Match report of this afternoon's home defeat in the clash against St. Mirren


Airdrie's penultimate home game of the season saw their recent indifferent form persist when they succumbed to a marginally-superior
St.Mirren and lost to two daft second half goals.

Picking out highlights from those first dreary 45 minutes is difficult. However, it must be worth noting that Owen Coyle, playing
his final match for Airdrie before taking on the managerial job at St.Johnstone, tried his best to leave the fans a goal or two to
remember him by. He tried too hard, though, as his two clear opportunities were stabbed the wrong side of the keeper's post.

Airdrie began the second half with renewed enthusiasm. Their only real star was Alan Gow, and twice he hit the woodwork out of nothing. His first strike was a 30-yard free-kick that bounced and ricocheted its way into the box before finally bouncing off the underside of the woodwork.

Minutes later he tried to poke the ball home from the edge of the box. It was a great effort but again it struck the woodwork. By then the fans could sense that their chance had come and gone.

St.Mirren, relieved not to be two behind, picked up the pace and soon took the lead. Stewart Kean did the damage when he rose above a static home defence. With predictable accuracy, Kean powered Alan Reid's cross into the net.

Kean's second was well put away, but again questions have to be asked as to the whereabouts of the Airdrie defence. As Allan
Russell broke down the wing, Kean took up position in the box and when the ball came in he swung his right foot and directed the balll into the net. And that, as they say, was that!