Lone striker could do with help

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Sports -

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

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