Airdrieonians 4 - 1 Brechin City

Saturday 14th April 2012
D Holmes (7, 86)
R Donnelly (14)
P Lovering (pen 23)
B Hodge (31)

Holmes stars as Airdrie cruise

Derek Holmes scored a brace as promotion hopefuls Airdrie eased to a 4-1 win over Brechin at New Broomfield.

The hosts got off to a flying start when Holmes collected Ryan Donnelly's pass before finishing inside the area after seven minutes.

Donnelly doubled the advantage seven minutes later with a stunning overhead kick past a stranded Craig Nelson.

And Paul Lovering rounded off a frantic opening when he scored from the penalty spot after Paul McLean felled William McLaren in the 23rd minute.

But the Diamonds did pull a goal back just after the half-hour mark, substitute Bryan Hodge rose highest to head home a Paul McManus cross.

Victory was all but ensured four minutes from time when Holmes added his second and Airdrie's fourth with a superb volley from the edge of the box.

OfficialSteven McLean
Attendance802
VenueExcelsior Stadium
Kick Off
Airdrieonians 0 - 0 Brechin City
1:03
Foul on Charlie King
1:15
Free Kick taken by Gerard McLauchlan
1:29
Foul on Paul McManus
1:34
Free Kick taken by Charlie King from the right wing
4:18
Offside flag raised against Rory McKenzie
4:22
Free Kick taken by Paul Lovering
6:20
Shot taken by Derek Holmes with his right foot from the centre penalty area
6:42
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
6:46
Shot taken by Derek Holmes using his left foot from the right six yard line
6:46
Airdrieonians 1 - 0 Brechin City
GOAL scored by Derek Holmes using his left foot from the right six yard line going centre low of the goal.
9:48
Shot taken by Jonny Lindsay using his left foot
9:57
Block taken by Grant Adam
10:40
Shot taken by Craig Molloy using his left foot from the centre penalty area
10:49
Block taken by Grant Adam
12:01
Corner taken by Gerard McLauchlan with his right foot from the left byline
12:35
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
13:34
Shot taken by Ryan Donnelly with his right foot from the centre penalty area
13:34
Airdrieonians 2 - 0 Brechin City
GOAL scored by Ryan Donnelly with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the top right of the goal.
14:43
Corner taken by Charlie King with his right foot from the right byline
14:49
Save made by Grant Adam
17:13
Foul on Derek Holmes
17:22
Free Kick taken by Paul Lovering
21:08
Foul on William McLaren
22:01
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Paul Lovering and scored using his left foot to the bottom right
22:01
Airdrieonians 3 - 0 Brechin City
GOAL scored by Paul Lovering using his left foot from the penalty spot to the bottom right of the goal.
22:19
Substitution for Brechin City: Bryan Hodge on for Charlie King
22:52
Foul on Bryan Hodge
22:57
Free Kick taken by Jonny Lindsay from the left wing
23:09
Shot taken by Rory McKenzie using his left foot
23:19
Block taken by Grant Adam
25:23
Foul on Craig Molloy
25:27
Free Kick taken by Bryan Hodge from the right wing
25:40
Cross from Bryan Hodge
25:51
Save made by Grant Adam
26:31
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
28:36
Corner taken by Bryan Hodge using his left foot from the left byline
28:54
Clearance by Paul Lovering
29:10
Shot taken by Bryan Hodge with his right foot from the centre penalty area
29:19
Block taken by Grant Adam
30:50
Shot taken by Bryan Hodge from the right six yard line
30:50
Airdrieonians 3 - 1 Brechin City
GOAL scored by Bryan Hodge from the right six yard line to the bottom right of the goal.
31:54
Foul on James Stevenson
31:59
Free Kick taken by James Stevenson
32:08
Shot taken by Derek Holmes from the centre penalty area
32:20
Block taken by Craig Nelson
32:31
Offside flag raised against Rory McKenzie
32:33
Free Kick taken by Euan McNeil
33:46
Cross from Jonny Lindsay
33:59
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
34:32
Foul on Craig Molloy
34:35
Free Kick taken by Craig Molloy from the right wing
35:08
Shot taken by Bryan Hodge using his left foot
35:24
Block taken by Grant Adam
35:59
Corner taken by James Stevenson with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
37:18
Shot taken by Bryan Hodge using his left foot from the centre penalty area
37:31
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
38:15
Shot taken by Bryan Hodge using his left foot from the centre penalty area
38:34
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
38:52
Foul on Ryan Donnelly
39:09
Free Kick taken by Paul Lovering
41:25
Cross from Bryan Hodge
41:30
Block taken by Grant Adam
41:44
Offside flag raised against Ryan Donnelly
41:45
Free Kick taken by Craig Nelson
42:17
Shot taken by Paul McManus using his left foot from the centre penalty area
42:32
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
44:05
Shot taken by Nathan Blockley with his right foot from the centre penalty area
44:16
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
44:27
Foul on Craig Molloy
44:30
Free Kick taken by Garry Brady
Half Time
Airdrieonians 3 - 1 Brechin City
Second Half Started
Airdrieonians 3 - 1 Brechin City
45:16
Foul on Craig Molloy
45:23
Free Kick taken by Garry Brady
45:30
Corner taken by Bryan Hodge with his right foot from the right byline
49:20
Corner taken by Rory McKenzie using his left foot from the left byline
50:22
Shot taken by Rory McKenzie from the centre penalty area
50:42
Foul on Garry Brady
50:48
Free Kick taken by Paul McLean
53:50
Corner taken by Bryan Hodge with his right foot from the right byline
53:53
Shot taken by Rory McKenzie with his right foot
54:06
Block taken by Grant Adam
54:29
Clearance by David Lilley
54:33
Foul on Garry Brady
54:39
Free Kick taken by Garry Brady
56:20
Offside flag raised against Paul McManus
56:22
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
57:26
Offside flag raised against Paul McManus
57:27
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
58:47
BOOKING: Paul McManus of Brechin City given yellow card for dissent
59:36
Offside flag raised against Ryan Donnelly
59:38
Free Kick taken by Bryan Hodge
60:05
BOOKING: Gerard McLauchlan of Brechin City given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
62:37
Corner taken by James Stevenson with his right foot from the left byline
63:39
Corner taken by Bryan Hodge with his right foot from the right byline
64:08
Clearance by James Stevenson
64:39
Corner taken by Bryan Hodge using his left foot from the right byline
64:55
Clearance by Paul Lovering
65:41
Corner taken by Rory McKenzie with his right foot from the right byline
65:58
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
66:49
Foul on William McLaren
66:58
Free Kick taken by William McLaren
68:40
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
68:44
Substitution for Airdrieonians: Jamie Bain on for James Stevenson
72:38
Foul on Craig Molloy
72:49
Free Kick taken by Bryan Hodge from the left wing
73:03
Shot taken by Ewan Moyes with his right foot from the left wing
73:13
Save made by Grant Adam
73:23
Offside flag raised against Ryan Donnelly
73:27
Free Kick taken by Paul McLean
73:45
Substitution for Brechin City: James Lister on for Paul McManus
75:29
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
75:56
Shot taken by Ryan Donnelly using his left foot from the centre penalty area
76:08
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
77:14
Foul on Paul McLean
77:44
BOOKING: Nathan Blockley of Airdrieonians given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
77:49
Free Kick taken by Garry Brady
80:19
Offside flag raised against David McKenna
80:21
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
80:28
Substitution for Airdrieonians: Scott Sally on for Ryan Donnelly
81:11
Shot taken by Kieron Stallard with his right foot
82:21
Foul on James Lister
82:30
Free Kick taken by Garry Brady from the left wing
83:03
Shot taken by Garry Brady with his right foot
83:15
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
83:51
Substitution for Airdrieonians: Liam Watt on for William McLaren
85:35
Shot taken by Derek Holmes using his left foot from the centre penalty area
85:35
Airdrieonians 4 - 1 Brechin City
GOAL scored by Derek Holmes using his left foot from the centre penalty area to the top right of the goal.
86:51
Offside flag raised against James Lister
86:53
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
88:47
Foul on Scott Sally
88:55
Free Kick taken by Paul Lovering from the left wing
90:00+1:14
Foul on Ewan Moyes
90:00+1:19
Free Kick taken by Ewan Moyes
90:00+3:51
Shot taken by Derek Holmes using his left foot
Full Time
Airdrieonians 4 - 1 Brechin City

Airdrieonians

vs

Brechin City

4
Goals
1
2
Assists
1
9
Shots
13
4
On Target
8
5
Off Target
5
0
Crosses
3
2
Corners
9
20
Throw Ins
18
3
Saves
0
4
Clearances
0
9
Goal Kicks
4
7
Blocks
1
11
Free Kicks
16
3
Offside
6
1
Penalties
0
1
Yellow Cards
2

Airdrieonians

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Grant Adam
02.Euan McNeil
03.Paul Lovering
04.Cameron MacDonald
04.Kieron Stallard
05.David Lilley
07.James Stevenson 69+0' Tactical
08.Nathan Blockley (78+0: Unsporting behaviour)
11.William McLaren 84+0' Tactical
09.Derek Holmes
10.Ryan Donnelly 81+0' Tactical

Substitutes

17.Andrew Duncan
12.Jamie Bain 69+0' Tactical
16.Ricki Lamie
15.Liam Watt 84+0' Tactical
16.Scott Sally 81+0' Tactical

Brechin City

Formation: 4-2-3-1

01.Craig Nelson
02.Paul McLean
03.Gerard McLauchlan (61+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Ewan Moyes
05.Jonny Lindsay
06.Gary Fusco
07.Garry Brady
08.Craig Molloy
09.Rory McKenzie
10.Charlie King 23+0' Injury
11.Paul McManus (59+0: Dissent) 74+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.David Scott
13.Scot Buist
14.Bryan Hodge 23+0' Injury
15.David McKenna
16.James Lister 74+0' Tactical

Lovering lift for Diamonds

Airdrie welcome back captain Paul Lovering from suspension as they welcome Brechin in the Scottish Second Division.

Lovering has completed a two-game ban and can boost the Diamonds as they look to continue their five-match winning run.

Midfielder Sean Lynch is unavailable after being sent off in last week's 3-0 win at Stenhousemuir, with manager Jimmy Boyle reporting that he has no injury worries to contend with.

He said: "We have the ownership of a play-off place just now and the best way to keep hold of it is to keep winning games.

"We have not beaten Brechin this season and this would be a terrific game to do it in.

"Not only would we pick up another three points we make it harder for one of the teams chasing to catch us."

Brechin will miss defender Mick Dunlop through suspension.

Glebe Park boss Jim Weir has ruled out David McClune and Derek Carcary, with top goalscorer Paul McManus (knee) rated as doubtful.

Weir said: "If Paul does not make it we are down to the bare bones squad-wise, but whoever plays will know that a win is a must.

"We defeated Airdrie at their place back in December but I recognise that they are probably the most improved side in this division since then.

"We have to win this game and the next three to have any chance of extending our season into the play-offs."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 33 37 66
2 Arbroath 33 25 59
3 Dumbarton 33 -4 49
4 Airdrieonians 33 7 48
5 Up Stenhousemuir 33 3 45
6 Down East Fife 33 1 45
7 Brechin City 33 -12 40
8 Forfar Athletic 33 -16 36
9 Albion Rovers 33 -18 36
10 Stirling Albion 33 -23 31

Updated 14/04/2012 at 16:57

 
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