Ayr United 2 - 3 Ross County

Wednesday 29th February 2012
K Parker (52, 75)R Brittain (16, pen 38, 80)

Great Brittain inspires County

Richard Brittain scored hat-trick as Ross County moved clear at the top of the First Division after a thrilling 3-2 win over Ayr.

Brittain opened his account in the 16th minute when he curled in a delightful 20-yard free-kick after Micheal McGowan had brought down Michael Gardyn.

Michael Moffat should have levelled after 28 minutes, but his header was saved by the feet of Michael Fraser and Ayr were made to pay 10 minutes later.

Adam Dodd fouled Gary Miller in the area and Brittain took his seasonal tally to seven when he despatched the resulting spot-kick into the bottom corner.

Keigan Parker headed Ayr back into the game by getting on the end of Micheal McGowan's 52nd-minute cross and he levelled the game 23 minutes later by firing in from the edge of the area.

But Brittain had the final say by firing in a spectacular 30-yard effort with 10 minutes remaining.

OfficialKevin Clancy
Attendance1,096
VenueSomerset Park
Kick Off
Ayr United 0 - 0 Ross County
0:18
Foul on Keigan Parker
0:22
Free Kick taken by Jonathan Tiffoney
1:55
Cross from Michael Moffat
3:30
Cross from Richard Brittain
3:31
Clearance by Christopher Smith
4:16
Shot taken by Scott Morrison with his right foot from the left wing
4:32
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
5:00
Offside flag raised against Michael Gardyne
5:01
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
5:51
Foul on Edward Malone
5:57
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
6:42
Foul on Iain Vigurs
6:49
Free Kick taken by Scott Morrison
8:22
Cross from Keigan Parker
8:24
Clearance by Grant Munro
8:33
Offside flag raised against Mark Roberts
8:33
Free Kick taken by Michael Fraser
9:37
Offside flag raised against Michael Gardyne
9:40
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
11:06
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
12:04
Corner taken by Iain Vigurs using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
12:36
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
14:37
Foul on Michael Gardyne
14:44
Free Kick taken by Richard Brittain
15:28
Shot taken by Richard Brittain with his right foot
15:28
Ayr United 0 - 1 Ross County
GOAL scored by Richard Brittain with his right foot to the bottom left of the goal.
17:13
Goal Kick taken by Michael Fraser
19:38
Cross from Keigan Parker
19:42
Goal Kick taken by Michael Fraser
20:21
Offside flag raised against Keigan Parker
20:24
Free Kick taken by Michael Fraser
21:33
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
22:14
Goal Kick taken by Michael Fraser
23:12
Cross from Jonathan Tiffoney
23:15
Block taken by Iain Vigurs
25:36
Foul on Michael Gardyne
25:44
Free Kick taken by Richard Brittain
26:21
Shot taken by Richard Brittain with his right foot
26:26
Block taken by Christopher Smith
26:29
Corner taken by Iain Vigurs using his left foot from the right byline
26:50
Clearance by Christopher Smith
27:01
Hand Ball taken by Grant Munro
27:05
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
27:48
Foul on Liam Tomsett
27:54
Free Kick taken by Adam Dodd
28:26
Foul on Andrew Geggan
28:30
Free Kick taken by Liam Tomsett
28:56
Shot taken by Michael Moffat with his right foot from the left penalty area
29:05
Save made by Michael Fraser
29:07
Corner taken by Michael Moffat with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
29:26
Clearance by Grant Munro
29:55
Foul on Michael Gardyne
30:01
Free Kick taken by Iain Vigurs from the right wing
30:13
Cross from Iain Vigurs
30:15
Shot taken by Colin McMenamin from the centre penalty area
30:28
Clearance by Jonathan Tiffoney
30:29
Corner taken by Paul Lawson with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
30:50
Foul on Micheal McGowan
30:53
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
32:59
Offside flag raised against Colin McMenamin
33:00
Free Kick taken by Christopher Smith
33:21
Cross from Colin McMenamin
33:26
Clearance by Jonathan Tiffoney
34:06
Corner taken by Paul Lawson with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
35:29
Foul on Gary Miller
35:42
BOOKING: Mark Roberts of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
35:42
BOOKING: Adam Dodd of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
37:21
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Richard Brittain and scored with his right foot to the bottom left
37:21
Ayr United 0 - 2 Ross County
GOAL scored by Richard Brittain with his right foot from the penalty spot to the bottom left of the goal.
38:39
Foul on Micheal McGowan
38:58
BOOKING: Iain Vigurs of Ross County given yellow card for dissent
39:01
Free Kick taken by Micheal McGowan from the right wing
41:14
Foul on Micheal McGowan
41:19
Free Kick taken by Edward Malone from the right wing
41:28
Cross from Edward Malone
41:46
Cross from Iain Vigurs
42:27
Corner taken by Iain Vigurs using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
42:46
Clearance by Mark Roberts
43:13
Shot taken by Stuart Kettlewell with his right foot from the centre penalty area
43:23
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
Half Time
Ayr United 0 - 2 Ross County
Second Half Started
Ayr United 0 - 2 Ross County
46:02
Shot taken by Paul Lawson with his right foot
46:09
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
46:26
Foul on Micheal McGowan
46:34
Free Kick taken by Micheal McGowan
46:51
Corner taken by Adam Dodd using his left foot from the left byline
47:16
Clearance by Grant Munro
48:20
Corner taken by Iain Vigurs using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
48:52
Shot taken by Paul Lawson using his left foot
50:51
Corner taken by Micheal McGowan with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
51:15
Shot taken by Keigan Parker with his right foot from the centre penalty area
51:15
Ayr United 1 - 2 Ross County
GOAL scored by Keigan Parker from the centre penalty area to the top right of the goal.
57:01
Foul on Scott Boyd
57:07
Free Kick taken by Michael Fraser
58:26
Foul on Grant Munro
58:31
Free Kick taken by Grant Munro
59:20
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
59:31
Foul on Paul Lawson
59:39
Free Kick taken by Scott Boyd
60:26
Cross from Adam Dodd
60:36
Shot taken by Liam Tomsett with his right foot from the right penalty area
60:56
Goal Kick taken by Michael Fraser
62:03
Shot taken by Scott Morrison with his right foot
62:11
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
62:53
Cross from Iain Vigurs
62:57
Clearance by Jonathan Tiffoney
63:03
Foul on Mark Roberts
63:07
Free Kick taken by Edward Malone
63:31
Shot taken by Mark Roberts using his left foot from the right penalty area
63:45
Save made by Michael Fraser
64:35
Shot taken by Stuart Kettlewell using his left foot
64:53
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
65:10
Foul on Stuart Kettlewell
65:17
Free Kick taken by Paul Lawson
66:10
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
66:58
Offside flag raised against Keigan Parker
66:59
Free Kick taken by Scott Boyd
68:20
Corner taken by Micheal McGowan with his right foot from the right byline
68:53
Clearance by Colin McMenamin
69:00
Shot taken by Colin McMenamin with his right foot
69:08
Block taken by Jonathan Tiffoney
69:10
Corner taken by Iain Vigurs using his left foot from the right byline
69:42
Clearance by Christopher Smith
70:13
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
71:12
Shot taken by Liam Tomsett with his right foot
71:21
Save made by Michael Fraser
71:51
Foul on Grant Munro
71:57
Free Kick taken by Michael Fraser
72:45
Foul on Grant Munro
72:54
Free Kick taken by Scott Morrison
74:02
Shot taken by Keigan Parker with his right foot
74:02
Ayr United 2 - 2 Ross County
GOAL scored by Keigan Parker with his right foot to the top right of the goal.
75:05
Cross from Michael Gardyne
75:10
Foul on Colin McMenamin
75:20
Free Kick taken by Richard Brittain
75:49
Cross from Richard Brittain
75:51
Clearance by Edward Malone
76:16
Foul on Richard Brittain
76:24
Free Kick taken by Michael Fraser
77:33
Offside flag raised against Michael Gardyne
77:34
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
77:42
Substitution for Ayr United: Gareth Wardlaw on for Mark Roberts
78:29
Foul on Grant Munro
78:32
Free Kick taken by Michael Fraser
79:19
Shot taken by Richard Brittain using his left foot
79:19
Ayr United 2 - 3 Ross County
GOAL scored by Richard Brittain using his left foot to the top left of the goal.
81:28
Substitution for Ross County: Mark Corcoran on for Scott Morrison
82:12
Foul on Keigan Parker
82:16
BOOKING: Scott Boyd of Ross County given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
82:32
Free Kick taken by Adam Dodd from the left wing
82:39
Cross from Adam Dodd
84:46
Shot taken by Paul Lawson using his left foot
84:56
Substitution for Ross County: Steven Craig on for Colin McMenamin
85:17
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
87:44
Substitution for Ross County: Rocco Quinn on for Paul Lawson
88:55
Foul on Jonathan Tiffoney
89:05
BOOKING: Mark Corcoran of Ross County given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
89:21
Free Kick taken by Micheal McGowan from the right wing
89:26
Cross from Micheal McGowan
90:00+0:02
Goal Kick taken by Michael Fraser
90:00+0:23
Foul on Adam Dodd
90:00+0:27
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
90:00+0:57
Cross from Keigan Parker
90:00+2:47
Shot taken by Liam Tomsett with his right foot
90:00+2:58
Goal Kick taken by Michael Fraser
Full Time
Ayr United 2 - 3 Ross County
Result
Ayr United 2 - 3 Ross County

Ayr United

vs

Ross County

2
Goals
3
2
Assists
0
7
Shots
12
5
On Target
7
2
Off Target
5
9
Crosses
7
4
Corners
7
27
Throw Ins
24
3
Saves
3
8
Clearances
4
9
Goal Kicks
6
2
Blocks
1
17
Free Kicks
16
3
Offside
4
0
Penalties
1
0
Hand Balls
1
2
Yellow Cards
3

Ayr United

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Kevin Cuthbert
02.Christopher Smith
03.Edward Malone
04.Edward Malone
05.Jonathan Tiffoney
06.Adam Dodd (36+0: Unsporting behaviour)
07.Liam Tomsett
08.Micheal McGowan
09.Andrew Geggan
10.Andrew Geggan
11.Michael Moffat

Substitutes

12.Keigan Parker
13.Mark Roberts (36+0: Unsporting behaviour) 78+0' Tactical
14.Ryan McWilliams
15.Ross Robertson
16.Jamie McKernon
17.Jamie McKernon
18.Gareth Armstrong
19.Gareth Wardlaw 78+0' Tactical

Ross County

Formation: 4-1-3-2

01.Michael Fraser
02.Gary Miller
03.Grant Munro
04.Scott Boyd (83+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Scott Morrison 82+0' Injury
06.Stuart Kettlewell
07.Paul Lawson 88+0' Tactical
08.Richard Brittain
09.Iain Vigurs (39+0: Dissent)
10.Michael Gardyne
11.Colin McMenamin 85+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Joe Malin
13.Jonathan Flynn
14.Mark Corcoran (90+0: Unsporting behaviour) 82+0' Injury
15.Rocco Quinn 88+0' Tactical
16.Steven Craig 85+0' Tactical

Armstrong on lengthy injury list

Ayr United teenager Gareth Armstrong has joined the already lengthy injury list at Somerset Park ahead of their game against leaders Ross County.

The Honest Men are again without John Robertson, Martyn Campbell, Alan Trouten and Sean Higgins as they look to build on the 3-1 success they had over Livingston at the weekend that lifted them off bottom spot.

Manager Brian Reid said, "We have been going well recently, and lost only one in six but it is important to turn draws into wins. We did that against Livingston and it would be great to do that against Ross County."

"We did well to get a point up there a week last Saturday and my players deserve great credit for how they are battling away with a depleted squad."

Ross County defender Marc Fitzpatrick is the only absentee for the Dingwall men as they travel to Ayr United looking to turn a game in hand into a three-point lead over second-placed Falkirk.

County boss Derek Adams is an admirer of the way that the only part-time side in the league have gone about their business as he explained, "A win and three points is our target but achieving it will be tough as Brian Reid has his players doing a great job for him just now."

"They played well in our recent meeting and bounced back from losing to Partick last Tuesday with a very good win over Livingston. They are very strong at home and we will need to play well to take anything."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Ross County 23 19 46
2 Falkirk 25 11 43
3 Dundee 25 10 38
4 Hamilton 25 0 33
5 Livingston 24 -1 32
6 Partick Thistle 24 5 31
7 Morton 24 -6 31
8 Raith Rovers 25 -10 25
9 Ayr United 24 -17 24
10 Queen of South 25 -11 23

Updated 29/02/2012 at 21:42

 

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