With the sun high in the sky, it was a game that both sets of fans were looking forward to. Those that had turned up anyway.
With Livingston fans commenting on the lack of Airdrie support through the medium of song, there was a distinct absence of the drum beats that often accompany songs from the travelling fans.
It is still the summer holidays after all, but both sides were missing players – with genuine excuses. For the home side, experienced centre half David Lilley was ruled out through suspension while midfield trio Phil Johnston, Graeme Owens and Sean Lynch missed out due to injury.
Livingston were forced to play with their second choice ‘keeper Darren Jamieson as Tony Bullock was also suspended.
It was Jamieson who was tested first as Ally Woodburn whipped in a free-kick which was met by the head of Chris Malone into the back of the net. Referee Charlie Richmond had blown the whistle for a free-kick though.
Throughout the first half neither ‘keeper was put under a serious amount of pressure. Both sides failed to make the most of their chances, despite good opportunities such as 20 minutes in after a Ryan Donnelly free-kick had just gone wide, Livingston winger Bobby Barr was thrust into the counter-attack and made a good run but couldn’t get the ball into the box.
Soon enough Kenny Deuchar had two chances to score, a free-kick from Keighan Jacobs wasn’t headed properly by “the Good Doctor”, but if it had been then Airdrie ‘keeper McKane wouldn’t have had a chance.
Two minutes later Deuchar had another header fly past McKane but this time it was cleared off the line by Stallard.
The best chance of the half fell to the Diamonds’ John Boyle who found himself one on one with ‘keeper only to take too long with the ball and let Jason Talbot catch up with him and execute a precise tackle to stop him taking his chance.
It was a fairly even first half finishing goalless but it didn’t take long after the break for the onslaught to begin.
Four minutes in, Barr and Russell linked up with the latter taking on the defence then squaring the ball to David Sinclair who took advantage of the empty net that lay in front of him.
Just five minutes after that Russell was this time the scorer as he lobbed McKane to double Livingston’s lead.
Young Diamond Donnelly almost replicated Russell’s goal at the other end but it went high over the bar. It was then Stallard who had a shot on goal but was denied by the outside of the near post.
Iain Russell had no such problems a few minutes later though, finding the net again to make the score read 3-0. I’m sure he meant to score, but Livingston’s next goal was surely a cross from Bobby Barr that somehow found the back of the net.
Barr then got another in the dying minutes of the game to make it 5-0.
Airdrie: McKane, Bain, Lovering, Stallard, Malone, Devlin, Woodburn, Blockley, Holmes, Donnelly, Boyle
Subs: Keast, Morton, Sally, Hill, Duncan
Livingston: Jamieson, Brown, Talbot, Sinclair, Barr, Watson, Fox, Jacobs, Deuchar, Russell, Barr
Subs: Jacobs, McNulty, Travis, Docherty, Murphy