Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2009-2010 : Airdrie United

Sat, 22nd Aug 2009 Kick Off: 15:00

Dunfermline 2 Airdrie United 0

Saturday, 22nd Aug 2009

Pars go top. Referee, appropriately named Law, causes 14 minute match delay. Bayne nets in 19 (1-0). Trialist og in 58 (2-0)

Dunfermline v Airdrie

From the Dunfermline team that started at Greenock the previous Saturday, David Graham was missing through injury but that made way for Joe Cardle to come in to face his old club. Airdrie United brought in Frankie Lagana and fielded a trialist yet again.

Dunfermline kicked off towards the CCW East Stand and immediately took the game to their opponents. The early part of the match was played in the visitors` half  with Cardle receiving a special welcome from the 200 Airdrie fans.  Stephen Robertson was tested with a big ball into the box from Calum Woods but then after only 2 minutes 50 seconds Referee Anthony Law blew up for a calf injury to himself.  Gerry Docherty offered treatment but Mr Law had to be carried off by the Dunfermline physio and Paul Lovering.

Referee Anthony Law is carried off

An announcement went out appealing for an SFA registered referee that might be in the stadium and someone did emerge from the North West Stand to be ushered to the officials changing room. In the event there were three volunteers and the crowd were informed that indeed there would be a stand in linesman and the match would continue as soon as possible.  After Midlothian geography teacher, Joe Moore was stripped for action the match restarted 14 minutes later.

The match had only gone another 30 seconds when John Baird broke through on the left and Greg Fleming had to pull off a save to send the ball behind for a corner. Bobby Donnelly got his head on that and fortunately Fleming held the on target.

It was effectively the ninth minute of play when Marc Smyth miscued a clearance and Cardle was allowed to shoot from 25 yards out but his effort went over the crossbar. Lovering tipped Gibson on the edge of the box presenting the Pars with a free kick 15 yards out from the byeline.  Burke took it short to Gibson but his low drive came out off the defence.

Willie Gibson v Airdrie

In 15 minutes Gibson won a corner on the right, Burke sent that in but Higgins header was cleared by the trialist, Gibson and Kirk worked well to win a 19th minute corner on the right.  Again Burke took responsibility and this time his delivery dropped inside the six yard box at the near post. There was a crowd of players there but Graham BAYNE forced the ball over the line to open the scoring.

Dunfermline score 1-0

A chance was coming the way of Steven Bell from a Gibson cross but the defence intercepted before the tall midfielder could convert. Then Burke spread a fine pass out to Cardle in front of the Airdrie fans in the North East Stand but although he beat his man the Pars couldn`t make it tell.  Indeed Frankie Lagana produced the next chance bringing Fleming into play again to prevent the breakthrough on the right bringing an equaliser.

In 32 minutes Kevin McDonald was shown yellow after the stand in linesman pointed out an offence to the referee.  Lovering followed three minutes later after he blocked out Kirk on the right side. Gibson flighted the ball in from the free kick and Lovering was there to head behind.

Maybe it was because this was just a "Provisional" fixture given Livingston`s appeal but the first half lacked a cutting edge.  Dunfermline went in ahead but still the half time talk would be all about the injury to the referee.

Half Time: Dunfermline 1 Airdrie United 0

Dunfermline v Airdrie

Baird ran into Higgins within the first 20 seconds of the second half, winning a free kick that Scott McLauchlin hit on target but safely into the arms of Fleming.  Fleming next had to race out to kick the ball off the toes of Baird and as Airdrie comforted themselves in the Dunfermline half Cardle broke out of defence to dispatch a great ball that sent Gibson down the right.  The ex Killie man`s cross into the box was heading for a Pars boot until Trouten nipped in to touch the ball behind.

The Pars kept up the pressure with Cardle robbing a defender to set up Gibson and then Cardle popping a shot over the bar from the edge of the box.  A 52nd minute cross from Gibson was headed behind by Donnelly to give the Pars another corner. Airdrie served notice that they were still in the fight with McLauchlin forcing his way into the Pars box but somehow his shot could not be netted by Lagana on six yards.

Cardle had a good chance from a Gibson pass but unfortunately he drove the ball straight at the keeper. The introduction of another trialist for Airdrie in 57th minute made an immediate impact.  Unluckliy for him he made the headlines for scoring the most embarrassing of own goals with his first touch.  Bayne fed Woods out on the right wing and when he lofted the ball into the far side of the six yard box the TRIALIST (Tom Nolan)sunk a fine shot in off the left goalpost. Roars of laughter appropriately welcomed the strike.

Dunfermline v Airdrie

A diagonal ball from Bayne just ten yards into the Airdrie half picked out Andy Kirk on the right and he gained ground before releasing a fine shot that slipped beyond the far post. In 68 minutes Donnelly did remarkably well to prevent Kirk and Bayne just 15 yards out.  Somehow he wriggled the ball away and when Bell pounced on it he fired powerfully just wide of the left post.

Kirk and Bayne fail to get through the Airdrie defence

Austin McCann provided Dunfermline with a fine chance in 73 minutes but Cardle pulled his shot wide right and Bell could not accept the surprise chance at the far post.  An impressive surge forward by Phinn took the ball into the Airdrie box and his lay off to Cardle teed up a shot that was deflected over the top.

The Fifers were now comfortably in control and should have been taking more of their many chances. In 83 minutes Bell passed short to Bayne and the captain sent McDougall away down the right before being in the centre of the penalty box to shoot low on goal but Robertson held diving to his right.

Kevin Watt almost struck on the counterattack but Fleming came out to make a blocking save. The corner offered Airdrie another opportunity to salvage something but Lagana fired wide right.

Two goals were enough to secure the three points that put Dunfermline top of the First Division for the first time since they were relegated in 2007.  Now they just need to stay there.

DUNFERMLINE: Greg Fleming; Calum Woods, Neil McGregor, Chris Higgins, Austin McCann; Willie Gibson, Steven Bell, Alex Burke, Joe Cardle (Steven McDougall 79); Andy Kirk (Nick Phinn 68), Graham Bayne (c).
SUBS NOT USED: Andy Dowie, Scott Muirhead, Greg Paterson (GK)
SCORERS: Bayne (19), Trialist o.g. (58)
YELLOW CARD: Bayne (89)

AIRDRIE UNITED: Stephen Robertson; Darren Smith, Paul Lovering (B Trialist 57), Marc Smyth, Kevin McDonald, Bobby Donnelly, A Trialist, Alan Trouten (Kevin Watt 69), Scott McLauchlin, Frankie Lagana, John Baird (Fraser Keast 86).
SUBS NOT USED: Patrick McCabe, Lee Hollis (GK)
YELLOW CARD: McDonald (32), Lovering (35), Smyth (89)

REFEREE: Anthony Law (Brian Braidwood 3)
WEATHER: Sunny 19C
ATTENDANCE 2834

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Preview Airdrie United

Wednesday, 19th Aug 2009

With a 1-1 draw the Pars failed to beat Airdrie in the January fixture at home and the return in Lanarkshire in April had a similar score line.

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Steven Bell v Airdrie United

Dunfermline welcome Kenny Black`s Airdrie United side to East End Park on Saturday.  Somewhat of a surprise to both but with Livingston relegated to the Third Division, for the second successive season the Lanarkshire club have had their own relegation reversed because of happenings off the park.  After losing out on promotion in the play offs at the end of last season to Ayr, Airdrie United were preparing for life in the Second Division.  Last year it was the demise of Gretna that made room for them to avoid the drop and this year it is the Almondvale club who have made way for Airdrie United to be re-instated to the First Division. 

Pars v Airdrie: The Full League Record

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

At East End

48

20

17

11

81

76

At Airdrie

45

12

11

22

70

102

Division One (up to 1975)

42

19

6

17

83

90

Division Two (up to 1975)

12

1

3

8

24

42

Premier League (since 1975)

4

0

1

3

4

8

First Division (since 1975)

35

12

18

5

40

38

TOTALS

93

32

28

33

151

178

Exactly a year ago on 23rd August the sides played out a 0-0 draw at East End Park but in November last year Dunfermline recorded a fine 3-1 win at New Broomfield.  With a 1-1 draw the Pars failed to beat Airdrie in the January fixture at home and the return in Lanarkshire in April had a similar score line.  There was a happier outcome in February`s Homecoming Scottish Cup tie with Graham Bayne`s 73rd minute strike earning his team a 2-1 win at Airdrie.

The only other previous meetings have been the 4-3 defeat at East End Park in the 2005-2006 Scottish Cup in and the 2-0 Challenge Cup win in Lanarkshire last season.

Rory Loy v Airdrie United

Dunfermline Airdrie United
Current League Position
4 9
League Results
LW LD
League Points
3 1
Goal Difference
+1 -1
Home/Away Record
P2, W1, D0, L1 P2, W0, D1, L1

So far in this season`s league Airdrie have drawn one and lost one. After the disappointment of Tuesday night and the opening league fixture at East End Park, Dunfermline will want to record a victory for their home fans. As we keep being reminded, there are no easy matches in the First Division and on last season`s form matches between Dunfermline and Airdrie United certainly prove that. Both sides faced Queen of the South last time out; Airdrie drew at home, Dunfermline lost at home but Saturday is a different day and hopefully a different result for the Pars.

  Recent Form
   Dunfermline       Airdrie United 
  Queen of the South (H) L 1-2  Queen of the South (H) D 1-1
  Morton (A) W 2-0   Ross County (A) L 1-2
  Inverness CT (H) L 0-1   Alloa Athletic (H) D 0-0
  Dumbarton (A) W 5-0   Partick Thistle (H) L 0-1
  Arbroath (H) W 2-1   

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v QOS):  Greg Fleming; Calum Woods, Andy Dowie, Austin McCann (c), Scott Muirhead; Willie Gibson, Graeme Holmes (Steven Bell 63), Nick Phinn, Joe Cardle (Paul Willis 71); Andy Kirk, Steven McDougall (Jordan White 83).
SUBS NOT USED: Greg Paterson (GK), Greg Ross,

AIRDRIE UNITED (v QOS): Stephen Robertson; Darren Smith, Paul Lovering, Kevin McDonald, Bobby Donnelly, A Trialist, Alan Trouten (B Trialist 77), Scott McLauchlin, Paul Keegan (Kevin Watt 76), John Baird, Ricky Waddell (Scott Gemmill 51)
SUBS NOT USED: Patrick McCabe, Lee Hollis (GK)

Referee will be Anthony Law.

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