers on that day were Colin Hamilton & Dougie Hill who are no longer at the club, indeed of the Alloa Athletic players who were involved on that day only Steven Hetherington is still with the club.

    It was disappointing to lose such a late goal at Dingwall last week and get no reward for the effort of the players and how well we had done in defence. When chances come in such difficult away fixtures they need to be converted, had Greig Spence put us ahead with the best chance in the first half it might have been a different outcome but nobody could fault the effort of the players who will look to collect vital league points as soon as possible and get us off the mark.

    Greig Spence looked sharp at Dingwall
     
    Manager Jim Goodwin will have Iain Flannigan back in the squad for tomorrows match against Greenock Morton after he missed last Saturday's match at Dingwall through suspension carried forward from last season, Kevin Cawley could also return after he suffered from a back spasm last weekend, Ahmed Aloulou could also come back into the squad after picking up knock in pre season against Berwick Rangers. Unfortunately David Galt will not feature after having left the club by mutual consent, we wish David well in the future.
     
    Steven Hetherington in action at Dingwall
     
     

     

    Busy schedule takes toll 

    01 August 2018 13:16:14

    Four games in two weeks appeared a bridge to far for "The Wasps" on Saturday against Ross County at the Indodrill Stadium. In truth Ross County were worthy winners on the day but with the scoreline still at only 1-0, the second goal not coming until two minutes into time added on an the end of the game, Jim Goodwin's players gave everything knowing that a draw on the day would have been good enough to win the section.

    Team show off new 1st team strip
     
    Ross County looked to bounce back from their midweek reversal against Arbroath at Gayfield and certainly Stuart Kettlewell & Steven Ferguson must have been pleased with the reaction, giving Alloa very little space and quickly closing players down and winning second balls.
     
    Kevin Cawley is tightly marked
    Zack Karadachki & Declan McManus
     
    The Wasps did well to go in at half-time at 0-0, thanks to some excellent goalkeeping by Neil Parry. The opening goal when it did come just before the hour mark had a touch of fortune about it, defender Callum Morris deflecting a shot across goal past Neil Parry.
    Alan Trouten with early effort in second half
     
    The closest "The Wasps" came to getting an equaliser was through Greig Spence about fifteen minutes prior to the end of the game, his overhead kick left County keeper Scott Fox stranded as he watched as the ball creeped inches past the wrong side of the post.
     
    Greig Spence overhead effort.........
    So close to equaliser
     
    Alloa manager Jim Goodwin could not fault his players effort on the day but did conceed County were physically stronger and taller and he is still on the look out to strengthen his squad.
     
    Iain Flannigan making his 150th appearance for the club.

    Wasps win at Elgin 

    24 July 2018 18:48:16

    The wasps have put themselves in a good position after victory at Borough Briggs, Elgin this evening, the club's first ever victory at the ground. The players were excellent from the off, carrying on from their penalty shoot out victory v. Dundee United at Tannadice on Saturday.

    Jake Hastie opens the scoring after 2 minutes
     
    The opening goal came as early as the second minute, Jake Hastie scoring his first goal for the club. Nine minutes later in was 2-0 Alan Trouten scoring his third goal in three matches and Jim Goodwin's men had made a statement.
     
    Alan Trouten three goals in three games
     
    Jake Hastie with 2nd goal to kill off Elgin City
     
    Elgin City made a strong start to the second period, with home manager Gavin Price looking for a reaction, however Jake Hastie's second goal of the game, set up by Reis Peggie, killed the game.
     
     
     

     

    Ahmed Aloulou signs 

    24 July 2018 11:46:26

    Manager Jim Goodwin today signed Tunisian striker Ahmed Aloulou after he was given International clearance to join “The Wasps”. Twenty two year old Ahmed had played as a “trialist” in pre season matches against Berwick Rangers & Falkirk. Jim Goodwin said “ Ahmed is technically very good. Has decent pace and is good at linking the game up. I saw something in him during his trials and I am happy to be able to give him the opportunity to play senior football. He will add to our attacking options and will help create some healthy competition for places.”Ahmed had studied at University of Dundee before graduating and has represented Scotland at International level at futsal.

    Ahmed Aloulou in futsal action for Scotland
     
    The Wasps are set to face Elgin City at Borough Briggs tonight in their third Betfred Cup Group A match, knowing a victory tonight would put them in a strong position in the group to qualify. However going into tonight's match at a ground "The Wasps" have never won a game in their two previous clashes with Elgin City at Borough Briggs - losing 5-0 on 1st October, 2011 & losing 3-0 on 18th February, 2012 under Paul Hartley. Tonight unfortunately both Iain Flannigan and Liam Dick will miss the match due to serving a one game suspension for an accumulation of bookings.
     
     
     

     

     

     

     

    Wasps deserved winners 

    23 July 2018 16:54:14

    The Wasps were victorious at Tannadice, winning 4-3 on penalties, but their second half display was worthy of victory within the ninety minutes, by the end of the game it was Dundee United who were hanging on with "The Wasps" going so close to clinching the winning goal.

    Iain Flannigan's late effort is cleared off the line
     
    In was Jim Goodwin's side who started the match the brightest with the Dundee United team looking very nervous. Greig spence flicking an effort into the side netting. United did look dangerous at set pieces in the box and Nicky Clark was unfortunate with a header which struck the woodwork before Frederic Frans bulleted a header past Neil Parry to give the home side the lead. Csaba Laszlo then watched his side have their best spell in the game, although Alan trouten nearly caught their keeper out of his goal prior to half time.
     
    In the second half "The Wasps" took the game to their opponents showing great spirit and never gave up. They got their reward with eleven minutes left when Jake Hastie, who had been a torn in the flesh of the Dundee United defence with Frederic Frans giving away the penalty.
    Jake Hastie fouled for penalty
    Alan Trouten converts penalty
     
    Alloa keep on going "Keeping Believing" and could have won the game in the regulation 90 minutes. Jake Hastie again broke into the United box and was brought down, but on this ocassion the referee awarded a free kick on the edge of the box.
    No penalty given!
    Team spirit
     
    "The Wasps" were faultless in their execution of the penalties:-
    0 - 0  Stewart Murdoch - penalty saved
    1 - 0  Scott Taggart - great way to celebrate 100th appearance
    1 - 1  Fraser Aird scores
    2 - 1  Greig Spence - great confidence and finish
    2 - 2  Adam Barton draws game level again
    3 - 2  Iain Flannigan - bottom corner finish
    3 - 3  Declan Glass - did well in 2nd half
    4 - 3  Alan Trouten - 2nd penalty converted in game
    4 - 3  Paul McMullan penalty saved
     
    Neil Parry 2nd save in penalty shoot out
     
    Keep on believing
     

    Manager brings in three 

    12 July 2018 17:38:27

    Manager Jim Goodwin having now concluded his four game pre season friendlies has strenghened his squad this evening by adding three more players to his squad for the forthcoming season. Twenty two year old defender Liam Dick joins the club after ending last season in the Play-Off final playing for Dumbarton against "The Wasps". Liam began his footballing career with Falkirk making 29 first team appearances before going out on loan to Stranraer to gain regular first team football where he played for the next two and a half seasons before joinig Dumbarton last season in the January transfer window.

    Also joining "The Wasps" is 26 year old Bulgarian defender Zdravko Karadachki, he began his career in his native country with FC Septemvri Simitli, then spent Season 2016/17 with Scarborough SC in the Canadian soccer league, most recently last season he made his debut in Scottish football with Edinburgh City.

    The third signing is young 19 year old goalkeeper Chris Henry who impressed in pre season friendlies against Clyde, Montrose & Berwick Rangers. Chris began his career with St. Mirren.

     

     

     

    Jake Hastie joins on loan 

    07 July 2018 09:14:13

    Manager Jim Goodwin is delighted to finally get Jake Hastie on loan from Motherwell with the paperwork been approved this morning  he will be available to play a part today in our friendly against Berwick Rangers.

    Jim continued “I’m looking forward to working with him over the coming weeks and months, he is a young man who’s highly regarded at Motherwell and this will be another important step in his development. He will bring great pace and energy to the team and will give us good balance. We are excited to get him in and are confident he will play a key role in our success in the forthcoming season.”

    Jake Hastie
     

     

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