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Preview Airdrieonians

Saturday, 22nd Apr 2023

cinch League One (away) v Airdrieonians, Saturday 22nd April 2023, kick off 3.00pm at the Excelsior Stadium

The League One champions travel to the Excelsior Stadium on Saturday expecting another close game against the Diamonds. Airdrieonians lie third and just two points short of a guaranteed play-off place, although they possibly have enough already.

In league meetings Dunfermline and Airdrie, the Diamonds are marginally ahead of the Pars with 41 wins to Dunfermline`s 40, 33 matches have been drawn including the last one at East End Park in February this year.

Pars v Airdrie: The Full League Record
P W D L F A
At East End Park 59 23 21 15 92 87
At Airdrie 55 17 12 26 87 120
TOTALS 114 40 33 41 179 207
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Last Meeting at the Excelsior Stadium
League One, Saturday 11th February 2023


Airdrieonians 3-4 Dunfermline
Sat, 11th Feb 2023

Dunfermline had to score four times to win this match and did that after from being three goals down with 30 minutes remaining.

The Pars paid dearly for losing the ball in their own half and a ball over the top was ideal for McGILL to latch on to an opportunity that he sent past Mehmet from 15 yards out. 1-0

A double substitution in 32 minutes brought Robbie Mahon and Ewan Otoo on for Hamilton and Chalmers but Airdrie did not relent any. Frizzell completed a good move by teeing up Calum GALLAGHER in front of goal and he made no mistake in scoring the Diamonds second. There were 38 minutes on the clock and it was 2-0.

Four minutes into the second half Euan Deveney scrambled away down the left flank and punctuated that with a cross that came off the shoulder of the unlucky MAHON to enter the net at the near post. 3-0

Airdrie’s fortunes then changed with Callum Smith red carded ten minutes later. Wighton was denied a shot with the intervention of the former Par’s hand and a penalty kick allowed Kyle BENEDICTUS to step up and smack the ball home low right, 3-1.

In 66 minutes Mahon cut the ball back for TODD to crash home in off the left upright from 18 yards.

There were nine minutes remaining when Benedictus found himself on the right, his pass picked out Mahon who squared for TODD to shoot home with the aid of a deflection, from 25 yards out. 3-3

Then in 86 minutes the incredible comeback was complete. It was Wighton who made ground down the left and his cross was expertly turned away from the keeper and in by TODOROV. 3-4

AIRDRIEONIANS: Josh Rae: Cammy Ballantyne, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Callum Fordyce (c), Euan Deveney, Rhys McCabe, Adam Frizzell (Justin Devenny, 67), Charlie Telfer (Ben Stanway 77), Callum Smith, Gabby McGill (Lewis McGregor 77), Calum Gallagher (Lachie Byrd 79).
SUBS NOT USED: Salim Kouider-Aïssa, Dean McMaster, Craig Watson, Bright Prince, David Hutton (GK).

DUNFERMLINE: Deniz Mehmet: Aaron Comrie, Kyle Benedictus (c), Rhys Breen (Kevin O’Hara 64): Kyle Macdonald (Chris Mochrie HT), Chris Hamilton (Ewan Otoo 32), Joe Chalmers (Robbie Mahon 32), Josh Edwards: Matthew Todd: Craig Wighton, Lewis McCann (Nikolay Todorov 79).
SUBS NOT USED: Miller Fenton, Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Andrew Tod, Max Little (GK).

Last twelve meetings



Prior to this season the most recent meetings were in the 2015-2016 season. Airdrieonians have won five, Dunfermline three and four have been drawn.



2022/2023

League One Dunfermline 1-1 Airdrieonians 18/02/23
League One Airdrieonians 3-4 Dunfermline 11/02/23

League One Dunfermline 1-1 Airdrieonians 27/08/22


2015/2016 

First Division Airdrieonians 3-0 Dunfermline 23/04/16

First Division Dunfermline 0-1 Airdrieonians 29/01/16

First Division Airdrieonians 0-2 Dunfermline 14/11/15

First Division Dunfermline 1-1 Airdrieonians 26/09/15



2014/2015
First Division Airdrieonians 3-2 Dunfermline 02/05/15

First Division Dunfermline 2-2 Airdrieonians 17/01/15

First Division Airdrieonians 3-1 Dunfermline 13/12/14

First Division Dunfermline 3-0 Airdrieonians 23/08/14



2013/2014
First Division Airdrie United 2-0 Dunfermline 05/04/14



Recent Form

Dunfermline’s win over Queen of the South extended their unbeaten league run to twenty one games and they have lost only once in the league away from home this season.

Airdrieonians have won five and drawn one of their last six matches. They have scored 26 goals in the their eight home league games in 2023.

Last six matches



DUNFERMLINE

Queen of the South (H) W 5-0

Peterhead (A) W 2-0

Falkirk (A) D 2-2

Kelty Hearts (H) D 0-0

Montrose (A) W 3-1

FC Edinburgh (H) D 0-0



AIRDRIEONIANS

Falkirk (A) D 2-2
Montrose (H) W 3-0
Alloa Athletic (A) W 1-0
Clyde (A) W 5-1
Peterhead (H) W 7-0

Kelty Hearts (H) W 6-1




League Record



DUNFERMLINE

League Position: 1st

League Points: 74

Goal Difference: +39

Away League Record: P16 W12 D3 L1 GF30 GA
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Last Six Match Form: DWDDWW



AIRDRIEONIANS

League Position: 3rd

League Points: 56

Goal Difference: +30

Home League Record: P16 W10 D2 L4 GF48 GA23

Last Six Match Form: WWWWWD

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE:
Deniz Mehmet: Aaron Comrie, Kyle Benedictus (c), Ewan Otoo, Josh Edwards: Chris Hamilton (Paul McGowan 58): Joe Chalmers (Paul Allan 66), Kane Ritchie-Hosler (Robbie Mahon 73): Matty Todd (Chris Mochrie 58): Lewis McCann (Kevin O’Hara 66), Craig Wighton.
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Macdonald, Nikolay Todorov, Miller Fenton, Max Little (GK).

AIRDRIEONIANS (v Falkirk): Josh Rae: Craig Watson (Euan Deveney 90), Callum Fordyce, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Rhys McCabe HT): Cammy Ballantyne, Adam Frizzell, Dean McMaster, Justin Deveney (Ben Stanway 74), Gabby McGill, Calum Gallagher (Charlie Telfer 87), Callum Smith
SUBS NOT USED: Salim Kouider-Aisser, Lewis McGregor, Joe Dixon, Lachie Byrd, David Hutton (GK)

Other League One Fixtures

Alloa Athletic v Falkirk
FC Edinburgh v Kelty Hearts
Peterhead v Clyde
Queen of the South v Montrose



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