WITH his first goal since returning to the Indodrill Stadium, Luke Donnelley opened the scoring for the Wasps against Airdrieonians on Saturday.

It comes six years after his last goal for Alloa which he scored in his previous run with the side as a 20-year-old on loan from Celtic.

It was Donnelly's first start of the season, after making five appearances from the bench in previous games.

“It was my first start, so I was delighted to mark it with a goal, but the most important thing was that we managed to get all three points, in what was a really decent win for us," he told Advertiser Sport.

Donnelly, despite scoring the goal, was quick to praise his teammates' performance.

He said: “I thought everybody was brilliant, all the subs that came on, we work as a unit.

"I thought the first half was a wee bit scrappy but once we got the goal, I thought we kicked on and played very well.”

It was a fine goal from the former Arbroath man. He used his height to meet Kevin Cawley's cross from the right-hand side of the pitch to direct the ball past the goalkeeper into the left corner of the net.

Donnelly was effective throughout the game, using his physicality well and showing some nice touches and interplay with the other forwards.

The striker is hoping that this goal has opened the floodgates for his goalscoring form.

He said: “Hopefully I can kick on from here. Something I need to do is add more goals to my game.

"It was great, especially since it was a header.”

It was a disappointing result for Alloa last week, losing to Dunfermline, and Donnelly recognised how important Saturday’s result was for getting back on track.

“It was good to bounce back from the game last week and that’ll definitely give us some confidence and momentum going into the game on Tuesday," he added.

Ahead of Tuesday's fixture against Falkirk, Donnelly said: “We just need to approach it the same as we do against any other game.

"The win today will definitely build our confidence.”

Donnelly's first spell at Alloa came in the 2016-17 season where he made nine appearances and scored one goal.

Since then, the 26-year-old has appeared for Queen’s Park, Stranraer and most recently Arbroath before returning to the Wasps in August this year.