Saturday October 6, 2018
Ladbrokes League One
Joao Victoria 15
Andrew Jackson 18, 68
Sean Burns 50
Airdrie's poor run of form continued as the Diamonds finished the first quarter of the league season with a home defeat against Brechin City.
Despite conceding a 15th-minute lead, the visitors came back with three goals to earn their first away victory in 18 months.
Airdrie had started with the same side that began last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Gayfield.
The home side were under pressure early on, but the first real attempt on target came on seven minutes after Josh Edwards raced into space and fired in a low 25-yard effort which keeper Connor Brennan comfortably gathered.
A spell of Airdrie pressure on nine minutes saw Scott Stewart overhit his cross from the right. The ball was gathered by Joao Victoria who sent another cross in, with the ball breaking to Chris O’Neil who sent a shot well wide of the target.
Sean Burns tried a long range shot a minute later but like O’Neil's effort, the attempt was off-target.
On 15 minutes a decent passing move saw Stewart's ball into the box pick out Kyle Wilkie and his control then pass found Victoria who took a step to the right then blasted the ball high into the net to open the scoring.
Three minutes later Brechin levelled after Airdrie appeared to switch off when midfielder Kalvin Orsi had time to thread the ball into the box for Andy Jackson who prodded the ball past David Hutton.
Stewart went close with a volley from the edge of the box on 38 minutes, then after a fine passing move involving several players he overhit a cross from the right with Wilkie and Victoria looking to get on the end of the pass.
Five minutes after the restart the visitors went in front after former Queen's Park player and one-time Diamond Sean Burns took advantage of the chance to run down the left, firing a powerful angled shot from 25 yards off the post and into the far corner of the net.
Hutton pulled off a decent save in 58 minutes from Calum Tapping’s free-kick, but the visitors did add a third goal on 68 minutes. Jackson was able to weave his way into the penalty box then curl a fine finish beyond Hutton.
Ryan Conroy went close with 11 minutes remaining, sending in a 20-yard free kick which Brennan turned away for a corner, but the Diamonds were unable to turn the match around.
The defeat sees Airdrie drop to sixth place in the table.
John O'Brien at Penny Cars Stadium.
Photographs © John Steven. Click to view full size.