Soccer

Airdrie break into top four with victory at Arbroath

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Arbroath were beaten
A ball and some bottles Arbroath were beaten (Nigel French/PA)

Airdrie moved into the cinch Championship top four after beating Arbroath 2-1 at Gayfield Park.

Callum Fordyce’s 72nd-minute header from a Charles Telfer corner broke the deadlock and Gabriel McGill struck nine minutes from time before Jay Bird’s free-kick cut the deficit.

The Championship’s bottom club made Airdrie work hard for victory, and Arbroath were left to rue Leighton McIntosh’s missed penalty just before half-time.

Airdrie’s Dean McMaster hit the bar early in the second half, and it looked like being a frustrating night for the Diamonds until Fordyce and McGill came up trumps.