Airdrieonians 0 - 0 Ayr United

Wednesday 9th May 2012

Airdrie pay the penalty

Paul Lovering missed a penalty in a goalless draw as Ayr frustrated Airdrie in the first-leg of their play-off semi-final.

Ryan Donnelly came close to the first goal for the hosts in the opening stages but could not find a way past Kevin Cuthbert with a long-range drive.

Cuthbert faced a much sterner test minutes later, Donnelly with another stinging effort but this time tipped round the post.

The best chance of the half fell to Lovering after Donnelly was brought down in the area by Christopher Smith.

The defender stepped up for the spot-kick but Cuthbert produced a fantastic save to push it round for a corner.

Chances were free flowing at either end after the break but both sides were guilty of wasteful finishing.

Donnelly came closest again in the second half but this time saw his effort cannon back off the crossbar.

OfficialCrawford Allan
Attendance1,871
VenueExcelsior Stadium
Kick Off
Airdrieonians 0 - 0 Ayr United
0:18
Cross from James Stevenson
0:22
Clearance by Christopher Smith
0:56
Cross from Jamie Bain
0:59
Clearance by Edward Malone
1:13
Cross from Paul Lovering
1:16
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
1:19
Corner taken by James Stevenson with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
2:49
Cross from Sean Lynch
2:53
Clearance by Edward Malone
3:16
Shot taken by Michael Moffat with his right foot from the left penalty area
3:30
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
3:52
Foul on Christopher Smith
4:06
Free Kick taken by Edward Malone
4:36
Shot taken by Liam Tomsett with his right foot
4:50
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
6:42
Foul on Jonathan Tiffoney
7:04
Free Kick taken by Edward Malone
7:16
Offside flag raised against Mark Roberts
7:20
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
7:47
Shot taken by Jamie Bain with his right foot
8:01
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
10:02
Shot taken by Ryan Donnelly with his right foot
10:10
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
10:37
Cross from Keigan Parker
10:38
Clearance by Kieron Stallard
11:20
Offside flag raised against Ryan Donnelly
11:21
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
12:30
Shot taken by Ryan Donnelly with his right foot from the right penalty area
12:37
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
12:40
Corner taken by James Stevenson with his right foot from the right byline
13:10
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
14:10
Foul on Keigan Parker
14:19
Free Kick taken by Keigan Parker
14:56
Shot taken by Keigan Parker with his right foot
15:01
Save made by Grant Adam
15:19
Foul on Keigan Parker
15:44
Free Kick taken by Jackson Longridge from the left wing
16:27
Foul on Nathan Blockley
16:38
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
17:01
Shot taken by Jamie Bain with his right foot
17:14
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
19:18
Offside flag raised against Liam Tomsett
19:30
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
20:13
Offside flag raised against Ryan Donnelly
20:15
Free Kick taken by Jonathan Tiffoney
20:26
Cross from Keigan Parker
20:29
Block taken by Cameron McDonald
20:31
Corner taken by Jackson Longridge using his left foot from the right byline
21:08
Clearance by Paul Lovering
21:56
Foul on Mark Roberts
22:06
Free Kick taken by Liam Tomsett
22:30
Cross from Liam Tomsett
22:50
Clearance by David Lilley
22:56
Corner taken by Alan Trouten with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
23:22
Foul on Paul Lovering
23:45
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
24:25
Foul on Ryan Donnelly
24:30
Free Kick taken by Jamie Bain
25:53
Foul on Christopher Smith
26:04
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
26:14
Foul on Keigan Parker
26:24
Free Kick taken by Alan Trouten from the right wing
27:44
Cross from Alan Trouten
27:47
Clearance by David Lilley
31:29
Shot taken by James Stevenson with his right foot
31:34
Block taken by Jackson Longridge
31:42
Foul on Ryan Donnelly
33:00
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Paul Lovering and saved using his left foot to the bottom right
33:00
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
33:06
Corner taken by James Stevenson with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
33:26
Cross from Jamie Bain
33:28
Clearance by Andrew Geggan
33:32
Corner taken by James Stevenson with his right foot from the right byline
33:45
Clearance by Christopher Smith
34:22
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
35:57
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
36:53
Shot taken by Andrew Geggan using his left foot from the left penalty area
37:01
Save made by Grant Adam
39:05
Foul on Keigan Parker
39:09
Free Kick taken by Jackson Longridge
40:09
Foul on Kieron Stallard
40:23
Free Kick taken by Jamie Bain from the right wing
40:46
Cross from Jamie Bain
40:46
Cross from Jamie Bain
40:52
Shot taken by Jamie Bain with his right foot from the right penalty area
40:52
Shot taken by Jamie Bain with his right foot from the right penalty area
41:11
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
41:33
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
41:59
Cross from Jonathan Tiffoney
42:01
Block taken by Paul Lovering
42:03
Corner taken by Jackson Longridge using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
42:29
Clearance by Derek Holmes
42:35
Cross from Jackson Longridge
42:39
Clearance by Jamie Bain
42:47
Cross from Michael Moffat
42:51
Clearance by Kieron Stallard
43:29
Cross from Keigan Parker
43:34
Block taken by Cameron McDonald
43:52
Foul on Alan Trouten
44:03
Free Kick taken by Edward Malone
44:28
Offside flag raised against Derek Holmes
44:30
Free Kick taken by Jonathan Tiffoney
Half Time
Airdrieonians 0 - 0 Ayr United
Second Half Started
Airdrieonians 0 - 0 Ayr United
45:45
Shot taken by Nathan Blockley with his right foot
45:58
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
47:12
Foul on Jamie Bain
47:26
Free Kick taken by James Stevenson from the right wing
47:40
Cross from James Stevenson
47:44
Shot taken by Ryan Donnelly from the left penalty area
48:02
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
48:25
Foul on Edward Malone
48:37
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
49:08
Corner taken by Jackson Longridge using his left foot from the right byline
49:44
Clearance by Cameron McDonald
49:57
Shot taken by Mark Roberts with his right foot
50:07
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
51:03
Foul on Jonathan Tiffoney
51:23
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
51:46
Offside flag raised against Keigan Parker
51:47
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
52:12
Shot taken by Ryan Donnelly using his left foot from the centre penalty area
52:30
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
53:12
Cross from Jamie Bain
53:14
Clearance by Edward Malone
53:17
Corner taken by James Stevenson with his right foot from the right byline
53:47
Shot taken by Jamie Bain from the centre penalty area
54:00
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
54:29
Cross from Alan Trouten
54:31
Clearance by David Lilley
54:53
Shot taken by Keigan Parker with his right foot from the right penalty area
55:03
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
55:20
Shot taken by Ryan Donnelly with his right foot
55:37
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
55:53
Foul on Edward Malone
56:02
BOOKING: Ryan Donnelly of Airdrieonians given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
56:30
Free Kick taken by Jonathan Tiffoney
57:00
Shot taken by Derek Holmes with his right foot
57:17
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
58:35
Offside flag raised against Ryan Donnelly
58:38
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
59:09
Foul on Ryan Donnelly
59:16
Free Kick taken by James Stevenson
60:05
Foul on Liam Tomsett
60:29
Free Kick taken by Jackson Longridge from the left byline
60:43
Cross from Jackson Longridge
60:46
Shot taken by Christopher Smith with his right foot from the centre penalty area
61:04
Block taken by Paul Lovering
61:09
Shot taken by Liam Tomsett with his right foot
61:22
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
61:24
Foul on Derek Holmes
61:30
Free Kick taken by James Stevenson
61:56
Foul on Andrew Geggan
62:03
BOOKING: David Lilley of Airdrieonians given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
62:33
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
63:16
Corner taken by James Stevenson with his right foot from the left byline
63:36
Clearance by Christopher Smith
63:41
Corner taken by James Stevenson with his right foot from the left byline
64:08
Shot taken by Cameron McDonald from the right six yard line
64:22
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
65:08
Foul on Sean Lynch
65:43
BOOKING: Paul Lovering of Airdrieonians given yellow card for dissent
65:52
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
66:24
Foul on Sean Lynch
66:52
Free Kick taken by James Stevenson
67:04
Shot taken by James Stevenson with his right foot
67:12
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
67:45
Cross from Kieron Stallard
67:51
Foul on Alan Trouten
68:01
Substitution for Ayr United: Martyn Campbell on for Alan Trouten
68:42
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
69:42
Cross from Paul Lovering
69:44
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
70:01
Cross from Sean Lynch
70:04
Block taken by Jonathan Tiffoney
70:05
Corner taken by James Stevenson with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
70:32
Clearance by Mark Roberts
70:39
Shot taken by Nathan Blockley with his right foot
70:46
Block taken by Mark Roberts
70:52
Cross from Cameron McDonald
70:57
Shot taken by Jamie Bain with his right foot from the centre penalty area
71:16
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
72:17
Foul on James Stevenson
72:23
BOOKING: Liam Tomsett of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
72:45
Free Kick taken by Paul Lovering from the left wing
73:09
Hand Ball taken by Ryan Donnelly
73:12
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
73:36
Foul on Jamie Bain
73:39
BOOKING: Andrew Geggan of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
74:09
Free Kick taken by James Stevenson
74:20
Cross from James Stevenson
74:27
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
74:32
Substitution for Ayr United: Jamie McKernon on for Liam Tomsett
75:57
Foul on Jackson Longridge
76:02
Free Kick taken by Jamie McKernon
76:18
Cross from Edward Malone
76:20
Save made by Grant Adam
76:51
Cross from Keigan Parker
76:55
Save made by Grant Adam
77:36
Substitution for Ayr United: Ross Robertson on for Keigan Parker
78:12
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
79:04
Shot taken by Ryan Donnelly with his right foot
79:19
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
79:51
Cross from James Stevenson
79:55
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
81:37
Shot taken by Jamie Bain using his left foot
81:56
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
82:43
Foul on Ryan Donnelly
82:51
BOOKING: Jonathan Tiffoney of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
83:14
Free Kick taken by James Stevenson from the right wing
83:22
Shot taken by Cameron McDonald using his left foot from the left penalty area
83:42
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
85:24
Corner taken by James Stevenson using his left foot from the right byline
85:41
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
85:58
Cross from Paul Lovering
86:01
Clearance by Edward Malone
86:03
Foul on Edward Malone
86:18
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
86:51
Cross from James Stevenson
86:54
Clearance by Andrew Geggan
88:29
Offside flag raised against Ryan Donnelly
88:33
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
89:04
Offside flag raised against Ryan Donnelly
89:04
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
89:48
Foul on Sean Lynch
90:00+0:30
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
90:00+1:02
Cross from James Stevenson
90:00+1:04
Block taken by Ross Robertson
90:00+1:13
Corner taken by James Stevenson with his right foot from the right byline
90:00+1:27
Clearance by Christopher Smith
Full Time
Airdrieonians 0 - 0 Ayr United

Airdrieonians

vs

Ayr United

0
Goals
0
20
Shots
8
9
On Target
3
11
Off Target
5
18
Crosses
12
10
Corners
4
17
Throw Ins
28
4
Saves
10
9
Clearances
11
7
Goal Kicks
16
4
Blocks
4
16
Free Kicks
24
6
Offside
3
1
Hand Balls
0
1
Penalties
0
3
Yellow Cards
3

Airdrieonians

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Grant Adam
02.Cameron McDonald
03.Paul Lovering (66+0: Dissent)
04.Kieron Stallard
05.David Lilley (63+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Jamie Bain
07.Sean Lynch
08.James Stevenson
09.Nathan Blockley
10.Derek Holmes
11.Ryan Donnelly (57+0: Unsporting behaviour)

Substitutes

12.Andrew Duncan
13.Ricki Lamie
14.Euan McNeil
15.John Boyle
16.Scott Sally

Ayr United

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Kevin Cuthbert
02.Edward Malone
03.Jackson Longridge
04.Christopher Smith
05.Jonathan Tiffoney (83+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Alan Trouten 69+0' Tactical
07.Andrew Geggan (74+0: Unsporting behaviour)
08.Liam Tomsett (73+0: Unsporting behaviour) 75+0' Tactical
09.Michael Moffat
10.Mark Roberts
11.Keigan Parker 78+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Ryan McWilliams
13.Martyn Campbell 69+0' Tactical
14.Ross Robertson 78+0' Tactical
15.Steven Hutchinson
16.Jamie McKernon 75+0' Tactical

McLaren makes pit stop for Diamonds

Airdrie winger Willie McLaren is suspended as Ayr come to New Broomfield for the first leg of the Scottish First Division semi-finals.

The Diamonds will also be without the attacking threat of injured duo Graeme Owens and Phil Johnston.

Top scorer Ryan Donnelly returns from a two-game ban and full-back Jamie Bain is available after his own suspension, with experienced pair Paul Lovering and Derek Holmes both hoping to feature after knocks.

Diamonds manager Jimmy Boyle has instructed his charges to play to their strengths, saying: "We got into a play-off position by attacking teams and there is no point in changing things now.

"I will be sending my team out to win this game and then doing the same on Sunday."

Ayr have goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert back from injury.

Cuthbert missed out against Falkirk on Saturday but will be fit to turn out for the Honest Men as they meet the Diamonds for a second time in three years on play-off duty.

John Robertson, Adam Dodd and Michael McGowan all sit out due to knocks and manager Brian Reid's options could be reduced further with Martyn Campbell and Gareth Wardlaw's participation in doubt.

Reid said: "Our players will need to stand big and strong for the entire game as Airdrie will be out to make this a really difficult evening for us.

"We will have a number of youngsters in our line up and they will have to put on a mature performance in what will be a fairly tough encounter."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Ross County 36 40 79
2 Dundee 36 10 55
3 Falkirk 36 5 52
4 Up Hamilton Accies 36 -1 49
5 Down Livingston 36 2 48
6 Partick Thistle 36 11 47
7 Up Raith Rovers 36 -3 44
8 Down Morton 36 -15 42
9 Ayr United 36 -23 38
10 Queen of South 36 -26 32

Updated 5/05/2012 at 17:00