April 14, 2023
Falkirk vs Airdrieonians
Lewis McGregor is hungry for more after grabbing his first Airdrie goal last weekend - and the flying winger hopes that the Diamonds’ good form can continue at Falkirk.
McGregor, who turned 19 earlier this week, put the finishing touch on a 3-0 home win against Montrose last Saturday, coming off the bench to calmly stroke home in stoppage time.
The midfielder says it was a case of remaining patient for the Diamonds.
“I thought it was quite tight in the first half, but I just knew that our strength would carry through into the second half.
“It was good to get on and get a goal as well!”
Since joining in January, the former Morton man has featured nine times from the bench, and is glad to be getting the opportunity to show what he can do.
“Just getting more game time has helped massively for my game. Game time’s been key - I’ve had more here than I had at Morton so it’s been ideal.”
“It’s good to get a wee challenge and be fighting for a shirt as well, so it makes training a bit better.”
McGregor will be hoping to feature against Falkirk this weekend as the Diamonds look to close the gap on their second-placed rivals.
The points have been shared between the sides so far this season, with Gabby McGill and Salim Kouider-Aïssa adding to a Calum Gallagher double to hand the Diamonds a 4-0 home win in August.
The spoils were shared at The Falkirk Stadium in December, Callum Smith equalising after Kai Kennedy had given the Bairns the lead.
And Kennedy was on the scoresheet twice when the fixture returned to the Excelsior in February, helping Falkirk to a 3-1 win after Gary Oliver had cancelled out Gallagher’s opener.
McGregor knows that John McGlynn’s side have earned their play-off spot, which they secured with Tuesday night’s 2-1 win at Montrose.
“Falkirk have always been a really good side and they always knock the ball about well.
“We’ll just need to match them on Saturday. We’re just hoping to keep the run up.”
And ahead of a fixture where the Diamonds have always had loud support from the stands, Lewis had a word of appreciation for the Airdrie support.
“The fans have been brilliant.
“A few of the younger lads at the start have always been good, welcoming us onto the park!”
Player-manager Rhys McCabe expects an entertaining meeting as his side look to join Falkirk in the play-offs.
“It’s two teams who like to predominantly play an attractive style of football, to get the ball on the ground as much as possible, and it makes for an entertaining one on Saturday.
“The message stays the same - we’ve got to go and concentrate on ourselves, and approach the game like we always do to try and get the three points.”
The Diamonds boss has no injury worries ahead of the match.
Referee Graham Grainger has officiated one other Airdrie tie this season, September’s home defeat to FC Edinburgh.
Match tickets are available using the link below.
Saturday April 15, 2023
The Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk
Steven Traynor, Jamie Wilkie