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Airdrie edge past Irish side in challenge cup.

Ian Murray wants to see Airdrie home in on a quarter-final spot.

The Diamonds saw off their Irish opponents in a five-goal thriller to book their place INTUESDAY's last 16 draw.

And boss Murray hopes to avoid an away day for his side after edging through thanks to on-form Calum Gallagher's double and Callum Smith's winner.

He said:"This cup is a nice break from the league and it was a game played in a good spirit.

"I was delighted we were at home and I would like to be there again.

"That is half the battle and the longer you stay in the tournament the more excited you get.

"We'll see the draw this week and see who we get."

Gallagher's opener was cancelled out by Scott Allardice for the Dubliners on the stroke of half-time.

Three goals in five minutes lit up the tie late on. Gallagher made it 2-1, Luke Wade-Slater levelled for Bohs and then sub Smith netted the clincher.

Murray added:"It was a decent day and we will try to keep that momentum going and take it into the league now.

"This is a competition we want to stay in for as long as we can.

"But we need to keep our feet on the ground and follow this performance up with a strong league display next weekend."

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Publication:Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser (Lanarkshire, Scotland)
Date:Sep 11, 2019
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