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First goal is for you mum

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By Euan Maxwell
Dumfries and West
First goal is for you mum

STRIKER Tommy Goss dedicated his first Annan Athletic goal to his mum who sadly passed away two months ago.

The Dumfries forward scored the Black and Gold’s third in a terrific 3-1 victory over Stirling Albion at Galabank last Saturday.

Goss admits he’s had a tough couple of months off the field after his mum, Yvonne, died after she suffered a stroke and then a heart attack, aged 59.

The 23-year-old said: “That goal is a tribute to my mum Yvonne. She’ll be looking down on me today with a smile.

“I want to get as many goals as possible to make my family proud. My brothers were at the game to watch me, and I saw them jumping with joy when I scored. It’s great to play in front of my family and friends.”

Goss – who joined the League Two outfit from neighbours Queen of the South during the close season – admits he’s delighted to get off the mark for his new side and insists there’s plenty more to come.

He said: “I’m buzzing to get my first goal for Annan. As a striker you want to score goals and the more games that you don’t score in, you’re constantly thinking about it.

“We’ve got lots of options up front so I know when I get on the pitch, I have to make an impact. Hopefully the gaffer sees that, and I can get myself back in the starting line-up.

“It was a bit of a frustrating time at Queens but I did enjoy it as it helped develop my game a lot. Now I’m at Annan, I’m enjoying it even more and just buzzing to be playing.

“We had a discussion about a new deal at Queens but I just felt it was best for myself to go and play games because I wouldn’t be starting each week. I’ve made the right move.”

He added: “I’ve not set myself a goal target for the season, I just want to play football and enjoy myself. That’s all three of the local strikers – myself, Iain Anderson and Aidan Smith – off the mark. They are brilliant boys and I love travelling to training and matches together with them.”

Galabankies boss Peter Murphy heaped praise on Goss and the rest of his Annan side – who are now third in the standings and have netted six times in their last two league matches.

Murphy said: “Tommy has had a tough couple of months recently so it’s great for him to get on the scoresheet.

“I also thought our captain Steven Swinglehurst deserves a special mention. Early on in the week he had to miss the Celtic B cup game because he and his wife and kid all had projectile vomiting.

“He suffered for the two days before the match and didn’t get any sleep and then he ends up getting the man of the match award. He gives everything for the club and that is what we need from a club captain.

“It was a very good all-round performance with Chris Johnston and Iain Anderson scoring in the space of a minute. We played some excellent football but next up we’ve got a tough match against Albion Rovers.

“They’ve started well and we know it’ll be a hard challenge on Saturday.”

ON THEIR WAY . . . Iain Anderson celebrates his goal with team mates Aidan Smith and Dominic Docherty

Annan travel to Cliftonhill to face Brian Reid’s side with a kick-off time of 3 pm.

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