IRN BRU SCOTTISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE SECOND DIVISION
7th April 2012
AIRDRIE moved into the SFL2 promotion play-off zone following a comfortable win at Ochilview.
Jimmy Boyle's in-form team went into fourth place on goal difference ahead of East Fife on
Goals from Sean Lynch, Willie McLaren and substitute Nathan Blockley sank the Warriors and ensured a fifth successive clean-sheet victory for Airdrie.
The only negative point of the afternoon arrived in the first minute of second-half injury-time when Lynch was red-carded after picking up a second caution.
Boyle stuck with the starting XI which defeated Stirling Albion and was rewarded with the opening goal in the seventh minute.
A McLaren cross found Donnelly and his ball was blocked into the path of Lynch who curled a shot in off the post.
Stenny were rarely a threat in the final third of the pitch but keeper Grant Adam was equal to the task when they did break through with Grant Anderson denied.
On the half-hour mark, the Diamonds were awarded a penalty when Iain Thomson barged into top goalscorer Donnelly in the box.
McLaren stepped up but, despite sending keeper Ally Brown the wrong way, smacked his spot-kick effort off the bar.
The winger would atone for his missed opportunity moments before the break when he fired a free-kick into the net from just outside the box.
Stenny made changes in the second half in a bid to turn the tide but couldn't get the better of a terrific back four and the flawless Adam.
With nine minutes left, Airdrie scored a third goal when a cross-shot from Blockley floated into the top corner with Brown stranded.
Referee: Mr Brian Winter
Colin Paterson at Ochilview