The first half team was, in a 4-4-2 formation, Marshall, Corrigan, Craigan, Partridge, Hammell; Wright, McDonald, Leitch, Pearson; Craig and Scott. The front pairing put in a lot of effort but struggled to hold the ball up. Despite this, we did make some good passes, particularly down the right hand side where Corrigan and Wright did well.
Airdrie only came close to scoring in the first half when Hammell nearly mis-directed a header back to Marshall. Stevie Craig had our best effort, forcing their ‘keeper into a fingertip save. Wright and Craigan also came close with headers, the former narrowly failing to knock in Corrigan’s cross to cap a wonderful move.
At half time we made eleven substitutions and the new team was Bennett, Ballantyne, Quinn, Kinniburgh, Higgins; Lasley, Adams, Barkey, Fagan; Clarkson, Burns. The introduction of Toastie made a difference and he was one of our sharpest looking players.
However, while we did have more of the ball, it was Airdrie who took the lead. They had already spurned a great chance after an Adams giveaway but when a neat bit of wing play left two for dead, it gave them a chance at the near post which was bundled home.
This set back inspired us to better things and after some wonderful play on the left by Fagan, Adams tapped home. Our dominance returned and Chris Higgins broke up an attack and released Clarkson. The ball then came to Adams twenty yards out and he thumped a curling first time effort into the top corner. A glorious goal, worthy of winning any game.
Leitch looked fit and sharp in the first half and McFadden was among the couple of hundred spectators who watch the game in the evening sunshine. Next up – the Accies on Saturday.