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Season 2005/2006

Partick Thistle 4 Vs. 2 Airdrie United
12th of August 2006


Airdrie United Lined up

Christie (78)

Subs: -
Taylor (85)
McGowan (78)
McPhee (54)

Bookings: - Christie, Smyth:- Red Card :- Lovering
Airdrie United travelled to Firhill after a decent result against Raith Rovers in mid-week and hoped o build on that performance. In the early stages of the match, it looked like we had learned a hard lesson from the Ross County game. In the opening ten - fifteen minutes Airdrie United were in control, we took the game to Partick Thistle and it looked like only time would stop us from scoring as Bryan Prunty and Garry Twigg both came close opening their league record for this season.
Two bookings in a five-minute spell changed the outlook of the game; first Kevin Christie was yellow carded for what seemed nothing more then a clumsy challenge and then Paul Lovering was given a straight red card. His tackle, deemed by referee Ian Frickleton to be dangerous, was enough to have Paul taking an early bath.
Like the toss of a coin, the match turned from head to tails and Thistle became the more dominant team. On twenty-three minutes the inevitable happened, Mark Roberts scored! As Airdrie United tried to settle in to the new formation and fill the gap, left by Paul Lovering Thistle fired a corner kick in at the near post, with the slightest of flicks Roberts spun the ball in to the back of the net and opened the scoring for Thistle.
Five minutes later Kevin Christie was judged to have handled the ball in side the penalty box, a penalty for Partick was taken by Mark Roberts, the poor shot was easily save by Stephen Robertson in the Airdrie United goalmouth.
On the half hour mark, it was 2 - 0 for Thistle, Simon Donnelly was left with an easy tap in, no one on the left hand side of the defence picked his run up and the cross from Graham Gibson made it look like the simplest of goals.
Airdrie United managed a few chances in the run up to half time, but it was another of those games that just seemed to be passing us by.

Robertson saves Roberts Penalty

Prunty is pulled down in the box

McKeown makes it 4 - 1

There were no changes made by Sandy at half time and the match continued with Airdrie United playing three at the back.

Partick Thistle were quicker of the mark in the second half and it only took Donnelly six minutes to set up Partick Thistles third goal, a back heel in to the path of Gibson left him with only one thing to do, fire the ball in to the back of the net and make it three - nil. Yet, that was not enough for Thistle on fifty-five minutes another ex-Diamond, Darren Brady made it four - nil. He headed a looping ball past Stephen Robertson making it four and continuing the rout.
Nevertheless, with a fighting spirit evident for all to see Airdrie United continued to battle, the arrival of Brian McPhee saw spirits lifted and his usual fight for every ball gave us a glimmer of hope. Bryan Prunty being pulled down in the penalty box by Brown Ferguson went a long way to aiding our cause as well, Frickleton awarded us the penalty and Stephen McKeown fired home to get his opener for the season.
On seventy- eight minutes after the referee awarded Partick Thistle another free kick for a handball by Kevin Christie, Sandy decided it was time to give Neil McGowan a run out. The defence seemed to settle down a little and we looked comfortable for the remainder of the match. In his last throw of the dice with only five minutes to go, Stewart Taylor replaced Stephen McKeown and it took him only three minutes to make the score look a lot more respectable. Taylor and Prunty both chased the same ball in to the box; Taylor got there first but fired his shot against Kenny Arthur. Arthur was unable to hold on to the ball and the spill fell in front of Taylor again, he poked the ball under the body of the flailing Arthur and made the final score line four - two.

Referee: - I Frickleton
The game ended Partick Thistle 4Vs. 2 Airdrie United
Photographs Supplied by Robert Dalzell
The Airdrie United Man of the Match was: -
Sponsors Man of the Match: -
Attendance: - 3473
Tonight 50/50 number was: -

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