Arbroath 3 - 1 Airdrieonians

Saturday 17th September 2011
K McAnespie (6)
S Doris (63)
G Swankie (90)
G Owens (65)

Smokies on fire

Arbroath continued their impressive start to the season with a 3-1 win over Airdrie.

The hosts went ahead after just six minutes when Kieran McAnespie slotted home from striker Steven Doris' cross.

Airdrie had plenty of possession but rarely threatened Darren Hill's goal as their moves broke down in the final third.

The Smokies doubled their lead in the second half as Doris headed home from Gavin Swankie's inswinging corner.

Airdrie responded immediately with their first notable effort on goal, Graeme Owens curling a free-kick into the bottom corner in the 65th minute.

But Arbroath reasserted their authority in the 90th minute as Swankie's long-range goal, his fifth in four games, ensured his side remained top of Division Two.

OfficialBrian Colvin
Attendance761
VenueGayfield Park
Kick Off
Arbroath 0 - 0 Airdrieonians
0:45
Foul on Graeme Owens
0:50
Free Kick taken by Graeme Owens
5:47
Shot taken by Kieran McAnespie using his left foot from the left penalty area
5:47
Arbroath 1 - 0 Airdrieonians
GOAL scored by Kieran McAnespie using his left foot from the left penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
7:13
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the left byline
7:35
Foul on Connor Fairley
7:41
Free Kick taken by Connor Fairley
7:56
Offside flag raised against Ryan Donnelly
8:00
Free Kick taken by Beau Busch
8:57
Goal Kick taken by Connor Fairley
11:24
Foul on Jamie Bain
11:27
Free Kick taken by James Stevenson
14:50
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
17:52
Foul on Paul Lovering
17:59
Free Kick taken by Paul Lovering
19:01
Foul on Stuart Malcolm
19:06
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie
21:36
Goal Kick taken by Connor Fairley
25:05
Shot taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the right penalty area
27:28
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the right byline
28:25
Foul on Ryan Donnelly
28:29
Free Kick taken by Jamie Bain
30:23
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline
31:12
Clearance by Derek Holmes
34:00
Shot taken by Kieran McAnespie from the left penalty area
34:38
Corner taken by James Stevenson with his right foot from the right byline
35:10
Clearance by Kieran McAnespie
36:34
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
44:42
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
Half Time
Arbroath 1 - 0 Airdrieonians
45:01
Substitution for Airdrieonians: Fraser Keast on for James Stevenson
Second Half Started
Arbroath 1 - 0 Airdrieonians
45:48
Foul on Ryan Donnelly
45:54
Free Kick taken by Graeme Owens
46:32
Corner taken by Graeme Owens with his right foot from the right byline
46:51
Clearance by Paul Sheerin
49:23
Foul on Gavin Swankie
49:27
Free Kick taken by Joshua Falkingham
49:42
Goal Kick taken by Connor Fairley
50:07
Corner taken by Graeme Owens with his right foot from the left byline
50:13
Clearance by Kieran McAnespie
50:24
Corner taken by Fraser Keast with his right foot from the right byline
51:09
BOOKING: Sean Lynch of Airdrieonians given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
54:08
Foul on Pedram Ardallany
54:11
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin
54:13
BOOKING: Paul Lovering of Airdrieonians given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
56:16
Foul on Steven Doris
56:19
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
56:45
Goal Kick taken by Connor Fairley
57:18
Offside flag raised against Derek Holmes
57:23
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
57:32
Foul on Steven Doris
57:35
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin
58:55
Corner taken by Graeme Owens with his right foot from the right byline
60:08
Clearance by Brian Kerr
60:18
Shot taken by Graeme Owens with his right foot from the right penalty area
61:18
Shot taken by Sean Lynch using his left foot
61:36
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
61:52
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline
62:39
Shot taken by Steven Doris from the left six yard line
62:39
Arbroath 2 - 0 Airdrieonians
GOAL scored by Steven Doris from the left six yard line to the top left of the goal.
64:13
Foul on Derek Holmes
64:17
Free Kick taken by Graeme Owens
64:38
Shot taken by Graeme Owens with his right foot
64:38
Arbroath 2 - 1 Airdrieonians
GOAL scored by Graeme Owens with his right foot to the bottom right of the goal.
66:40
Shot taken by Mark Baxter with his right foot
67:59
Corner taken by Graeme Owens with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
69:09
Clearance by Pedram Ardallany
69:20
Substitution for Arbroath: Keith Gibson on for Pedram Ardallany
70:25
Offside flag raised against Gavin Swankie
70:26
Free Kick taken by Connor Fairley
73:26
Foul on Joshua Falkingham
73:31
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin
74:12
Goal Kick taken by Connor Fairley
75:32
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline
76:10
Save made by Connor Fairley
77:02
Foul on Sean Lynch
77:05
Free Kick taken by Kieron Stallard
77:11
Substitution for Airdrieonians: John Boyle on for Paul Lovering
78:19
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
79:07
Corner taken by Graeme Owens with his right foot from the left byline
79:55
Clearance by Steven Doris
80:08
Save made by Darren Hill
80:51
Substitution for Arbroath: Lee Sibanda on for Joshua Falkingham
81:45
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
82:23
Foul on Brian Kerr
82:29
Free Kick taken by Brian Kerr
83:55
Foul on Jamie Bain
84:04
Free Kick taken by Sean Lynch
85:44
Foul on Brian Kerr
85:49
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
86:18
Substitution for Airdrieonians: Rhys Devlin on for Sean Lynch
88:10
Corner taken by John Boyle using his left foot from the right byline short of the target
88:52
Clearance by Lee Sibanda
89:01
Shot taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left penalty area
89:01
Arbroath 3 - 1 Airdrieonians
GOAL scored by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
90:00+1:14
Substitution for Arbroath: Lee Bryce on for Steven Doris
90:00+3:23
Goal Kick taken by Connor Fairley
Full Time
Arbroath 3 - 1 Airdrieonians

Arbroath

vs

Airdrieonians

3
Goals
1
3
Assists
0
6
Shots
3
3
On Target
1
3
Off Target
2
5
Corners
8
24
Throw Ins
18
1
Saves
1
7
Clearances
1
6
Goal Kicks
6
10
Free Kicks
10
1
Offside
2
0
Yellow Cards
2

Arbroath

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Darren Hill
02.Stuart Malcolm
03.Beau Busch
04.Mark Baxter
05.Mark Baxter
06.Kieran McAnespie
07.Pedram Ardallany 70+0' Tactical
08.Brian Kerr
09.Joshua Falkingham 81+0' Tactical
10.Paul Sheerin
11.Gavin Swankie

Substitutes

12.Steven Doris 90+2' Tactical
13.Michael White
14.Kevin Brown
15.Keith Gibson 70+0' Tactical
16.Lee Sibanda 81+0' Tactical
17.Lee Bryce 90+2' Tactical

Airdrieonians

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Connor Fairley
02.Paul Lovering (55+0: Unsporting behaviour) 78+0' Tactical
03.Kieron Stallard
04.David Lilley
05.Jamie Bain
06.Graeme Owens
07.Sean Lynch (52+0: Unsporting behaviour) 87+0' Tactical
08.James Stevenson 45+0' Tactical
09.Nathan Blockley
10.Derek Holmes
11.Ryan Donnelly

Substitutes

12.Andrew Duncan
13.Craig Hill
14.Fraser Keast 45+0' Tactical
15.Rhys Devlin 87+0' Tactical
16.John Boyle 78+0' Tactical

Wedderburn doubt for league leaders

Arbroath defender Craig Wedderburn is a major doubt with a groin strain as the league leaders entertain Airdrie at Gayfield.

Striker Jordan Elfverson has already been ruled out due to an ankle ligament problem.

Player-manager Paul Sheerin has told his men they need to tighten up in defence if they are to retain pole position.

He said: "We are scoring freely because we attack so much, but that leaves us vulnerable at the back.

"It may well be a nice problem to have when you are winning, but it would be good to be a bit tighter when other teams attack.

"Airdrie have good wide men and my old St Johnstone team-mate Derek Holmes is a real handful so we will have to be alert throughout the game."

Airdrie's Fraser Keast is fit again after three weeks out with an ankle injury, and the midfielder will make the trip.

The game has come too soon for defender Graeme Goodhall, who remains out with a knock, though.

Ahead of the trip, Diamonds boss Jimmy Boyle empathised with his opposite number Paul Sheerin.

He said: "I was reading that Paul was finding it difficult to accept that he had to score three or four times in every game to win it as his team score just about as many as they concede.

"I know exactly how he feels as we can throw them in at one end just about as quickly as we score them at the other.

"I will settle for a 1-0 Airdrie win all the same."

Shots

Saves

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Arbroath 6 10 15
2 Cowdenbeath 6 9 13
3 Stenhousemuir 6 3 11
4 Up Forfar Athletic 6 2 10
5 Down Stirling Albion 6 1 8
6 Down Brechin City 6 0 8
7 Airdrieonians 6 -2 6
8 Up Albion Rovers 6 -8 5
9 Down Dumbarton 6 -6 4
10 East Fife 6 -9 4

Updated 17/09/2011 at 17:02

 
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