Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 1999-2000 : Airdrie

Sat, 14th Aug 1999 Kick Off: 15:00

Airdrie 2 Dunfermline 2

Sunday, 15th Aug 1999

SFL First Division: Dunfermline travelled to North Lanarkshire for their first fixture at the Shyberry Excelsior, home of their old adversities Airdrie. An unchanged side despite the midweek set back against Morton.

Dick Campbell is continually warning that there are no easy games in this League and on this performance there will no easy rides. The Pars fans emotions took to the highs and lows as the Pars twice took the lead and top of the league, only to let Airdrie back in.

Eight minutes into the match a Scott Thomson corner swung in from the left Andy Tod headed it down and Owen COYLE opened the account This lead was lasted all of 8 minutes before Chris McGroarty got caught in possession at the back and the ball was forced out for a throw in on our right flank. Greg Shields took the throw but the Dunfermline players froze as the ball bounced into the penalty box and allowed Allan MOORE to poke the ball over keeper Ian Westwater.

Scott Thomson`s 21st minute drive came back off his namesakes right hand post Smithy hit it at the keeper but Owen COYLE stuck the ball in the net to restore the lead. Andy Tod had an effort over the crossbar and Thomson blasted an Eddie May cross wide left

Half time: Airdrie 1 Dunfermline 2

The game of two halves story that had been perfected last season got a comeback for the second 45. Under 3 minutes on the electronic clocks behind the goals and Airdrie were level. Dick took the ball down the right and shrugged off Chris McGroarty to send in a high cross that only McCORMICK went for he headed past Westwater for 2-2

Airdrie looked the more likely to score for a while Dunfermline`s efforts never really threatened the keeper. Dolan chipped through to Coyle in 53 minutes but his shot was wide left Andy Smith had a header turned around the keeper`s left post on the hour Stewart Petrie shot wide after sub Hamish threaded a perfect ball to him

When Airdrie`s central defence had to be reorganised with 15 minutes to go because of Forrest collecting a brace of yellows, the Pars failed to take any advantage from the extra man and seemed to lack ideas

The last chance came with 90 minutes gone Jamie Dolan ran through the centre of the defence but he failed to convert once he got into the opposition box and as the ball went on to Coyle the goal scorer was offside.

AIRDRIE: Scott Y Thomson: Paul Jack, Eddie Forrest, F Johnston, Jimmy Sandison (Austin McCann 79), David Farrell, Gerry Farrell, Jim Dick, Steve McCormick (Frank Conway 75), Gareth Evans, Allan Moore
SUBS NOT USED: Stuart Taylor
SCORERS: Moore (16), McCormick (47)
YELLOW CARD: Forrest, Dick, Moore, Jack
RED CARD: Forrest (75)

DUNFERMLINE: Ian Westwater: Greg Shields, Andy Tod, Brian Reid, Chris McGroarty, Scott Thomson, Eddie May (Hamish French 69), Jamie Dolan, Stewart Petrie, Andy Smith (Colin Nish 69), Owen Coyle
SUBS NOT USED: Craig Ireland
SCORERS: Coyle (8, 21)
YELLOW CARD: Dolan (86)

REFEREE: Hugh Dallas (Motherwell)
WEATHER:
ATTENDANCE 2872

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