Airdrieonians v Dumbarton: Craig Watson says 'I've never seen a game like it'

There were five additional goals, two added-time goals and four red cards. The final kick of the ball was a winner for the eight-man visitors. It's no surprise that Craig Watson, Airdrieonians defender, said: "I have never seen a match like it, never mind played in one.
Oh, and that's not to mention the penalty kick - and another saved - that gave his side an early lead before the mayhem of the crazy closing stages of a never-to-be-forgotten Scottish League One game that eventually finished 3-2.

Ross MacLean cancelled Rhys McCabe’s spot kick before half-time, but the Dumbarton midfielder was sent home for violent conduct following Airdrie's award of a penalty kick for Carlo Pignatiello’s challenge on Dylan Easton.

Sam Ramsbottom was right to deny McCabe a second goal at the spot. However, Dumbarton's resistance seemed to be broken when centre-half Gregor Buchanan received a second yellow card just two minutes before the end of normal. Easton's thunderbolt bang on 90 minutes left the goalkeeper helpless.

Watson said that Watson spoke on BBC Radio 5 Live's Monday Night Club, "We all went insane, a huge pile-up, and thought, If we just stay tight and get it in the corners and get it long, we'll see out 4 minutes of stoppage with them down to nine men."

Former Hamilton Academical and East Fife players pointed out that visitors had "both center-backs, and their entire midfield booked by midtime". Andy Geggan, a midfielder, was then given a second yellow. There was still one minute to go.

Airdrie was surely the one who won it now. No. Watson spoke out about Paul Paton, a Partick Thistle veteran midfielder who scored the equalizer in the 94th minute.

It was absolutely devastating. We were quite shocked. We were shocked at what was happening.

"I was honest and thought that the referee would blow for time as soon we took the kick off. But, thankfully, we never gave in, got the ball up the pitch and managed to get a few corners. "Big Sal" has now got his head up for us.

Six minutes had elapsed before the end of stoppage time. It's no surprise that striker Salim Kouider Aissa was "having the top off and swinging it around." The drama was not over though, as Dumbarton manager Stevie Farrell was sent to the stands.

Watson stated, "I wasn’t sure if it was annoyed at our celebrations” or not. It was madness, though. It's a little blurred to be truthful."

Airdrie's 3-2 win brought them level with Queen's Park's and Cove Rangers on points. They were even more important after Glasgow's dramatic 4-3 loss to Alloa Athletic 24 hours later.

Watson was asked what Ian Murray, Diamonds manager, would have said to them if they failed to win their game. Watson replied that it would have been "unthinkable" but that they won the game.