Saturday September 30, 2017
Ladbrokes League One
Scott Stewart 7, 67
Dean Cairns 50
Willis Furtado 71
Dominic Docherty 11, 80
Airdrie produced some fine counter-attacking football to beat Queen's Park in an incident-packed match.
The Diamonds recorded their third league win of the season with their best result this term which also improved their goal difference.
The early pressure saw the home side on the front foot, winning a corner after six minutes which was fruitless - but taking the lead a minute later following a terrific passage of play.
Captain for the day Scott Stewart collected a fine ball down the right wing by Sean McIntosh, then made ground forward before cutting into the middle. He played an excellent ball to Willis Furtado who teed it up for him before he powered a low 25-yard effort that raced into the corner of the net.
The visitors were quick to react with 12 minutes gone after a powerful cross from the right looked to have been over hit but good control by Ciaran Summers inside the box then deliver a cross back across goal saw Dominic Docherty head the ball into the net to square things up.
A minute later Furtado received a pass from Tom Fry and his volley from the edge of the box saw Queens keeper William Muir pull off a superb save to turn the ball away for a corner.
David Brownlie’s crossfield pass found Stewart who raced forward in 17 minutes, pickin out Fry on the 18-yard line but his shot was well off target.
Furtado went close again on 22 minutes when he got on the end of Jake Hastie’s cross into the box, heading towards goal only to see Muir make another decent save.
The keeper was also equal to Brownlie’s headed effort on the half hour from Fry’s free kick.
Five minutes after the interval the Diamonds restored their lead. Once again Furtado was involved in the build up when he raced clear down the right wing, picked out Fry in the middle and his shot was palmed away and on to his right post by keeper Muir. Dean Cairns had followed up with a run into the box, and fired the ball high into the net.
Substitute Sean Burns sent in a 30-yard shot on target in 59 minutes which was taken low by Rohan Ferguson, while four minutes later Gregor Fotheringham flashed a 20-yard drive wide of the target as Queens looked to get back on level terms.
Furtado was having an exceptional match and showed great strength to hold off his opponents then thread the ball through the middle for Stewart in 68 minutes. He held off his marker as he raced into the box then slipped the ball below Muir for Airdrie’s third goal and a two goal cushion.
Furtado deserved to get on the scoresheet and did just that three minutes later when he challenged and held off two defenders then slipped the ball into the net.
Queens were able to net a second consolation goal with 11 minutes remaining when Docherty scored his own second goal taking advantage of some slack defensive play.
By that stage though the home side were in the clear for all three points.
Referee: Mr Kevin Graham
John O'Brien at Excelsior Stadium.
Photographs © John Steven. Click to view full size.
7. Cairns ⚽
9. Furtado ▊ ⚽
10. Hastie 🔽 (74)
11. Stewart ⚽⚽ 🔽 (82)
12. Russell 🔼 (74)
14. Allan 🔼 (82)
2. Millen ▊
3. Summers 🔽 (49)
4. Iredale ▊ 🔽 (73)
5. Cummins ▊
6. Docherty ⚽⚽
7. Bailey 🔽 (65)
10. Brady ▊
12. Orr 🔼 (65)
16. Gibson 🔼 (73)
17. Burns 🔼 (49)