Airdrieonians 2 - 0 Arbroath

Saturday 24th March 2012
P Lovering (73)
W McLaren (90+4)

Title hopes fade for Arbroath

Arbroath are now seven points behind Scottish Second Division leaders Cowdenbeath after late goals from Paul Lovering and William McLaren condemned the title-chasers to a 2-0 defeat at Airdrie.

The Red Lichties had gone 12 games without defeat and almost went behind after 10 minutes, Jamie Bain forcing Darren Hill into a good save with a curling shot from the edge of the area before John Boyle's volley drew another great save from Hill six minutes later.

Arbroath's best chance fell to substitute Craig Wedderburn, who headed over from close range nine minutes into the second half before Paul Sheerin's men went behind, Lovering heading McLaren's corner past Hill after 73 minutes.

McLaren secured the Diamonds' victory in the 94th minute with a thumping volley from the edge of the area.

OfficialGary Hilland
Attendance689
VenueExcelsior Stadium
Kick Off
Airdrieonians 0 - 0 Arbroath
3:20
Foul on Sean Lynch
3:26
Free Kick taken by Paul Lovering
4:34
Hand Ball taken by Paul Sheerin
4:36
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
5:58
Foul on David Lilley
6:04
Free Kick taken by Sean Lynch
6:40
Foul on Joshua Falkingham
6:45
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin
8:33
Foul on Liam Caddis
8:37
Free Kick taken by Joshua Falkingham
8:44
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
9:13
Shot taken by Jamie Bain using his left foot
9:23
Save made by Darren Hill
9:29
Corner taken by William McLaren using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
9:42
Clearance by Paul Sheerin
10:11
Shot taken by Joshua Falkingham with his right foot
10:18
Save made by Grant Adam
11:28
Shot taken by Steven Doris with his right foot from the right penalty area
11:45
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
12:41
Offside flag raised against Joshua Falkingham
12:43
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
13:24
Foul on Paul Lovering
13:28
Free Kick taken by William McLaren from the left wing
14:20
Offside flag raised against Sean Lynch
14:21
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
15:40
Shot taken by John Boyle using his left foot from the left penalty area
15:47
Save made by Darren Hill
19:03
Foul on Joshua Falkingham
19:08
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin
19:14
BOOKING: Sean Lynch of Airdrieonians given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
20:53
Cross from David Lilley
22:03
Shot taken by Joshua Falkingham with his right foot from the right penalty area
22:25
Block taken by Grant Adam
23:14
Shot taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot
23:23
Save made by Grant Adam
23:43
Foul on William McLaren
23:46
Free Kick taken by William McLaren
24:28
Foul on Chris Innes
24:36
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
25:08
Substitution for Arbroath: Craig Wedderburn on for Kieran McAnespie
26:09
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
27:57
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
34:02
Corner taken by Jamie Bain with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
34:34
Clearance by Joshua Falkingham
36:57
Shot taken by Sean Lynch with his right foot
37:12
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
37:14
Foul on Liam Caddis
37:17
Free Kick taken by Craig Wedderburn from the right wing
40:18
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
44:11
Foul on Ryan Donnelly
44:16
Free Kick taken by Euan McNeil
45:00+1:08
Offside flag raised against Jake Mair
45:00+1:09
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
Half Time
Airdrieonians 0 - 0 Arbroath
Second Half Started
Airdrieonians 0 - 0 Arbroath
45:05
Substitution for Arbroath: Lee Sibanda on for Mark Baxter
46:08
Shot taken by John Boyle using his left foot from the centre penalty area
46:17
Block taken by Paul Sheerin
46:20
Foul on Darren Hill
46:25
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
47:15
Foul on David Lilley
47:19
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
47:50
Foul on John Boyle
47:57
Free Kick taken by William McLaren
48:36
Shot taken by William McLaren using his left foot
48:52
Corner taken by Jamie Bain with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
48:57
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
49:20
Block taken by Stuart Malcolm
50:20
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
52:15
Offside flag raised against Kieron Stallard
52:23
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
53:04
Corner taken by Liam Caddis with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
53:26
Cross from Paul Sheerin
53:31
Shot taken by Craig Wedderburn from the centre penalty area
53:43
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
54:19
Foul on Sean Lynch
54:26
Free Kick taken by Paul Lovering from the left wing
54:38
Foul on Lee Sibanda
54:42
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
55:15
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
55:47
Offside flag raised against Ryan Donnelly
56:01
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
56:58
Corner taken by William McLaren using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
57:27
Save made by Darren Hill
57:35
Corner taken by William McLaren using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
58:01
Save made by Darren Hill
58:12
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
59:17
Offside flag raised against Ryan Donnelly
59:18
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
64:20
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
65:00
Foul on Euan McNeil
65:05
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
65:44
Substitution for Airdrieonians: Derek Holmes on for John Boyle
66:50
Corner taken by William McLaren using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
67:13
Save made by Darren Hill
68:14
Offside flag raised against Liam Caddis
68:16
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
68:37
Foul on Derek Holmes
68:41
Free Kick taken by William McLaren
69:04
Foul on Craig Wedderburn
69:08
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
70:36
Foul on Grant Adam
70:41
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
71:24
Foul on Lee Sibanda
71:27
Free Kick taken by Stuart Malcolm
71:56
Shot taken by Jamie Bain with his right foot
72:04
Save made by Darren Hill
72:30
Corner taken by William McLaren using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
72:55
Shot taken by Paul Lovering from the centre penalty area
72:55
Airdrieonians 1 - 0 Arbroath
GOAL scored by Paul Lovering from the centre penalty area to the top left of the goal.
76:56
Shot taken by Kieron Stallard using his left foot
77:18
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
77:34
Foul on Steven Doris
77:37
Free Kick taken by Brian Kerr
78:31
Offside flag raised against Derek Holmes
78:32
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
79:18
Corner taken by Jamie Bain with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
80:03
Save made by Darren Hill
80:54
Shot taken by Ryan Donnelly from the centre penalty area
81:04
Save made by Darren Hill
81:58
Offside flag raised against William McLaren
81:59
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
82:20
Foul on Collin Samuel
82:24
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin
82:33
BOOKING: Paul Lovering of Airdrieonians given yellow card for dissent
83:06
Shot taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot
86:07
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
86:28
Substitution for Airdrieonians: Fraser Keast on for Ryan Donnelly
88:03
Foul on Collin Samuel
88:08
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin from the right wing
88:20
Cross from Paul Sheerin
88:23
Save made by Grant Adam
88:54
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
89:27
Foul on Cameron MacDonald
89:34
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
90:00+0:11
Shot taken by William McLaren using his left foot
90:00+0:18
Save made by Darren Hill
90:00+2:07
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
90:00+2:24
Substitution for Airdrieonians: Ricki Lamie on for David Lilley
90:00+3:26
Shot taken by William McLaren using his left foot from the left penalty area
90:00+3:26
Airdrieonians 2 - 0 Arbroath
GOAL scored by William McLaren using his left foot from the left penalty area going centre high of the goal.
Full Time
Airdrieonians 2 - 0 Arbroath
Result
Airdrieonians 2 - 0 Arbroath

Airdrieonians

vs

Arbroath

2
Goals
0
2
Assists
0
11
Shots
6
9
On Target
4
2
Off Target
2
1
Crosses
2
8
Corners
1
27
Throw Ins
43
3
Saves
9
0
Clearances
2
9
Goal Kicks
7
1
Blocks
2
16
Free Kicks
18
6
Offside
3
0
Hand Balls
1
2
Yellow Cards
0

Airdrieonians

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Grant Adam
02.Euan McNeil
03.Paul Lovering (83+0: Dissent)
04.Kieron Stallard
04.Cameron MacDonald
05.David Lilley 90+3' Tactical
12.Jamie Bain
06.Sean Lynch (20+0: Unsporting behaviour)
11.William McLaren
14.John Boyle 66+0' Tactical
10.Ryan Donnelly 87+0' Tactical

Substitutes

17.Andrew Duncan
16.Ricki Lamie 90+3' Tactical
14.Liam Watt
15.Fraser Keast 87+0' Tactical
16.Derek Holmes 66+0' Tactical

Arbroath

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Darren Hill
02.Stuart Malcolm
03.Chris Innes
04.Liam Caddis
05.Mark Baxter 45+0' Tactical
06.Mark Baxter
07.Kieran McAnespie 26+0' Injury
08.Joshua Falkingham
09.Brian Kerr
10.Paul Sheerin
11.Jake Mair

Substitutes

12.Steven Doris
13.Michael White
14.Craig Wedderburn 26+0' Injury
15.Keith Gibson
16.Lee Sibanda 45+0' Tactical
17.Collin Samuel

Four out for Airdrie

Airdrie will be without the injured quartet of Graeme Owens, Nathan Blockley, Scott Sally and Scott Morton as they look to gain their first win over title-chasing Arbroath this season.

To add to manager Jimmy Boyle's worries, creative midfielder Jamie Stevenson is serving a one-game suspension.

Boyle said: "We are lacking a bit of guile from our ranks but we will go out and give the game everything.

"We have won our last two games in a row and are unbeaten in four overall and I want us to continue in a positive direction."

"We will need to play well as Arbroath will be coming here determined to get the three points to boost their title hopes."

Second-placed Arbroath have a full squad available with the exception of striker Jordan Elfverson, who remains out with a back injury.

Gayfield player-manager Paul Sheerin has told his players they cannot afford to lose concentration if they get ahead in this game.

Sheerin said: "In our last two games against Airdrie we have been two ahead but have not won either game as they have battled back to level.

"They are a really good attacking side, particularly at home, so my message to the players is a simple one, and that is to get ahead and stay ahead.

"We stuck at things at Stirling last week to earn a point but we could really do with three from this one."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 30 37 63
2 Arbroath 30 26 56
3 Dumbarton 30 -3 45
4 Stenhousemuir 30 4 41
5 East Fife 30 -1 41
6 Up Airdrieonians 30 -1 39
7 Down Brechin City 30 -9 37
8 Forfar Athletic 30 -13 33
9 Up Albion Rovers 30 -20 29
10 Down Stirling Albion 30 -20 28

Updated 24/03/2012 at 16:59

 

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