Saturday April 21, 2012

Irn Bru SFL Division 2

Dumbarton

2-1

Prunty 61
Lilley 67 og

Airdrie United

McLaren 55

TWO goals in six minutes saw Airdrie miss out on a club record seventh successive win.

The Diamonds remain in the promotion play-off zone but are tied on 48 points with both Stenhousemuir and East Fife.

Boss Jimmy Boyle opted for the same starting line-up and substitutes that were involved in the 4-1 win over Brechin City at New Broomfield.

On a soggy surface, Dumbarton were first to threaten. Grant Adam raced off his line to cut out a long ball forward but hit straight to Scott Agnew.

The former Stranraer midfielder tried his luck from distance with his shot slipping through the gloves of Adam but cleared away by Cameron MacDonald.

It was a day for long-range efforts. Four minutes later, Jamie Stevenson spotted keeper Stephen Grindlay off his line and attempted a chip from just inside his own half which dropped wide.

In the 33rd minute, a Stevenson corner was headed over the bar by PFA Scotland SFL2 player of the year nominee Ryan Donnelly. At the other end, Bryan Prunty dragged a shot past the post.

The Sons were a threat on the counter-attack and spurned a great chance in the 42nd minute when forward Mark Gilhaney drove straight at Adam.

It was Airdrie opened the scoring in the 55th minute. James Creaney tugged back Donnelly just outside the box with Willie McLaren brilliantly converting the resulting free-kick.

However, the hosts levelled six minutes later. A long, high ball to the edge of the area wasn't dealt with by Airdrie and Prunty nipped in to score his 15th goal of the season.

And Dumbarton made it 2-1 in the 67th minute when Mark Gilhaney's deep free-kick was headed into his own net by David Lilley.

Lilley headed against the bar from a Jamie Stevenson corner late-on before a Donnelly goal in the 89th minute was ruled out for offside.

In injury-time, Donnelly was given a straight red card by referee John McKendrick for shoving Sons midfielder Kevin Nicoll.

Airdrie must dust themselves down for next weekend's crunch clash with East Fife – the final home game of the regular season.

Colin Paterson at Strathclyde Homes Stadium.

Photographs © Robert Dalzell. Click to view full size.

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