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Season 2005/2006

Airdrie United 2-V-2 Queen of the South
19th of August 2006
Excelsior Stadium


Airdrie United Lined up

Christie Smyth
Lovering (81)

Subs: -
Mclaren (81)
Watson (71)
Tairney (79)

Bookings: - McLaren
Airdrie United got of the bottom of the Scottish First Division league table with a deserved point against Queen of the South, a deserved point is probably not quite accurate as Airdrie for the first time this season deserved to take all three points in a game we dominated for long periods.
In the end, we were lucky to get a point.
Airdrie United once again started the game at pace and although there were very few chances during the early stages of the match, it was obvious who was on top. Stewart Taylor forced Colin Scott in to making a save as he lobbed the ball in to the far corner although the shot was easily dealt with by the keeper, it is more of this the Airdrie fans want to see.
Mid way through the first half, the Graeme Holmes show began to wind its self up and with a bit of confidence and space the youngster began to probe away at the Queens defence.
Holmes forced Scott MacKenzie in to making a last ditch tackle as burst in to the Queens penalty box, Jim Thomson failed to make a tackle and only MacKenzie Holmes denied a fantastic scoring opportunity by. The resultant corner gave Airdrie United our first goal. Stephen McKeown after a scramble in the penalty box belted the ball in to the back of the net, only to have referee Crawford Allan blowing for a foul to Queen of the South.
Late in the first half Queen of the South were to get their first real chance, Marc Smyth sent a poor pass back to Robertson, his kick rattled off the on rushing Queens attacker Graham Weir, luckily it bounced out of play and the pressure was off.

Holmes on fire!

McPhee celebrates his goal and the birth
of Bryan Prunty's son Ryan

Taylor congratulates Willie on his assist to give us the equaliser.

Airdrie United made no changes for the start of the second half and after Holmes hit the woodwork early on, you could see why nothing was changed.

However, early on Sandy was forced to change his back line that had done fantastically well for the majority of the game. Neil McGowan was forced to leave the field of play holding is hamstring and Garry Tierney replaced him.
On the hour mark Sean O'Connor could have opened the goal scoring for Queens one on one with Robertson, our goalkeeper pulled of a magnificent save to keep the score line blank.
The irrepressible Brian McPhee finally opens the scoring for Airdrie United. The Airdrie United striker pounced upon a poor pass back by Jim Thomson. McPhee from a long way out struck the ball with the outside of his right foot and watched the ball sale in to the back of the net. 1 - 0 to Airdrie United.
Airdrie United should have pushed on and killed the game of, instead we chose to lose our shape and composure and allow Queens to get back in to the game.
O'Neill made a run through the Airdrie United defence and when the mid-field failed to pick him up and track back it forced Kevin Christie in to making a last ditch challenge, with O'Neill already stumbling it was a surprise to see Crawford Allan giving a penalty. O'Neill stepped up and made the game 1 -1.
So where do Airdrie Unite go from here, simple we give Queen of the South a soft free kick on the far side and allow them to take the lead, Willie Gibson's free kick was bundled over the line by Henderson.
Still the match was not over; on the 89th minute, a Willie McLaren free kick was headed home by Garry Tierney to give us our first point of the season.

Referee: - Crawford Allan
The game ended Airdrie United 2-V- 2 Ross County
Photographs Supplied by Robert Dalzell
The Airdrie United Man of the Match was: -
Sponsors Man of the Match: -
Attendance: -
Tonight 50/50 number was: -

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