Dunfermline 1 Airdrie 0Saturday, 29th Apr 2000
SFL First Division
David Graham (82) 1-0:
Michel Doesburg was a late off and Jamie Dolan started with Chris Templeman a late addition to the bench.
Eddie May was out injured and neither Ian Ferguson or David Moss would feature because of their accumulated penalty points Calderwood also stated that this would be keeper Kris Mampaey’s last match. The Belgian keeper was returning to the continent for “private reasons”
All this meant the return of Hamish French and Jamie Dolan and a starting place for Owen Coyle
Dunfermline started towards the 240 Airdrie supporters in the East Stand The first chance of the match came after five minutes when Stevie Crawford turned on a Lee Bullen cross from the right but Crawford’s shot was saved by the Airdrie keeper Next Thomson’s lofty pass found Bullen who let the ball fall before hitting it wide right
Former Par Allan Moore was fielded in an unaccustomed left back role and when he missed a cross ball from the left he was relieved to see Lee Bullen’s effort go over the crossbar Next Stevie Crawford teed one up for Coyle but his shot we t for a corner
No 11 Alex Neil was by far Airdrie’s best player and on 13 minutes he produced the visitors only shot on target Fortunately Kris Mampaey was on hand to save Airdrie were not out off the game at all and lloking most unlike themseves in their blue and black strips Stuart Ingram sent a cross from the left flashing across the Pars goalmouth and Mampaey collected although a goal kick was awarded
Justin Skinner was struggling with double vision and was substituted after 22 minutes Two other chances fell to Dunfermline before half time with John Potter first setting up Jamie Dolan and then Bullen, Crawford and Coyle combining well to create a chance that the keeper stopped
Petrie and Thomson produced a break down the left but Thomson’s cross found no one The first half finished with a late tackle by Neil on Mampaey Kenny Clark withheld a card debut and Airdrie went in at the interval 0-0
Half time: Dunfermline 0 Airdrie 0
At the very start of the second half a Petrie prod almost set up Coyle but the former Well man failed to make any connection on the chance
Six minutes into the half Crawford played a 1-2 with Reid on the edge of the visitors box but the striker was closed down Similarly on 58 minutes Dunfermline were clear but Bullen’s shot went wide right
Three minutes later Forrest’s slip up let in Dolan but his effort was deflected over the crossbar Brian Reid’s harmful header from a corner left hit the underside of the crossbar but no goal was given
After 65 minutes Dolan linked with Crawford but his attempt went over the crossbar Dsunfermline had upped the pace and one felt a goal was imminent
David Graham came on for Owen Coyle who had shown for 74 minutes why he would not make it in the SPL next season
A Lee Bullen cross from the left was driven over the crossbar by Jimmy Sandison before Chris Templeman had a shot saved and then Graham supplied crosses for French and Templeman
Time was running out but Petrie was not for giving up The Pars man got to the by line to cross from the left David GRAHAM met the cross and turned the ball in the net to give the Pars the lead
With five minutes remaining Graham sent over a cross but Petrie’s shot was saved Not a pretty performance but three points just the same.
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SCORERS: Graham (82)
AIRDRIEONIANS: Wilson, Stuart Easton, Eddie Forrest, Sandy Stewart, Stewart Greacan, Jimmy Sandison, Allan Moore, Stuart Ingram (Darren Brady 70), Niall Thompson (William Struthers 90), Stuart Taylor, Alex Neil
SUBS NOT USED: Rob Coulter
YELLOW CARD: Thompson (76)
REFEREE: Kenny Clark (Paisley)
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