Ti­tle chas­ing Ayr down Di­a­monds

Air­drieo­ni­ans........... 1 Ayr United ................ 2

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Mon­k­lands Derby Day Spe­cial -

A match which started with prom­ise ended in dis­ap­point­ment for Air­drie as Ayr United came from a goal down to claim all three points at the Ex­cel­sior sta­dium.

The Di­a­monds were aim­ing for a re­peat of their De­cem­ber vic­tory over Ian McCall’s side in an at­tempt to fur­ther al­lay any rel­e­ga­tion fears.

The home side got off to a great start when Jake Hastie tested United keeper Jor­dan Hart after only two min­utes, but the at­tacker’s header landed straight into the stop­per’s hands.

Dale Car­rick then man­aged to go one bet­ter than his team mate and sent his header into the back of the net after a lovely set-piece de­liv­ery from Luke Watt.

In an open match, chances were of­fered at both ends with Ro­han Fer­gu­son touch­ing Lawrence Shank­land’s curl­ing shot onto the bar.

As half-time ap­proached, Rob­bie Craw­ford equalised for the vis­i­tors when he was af­forded time and space after latch­ing on to And y Geg­gan’s deep cross.

Car­rick and Hastie went close at the start of the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore Fer­gu­son again made su­perb saves from Craig Moore and Shank­land.

But with just un­der 20 min­utes re­main­ing the dan­ger­ous Shank­land scored the win­ner after a neat pass­ing move.

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