An inspirational fight-back from Greenock Morton saw them halt Airdrieonians' potential title-party with a 3-2 home success on Friday night.
A Kieran Brophy double was sandwiched in between Jack Purdue's equaliser as the Ton smashed home three second-half goals to turn around a game that looked to be dead and buried. Jake Coulter and Calvin Cowie netted first-half strikes for the visitors.
Airdrieonians went into the game knowing that a win would guarantee them the Development League West title, but initially were surprised by a high Morton press. The Ton were pushing Airdrie back into their own final third at times, and it felt like chances would soon start to flow as Airdrieonians struggled to cope.
However, it wasn't long before the visitors were getting the ball down and put themselves on the front foot. Coulter and Thomas Kennedy were threatening to combine, with the former flicking a header through for the latter, but it was too heavy.
Coulter was extremely lively, and it was he who opened the scoring on 15 minutes. Lovely play down the left hand side saw a cross fizz towards goal. Daniel Farrell could only palm the ball straight out to Coulter, who was on hand to poke home from close-range.
It was exactly the start Airdrieonians were looking for, and things started to settle for them after the opener. Coulter got into a variety of terrific positions, with Kennedy and Grant Brennan providing constant service for the striker. However, Coulter continually had efforts on goal blocked.
These openings came after Farrell got a big hand to a Coulter header, and Brennan had a slow drive from inside the area timely blocked and out for a corner.
The chances just kept coming for a confident Airdireonians outfit, and they would have a golden chance to go 2-0 up on 28 minutes. Brennan again spun round Morton's trialist, who took him out to give away a penalty. Robbie Leighton stepped up but his penalty was confidently beaten away by Farrell.
Farrell was yet again called into action moments later as he palmed Brennan's ferocious drive over the bar.
The pressure was relentless, and the visitors doubled their lead deservedly before the break. A lovely ball from Coulter set up Cowie in the box. After sizing up his position in the box, he smashed a powerful effort high over Farrell, who could only get a slight touch, and into the net.
As the referee blew for half-time and a dominant Airdrieonians went back up the tunnel, there was a subdued atmosphere from the Morton supporters, who would've believed it was a case of how many for what looked like the champions-elect.
Yet, nobody could've foreseen what the second half provided.