Peterhead v Airdrieonians preview

29th April 2015

Consistency and determination saw Paddy Boyle pick up Airdrie's Player of the Year award - and the Diamonds captain says nobody at the Club is ready to throw the towel in. 

For Airdrie to scrape into the final available play-off slot, they need to win both of their remaining games while hoping Brechin City lose theirs. It's a tall order, but Boyle won't give up. 

Voted Player of the Year on Saturday, the full-back has had a fantastic season, performing well even when others weren't in what was a difficult start to the campaign. The likeable Glaswegian was delighted to receive the award. 

"It was a brilliant feeling to be named Player of the Year. 

"The way we have played for the best part of 4 months has been outstanding and plenty of people have performed consistently well throughout that period, so to be voted ahead of them is a proud moment for me." 

The annual awards were presented on Saturday night, following the Diamonds 2:0 victory over Ayr United - a match Boyle missed through injury. 

"I went over on my ankle at Forfar and it was touch and go for Saturday gone, but I just wasn't ready.

"I should be fit for this Saturday and available for selection."

With a long trip North to Peterhead looming, what can Airdrie expect? The Blue Toon have given the Diamonds a hard time this season, winning twice at New Broomfield - but last week's results mean they are now out of the play-off equation.

"Saturday will be a tough game. Along with Stranraer, Peterhead is definitely one of the toughest places to get a result. 

"I can't see them easing off due to their position as they have too many good professionals to do that!"

And of course the Airdrie faithful will have one eye on events at Ochilview, where an unlikely win for struggling Stenhousemuir is required if a top-four finish is to remain a possibility.

According to Paddy, the home side have it all to play for.

"Brechin have put together an outstanding run of form over the last few months and credit to them. 

"It's a now-or-never situation for Stenhousemuir so of course for our sake we hope they can produce a result that would do us a huge favour - and it is always possible."

Jim Lister and Bryan Gilfillan remain sidelined for the Diamonds as they face their final away trip of the league season.

Peterhead this week saw their ex-Airdrie midfielder Jamie Stevenson nominated for the League One Player of the Year award. With the play-offs now out of their reach, they will still be aiming for as high a finish as possible.

Alan Muir referees.

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