Saturday March 31, 2018
Ladbrokes League One
A stalemate at Hampden failed to excite the fans, but the point virtually secures Airdrie's League One status.
A special mention should be given to keeper Rohan Ferguson for keeping a clean sheet on his return, while on loan defender Lee Kilday turned in a resolute performance, playing in his first senior competitive match in 11 months and lasting the full 90 minutes.
Jake Hastie's powerful run down the middle on five minutes was ended on the edge of the box when he was outnumbered and the threat cleared.
In the eighth minute Rohan Ferguson punched away a cross into the penalty box but was alert to the second ball.
When Luke Donnelly collected on the edge of the box, Ferguson dive low to collect the striker’s net bound 20-yard shot.
Two minutes later Aidan Keena raced in behind the Airdrie backline, however Ferguson stood up and blocked his attempt to break the deadlock.
Ryan Conroy’s pass on 12 minutes found Hastie in the wide left position. The on loan Motherwell winger went one way then the other before making Queen's keeper Michael White turn the ball away for a corner.
Hastie also went close in 16 minutes, his diving header from Scott Stewart’s cross turned away from goal by White.
Both sides were guilty of failing to find team-mates with their passing plays as the standard dropped.
Five minutes from the break after David Galt carried the ball into the box he went down after making contact with Chris O’Neil. A penalty was awarded, however Ross Millen’s effort was chipped over Ferguson’s goal.
Airdrie went close on 42 minutes after Jordan McGregor headed on Conroy’s free kick with Dale Carrick just blocked out from making contact with the knockdown.
The second half took a while to get going. A Stewart cross from the right in 52 minutes was not cleared and McGregor sent in a shot that hit the inside of White’s right post and was cleared.
Ferguson was then well placed to gather the ball from a Donnelly header on the end of Keena’s cross.
Queen's centre half Adam Cummins headed Galt’s delivery from a corner just over the crossbar in 68 minutes, then at the other end Conroy sent a 20-yard effort well wide of White’s goal.
In 73 minutes Sean Burns was booked for challenge on O’Neil while the full back was over zealous five minutes later with a challenge on Burns and was sent off.
The team was reshaped and the players managed the remainder of the match with only one threat, a volley inside the box well over Ferguson’s goal three minutes from time from another substitute Michael Ruth.
With four fixtures remaining the points tally may well prove to be enough to maintain Airdrie's final position.
Referee: Mr Mat Northcroft
John O'Brien at Hampden Park
Photographs © John Steven. Click to view full size.
3. Burns ▊
6. Fotheringham ▊
8. Brady 🔽 (56)
9. Donnelly 🔽 (80)
11. Keena 🔽 (87)
12. Orr 🔼 (87)
16. McVey 🔼 (56)
2. O'Neil ▊
5. McGregor ▊
6. Cairns ▊ 🔽 (59)
9. Russell 🔽 (80)
12. McIntosh 🔼 (59)
14. R Brown
16. A Brown 🔼 (80)