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Motherwell U20s preview

15th August 2016

Kieran MacDonald sees tomorrow night's clash with Motherwell U20s as a chance to get Saturday's defeat out of the Diamonds' system.

Defender Kieran has been ever-present in Airdrie's six competitive fixtures this season, and the 23-year-old is hoping to erase the memories of Saturday's loss to Livingston with a positive result at Fir Park.

Looking back on the weekend's scoreline, MacDonald said: "Obviously it's only the second game of the season, and I thought we played well.

"We passed the ball about well as a team but we need to cut out the individual errors."

The opportunity to stamp out those errors comes in the shape of Tuesday night's Irn Bru Cup tie against Motherwell U20s.

MacDonald agrees that a quick return is a good thing.

"It's great to get back playing as soon as possible after a defeat.

"The boys are hopeful of getting a win to get everyone's confidence back."

With the introduction of Premiership U20 teams into this season's challenge cup competition, the draw has thrown up a derby of sorts - but the 'colt' side are something of an unknown quantity. 

Kieran is familiar with one of their players, Dylan Mackin, who spent time on loan at Airdrie last season.

"Dylan's the only one we know, but we know he's a good player and the rest of them will be good too. 

"They won the Youth Cup last year so we know it's not going to be an easy game."

First team coach Kevin McBride was pleased with Saturday's performance, but wants to make amends for the result.

"We're expecting a reaction from the boys.

"The performance was decent enough against Livingston but the result was disappointing so we'll look for a reaction and I'm pretty sure we'll get one."

Referee Michael Taylor is in charge of the Fir Park tie, which kicks off at 7:45pm. Admission is priced at £5 for adults and £2 for concessions, and Airdrie fans are located in the South Stand.

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