Airdrieonians v Falkirk - As it happened
Live updates from Falkirk’s Ladbrokes League 1 trip to Airdrieonians.
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Full time: Airdrie 2-1 Falkirk
Last updated: Tuesday, 06 April, 2021, 19:34
- Ally Roy gives hosts the lead early on but Charlie Telfer’s sensational strike levels the scores going in to half time
- Max Currie saves Aidan Keena’s penalty to keep the scores at 1-1
- Dale Carrick scores from the spot to make it 2-1 to Airdrie in the 80th minute
Hello and welcome to our live blog where we will have build up ahead of a 7:00pm kick off followed by live updates throughout the game and post match reaction.
Visitors are favourites
Falkirk are odds on favourties for the win tonight with McBookie.com at 3/4.
The hosts start at 7/2 and the draw is 11/4.
Aidan Keena, Akeel Francis and Anton Dowds are joint favourites for the first goal of the evening at 4/1.
Last time out
The last meeting of the two sides was on December 20 as Airdrie won 1-0 at the Falkirk Stadium.
Kyle Connell scored an 82nd minute winner to ensure the Diamonds made the short trip home with all three points in the bag.
Tonight’s other fixtures
Elsewhere in League 1 tonight there are some other tasty fixtures.
East Fife host Partick Thistle with the two sides level on points in fourth and fifth place. A match that could have serious implications for the play-off positions and the title race!
Cove Rangers will look to either keep pace or make up ground on Falkirk as they take on Clyde at Broadwood but can expect the Bully Wee to make it tough on them as they look to move away from the bottom two.
It’s a similar story at the Rock where Dumbarton welcome Montrose. The visitors are fighting it out at the top end of the table and Jim Duffy’s side are desperate for a result to move them clear of bottom spot.
Currently sat at the bottom of the table are Forfar Athletic who host Peterhead at Station Park. The Loons go in to that game on the back of a Scottish Cup penalty shoot out win over Edinbrugh City while the Blue Toon had the weekend off after a first league defeat since football returned to Clyde last Tuesday.
REMINDER - All tonight’s matches kick off at 7:00pm.
We’ve arrived and have team line ups to bring you immediately!
Falkist Starting XI
Here is the team for the Bairns
Airdrie Starting XI
Currie, Turner, McCann, Crighton, Fordyce, P McKay, Gallagher, Roy, Ritchie, O’Reilly, J McKay
Subs: McNeil, Thomson, Robert, Sabatini, Mbayo, Carrick, Connell, Walker, Stokes
Changes for the visitors
As expected Anton Dowds is missing after going off injured against Celtic at the weekend.
Mark Durnan serves the first of a two game ban following his red card for violent conduct against Dumbarton last Tuesday.
Still no Sean Kelly who has not been seen since the league returned last month.
It looks like a back four of Mercer, Hall, Neilson and Dixon who takes the armband with Gary Miller on the bench.
Mo Gomis and Blair Alston are in the centre of the park with Fotheringham, Telfer and Morrison supporting Aidan Keena up front.
8mins: GOAL AIRDRIE - Ally Roy
The hosts have an early lead.
A long throw in from Paul McKay was headed on at the front post and Robbie Mutch isnt able to collect it, instead knocking it in to the path of Ally Roy who blasts home from 10 yards.
12mins: Falkirk respond
A first chance of the game comes for Falkirk as Callumn Morrison’s deep cross from the right Scott Mercer with a bit of space at the back post but his header is comfortably held by Max Currie.
14mins: Keena shoots wide
Falkirk break and Blair Alston has a great driving run from half way before sweeping a pass across field to Aidan Keena who takes a touch before firing wide from outside the area.
It was a disappointing opening ten minutes but the Bairns look to have woken up now. Unfortunately, the slow start cost them and they have work to do.
16mins: McKay shoots over
And just like that another big warning, Euan O’Reilly drags a low cross from the left to Jack McKay at the edge of the box who fires well over.
Audible across the stadium are the shouts of “stop the cross” from the Falkirk technical area... Not happy.
19mins: Mercer booked as Roy shoots over
Kyle Turner drives from halfway and Mercer brings him down with a cynical foul but not before he can slide it down the line to Ally Roy who steps over inside the area and gets a shot away which is high and wide.
32mins: double save by Mutch
Robbie Mutch has to block an Ally Roy header over the bar after another long throw by Paul McKay.
From the resulting corner Falkirk fail to deal with the danger and Jack McKay eventually gets a clear shot away from inside the are which produces a good save from Mutch.