Mar 14 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
IT was more messy than Messi but defender Cameron MacDonald says his first goal for Airdrie came at the perfect time.
The Diamonds star was in the right place to lift a Derek Holmes flick-on over Albion Rovers keeper Derek Gaston to earn his side a vital derby-day win.
MacDonald joked that it was a finish Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi would have been proud of following the Argentine’s four-goal virtuoso in the Champions League last Wednesday night.
But no matter how it went in, the 22-year-old was delighted to grab three valuable points and praised the part played by Holmes in settling a match that wasn’t one for the purists.
“I’ve been done a few times by not matching runs following a flick-on, so it’s nice to get one at the other end on this occasion,” said the ex-Livingston ace.
“It’s not a bad time to get my first goal for the club. You know big Derek is going to win a header nine times out of 10 in the box.
“In a situation like that, it’s all about gambling. That’s what I did and the ball came to my left foot and I’ve helped it over the keeper. It was like Messi! Derek’s a good player and we just played off him. He’s been with clubs at a higher level for a reason. We were also solid defensively and this is a great result.”
Airdrie showed their battling qualities to bring to an end a winless streak which had stretched to five games.
While MacDonald lauded the workman-like efforts of his team-mates, he was less than generous about the Cliftonhill surface.
He added: “The pitch was like a cow field. Sometimes you have to stand up and be counted. We needed to go long and battle here but we have to get the ball down and play against Forfar.”
Rovers’ sensational 7-2 thrashing of the Diamonds back in November prompted some pre-match japery at the expense of Airdrie when they pitched up for a must-win game.
MacDonald wasn’t at the club when they suffered that particular humiliation but he was pleased to do his bit in ramming taunts back down throats.
“There was a big number seven in the programme,” he said. “There was a sign on the wall saying ‘shower seven isn’t working’. But we just focused on the points.”