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Saturday April 27, 2013

Irn Bru SFL Division 1

Airdrie United





Barr 26
Garcia Tena 80


Jordan Allan made history for Airdrie on Saturday in the club's final home match of the season.

The 14-year-old came off the bench and became the youngest player to feature in a Scottish first-team match.

It's believed he's beaten the previous record held by Ronnie Simpson, who made his debut for Queen's Park against Kilmarnock aged 14 years and 304 days, by 115 days.

Allan made his reserve-team debut earlier this year and has been scoring for fun in the under-15s. He recently spent a week on trial at Fulham.

Airdrie fielded seven teenagers in their starting line-up with the average age of the outfield players just 18.9. Keeper Kenny Arthur was the only starter over the age of 21.

The Diamonds were without eight players for the visit of Lions. Seven were injured while David Lilley was on compassionate leave following the passing of his father on Wednesday.

In the seventh minute, a nice move saw Liam Watt feed Jordan Moore but his shot was well blocked by keeper Darren Jamieson.

At the other end, an Iain Russell strike was turned away by Arthur who was beaten four minutes later when Craig Barr headed home Jordan Morton's corner.

Substitute Ryan Donnelly blazed wide for Airdrie after the break before Tony Andreu nodded wide a Kyle Lander cross. Arthur then pulled off a smart save to deny Russell.

There was controversy in the 74th minute when referee Bobby Madden pointed to the spot for Ricki Lamie's challenge on Barr in the area.

However, Arthur did brilliantly to dive low to his right and save Russell's penalty effort.

The Lions doubled their lead in the 80th minute, though, with Jesus Garcia Tena's free-kick found the top corner of the net.

Colin Paterson at New Broomfield.

Photographs © Robert Dalzell. Click to view full size.

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