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Steven Doris leaves the field to be replaced by Lee Bryce.
Gavin Swankie gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arbroath 3-1 Airdrie Utd.The assist for the goal came from Lee Sibanda.
Short corner worked by John Boyle. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by John Boyle, Lee Sibanda manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Lynch on Brian Kerr. Kieran McAnespie takes the direct free kick. Rhys Devlin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sean Lynch.
Unfair challenge on Jamie Bain by Kieran McAnespie results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sean Lynch.
Fraser Keast gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Kerr. Brian Kerr restarts play with the free kick.
(Arbroath) makes a substitution, with Lee Sibanda coming on for Josh Falkingham.
Inswinging corner taken by Graeme Owens from the left by-line, Corner taken short by Fraser Keast, Steven Doris manages to make a clearance. Darren Hill makes a save.
Josh Falkingham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Lynch. Free kick taken by Kieron Stallard. John Boyle replaces Paul Lovering.
Inswinging corner taken by Gavin Swankie, save made by Connor Fairley.
Kieron Stallard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Falkingham. Paul Sheerin takes the free kick.
The official flags Gavin Swankie offside. Connor Fairley restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Graeme Owens from the left by-line to the near post, Corner taken right-footed by Fraser Keast, Pedram Ardallany manages to make a clearance. Keith Gibson on for Pedram Ardallany. Clearance made by Stuart Malcolm.
Mark Baxter has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Stuart Malcolm gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Derek Holmes. Free kick scored by Graeme Owens from 35 yards. Arbroath 2-1 Airdrie Utd.
Corner taken right-footed by Gavin Swankie, Steven Doris finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Arbroath 2-0 Airdrie Utd.Gavin Swankie provided the assist for the goal.
Sean Lynch produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Graeme Owens, Brian Kerr makes a clearance. Shot from outside the box by Graeme Owens misses to the left of the goal.
Steven Doris fouled by Kieron Stallard, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Sheerin takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Derek Holmes. Darren Hill restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by David Lilley on Steven Doris, free kick awarded. Kieran McAnespie restarts play with the free kick.
Paul Lovering concedes a free kick for a foul on Pedram Ardallany. Paul Sheerin restarts play with the free kick. The referee shows Paul Lovering a yellow card.
Sean Lynch receives a yellow card.
Corner taken right-footed by Fraser Keast.
Corner taken by Graeme Owens, Kieran McAnespie manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Lilley on Gavin Swankie. Josh Falkingham takes the free kick.
Ryan Donnelly fouled by Kieran McAnespie, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Graeme Owens. Corner from the right by-line taken by Graeme Owens, Paul Sheerin makes a clearance.
Fraser Keast replaces Jamie Stevenson.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jamie Stevenson, Kieran McAnespie manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Stevenson from the left by-line, Kieran McAnespie makes a clearance.
Kieran McAnespie has a headed effort at goal from close in that bounces off the post.
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin from the right by-line, clearance made by Derek Holmes.
Kieran McAnespie challenges Ryan Donnelly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Bain.
Outswinging corner taken by Gavin Swankie from the right by-line.
Shot on goal by Gavin Swankie from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Foul by Derek Holmes on Stuart Malcolm, free kick awarded. Gavin Swankie restarts play with the free kick. Pedram Ardallany challenges Sean Lynch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Stevenson.
Unfair challenge on Paul Lovering by Gavin Swankie results in a free kick. Paul Lovering takes the direct free kick.
Brian Kerr concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Bain. Jamie Stevenson takes the free kick. Foul by Paul Lovering on Mark Baxter, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Darren Hill.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Ryan Donnelly. Beau Busch restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Paul Sheerin from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Connor Fairley by Stuart Malcolm results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Connor Fairley.
Kieran McAnespie scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arbroath 1-0 Airdrie Utd.Assist by Steven Doris.
Foul by Brian Kerr on Graeme Owens, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Owens.
Wedderburn doubt for league leaders
Arbroath defender Craig Wedderburn is a major doubt with a groin strain as the league leaders entertain Airdrie at Gayfield.
Striker Jordan Elfverson has already been ruled out due to an ankle ligament problem.
Player-manager Paul Sheerin has told his men they need to tighten up in defence if they are to retain pole position.
He said: "We are scoring freely because we attack so much, but that leaves us vulnerable at the back.
"It may well be a nice problem to have when you are winning, but it would be good to be a bit tighter when other teams attack.
"Airdrie have good wide men and my old St Johnstone team-mate Derek Holmes is a real handful so we will have to be alert throughout the game."
Airdrie's Fraser Keast is fit again after three weeks out with an ankle injury, and the midfielder will make the trip.
The game has come too soon for defender Graeme Goodhall, who remains out with a knock, though.
Ahead of the trip, Diamonds boss Jimmy Boyle empathised with his opposite number Paul Sheerin.
He said: "I was reading that Paul was finding it difficult to accept that he had to score three or four times in every game to win it as his team score just about as many as they concede.
"I know exactly how he feels as we can throw them in at one end just about as quickly as we score them at the other.
"I will settle for a 1-0 Airdrie win all the same."
Smokies on fire
Arbroath continued their impressive start to the season with a 3-1 win over Airdrie.
The hosts went ahead after just six minutes when Kieran McAnespie slotted home from striker Steven Doris' cross.
Airdrie had plenty of possession but rarely threatened Darren Hill's goal as their moves broke down in the final third.
The Smokies doubled their lead in the second half as Doris headed home from Gavin Swankie's inswinging corner.
Airdrie responded immediately with their first notable effort on goal, Graeme Owens curling a free-kick into the bottom corner in the 65th minute.
But Arbroath reasserted their authority in the 90th minute as Swankie's long-range goal, his fifth in four games, ensured his side remained top of Division Two.
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