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Saturday December 8, 2018

Ladbrokes League One





Brad Spencer 90


Leighton McIntosh 3

A last-gasp equaliser saw Dumbarton and Airdrie share the spoils with their second 1-1 draw of the league season.

Following last weekend's defeat at Stark's Park, Ian Murray made three changes with Ben McKenzie, Scott Stewart and Ryan Conroy replacing David Hutton, Jonathan Page and Kyle Wilkie.


There were only three minutes on the clock when the Diamonds took an early lead. Sean Crighton's angled ball wide to the right was well controlled by Stewart who made headway down the wing then sent a terrific cross into the box. Leighton McIntosh timed his run into the box and powered a header into the net past keeper Jamie McGowan for the opening goal of the contest.


The home side looked to get back in the match quickly as former Motherwell forward Dominic Thomas raced into the box on 11 minutes with McKenzie pushing away the shot on goal.


The visitors breaks forward were infrequent, although Kieran MacDonald’s race upfield on the quarter of an hour ended with a long range effort which was deflected for a corner. 

As the match flowed from end to end both sides had chances.


Dumbarton’s Stuart Carswell sent a 20-yard attempt over the Airdrie goal on 22 minutes, while home keeper McGowan reacted well a minute later to save McIntosh’s header from Ryan Conroy’s delivery.


McKenzie also saved well from a Kyle Hutton attempt on target in 25 minutes.


McIntosh should have doubled the visitor’s lead on 31 minutes when he met another Conroy cross, but the striker could only head the ball back in his direction for the keeper to gather.


Grant Gallagher’s shot 10 minutes from the break took a deflection before hitting the crossbar and going over he goal.


Thomas, who was the home side’s best player, forced McKenzie into another decent save on 55 minutes as the keeper gathered his angled strike at the second attempt. 

As the Sons pushed for an equaliser, Airdrie were increasingly forced to rely on the counter attack.


Dale Carrick raced forward on 59 minutes, electing to shoot from thirty yards and watching his effort drift just wide.

The home side’s chances came and went with McKenzie gathering another Thomas effort in 62 minutes, while Michael Paton missed from close range three minutes later.


Bobby Barr’s 75th-minute cross from the left was well taken by McKenzie under pressure after substitute Brad Spencer had provided the ball for him on the wing.


Dumbarton’s Calum Gallagher beat McKenzie to a ball on 82 minutes and Spencer saw his attempt mishit as Airdrie escaped once more.


Six minutes later the home side saw a cross from Cameron Ballantyne provide Spencer with the perfect chance to level in front of goal only for the sub to head the ball wide.


A minute later a ball into the box was controlled by defender Andy Dowie and his volley was pushed over the bar by McKenzie for a corner.


Ross Forbes' cross was met by Spencer to level matters, and it was enough to see the match end 1-1 just as the first league meeting had done.     

John O'Brien at C&G Systems Stadium.

Photographs © John Steven. Click to view full size.

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