August 5, 2022
Airdrieonians vs Falkirk
Justin Devenny’s season has gotten off to a flier, and the midfielder can’t wait for the chance to face Falkirk as the Diamonds look to continue their winning start.
After grabbing three goals in the Premier Sports Cup campaign, Devenny chipped in with an assist as Airdrie’s cinch League 1 season started with a 2-0 win at Peterhead.
The 18-year-old then picked up the club’s Player of the Month award for July, following a supporters’ vote on social media.
Having joined in the summer following a spell on loan from Kilmarnock last season, Devenny is happy with the start to his Diamonds career proper.
“I’m really enjoying it, to be fair. It’s been much better because I’m getting involved, getting myself on the scoresheet - which I came here to do - and a wee assist at the weekend, which I hope to build on.
“It’s amazing coming in here again and starting a new chapter. As I say I’m hoping to keep building on it and to keep improving.”
An opening-day victory at Balmoor came thanks to first-half goals from Callum Smith and Craig Watson, but a much improved Peterhead performance after the break made it a hard-earned three points.
Devenny knows that will be par for the course as a tantalising League 1 season gets underway.
“It’ll be hard fixtures every week, so we just need to keep the standards high and put demands on ourselves to go and win the games.
“You can never take a wee minute off or you could get punished. That’s why the standards are so high and that’s why we’ll hopefully go on to do well this season.”
Visitors Falkirk are another side who have seen big changes over the summer, with manager John McGlynn replacing Martin Rennie and overhauling his squad as 11 new players joined up at Westfield.
Airdrie held the upper hand over the Bairns last season with three wins out of four, and Devenny is looking forward to reigniting that rivalry.
“It’ll be good to show what I can do against them. It’ll be a good challenge, but obviously we hope to stamp our authority on the game and get the win.
“The boys are full of confidence just now.”
The fixture tends to draw a sizeable crowd, and Justin is hoping to see the home fans backing the Diamonds in their numbers on Saturday.
“The fans were brilliant last season - I always remember the game against Falkirk away, we did really well and the fans were there backing us.
“That’s obviously a good thing, so hopefully it’ll be the same at the weekend.”
Manager Rhys McCabe is expecting an exciting match.
“Falkirk had a good run in the cup with a good result against Hibs, and they’ll be looking to bounce back from a disappointing season in terms of where they finished last year.
“We fully expect them to be coming and giving it a right good go.
“No matter who comes here, whether it be Falkirk, Premiership sides, Lowland League sides - regardless, we’re at home so we come to win.”
Josh Rae is expected to rejoin the squad soon, having faced scans on a shoulder injury which saw the keeper miss the last two matches. Midfielder Dean McMaster has been receiving treatment at parent club St Mirren and hopes to be in contention for the weekend’s match.
Referee Lloyd Wilson is already facing his second Airdrie match of the season, having officiated the 3-0 Premier Sports Cup win at Cowdenbeath.
Match tickets are available using the link below.
Saturday August 6, 2022
Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
Paul O’Neill, Rhys Struthers