Alloa Athletic 1 - 0 Ayr United

Saturday 20th October 2012
B Gordon (45)

Gordon grabs the winner

Ben Gordon's 45th-minute strike was enough to earn Alloa back-to-back victories with a 1-0 win against Ayr at Recreation Park.

Jason Marr missed a great chance to give the home side the lead after nine minutes, heading Ryan McCord's free-kick wide from six yards out.

Wasps' midfielder Graeme Holmes was then unlucky not to break the deadlock in the 27th minute, when he struck the crossbar with a thunderous 25-yard strike.

Paul Hartley's men were finally ahead on the stroke of half-time as Gordon tucked away McCord's pinpoint cross to record his second goal in as many games.

Eight minutes from time, Honest Men substitute Ross Robertson thought he had equalised for the visitors when he let fly with a 25-yard free-kick, but Scott Bain was up to the test with a fine save.

Mark Docherty went close to securing the hosts' victory when he struck from distance after 86 minutes, but Alistair Brown denied the former Brechin man from extending the winning margin.

OfficialDon Robertson
Attendance595
VenueRecreation Park
Kick Off
Alloa Athletic 0 - 0 Ayr United
0:26
Corner taken by Nicky Low using his left foot from the right byline short of the target
3:42
Foul on Michael Moffat
3:47
Free Kick taken by Kyle McAusland from the right wing
6:59
Cross from Robbie Crawford
7:16
Foul on John Robertson
7:22
Free Kick taken by Alistair Brown
8:17
Corner taken by Nicky Low using his left foot from the right byline
8:28
Save made by Alistair Brown
8:57
Foul on Graeme Holmes
9:03
Free Kick taken by Ryan McCord from the left wing
9:23
Cross from Ryan McCord
9:31
Shot taken by Benjamin Jason Marr from the right six yard line
9:49
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
10:22
Offside flag raised against Robbie Crawford
10:23
Free Kick taken by Scott Bain
14:35
Foul on Michael Moffat
14:41
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
17:03
Corner taken by Nicky Low using his left foot from the left byline to the near post
17:34
Clearance by Ryan McStay
22:28
Offside flag raised against Ryan McCord
22:29
Free Kick taken by Alistair Brown
26:46
Shot taken by Graeme Holmes with his right foot
28:07
Foul on James Doyle
28:13
Free Kick taken by Nicky Low from the right byline
28:31
Cross from Nicky Low
28:52
Corner taken by Ryan McCord with his right foot from the left byline
30:30
Foul on Darian Mackinnon
30:35
Free Kick taken by John Robertson
33:53
Hand Ball taken by David Winters
33:59
Free Kick taken by Scott Bain
34:31
Foul on Ryan McStay
34:38
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
35:10
Corner taken by Adam Hunter with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
36:05
Clearance by Daryll Meggatt
36:22
Foul on Kevin Cawley
36:31
Free Kick taken by Ryan McCord
37:23
Shot taken by Ryan McCord with his right foot
37:32
Save made by Alistair Brown
37:56
Foul on Ben Gordon
38:03
Free Kick taken by Ben Gordon
40:54
Shot taken by Austin McCann using his left foot
41:12
Save made by Scott Bain
43:06
Corner taken by Nicky Low using his left foot from the left byline
44:11
Clearance by Adam Hunter
44:39
Shot taken by Ben Gordon using his left foot from the left six yard line
44:39
Alloa Athletic 1 - 0 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Ben Gordon using his left foot from the left six yard line going centre high of the goal.
Half Time
Alloa Athletic 1 - 0 Ayr United
Second Half Started
Alloa Athletic 1 - 0 Ayr United
47:02
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
47:26
Foul on Daryll Meggatt
47:31
Free Kick taken by Ryan McCord from the left wing
48:04
Cross from Ryan McCord
48:12
Save made by Alistair Brown
49:23
Corner taken by Ryan McCord with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
50:06
Clearance by Austin McCann
50:54
Corner taken by Adam Hunter with his right foot from the left byline
51:07
Save made by Scott Bain
55:53
Offside flag raised against Robert Thomson
55:55
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
58:54
Offside flag raised against David Winters
58:55
Free Kick taken by Scott Bain
61:14
Substitution for Alloa Athletic: Mark Docherty on for Nicky Low
62:53
Foul on Ryan McStay
62:57
Free Kick taken by Ryan McStay
65:28
Offside flag raised against Kevin Cawley
65:29
Free Kick taken by Alistair Brown
67:14
Foul on Darren Young
67:51
BOOKING: Darren Young of Alloa Athletic given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
68:27
Free Kick taken by Ryan McCord from the left wing
68:59
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
70:03
Substitution for Ayr United: Ross Robertson on for David Winters
71:23
Corner taken by Adam Hunter with his right foot from the right byline
71:41
Foul on Scott Bain
71:48
Free Kick taken by Scott Bain
74:00
BOOKING: Kevin Cawley of Alloa Athletic given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
74:02
Offside flag raised against Kevin Cawley
74:04
Free Kick taken by Alistair Brown
75:10
Substitution for Ayr United: Aaron Wyllie on for Ryan McStay
76:05
Substitution for Alloa Athletic: Ross McCord on for Kevin Cawley
77:24
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
78:31
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
80:02
Foul on Robbie Crawford
80:07
Free Kick taken by John Robertson
81:05
Foul on Michael Moffat
81:10
Free Kick taken by Ross Robertson
81:55
Shot taken by Ross Robertson with his right foot
82:06
Save made by Scott Bain
82:22
Offside flag raised against Martin Grehan
82:24
Free Kick taken by Alistair Brown
85:10
Foul on Ross Robertson
85:16
Free Kick taken by Adam Hunter
85:59
Shot taken by Mark Docherty using his left foot
86:14
Save made by Alistair Brown
86:20
Foul on Daryll Meggatt
86:33
BOOKING: Mark Roberts of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
86:54
Free Kick taken by Benjamin Jason Marr
88:41
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
89:17
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
90:00+1:35
Foul on Benjamin Jason Marr
90:00+1:40
Free Kick taken by Scott Bain
Full Time
Alloa Athletic 1 - 0 Ayr United

Alloa Athletic

vs

Ayr United

1
Goals
0
1
Assists
0
5
Shots
2
3
On Target
2
2
Off Target
0
3
Crosses
1
6
Corners
3
18
Throw Ins
25
3
Saves
4
1
Clearances
3
3
Goal Kicks
4
12
Free Kicks
14
5
Offside
2
0
Hand Balls
1
2
Yellow Cards
1

Alloa Athletic

Formation: 4-3-1-2

01.Scott Bain
02.James Doyle
03.Daryll Meggatt
04.Ben Gordon
05.Benjamin Jason Marr
06.Darren Young (68+0: Unsporting behaviour)
08.Ryan McCord
10.Graeme Holmes
11.Nicky Low 62+0' Tactical
07.Kevin Cawley (74+0: Unsporting behaviour) 77+0' Tactical
09.Robert Thomson

Substitutes

20.Craig McDowall
12.Ross McCord 77+0' Tactical
14.Mark Docherty 62+0' Tactical
15.Stephen Simmons
16.Martin Grehan

Ayr United

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Alistair Brown
02.Kyle McAusland
03.Marc Twaddle
04.John Robertson
05.Austin McCann
06.Adam Hunter
07.Robbie Crawford
08.Ryan McStay 76+0' Tactical
09.Michael Moffat
10.Darian Mackinnon
11.David Winters 71+0' Tactical

Substitutes

20.William Muir
12.Martyn Campbell
15.Ross Robertson 71+0' Tactical
14.Aaron Wyllie 76+0' Tactical
16.Mark Roberts (87+0: Unsporting behaviour)

McCann makes Ayr return

Alloa manager Paul Hartley has a full strength squad to choose from for the visit of Ayr.

Captain Darren Young and striker Kevin Cawley have both returned to full fitness during the international break.

Aberdeen youngster Nicky Low will also be added to the squad following his arrival on loan, meaning the Wasps are in fine shape to build on their recent 3-2 success at Forfar.

Hartley said: "We played really well at Station Park and it was a terrific three points to pick up. It would be good to keep that going against Ayr.

"They are a good side but started the season slowly and are now setting out to show why they were one of the favourites for promotion, so we have to play well to win."

Austin McCann returns for Ayr.

McCann has served his suspension and is expected to be restored to the Honest Men's defence at Recreation Park.

Fellow centre-back Martyn Campbell came through a reserve game in midweek following a knee injury and he is also included in manager Mark Roberts' squad.

However, Darren Brownlie, Anthony Marenghi and Michael McGowan all remain out with injuries.

Roberts said: "We have won our last three games and our dressing room is a much louder and confident place than it was when we were at the bottom of the league. Dropping to the bottom gave us a fright and everyone has responded well.

"We have a good spirit and hopefully that, aligned to a terrific work rate, will see us win at Alloa."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Queen of South 9 17 23
2 Forfar Athletic 9 6 16
3 Up Alloa Athletic 9 6 16
4 Down Arbroath 9 -3 15
5 Stenhousemuir 9 3 14
6 Up Albion Rovers 9 -2 10
7 Down Ayr United 9 -3 10
8 Brechin City 9 -8 9
9 East Fife 9 -1 8
10 Stranraer 9 -15 5

Updated 20/10/2012 at 18:19