Wednesday January 2, 2013

Irn Bru SFL Division 1

Airdrie United

1-1

Donnelly 68

Cowdenbeath

Brett 3

Airdrie fought back from a goal down to earn a valuable point at home to Cowdenbeath on Wednesday.

Dean Brett put the Fifers in front early-on at New Broomfield but substitute Ryan Donnelly's second goal of the season notched up an equaliser.

Boss Jimmy Boyle made two changes to the side which produced an excellent performance in the 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle on Saturday.

Ross Davidson, who has signed on a month's loan from Kilmarnock, replaced Jamie Barclay with Liam Buchanan preferred to Donnelly in attack.

And the home side almost got off to the perfect start when Gregor Buchanan headed Willie McLaren's corner just over the bar after only 38 seconds.

However, it was Cowdenbeath who snatched the opener. In the third minute, Marc McKenzie delivered a low cross which was turned home by Dean Brett.

Airdrie could have equalised early in the second half but Nathan Blockley headed a deep cross to the back post from Warren just wide.

The visitors had a couple of chances to extend their lead when McKenzie's low shot was saved by Grant Adam and Thomas O'Brien headed past a Jamie Stevenson corner.

But it was the Diamonds who got on the scoresheet in the 69th minute. Keeper Thomas Flynn's clearance was blocked by John Boyle with the ball falling to Donnelly who made no mistake.

Airdrie hung on for a draw and stay two points adrift of safety in the First Division. Bottom-placed Dumbarton, resurgent under new gaffer Ian Murray, are only three points behind the Diamonds.

Colin Paterson at New Broomfield.

Photographs © Robert Dalzell. Click to view full size.

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