Arbroath 4
Airdrieonians 0
Scottish League (Championship)

4 - 0

Scottish League (Championship)
Saturday, September 16th, 2023
Attendance: 1,708
3:00 PM Kick-off

Michael McKenna (27)
Jermaine Hylton (35)
Jay Bird (88)
Leighton McIntosh (90)

Team Managers
Dick Campbell
Rhys McCabe

Starting Eleven
Derek Gaston
Ricky Little
Tam O'Brien
Aaron Steele
Ryan Dow
David Gold
Michael McKenna
Craig Slater
Scott Stewart
Kenan Dünnwald-Turan
Jermaine Hylton
Josh Rae
Cammy Ballantyne
Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
Rhys McCabe
Callum Fordyce
Josh O’Connor
Lewis McGregor
Calum Gallagher
Adam Frizzell
Dean McMaster
Craig Watson

Ali Adams
João Baldé
Keaghan Jacobs
Darren Lyon
Jess Norey
Jay Bird
Leighton McIntosh
Mark Stowe
David Hutton
Mason Hancock
Nikolay Todorov
Liam McStravick
Murray Aiken
Elliot Dunlop
Gabby McGill
Gavin Gallagher
Corrie Fellows

Leighton McIntosh for Kenan Dünnwald-Turan (63)
Jay Bird for Jermaine Hylton (74)
Keaghan Jacobs for Michael McKenna (74)
Liam McStravick for Dean McMaster (46)
Gabby McGill for Josh O’Connor (46)
Nikolay Todorov for Lewis McGregor (76)

Ricky Little (32)
Ricky Little (38)
Rhys McCabe (45)
Liam McStravick (51)
Liam McStravick (55)

Red Cards
Ricky Little (38)
Liam McStravick (55)
Match Officials

Craig Napier (Referee)
Paul McAvinue & Alastair Taylor (Assistants)

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Match Report

Airdrie slumped to defeat at Gayfield as two late Arbroath goals doubled the misery on a blustery afternoon on which both sides finished with ten men.

Diamonds player-boss made seven changes to the side which defeated University of Stirling in last week’s SPFL Trust Trophy match, Ballantyne, Taylor-Sinclair, Fordyce, McGregor, Calum Gallagher, McMaster and Watson replacing Hancock, Todorov, McStravick, Aiken, McGill, Gavin Gallagher and Cassidy.

Former Airdrie man Scott Stewart started for the hosts, with Leighton McIntosh named among the substitutes.

It was Airdrie who started the match brighter, Cammy Ballantyne and Josh O’Connor linking well down the left on five minutes with a timely Arbroath interception preventing Dean McMaster getting a shot away from Adam Frizzell’s cutback.

A minute later Calum Gallagher had the ball in the net, controlling Frizzell’s pass and firing home from a tight angle, but the striker was denied by an even tighter offside decision.

A quick passing move led to another Gallagher chance on 13 minutes, but this time the effort was blocked and the danger cleared.

Arbroath’s first foray up the park came on 16 minutes, with Jermaine Hylton’s cross-shot easily fielded by Josh Rae.

Good defending by Ricky Little denied O’Connor a minute later as the Hibs loanee raced onto Callum Fordyce’s long ball, and Rae gathered another cross from Hylton midway through the half as the game began to open up.

Ryan Dow did enough to put O’Connor off as the striker tried to control McCabe’s 26th-minute free-kick, with referee Craig Napier awarding a free-kick as keeper Derek Gaston scooped up the loose ball.

A minute later the Red Lichties were in front, Hylton marauding down the left and digging out a cross for the unmarked Michael McKenna, who made no mistake with his close-range header.

It took two Arbroath players to stop Frizzell charging through the middle on 32 minutes, and while David Gold’s poor challenge went unpunished, Little was shown a yellow card for his cynical trip.

From the resultant free-kick, McCabe sent a curling strike just wide of Gaston’s left-hand post.

The sucker-punch came two minutes later as Dick Campbell’s side added a second, the impressive Hylton with a nice touch to take a long ball away from Craig Watson before side-stepping Rae and passing home from the edge of the box.

Airdrie, who had struggled to get back into the match since the opener, were handed a lifeline on 38 minutes as Little was shown a second yellow card for a thigh-high challenge on O’Connor, but the Diamonds’ only chance before the break came from a 45th-minute McCabe cross with Gaston gathered with ease.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, it was Arbroath who took control early in the second half, Craig Slater firing past the top corner on 48 minutes.

Half-time substitute Liam McStravick was bundled over on 51 minutes, and the referee was quick to flash a yellow card at the Northern Irishman as he took Slater down with him.

Just four minutes later the recent signing was shown a second yellow as he challenged Hylton on the break. After two questionable fouls and two incredibly harsh bookings, McStravick headed for an early bath and Airdrie’s advantage was removed.

Lewis McGregor was denied by Thomas O’Brien’s well-timed challenge just before the hour mark, and nine minutes later the home defence stood firm as Watson launched another attack in Airdrie’s best spell of the match.

Substitute Gabby McGill almost got one back for the Diamonds, peeling on to Watson’s pass and lifting the ball over Gaston, but Airdrie’s luck was out as the ball bounced back off the upright into the keeper’s arms.

Ex-Diamond Leighton McIntosh entered the fray on 64 minutes, but was denied by a brave Rae save six minutes later as the home side sought to increase their lead.

The home side didn’t have to wait much longer for their third, Airdrie sub Nikolay Todorov seeing a volley blocked into the path of Jay Bird. Perhaps aware of an earlier booking, McCabe had to pull his challenge on the halfway line and the English striker was left with a clear run on goal, where he calmly rounded Rae and rolled the ball home.

Airdrie’s misery was compounded with the last kick of the ball, McIntosh taking Bird’s through ball and cutting across goal to tap in.

A disappointing day in Angus for the Diamonds, who look to pick themselves up with next week’s home tie against new league leaders Raith Rovers.

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Squad Statistics (as at September 16th, 2023)

2023-24 All Time
Derek Gaston (GK)36 10 - 150 -
Ricky Little34 11 - 37513
Tam O'Brien32 9123520
Aaron Steele21 101101
Ryan Dow32 11 - 26 -
David Gold30 11128317
Michael McKenna32 10321948
Craig Slater29 11 - 11 -
Scott Stewart27 1111408
Kenan Dünnwald-Turan27 111111
Jermaine Hylton30 8282
Keaghan Jacobs (sub)34 8 - 28 -
Jay Bird (sub)22 104104
Leighton McIntosh (sub)30 1134415

League Table (as at September 16th, 2023)

No league table has been added for this season.