Arbroath 2 - 2 Airdrieonians

Wednesday 29th February 2012
K Gibson (9, 42)D Holmes (49)
J Boyle (78)

United battle back to dent Arbroath

Airdrie came back from two goals down to earn a point in a 2-2 draw which dented Arbroath's Second Division title hopes.

The hosts started strongly and went ahead in the ninth minute when Keith Gibson converted Paul Sheerin's corner and he almost doubled his tally a minute later but was stopped by a fantastic save from Andrew Duncan.

Gibson was not to be denied, though, in the 40th minute when he got on the end of Gavin Swankie's free-kick to double the lead.

But it was a different story after the break and Derek Holmes scored his third goal of the season from close range in the 48th minute.

United continued to push and they were rewarded with 13 minutes remaining when John Boyle reacted first to Holmes' knock down to scramble in the leveller.

OfficialBrian Colvin
Attendance728
VenueGayfield Park
Kick Off
Arbroath 0 - 0 Airdrieonians
1:15
Offside flag raised against Ryan Donnelly
1:20
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
2:47
Foul on Lee Sibanda
2:53
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie
3:50
Cross from Beau Busch
3:52
Save made by Andrew Duncan
4:22
Foul on Derek Holmes
4:27
Free Kick taken by Nathan Blockley
4:58
Shot taken by Graeme Owens with his right foot
5:45
Offside flag raised against William McLaren
5:47
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
6:34
Foul on Jamie Bain
6:39
Free Kick taken by David Lilley
7:48
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline
8:09
Clearance by William McLaren
8:18
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin with his right foot from the right byline
8:54
Shot taken by Keith Gibson from the centre penalty area
8:54
Arbroath 1 - 0 Airdrieonians
GOAL scored by Keith Gibson from the centre penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
10:02
Shot taken by Keith Gibson with his right foot
10:17
Save made by Andrew Duncan
12:24
Offside flag raised against Gavin Swankie
12:29
Free Kick taken by Andrew Duncan
13:17
Goal Kick taken by Andrew Duncan
13:45
Shot taken by Jamie Bain with his right foot
14:27
Shot taken by Keith Gibson with his right foot
15:41
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline
16:05
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline
16:29
Foul on Paul Lovering
16:51
Free Kick taken by Andrew Duncan
17:11
Foul on Derek Holmes
17:15
Free Kick taken by Nathan Blockley
21:33
Foul on Lee Sibanda
21:42
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
22:29
Corner taken by William McLaren with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
23:23
Shot taken by Paul Sheerin with his right foot
23:29
Save made by Andrew Duncan
23:33
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the right byline
26:11
Foul on Graeme Owens
26:19
Free Kick taken by Cameron McDonald
27:48
Foul on Gavin Swankie
27:53
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
28:04
Cross from Kieran McAnespie
32:15
Foul on Keith Gibson
32:22
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
32:29
Cross from Kieran McAnespie
34:10
Foul on Steven Doris
34:17
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie
34:51
Shot taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot
35:41
Goal Kick taken by Andrew Duncan
38:23
Goal Kick taken by Andrew Duncan
39:38
Foul on Kieran McAnespie
39:45
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
40:12
Foul on Gavin Swankie
40:27
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie
40:57
Cross from Gavin Swankie
41:01
Shot taken by Keith Gibson with his right foot from the centre penalty area
41:01
Arbroath 2 - 0 Airdrieonians
GOAL scored by Keith Gibson with his right foot from the centre penalty area going centre low of the goal.
42:25
BOOKING: David Lilley of Airdrieonians given yellow card for dissent
43:57
Shot taken by Lee Sibanda with his right foot
44:06
Save made by Andrew Duncan
44:19
Corner taken by William McLaren using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
44:33
Clearance by Keith Gibson
Half Time
Arbroath 2 - 0 Airdrieonians
45:01
Substitution for Airdrieonians: Ricki Lamie on for Kieron Stallard
Second Half Started
Arbroath 2 - 0 Airdrieonians
45:36
Foul on Lee Sibanda
45:55
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
47:34
Foul on Ryan Donnelly
47:39
Free Kick taken by William McLaren
47:49
Cross from William McLaren
47:50
Clearance by Stuart Malcolm
48:05
Shot taken by Derek Holmes with his right foot from the centre penalty area
48:05
Arbroath 2 - 1 Airdrieonians
GOAL scored by Derek Holmes with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
52:45
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie using his left foot from the left byline
53:03
Clearance by David Lilley
53:08
Cross from Gavin Swankie
54:47
Offside flag raised against Gavin Swankie
54:48
Free Kick taken by Andrew Duncan
55:20
Corner taken by William McLaren with his right foot from the right byline
55:53
Save made by Darren Hill
55:57
Corner taken by William McLaren using his left foot from the right byline
56:13
Clearance by Stuart Malcolm
56:18
Cross from William McLaren
56:24
Shot taken by William McLaren with his right foot from the centre penalty area
57:37
Offside flag raised against Steven Doris
57:39
Free Kick taken by Andrew Duncan
58:02
Corner taken by William McLaren using his left foot from the right byline
58:17
Save made by Darren Hill
58:20
Corner taken by William McLaren using his left foot from the right byline
58:38
Save made by Darren Hill
58:45
Shot taken by David Lilley from the centre penalty area
60:36
Corner taken by William McLaren using his left foot from the right byline
60:48
Clearance by Stuart Malcolm
61:42
Foul on Steven Doris
61:49
Free Kick taken by Brian Kerr
63:16
BOOKING: Paul Lovering of Airdrieonians given yellow card for dissent
65:23
Foul on Paul Lovering
65:28
Free Kick taken by Paul Lovering
65:35
Substitution for Arbroath: Liam Caddis on for Lee Sibanda
66:33
Shot taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot
66:43
Save made by Andrew Duncan
67:22
Shot taken by Ryan Donnelly with his right foot
67:31
Save made by Darren Hill
69:21
Foul on Chris Innes
69:26
Free Kick taken by Stuart Malcolm
73:56
Corner taken by William McLaren with his right foot from the right byline
74:33
Substitution for Airdrieonians: John Boyle on for Graeme Owens
75:39
Shot taken by Steven Doris with his right foot
75:45
Save made by Andrew Duncan
75:49
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline
76:08
Save made by Andrew Duncan
76:33
Shot taken by Stuart Malcolm from the centre penalty area
77:31
Shot taken by John Boyle with his right foot from the right penalty area
77:31
Arbroath 2 - 2 Airdrieonians
GOAL scored by John Boyle with his right foot from the right penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
79:46
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline
79:59
Clearance by David Lilley
80:05
Foul on Liam Caddis
80:10
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin
81:31
Offside flag raised against Steven Doris
81:50
Free Kick taken by Andrew Duncan
82:07
Foul on Gavin Swankie
82:13
Free Kick taken by Beau Busch
83:22
Shot taken by Liam Caddis with his right foot from the centre penalty area
83:28
Save made by Andrew Duncan
85:29
Foul on Gavin Swankie
85:36
Free Kick taken by Brian Kerr
87:02
BOOKING: Keith Gibson of Arbroath given yellow card for dissent
87:07
Substitution for Airdrieonians: Phillip Johnston on for Nathan Blockley
88:21
BOOKING: Stuart Malcolm of Arbroath given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
88:43
Foul on William McLaren
88:49
Free Kick taken by William McLaren
90:00+0:42
Foul on Stuart Malcolm
90:00+0:47
Free Kick taken by Brian Kerr
90:00+2:38
Offside flag raised against Steven Doris
90:00+2:41
Free Kick taken by David Lilley
90:00+3:13
BOOKING: Steven Doris of Arbroath given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
90:00+3:29
BOOKING: Ricki Lamie of Airdrieonians given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
Full Time
Arbroath 2 - 2 Airdrieonians

Arbroath

vs

Airdrieonians

2
Goals
2
2
Assists
1
11
Shots
7
7
On Target
3
4
Off Target
4
5
Crosses
2
8
Corners
8
24
Throw Ins
15
4
Saves
8
4
Clearances
3
0
Goal Kicks
3
16
Free Kicks
13
5
Offside
2
3
Yellow Cards
3

Arbroath

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Darren Hill
02.Beau Busch
03.Stuart Malcolm (89+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Chris Innes
05.Kieran McAnespie
06.Lee Sibanda 66+0' Tactical
07.Brian Kerr
08.Keith Gibson (88+0: Dissent)
09.Paul Sheerin
10.Gavin Swankie
11.Steven Doris (90+4: Unsporting behaviour)

Substitutes

12.Michael White
13.Craig Wedderburn
14.Liam Caddis 66+0' Tactical
15.Jake Mair
16.Kieran McWalter

Airdrieonians

Formation: 4-4-2

17.Andrew Duncan
02.Cameron McDonald
03.Paul Lovering (64+0: Dissent)
04.Kieron Stallard 45+0' Tactical
05.David Lilley (43+0: Dissent)
06.Jamie Bain
07.Graeme Owens 75+0' Tactical
08.Nathan Blockley 88+0' Tactical
09.William McLaren
10.Derek Holmes
11.Ryan Donnelly

Substitutes

12.Connor Fairley
13.Ricki Lamie (90+4: Unsporting behaviour) 45+0' Tactical
14.Phillip Johnston 88+0' Tactical
15.John Boyle 75+0' Tactical
16.Scott Sally

Midfield ace banned

Arbroath are without banned midfield ace Josh Falkingham as they look to top the Second Division by seeing off visitors Airdrie United at Gayfield.

The Red Lichties have injury concerns as well, with Mark Baxter, Collin Samuel and Jordan Elfverson ruled out. Manager Paul Sheerin has included youngster Jake Mair in his squad.

"We are down to pretty low numbers but things happen and you just have to get on with them," said Sheerin. "This will be a difficult game to win as Airdrie will be looking to hit back after a couple of recent disappointments."

"Going top would be nice but I do not view this as the biggest game of our season as every game between now and the end of the season could be massive."

Airdrie United goalkeeper Grant Adam and midfielder Sean Lynch will miss out against hosts Arbroath following their red cards against East Fife at the weekend.

The club had looked into Adam's dismissal for handling outside of the box, but the idea of an appeal was dropped when footage of the incident was unclear.

The Diamonds' resources could be stretched further as Keiron Stallard, Jamie Stevenson, Scott Sally and Fraser Keast are all struggling to be available due to injuries.

Defender Cameron MacDonald is available after a two-game ban, with manager Jimmy Boyle saying, "We have not found the net in our last couple of games which is not like us but hopefully we can put that right in a game that is usually played in a very open manner."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 25 31 52
2 Arbroath 26 26 51
3 Dumbarton 25 8 44
4 Stenhousemuir 25 1 34
5 East Fife 25 -6 33
6 Brechin City 25 -5 32
7 Airdrieonians 26 -7 29
8 Forfar Athletic 25 -13 26
9 Albion Rovers 25 -17 23
10 Stirling Albion 25 -18 23

Updated 29/02/2012 at 21:48