Lone striker could do with help
Airdrie’s young and weakened team put aside off- field problems to give a pretty decent account of themselves against the league leaders that might, on another day, have reaped some reward.
With Conroy, Brown and the suspended Jake Hastie all missing, Stephen Findlay and Marc Fitzpatrick were forced to go with a makeshift starting eleven skippered for the first time by Scott Stewart.
But it was a line-up that took to the pitch with a thought-out gameplan that almost came off.
Or it might have done but for another blunder from Motherwell’s Rohan Ferguson.
The loan keeper only halfpunched a cross to let Raith in for an opener from which there would be no way back for the Diamonds.
Despite Rovers’ status as overwhelming favourites, Airdrie did create chances, with Willis Furtado seeing no fewer than five first-half efforts come to nothing.
The visiting striker was all too often isolated in his solo attacking role but he worked his socks off all day.
An encouraging effort against the much- superior Fifers but, in spite of Furtado’s determination to sniff out a chance, one wonders where the goals will come from in this lone striker set-up.
Hope Cammy Russell Photo: John Steven