Airdrieonians picked up an important bonus point in the Premier Sports League Cup after winning a penalty shootout against Queen’s Park.
The cinch League One pair played out a 0-0 draw at Firhill but Airdrie emerged victorious in the shootout to claim two points. Motherwell sit top of Group F on maximum points while Queen’s Park are second. Airdrieonians rank in fourth, but are just a point behind Queen’s Park with a game in-hand.
Airdrie’s Salim Kouider-Aïssa latched onto a loose pass and found himself through on goal with William Muir in the Queen’s goal after just a minute, but he fired just wide of the post. Callum Biggar forced Max Currie into a good save after impressive build-up play from the hosts.
The hosts started the second half on the front foot with Liam Brown testing Currie. Jake Davidson’s effort then whistled by the post. Callum Gallagher missed a free header for the visitors but Queen’s Park continued to be the better side. Airdrieonians, however, won the spot-kick bonus point shootout 4-3.
Here are three things we learned.
For large spells of the game, Queen’s dominated and looked impressive with their passing style of play. But it felt like they were trying to walk the ball into the net at times. That aside, they clearly have a squad that are capable of performing at the top end of League One this season.
Queen’s midfielder Brown looked a class above at times with his range of passing, skill and movement to create space for his team mates. He also showed a good turn of pace on a couple of occasions to start a counter-attack.
Airdrie’s number one Currie made several superb saves to deny the hosts an opening. Feet, legs, body, nothing seemed to get by him. Muir at the other end left the pitch with the home fans singing his name after an impressive performance and penalty save in normal time.
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