Queen’s Park 1 Airdrie 1: Diamonds miss chance to close gap with Cove Rangers in League One title race


Airdrie missed out on a chance to gain ground on League One leaders Cove Rangers after drawing 1-1 at Queen’s Park.

A hard-hitting strike from Charlie Fox fired the Spiders in front, but the Diamonds were level seconds later through Hearts loan Scott McGill for his fourth goal of the season.

But the Diamonds will really screw up Callum Smith’s first halfback at 1-1 when he shot wide from six yards out.

Back-to-back ties mean the Diamonds remain within seven points of leaders Cove Rangers, who were tied by Dumbarton, before the top two meet at Balmoral Stadium next week.

Queen’s Park’s difficult run continued as they only picked up one win in their last 12 starts.

Airdrie’s Callum Smith, right, missed a big chance for the visitors

The teams had drawn three times over 90 minutes in their previous four meetings this season and only a solitary goal gave Airdrie victory in the other encounter, so it was no surprise to see another close encounter at Firhill.

The Diamonds made a change from Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Clyde when captain Callum Fordyce fell to the bench and player/assistant coach Scott Agnew entered the starting 11.

And there was also a lonely change for the Spiders, coincidentally from their tie with Clyde in their last outing the previous Saturday, when interim boss Peter Grant brought Louis Longridge back to the team in place of Luis Longstaff.

After three minutes, Agnew almost opened the scoring for Airdrie straight from a corner kick. He hit the ball at the near post and a deflection carried the ball to the bottom of the crossbar before Spiders cleared the ball.

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The Spiders closed in after 10 minutes when Liam Brown did well to create space for a cross and picked out Longridge hurtling into the box but he didn’t make the connection he would have wanted on his volley and Max Currie was grateful to make a save. comfortable.

The locals enjoyed the best of the early stages and enjoyed a lot down the right wing, but fortunately for Airdrie, the last ball was missing.

Charlie Fox (C) of Queens Park celebrates the 1-0

However, on 27 minutes, Spiders produced some quality when Fox hit a corner kick from the left and fired an unstoppable shot past Currie into the top left corner to break the deadlock.

The Spiders were worthy of the first match, but shot themselves in the foot moments later when Airdrie found an immediate response. Callum Smith pinched Celtic loan Luca Connell’s possession inside the box and the court of him was conceded at home by McGill to level the scores.

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The Diamonds got much better after his goal and just before halftime, the visiting support was left wondering how the hell they weren’t out front after Callum Smith missed an absolute babysitter.

Another defensive lapse from Queen’s Park saw Frizzell win the ball and burst into the area. He layed the ball up for Smith, but somehow slid his effort off the post from six yards to keep the sides tied at halftime.

Thirty seconds after the restart, Smith had a chance to atone for his mistake when McGill sent in a pass, but Queen’s Park goalkeeper Calum Ferrie quickly came out to stop it with his feet.

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Queens Park’s Michael Doyle (right) and Airdrie’s Scott McGill vie for possession

Again, however, Spiders had a lot of joy on the right side and filled the Diamantes area with crosses, which were well attended by the visitors.

At the hour mark, Ferrie magnificently ducked to convert a Rhys McCabe free-kick around the post as the visitors were close to edging in front.

McGill was replaced by loaned-out Celtic star Brody Paterson and Jordan Allan replaced the ineffective Calum Gallagher as the Diamonds tried to turn things around.

But there were few chances until the 89th minute when Jordan Allan shot wide.

The Diamonds will be back in action next weekend when they face a huge clash at the top of the table against leaders Cove Rangers.

QUEEN’S PARK: Ferrie, Doyle (Davidson 90), Robson, Fox, Kilday, Gillespie, Brown (Thomson 90), Connell (Moore 82), Smith, Longridge (Longstaff 63), McHugh.

Top Scorers: Fox 27

Reserves: Doyle, Brown

Unused substitutes: Grant, Quitongo, Heraghty, Biggar.

AIRDRIE: Currie, MacDonald, Watson, Kerr, McCabe Agnew, Frizzell, Easton, S McGill (Paterson 63), Gallagher (Allan 69), Smith.

Scorers: McGill 28

Reserves: Easton

Unused substitutes: Cantley, Walker, Ritchie, McDonald, Fordyce.

Ref: Dan McFarlane

HT: 1-1

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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