Youngsters show how it’s done

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Arbroath finally managed to pull themselves from their 12-game slump thanks to two youngsters to earn an important 2-1 win on Saturday.

Youth team players Chris Scott and Dayle Robertson were on the scoresheet to help the Lichties record their first win since mid-October.

And at full time, manager Paul Sheerin was delighted their hard work and persistence had paid off.

He said: “We showed decent character because we’ve gone behind in games but not managed to come back.

“We have a real pace and a real threat with Linn and Cook, who have been forced to play up top due to the injury of Bayney [Graham Bayne}.

“But young Kiffy [Chris Scott] came in and gave us real pace and his first goal was really, really good quality.

“And again with young Dayle he has got that in his locker and we see at youth level, he scores goals for fun, he does create things out of nothing and his finishing is brilliant.

“So I’m delighted for them and we got our reward today.”

The boss only made one change to the team which went down to Brechin the previous week with Chris Scott coming in to replace the injured Graham Bayne.

However, it was the Warriors who opened the scoring on 12 minutes.

A great ball by Sean Higgins fell to Darren Smith.

And with the Lichties’ defence sleeping, SMITH took his time to line up his shot and blast it straight past Scott Morrison.

But their lead didn’t last long as just six minutes later some good work from Paul Sheerin found Bobby Linn, who went on a run down the left hand side.

His cross fell to SCOTT, who was perfectly positioned to slot the ball home from close range to equalise.

Soon after the Lichties had a great chance to go ahead when another Linn cross this time found Ross Chisholm but his effort went straight to the ‘keeper.

Sheerin then also had a golden opportunity with a long range effort but it hit the top of the crossbar.

Half-time: Arbroath 1, Stenhousemuir 1.

Straight after the interval Sheerin put a great ball into the box, it fell to Linn but his effort was inches wide.

On 55 minutes, Smith found an opening for the Warriors and attempted a long range effort, which went into the side netting.

On 80 minutes Alex Keddie came close with a long range shot but it was just wide.

The ‘keeper then saved Stenhousemuir when he kept out efforts by Linn and Robertson just two minutes later.

But on 86 minutes the Lichties got the goal they had been pressing for when some brilliant work by Linn saw him put through Dayle ROBERTSON who cooly finished.

It was a dramatic end to the game, as the Lichties held out to record their first win in 12 games and first of 2014.

But despite the important victory, a win for Airdrie means Arbroath remain in ninth place, just two points above the Diamonds.