Match Report - By Steven Mew
City made it six games unbeaten with a fine win over Airdrieonians at the Penny Cars Stadium yesterday afternoon, a venue which has yielded very little success for City over the years.
It was a comfortable win in the end, but it wasn't all plain sailing for City who went behind on the quarter hour mark, but three goals of the highest quality meant Darren Dods' men would leapfrog their opponents in the table and end the first quarter on a high.
Dods kept faith in the starting 11 which drew with Stranraer at Glebe Park last weekend. The home side meanwhile featured 2 ex-City players in the shape of Sean Crighton and Chris O'Neil who were both at Glebe Park last season.
Within the opening minute loanee Callum Hendry had a shot deflected for a corner but this was as good as it got for City in the opening stages as the home side took control.
On 7 minutes Josh Edwards had a shot from the edge of the box which was comfortably gathered by Brennan and shortly after, Chris O'Neil struck wide of the goal after Burns had miscontrolled Victoria's cross into the box.
Airdrie made their pressure count when they took the lead on the quarter hour mark. A ball dinked forward set Wilkie free on the right hand side, he unselfishly squared the ball across for JOAO VICTORIA who sidestepped Euan Smith before lashing high past Brennan.
City weren't behind for long however as they levelled things up just three minutes later. Kalvin Orsi burst forward through the heart of midfield before threading an inch perfect ball through for ANDY JACKSON - he took the ball in his stride before calmly slotting beyond Hutton.
The game fizzled out somewhat after the two quickfire goals. Hutton was well placed to save a curled effort from Callum Tapping and for the home side, Scott Stewart's half volley from the edge of the box went just over.
Darren Dods opted to make an early change on 38 minutes with the introduction of Aron Lynas, replacing Giuliano Morena who was living dangerously on a booking.
Just five minutes into the second half, City got their noses in front with one of the best strikes you'll see all season. SEAN BURNS, against his former club, collected the ball in space and from 25 yards, he arrowed a shot which cannoned off the inside of the post and into the net. Not a bad way to open your account for the club.
City started to gain control and looked to take advantage of a vulnerable home defence. Shortly before the hour mark Callum Tapping had a 25 yard free kick tipped over the bar by Hutton and from the resultant corner, Euan Smith's volley was fumbled by the Diamonds keeper before being cleared to safety.
Conor Brennan saved a low effort to deny substitute Ryan Conroy from the edge of the box but the City keeper was rarely troubled in the second period.
Callum Hendry came close when he strode forward with the ball before flashing a shot past the post, but City would extend their lead shortly after.
It was a piece of individual brilliance from ANDY JACKSON who collected the ball just past the halfway line - he made a run down down the left before coming inside, beating Scott Stewart and another Airdrie defender in the box before lashing a shot beyond Hutton into the far corner.
With ten minutes remaining, Brennan had to be alert to tip a Conroy free kick round the post and five minutes later, substitute Jordan Sinclair had a shot from range which whistled just past the upright at the other end.
The home side pushed bodies forward in the closing stages to try and get back into the game, but a well drilled City rearguard held firm to record a first league win away from home for over a year and a half. It was also the first time City had won a league game by more than a single goal margin since March 2017 - ironically against Airdrieonians.
City finish the first quarter of the season sitting in the last of the promotion playoff positions in 4th place. The international weekend perhaps comes at the wrong time again for City who are back on the road again in a fortnights time against an on-form East Fife side.
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