Airdrie United / Airdrieonians (new) 2 - 6 Dundee Utd

Scottish Cup - 4th Round
Saturday, January 7th, 2012, 3:00 PM at New Broomfield
Attendance: 2,434
Referee: Craig Charleston
Airdrie United / Airdrieonians (new) Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Ryan Donnelly (85)
Ryan Donnelly (90)
John Rankin (17)
Scott Robertson (43)
Johnny Russell (62)
Johnny Russell (68)
Gary Mackay-Steven (71)
Johnny Russell (84)

Team Managers
Jimmy Boyle Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Connor Fairley
David Lilley
Paul Lovering
Kevin Green
Jamie Bain
Kieron Stallard
William McLaren
Sean Lynch
Jamie Stephenson
Nathan Blockley
Ryan Donnelly
Dušan Perniš
Garry Kenneth
Paul Dixon
Seán Dillon
Scott Robertson
Willo Flood
John Rankin
Stuart Armstrong
Gary Mackay-Steven
Johnny Russell
Jon Daly

Bench
Andrew Duncan
Rhyss Devlin
Phillip Johnston
John Boyle
Derek Holmes
Steve Banks
Barry Douglas
Richie Ryan
Lauri Dalla Valle
Ryan Dow

Substitutions
Derek Holmes for Kevin Green (31)
Phillip Johnston for Sean Lynch (66)
Rhyss Devlin for Jamie Stephenson (86)
Richie Ryan for Stuart Armstrong (57)
Lauri Dalla Valle for Jon Daly (66)
Barry Douglas for John Rankin (73)

Bookings
Jamie Stephenson (36)
Paul Lovering (75)
Garry Kenneth (38)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dušan Perniš (GK) 98 apps -
Garry Kenneth 184 apps7 goals
Seán Dillon 179 apps3 goals
Paul Dixon 129 apps4 goals
Scott Robertson 108 apps7 goals
Willo Flood 93 apps1 goal
Stuart Armstrong 27 apps2 goals
Gary Mackay-Steven 18 apps3 goals
John Rankin 27 apps1 goal
Johnny Russell 65 apps20 goals
Jon Daly 141 apps50 goals
Barry Douglas (sub) 39 apps3 goals
Richie Ryan (sub) 2 apps -
Lauri Dalla Valle (sub) 15 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Stuart Armstrong (19 years 287 days)
Oldest Player:Jon Daly (29 years 6 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 143 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Stuart Armstrong (19 years 287 days)
Oldest Player:Steve Banks (39 years 342 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 218 days
Domestic Players:9 (56.25 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
John Rankin scored his first goal for the Club.

United matched their hosts by lining up in 4-4-2 formation, with Johnny Russell partnering Jon Daly up front. The starting eleven showed two changes from the side that faced Aberdeen with Willo Flood replacing Robbie Neilson at right back, and Garry Kenneth coming in to partner Sean Dillon at centre half in place of Gavin Gunning.

United had struggled to settle with Airdrie closing down relentlessly, but after this early scare the visitors responded well and opened the scoring on 17 minutes. Mackay-Steven turned Kevin Green inside out on the left flank before playing a clever pass into the path of John Rankin and the midfielder did the rest - driving into the box to send a fine low finish in at the far post from 8 yards. With just two minutes to the interval, United established a two goal cushion. Again Mackay-Steven was involved. The winger’s low cut-back picked out Russell whose deft lay-off was latched onto by Scott Robertson and the midfielder placed a beautiful finish into the top corner of the net from 12 yards.

With Richie Ryan now on in place of Armstrong, United looked to have put the tie beyond Airdrie just after the hour mark. The home defence failed to clear Flood’s dangerous cross from the right and when the ball fell to Johnny Russell he sent an unstoppable drive into the roof of net from the edge of the box. By now it was largely one-way traffic toward the Airdrie goal, and Johnny Russell grabbed his second on 78 minutes, stooping to head home another excellent Dixon cross. The fifth followed just two minutes later with Gary Mackay-Steven collecting Robertson's pin-point cross-field pass and dispatching a powerful left foot shot low past Fairley.
Barry Douglas replaced Mackay-Steven and Paul Lovering picked up the third and final caution of the game for a late tackle on Robertson as the game entered the closing stages. Still United pushed forward and Johnny Russell completed his hat trick on 84 minutes. His first attempt was well saved by Fairley, and Dalle Valle’s effort was blocked by a defender before Russell made sure with his follow-up shot. Full credit to Airdrie – despite being six behind they kept playing and Ryan Donnelly took his impressive goals tally to 22 from 23 games with a late double. First, the 20 year old showed great composure to round Pernis and slot home; then Ryan Donnelly rose to meet a cross from the right and send a precision header into the corner of the net with virtually the last touch of the match.



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