Air­drie suf­fer third de­feat in a row

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Raith .................. 2 Air­drie ............... 0 Mark Pirie Air­drie slumped to three de­feats in a row de­spite a bat­tling per­for­mance against league lead­ers Raith Rovers.

The man­ager­less Di­a­monds were led again by Stephen Find­lay along­side cap­tain Marc Fitz­patrick, and their game­plan seemed to be work­ing un­til two late strikes from Ja­son Thom­son and sub­sti­tute Dario Zanatta.

Sean McIn­tosh and Dean Cairns came into the start­ing line-up in Kirk­caldy, as well as Cammy Rus­sell who im­pressed with a hat-trick for the un­der-20s ear­lier in the week.

Willis Fur­tado was lead­ing the line for the New Broom­field men – playing most of the game as the lone striker as the Ex­cel­sior Sta­dium out­fit looked to put a slug­gish start to the sea­son be­hind them.

The re­cent sign­ing had the first chance of the game in three min­utes when he out­paced Scott Robert­son. How­ever, he couldn’t prod the ball past home keeper Graeme Smith.

The Di­a­monds’early chance seemed to jolt the lead­ers into life and Lewis Vaughan al­most opened the scor­ing but his shot thun­dered off Ro­han Fer­gu­son’s cross­bar.

Raith broke the dead­lock af­ter Vaughan’s cor­ner was swung into the back post, Fer­gu­son couldn’t col­lect the cross and Ja­son Thom­son was able to knock the ball home.

From this point Rovers only grew in con­fi­dence and could have dou­bled their lead from an­other cor­ner but this time Thom­son’s header came off the wood­work.

As the Air­drie men at­tempted to fight their way back into the game, Raith sealed the three points with Zanatta’s low strike nestling in Mother­well loa­nee Fer­gu­son’s bot­tom cor­ner.

Air­drie stay third bot­tom of the ta­ble, with Satur­day’s match against Queen’s Park – who sit in the rel­e­ga­tion play-off spot – now tak­ing on an added sig­nif­i­cance.

Lead­ing the line Fur­tado

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