Airdrieonians 2 - 0 East Fife

Saturday 28th April 2012
S Lynch (51)
J Bain (88)

Airdrie close in on play-offs

Two second-half goals moved Airdrie a step closer to the Scottish Second Division play-off places with a crucial 2-0 win over East Fife.

Both sides were on level points going into the game but failed to take advantage of good opportunities in a goalless first half.

Defender David White could only head Robert Sloan's corner straight at Grant Adam after 14 minutes for the visitors while Scott Morton missed the target with a 31st-minute volley from inside the area for Jimmy Boyle's side.

The deadlock was broken six minutes into the second half when Sean Lynch found the top corner with a left-footed effort from the edge of the area.

Substitute Jamie Bain then confirmed the home side's victory with a right-footed strike two minutes from time.

OfficialJohn Beaton
Attendance1,223
VenueExcelsior Stadium
Kick Off
Airdrieonians 0 - 0 East Fife
0:25
Corner taken by Robert Sloan using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
1:02
Clearance by Kieron Stallard
4:17
Corner taken by Robert Sloan using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
4:41
Clearance by Derek Holmes
6:40
Goal Kick taken by Michael Brown
7:47
Corner taken by Robert Sloan using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
8:19
Clearance by Paul Lovering
13:02
Corner taken by Robert Sloan using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
13:23
Shot taken by David White from the right penalty area
13:33
Save made by Grant Adam
17:27
Shot taken by William McLaren with his right foot
17:43
Save made by Michael Brown
19:10
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
20:50
Corner taken by William McLaren using his left foot from the right byline going out of play
21:19
Corner taken by William McLaren using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
21:29
Save made by Michael Brown
22:00
Foul on James Stevenson
22:06
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
23:49
Foul on James Stevenson
23:57
Free Kick taken by Kieron Stallard
27:14
Substitution for Airdrieonians: John Boyle on for Derek Holmes
30:18
Foul on James Stevenson
30:36
Free Kick taken by Sean Lynch
31:11
Shot taken by Scott Morton with his right foot from the centre penalty area
31:26
Goal Kick taken by Michael Brown
32:14
Foul on Scott Dalziel
32:19
Free Kick taken by Darren Smith
33:42
Shot taken by Paul McQuade with his right foot
33:53
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
36:56
Shot taken by James Stevenson using his left foot
37:14
Goal Kick taken by Michael Brown
37:21
Hand Ball taken by Cameron MacDonald
37:23
Free Kick taken by Darren Smith
37:38
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
39:47
Corner taken by James Stevenson with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
40:16
Foul on David White
40:26
Free Kick taken by Michael Brown
41:15
Foul on Paul McQuade
41:26
Free Kick taken by David White
41:42
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
43:15
Corner taken by John Boyle using his left foot from the right byline short of the target
43:49
Foul on James Stevenson
43:57
BOOKING: Craig Johnstone of East Fife given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
44:23
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
Half Time
Airdrieonians 0 - 0 East Fife
Second Half Started
Airdrieonians 0 - 0 East Fife
45:38
Goal Kick taken by Michael Brown
46:14
Hand Ball taken by Nathan Blockley
46:25
Free Kick taken by David White
47:48
Foul on David Lilley
47:54
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
50:47
Shot taken by Sean Lynch using his left foot from the centre penalty area
50:47
Airdrieonians 1 - 0 East Fife
GOAL scored by Sean Lynch using his left foot from the centre penalty area to the top right of the goal.
52:03
BOOKING: Scott Durie of East Fife given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
54:43
Offside flag raised against Scott Dalziel
54:44
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
57:42
Foul on Scott Dalziel
57:54
Free Kick taken by Scott Durie
58:33
Shot taken by Scott Morton with his right foot from the centre penalty area
58:50
Goal Kick taken by Michael Brown
60:30
Foul on Cameron MacDonald
60:37
BOOKING: Scott Dalziel of East Fife given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
60:50
Free Kick taken by David Lilley from the left wing
61:08
Corner taken by James Stevenson with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
61:44
Goal Kick taken by Michael Brown
63:29
Corner taken by James Stevenson with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
63:55
Clearance by David White
64:02
Corner taken by William McLaren using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
64:27
Substitution for East Fife: Steven Hislop on for Craig Johnstone
65:02
Goal Kick taken by Michael Brown
66:10
Foul on Steven Hislop
66:17
Free Kick taken by Michael Brown
66:54
Foul on Paul McQuade
67:00
BOOKING: David Lilley of Airdrieonians given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
67:15
Free Kick taken by Robert Sloan
67:36
Shot taken by Robert Sloan using his left foot
68:01
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
69:03
Substitution for East Fife: Neil Janczyk on for Robert Sloan
70:18
Foul on David Lilley
70:25
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
71:36
Foul on Steven Hislop
71:47
Free Kick taken by Darren Smith
72:20
Offside flag raised against Scott Morton
72:21
Free Kick taken by Steven Campbell
72:37
Shot taken by Scott Dalziel with his right foot
72:49
Save made by Grant Adam
74:03
Foul on Darren Smith
74:15
Free Kick taken by Paul McQuade
74:48
Corner taken by Neil Janczyk using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
75:02
Clearance by Paul Lovering
75:43
Foul on Neil Janczyk
75:49
Free Kick taken by Neil Janczyk
76:23
Foul on Paul Lovering
76:36
Substitution for Airdrieonians: Jamie Bain on for Scott Morton
77:12
Free Kick taken by Paul Lovering
79:48
Shot taken by David Muir from the centre penalty area
80:05
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
80:35
Foul on Steven Hislop
80:43
Free Kick taken by Neil Janczyk
80:57
Shot taken by Scott Dalziel from the centre penalty area
81:10
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
83:23
Foul on David Lilley
83:29
BOOKING: Paul McQuade of East Fife given yellow card for dissent
84:22
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
85:23
Foul on Andrew Cook
85:29
Free Kick taken by Neil Janczyk from the left wing
85:41
Cross from Neil Janczyk
85:44
Save made by Grant Adam
86:10
Foul on Darren Smith
86:16
Free Kick taken by Steven Campbell
87:39
Shot taken by Jamie Bain with his right foot
87:39
Airdrieonians 2 - 0 East Fife
GOAL scored by Jamie Bain with his right foot to the top right of the goal.
89:53
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
90:00+0:45
DISMISSAL: William McLaren of Airdrieonians sent off for violent conduct
90:00+1:12
DISMISSAL: David White of East Fife sent off for violent conduct
Full Time
Airdrieonians 2 - 0 East Fife

Airdrieonians

vs

East Fife

2
Goals
0
1
Assists
0
6
Shots
6
3
On Target
2
3
Off Target
4
0
Crosses
1
7
Corners
5
14
Throw Ins
12
3
Saves
2
4
Clearances
1
8
Goal Kicks
7
10
Free Kicks
15
1
Offside
1
2
Hand Balls
0
1
Yellow Cards
4
1
Red Cards
1

Airdrieonians

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Grant Adam
03.Paul Lovering
04.Kieron Stallard
04.Cameron MacDonald
05.David Lilley (67+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Sean Lynch
07.James Stevenson
08.Nathan Blockley
11.William McLaren (90+1: Violent Conduct)
09.Derek Holmes 28+0' Injury
15.Scott Morton 77+0' Tactical

Substitutes

17.Andrew Duncan
12.Jamie Bain 77+0' Tactical
16.Ricki Lamie
15.Liam Watt
16.John Boyle 28+0' Injury

East Fife

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Michael Brown
02.Scott Durie (53+0: Unsporting behaviour)
03.David White (90+2: Violent Conduct)
04.Darren Smith
05.Andrew Cook
06.Craig Johnstone (44+0: Unsporting behaviour) 65+0' Tactical
07.Steven Campbell
08.David Muir
09.Robert Sloan 70+0' Tactical
10.Scott Dalziel (61+0: Unsporting behaviour)
11.Paul McQuade (84+0: Dissent)

Substitutes

12.Andrew Collier
13.John Ovenstone
14.Darren McCormack
15.Neil Janczyk 70+0' Tactical
16.Steven Hislop 65+0' Tactical

Adam poised to start

Airdrie's Scotland Under-21 goalkeeper Grant Adam will start against promotion rivals East Fife after recovering from a face injury.

Adam was carried off while appearing for the Under-21s in against Italy in midweek, but has returned to full training since and will play and midfielder Sean Lynch returns from a two-game ban.

But top goalscorer Ryan Donnelly is suspended and Ewan McNeil and Graeme Owens are both missing through injury.

Manager Jimmy Boyle said: "This will not be a game for the faint-hearted as a win is crucial for both sides.

"They're a good team and we've not beaten them this season, so this would be a perfect time to put that right."

East Fife manager Gordon Durie was looking forward to travelling to Airdrie with a full-strength squad until two players picked up knocks in training on Thursday.

Durie was not willing to give Diamonds boss Jimmy Boyle any clues as to their identity, saying only: "It will be late on Saturday lunchtime before I know if these guys will be available.

"They're both major players and I don't wish to name them for what is a crucial game.

"The two sides have done well to claw themselves into the play-off race in the last quarter of the season.

"I'm sure that like us, Airdrie will be very determined to win this game and be in a good place for the final weekend."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 35 39 70
2 Arbroath 35 23 60
3 Dumbarton 35 -2 55
4 Airdrieonians 35 8 51
5 Stenhousemuir 35 6 51
6 East Fife 35 0 48
7 Brechin City 35 -13 41
8 Up Forfar Athletic 35 -14 39
9 Down Albion Rovers 35 -22 37
10 Stirling Albion 35 -25 31

Updated 28/04/2012 at 17:02

 
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