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Saturday, 9 December, 2000, 20:01 GMT
Airdrieonians 0-0 Ayr United
Airdrie snuff out the threat from Steve Boyack
Airdrie snuff out the threat from Steve Boyack
Airdrie outclassed promotion-chasing Ayr but had to make do with only a point at home for the second week in a row.

But at least Morton's defeat by Alloa allowed Steve Archibald's side to move off the bottom of the Division One table.

Archibald had no injury or suspension worries but made three changes, Martin Prest, David Fernandez and Scott Boyce coming in.

Striker James Grady was fit again for Ayr but could only find a place on the bench.

Ayr manager Gordon Dalziel also made three changes, goalkeeper Craig Nelson dropping to the bench along with Gary Teale and Paul Lovering as they paid for the 7-3 drubbing at Inverness.

But it was the home side that started the match in excellent form and could so easily have been two goals up in the space of five minutes.

Prest made a fine run down the left before sending over an excellent cross, which Darren Brady took first time and forced Marius Rovde into a reflex save.

Wonderful save

Two minutes later, Antonio Calderon sliced open the visiting defence with a perfect pass to Fabrice Moreau.

But the Frenchman held his head after seeing Rovde make another fine save.

United did have the occasional opportunity in the first half and Steve Boyack made sure that Javier Sanchez Broto was kept on his toes by forcing him into a wonderful full-length save in the sixth minute.

The first half was punctuated with excellent attacking play from the home side while the visitors defended in any manner available.

Glynn Hurst was given a freer role for Ayr in the second-half and, if the striker had had the same freedom in the first half, the Honest Men might have done much better.

Both sides had to settle for a share of the points and, of the two, it will undoubtedly be Ayr who will be the happier bunch of the two as they managed to at least keep a clean sheet.

While Airdrie's point gave them an advantage over Morton, they are four points adrift of third bottom Ross County.

Airdrie: J. Broto, Boyce, McCann, Brady, Forrest, Ireland, Moreau, Sanjuan, Prest, Calderon, Fernandez.

Subs: Elliott, Alfonso, McGuire, Trialist, Trialist.

Ayr: Rovde, Renwick, H. Robertson, Duffy, Hughes, Craig, Boyack, Wilson, Hurst, Annand, McGinlay.

Subs: Teale, Lovering, Grady, Campbell, Nelson.

Referee: J Rowbotham.

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