Mandolgovi v Airdrieonians Trust

Mandolgovi v Airdrieonians Trust

Airdrieonians trust become first foreign team to visit Mandolgovi in the Gobi desert, Mongolia and play against a local club.  The game, led by fifa licensed match agent Martin Myers, was the first officiated game where a Mongolian team competed against a foreign side in the Gobi desert.

The trust were treated to a special day as they played on the newly built 3g pitch in the Gobi desert. A crowd of local support gathered around the pitch to watch the historic occasion. They were treated to pre match entertainment laid on by the local governors office following discussions with the Honorary Consul to Mongolia in Scotland, David Scott. Before kick off both teams exchanged gifts and sang the national anthems.

The game was played in good spirits with both sides looking for a victory. With the game tied 2-2 at half time it took a late winner, with just minutes left, to find a winner. Mandalgovi claimed a 3-2 win on home turf leading to scenes of celebration from the home support.

Despite the loss for the Airdrieonians trust, it was a great occasion for the visitors, who gifted football strips and 4 gers (Mongolian traditional homes) to homeless families from the town.  #footballchanginglives