Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2009-2010 : Airdrie United

Tue, 9th Mar 2010 Kick Off: 19:45

Airdrie United 1 Dunfermline 1

Tuesday, 9th Mar 2010

One change in Pars starting XI; Phinn in place of Burke. Waddell goal in 24 put Airdrie 1-0 up. Gibson penalty (86) earns a draw

Dunfermline maintained their unbeaten league record against Airdrie United but it took a penalty kick conversion by Willie Gibson four minutes from time to save the team from defeat.

Both sides made one change from the starting elevens that faced up just three days before at East End Park.  Nick Phinn came in for Alex Burke and for the home side Paul Lovering replaced Kevin McDonald.

Apart from an Andy Kirk attempt in the second minute that went straight to keeper Stephen Robertson and a wild Calum Woods shot, the sides cancelled each other out until Kirk produced another shot in 14 minutes that Robertson parried away.

David Graham cut inside seven minutes later but his shot from 25 yards went high and wide. The home side struck however in 24 minutes with Ricky WADDELL hitting the net from 25 yards. His left footed shot travelled across the keeper and nestled in the right side of the Pars goal.

Things got a lot worse for Jim McIntyre three minutes later when Kirk went down in a tackle and required to be stretchered off. Willie Gibson came on and Graham was pushed upfront. Gibson soon had an opportunity from a free kick after Tom Parrott collected a yellow card for a foul on Joe Cardle. The free kick was driven high and wide however.

Neither keeper was tested before the first half ended after the four addeed minutes.

Half Time: Airdrie United 1 Dunfermline 0

There was some early hopes for the visitors at the start of the second period, Graham looked to latch on to a Bell pass but Robertson came out first. Phinn then put through Graham in 48 minutes but the Diamonds defence covered well. Then two minutes later Woods played an inviting ball into the centre of the opposition penalty box but there were no takers.

Dunfermline had further pressure with a Gibson free kick and then from a Bell challenge at a corner. Woods popped another shot from distance but was just off target and as the chances kept coming there was just no one to take them.

Eventually a penalty kick decision handed the Pars a lifeline. Sub Ross Campbell threaded the ball through for Steven Bell to run on to but the former Stirling Albion midfielder was fouled on the edge of the box by Paul Lovering and Referee Brian Winter pointed to the spot. Airdrie hotly disputed the decision before GIBSON stepped up and sent the ball sweetly into the right side of the net while Robertson went the other way.

There was relief in the Dunfermline camp. It was a match where they struggled in the first half, played better in the second while still being suspect to the counterattack. If there had been a presence in the Airdrie box there could well have been more goals.

AIRDRIE UNITED: Stephen Robertson; Tom Parratt (Bobby Donnelly 39), Paul Lovering, Marc Smyth, Simon Storey, Ricky Waddell, Ryan McCann (Frankie Lagana 72), Scott McLauchlin, Diarmund O`Carroll, Scott Gemmill, John Baird (Paul Keegan 85)
SUBS NOT USED: Kevin McDonald, Lee Hollis (GK)
SCORERS: Waddell (24)
YELLOW CARD: Parratt (34), Baird (45+4), Donnelly (84), Lagana (89), Smyth (90)

DUNFERMLINE: Greg Fleming; Calum Woods, Chris Higgins, Andy Dowie, Austin McCann (c); Steven Bell, Gary Mason, Nick Phinn (Ross Campbell 62); David Graham, Joe Cardle (Graeme Holmes 72) Andy Kirk (Willie Gibson 30).
SUBS NOT USED: Greg Ross, Greg Paterson (GK)
SCORERS: Gibson (86 pen)
YELLOW CARD: Gibson (44), Dowie (64), Bell (73), Graham (90 +3)

REFEREE: Brian Winter
WEATHER: Cool Dry 1°C
ATTENDANCE 703

NEXT MATCH: (home) SFL v Queen of the South
Saturday 13th March 2010, kick off 3.00pm

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Preview Airdrie United

Sunday, 7th Mar 2010

Tuesday 9

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ADMISSION PRICES
The original fixture on Boxing Day was snowed off on Christmas Eve so for the first time this season Dunfermline travel to face Airdrie United at the Excelsior Stadium.  In all their guises Dunfermline are one up on Airdrie with 34 wins (thanks to Saturday) to 33 wins.  28 games have been drawn. 

Pars v Airdrie: The Full League Record

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

At East End

50

22

17

11

85

76

At Broomfield

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)

37

14

18

5

44

38

TOTALS

95

34

28

33

155

178

Pars fans at Airdrie 17/02/09

Since they became Airdrie United the Diamonds have won only once - a 4-3 win in the very first meeting in the Scottish Cup on 2006.  Dunfermline won 2-0 in the first meeting earlier this season and by the same margin when the teams met at East End Park on Saturday.

Matches v Airdrie United

Date

H/A

F-A

Competition
06/03/10 H 2-0 Division One
22/08/09 H 2-0 Division One
04/04/09 A 1-1 Division One
17/02/09 A 2-1 Scottish Cup
17/01/09 A 1-1 Division One
04/11/08 A 3-1 Division One
23/08/08 H 0-0 Division One
18/09/07 A 2-0 Challenge Cup
07/01/06 H 3-4 Scottish Cup

Steven Bell v Airdrie United

Airdrie are seven points behind the Pars but they have taken nine points from the last six matches while the Pars have managed only four. 

Airdrie United DDunfermlinene
Current League Position
10 6
Last Six League Results
DLWLLL DLWDLW
League Points
11 33
Goal Difference
-23 +5
Home/Away Record
P9, W1, D3, L5 P12, W5, D3, L4

Andy Kirk v Airdrie United

Airdrie United have won only once at home in the league this season, a 2-0 win over Ayr United but they registered a fine 4-0 cup win over Queen of the South at the end of November.  They are well behind in home league fixtures and their statistics could be hiding behind lack of games.

The Pars have as good an away record as a home one.  They will be hoping to add to their five away league wins.

   Recent Form this season - home / away
  Airdrie United (home)  

 

 

 

  Dunfermline (away)
  Raith Rovers L 1-3   Morton W 2-0
  Inverness Caley Th L 0-1   Ross County D 2-2
  Partick Thistle L 2-5   Stenhousemuir W 2-1
  Queen of the South W 4-0   Partick Thistle W 4-1
  Morton L 2-4   Dundee L 2-3
  Ayr United W 3-1   Ayr United L 0-1

Dunfermline equalise v Airdrie United

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Airdrie United): Greg Fleming; Calum Woods, Chris Higgins, Andy Dowie, Austin McCann (c); Steven Bell, Gary Mason, Alex Burke (Nick Phinn 77); David Graham, Joe Cardle (Willie Gibson 72); Andy Kirk (Steven McDougall 83).
SUBS: Scott Muirhead, Greg Paterson (GK)
YELLOW CARD: Graham (51), Bell (68), Mason (88)
SCORER: Kirk (53 pen), Bell (87)

AIRDRIE UNITED (v Dunfermline): Stephen Robertson; Tom Parratt,  Marc Smyth, Simon Storey, Ricky Waddell, Ryan McCann (Frankie Lagana 77), Kevin McDonald (Paul Keegan 77), Scott McLauchlin, Diarmund O`Carroll, Scott Gemmill, John Baird.
SUBS: Bobby Donnelly, Kevin Watt, Lee Hollis (GK)
YELLOW CARD: Smyth (51), Robertson (52), O`Carroll (81)

Referee for the match will be 42 year old fireman, Brian Winter.

Graham Bayne and Greg Ross v Airdrie United

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