January 25, 2022
cinch League 1
Rob Jones 80
Billy Mortimer 88
Dylan Easton 72
Jordan Allan 84
Airdrie left Broadwood frustrated after a dominant performance against Clyde, who came from behind twice to take a point.
The Diamonds produced a poetic display on Burns’ night, but were unable to turn their superiority into a win as the home side converted shortly after each of the two Airdrie goals.
The efforts exerted in Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie at Partick Thistle led to a freshening of the starting line-up, with manager Ian Murray bringing in Josh Kerr and Calum Gallagher alongside new loan capture Kyle MacDonald.
Scott Walker, Scott Agnew and Jordan Allan dropped to the bench, where they were joined by Brody Paterson who had joined on loan from Celtic a few hours before kick-off.
Ex-Diamond Neil Parry featured in goals for Clyde, who had skipper David Goodwillie back in the starting XI following injury.
Airdrie got off to a quick start, winning a corner inside the first 20 seconds before being denied a handball shout as the setpiece bounced off a defender.
Kerr showed how much his searching balls from the backline have been missed with a third minute pass which sent Callum Smith racing into the box, but the home defence did well to nick the ball off the striker’s toes.
MacDonald, playing in the left full-back position, then stung Parry’s palms with a fine effort from the corner of the box as he sought to add to his solitary goal in the Diamond.
Gallagher was next to screw a shot wide of the target as the visitors laid siege to Parry’s goal.
The former Airdrie keeper combined with his defence to keep out another MacDonald strike on 15 minutes, with a curling Rhys McCabe free-kick ending up on the roof of the net six minutes later.
Clyde offered their first threat midway through the first half, but Kerr did well to rob Goodwillie of possession.
Adam Frizzell was finding good positions between midfield and attack, and was unlucky to see a 27th-minute shot deflected wide before Craig Watson glanced a header just past the post a minute later.
Smith had a golden opportunity to open the scoring just after the half-hour mark, but the striker snatched at Gallagher’s head-flick from Watson’s long throw and fired well over.
Fordyce had to touch a Lewis Jamieson strike over as half-time approached, with Goodwillie and Love failing to hit the target before the break.
Scott McGill and Dylan Easton both knocked efforts over the bar and the sides went in level at half-time.
Airdrie upped the intensity after the interval, and Frizzell was desperately unlucky to see a measured effort from outside the box bounce back off the crossbar with Parry beaten.
Often at the heart of Airdrie’s attacks, Frizzell headed wide on 55 minutes before putting a low shot just past the post two minutes later.
Easton was looking sharp against his old side, and saw his low square pass booted away after a typical jink into the box on the hour-mark.
Parry did well to tip Smith’s 63rd-minute effort past the post, but the Airdrie striker should have had a penalty three minutes later as he was pulled back just inside the box. Referee Matthew MacDermid was unimpressed despite Smith’s progress clearly being halted as he wound up to shoot.
Clyde sub Gregory Tade almost got off to a dream start a minute after his 66th-minute introduction, an unfortunate Fordyce slip allowing the striker to bear down on goal, but McGill got across brilliantly to win back possession.
Watson went close with a left-footed strike on 69 minutes, but Airdrie’s persistence paid off four minutes later as MacDonald and Frizzell worked a one-two on the edge of the box before the former picked out the intelligent run of Easton who took a touch and curled beyond Parry.
As in the original abandoned fixture, the Diamonds’ lead was short-lived as substitutes Gregory Tade and Rob Jones combined, a teasing cross from the right headed home by Jones.
Gallagher shot wide as Airdrie looked to regain their lead, but substitute Jordan Allan managed to do just that on 85 minutes.
New boy Paterson came off the bench to tee up Smith for a goalbound effort which was well blocked, but the ball fell kindly for Allan who made no mistake with a powerful finish.
Paterson almost got on the scoresheet himself a minute later, his surging run taking him into the box to fire in a low shot which Parry did well to touch wide.
With just over a minute remaining, Clyde levelled the score again, a speculative effort from Livingstone taking a cruel deflection and bouncing off the inside of Max Currie’s post. Billy Mortimer was quickest to react, and had the simplest of tap-ins with the Airdrie keeper grounded.
A draw was undoubtedly a harsh result on the Diamonds who dominated play from beginning to end, but among many bright spots were a solid return for Kerr and an impressive second debut from MacDonald, with Paterson also looking like an astute capture with an eye-catching substitute appearance.
A return to Firhill beckons now for Ian Murray’s side, who face fellow promotion hopefuls Queen’s Park as they attempt to get back to winning ways.
Stuart Mathie at Broadwood Stadium
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