East Stirlingshire 0-4 Annan Athletic

Annan Athletic kept their slim promotion play-off hopes alive with a thumping victory over bottom-of-the-table East Stirlingshire in Division Three.

It took the visitors just five minutes to get their noses ahead thanks to Graeme Bell's precise finish from the edge of the box.

Jack Steele should have made it two 10 minutes later, but he couldn't keep his effort below the bar.

Michael McGowan's header doubled Athletic's lead on 60 minutes before Steele found the corner of the net with a smart close-range finish to put the result beyond all doubt.

Steele turned provider seven minutes from time, his pass picking out Lee Underwood, who fired past Calum Antell to put the gloss on things.

East Stirlingshire: Antell, Jackson, Frances, Hunter (Glasgow 79), Dingwall (Fulton 66), Devlin, Cane (Gillespie 46), Stirling, Maxwell, Turner, Horner. Subs Not Used: Hay, Sheerin.

Annan Athletic: Alex Mitchell, Muirhead, MacBeth, Peter Watson, McGowan, McKenna (Underwood 75), Jardine (Winters 82), Steele, Sloan, Bell (Danny Mitchell 65), McKechnie. Subs Not Used: Summersgill, Gilfillan.

Goals: Bell 5, McGowan 62, Steele 70, Underwood 83.

Att: 235

Ref: Gary Hilland.

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