Albion Rovers 2 - 0 Ayr United

Wednesday 26th December 2012
A Stevenson (24)
C Elliot (69)

Elliot's eventful day

Christie Elliot scored and received a red card in an eventful 2-0 win for bottom-placed Division Two Albion at home to Ayr.

David Winters should have broken the deadlock for the visitors five minutes into the game, but he saw his close-range effort balloon over the crossbar.

It was the Wee Rovers who then went ahead, after 24 minutes, when Anthony Stevenson gave the hosts the lead with a stunning 30-yard effort.

Levin Green almost doubled the advantage, four minutes before the break, but he was unable to apply the finish to Alan Reid's cross.

Todd Lumsden's side found a crucial second goal in the 69th minute, when Elliot headed home Ciaran Donnelly's assist to wrap up the points.

Elliot was sent off for violent conduct seven minutes later, but the home side held on to record only their second win in 13 games, moving themselves to within three points of the Honest Men.

OfficialMat Northcroft
Attendance509
VenueCliftonhill Stadium
Kick Off
Albion Rovers 0 - 0 Ayr United
1:55
Cross from Bradley Halsman
2:00
Clearance by Adam Hunter
2:39
Cross from David Winters
4:25
Cross from Kyle McAusland
4:33
Shot taken by David Winters with his right foot from the centre penalty area
5:03
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
5:59
Foul on Kevin Green
6:05
Free Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
7:47
Shot taken by Christie Elliot with his right foot from the centre penalty area
8:04
Save made by Alistair Brown
8:09
Corner taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
8:19
Clearance by Robbie Crawford
10:00
Foul on David Crawford
10:09
Free Kick taken by Gary Phillips from the right wing
10:40
Cross from Gary Phillips
10:48
Clearance by Darren Brownlie
10:57
Offside flag raised against Michael Moffat
10:59
Free Kick taken by Kevin Green
12:36
Shot taken by David Sinclair with his right foot from the centre penalty area
13:16
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
14:04
Cross from Anthony Marenghi
14:18
Clearance by Kevin Green
14:20
Foul on Bradley Halsman
14:26
Free Kick taken by Bradley Halsman
15:17
Hand Ball taken by David Winters
15:20
Free Kick taken by Barry Russell
16:14
Cross from Kyle McAusland
16:22
Block taken by Barry Russell
16:30
Hand Ball taken by Gary Phillips
16:32
Free Kick taken by Anthony Marenghi
16:56
Shot taken by Anthony Marenghi using his left foot
17:07
Save made by Matthew McGinley
17:30
Offside flag raised against David Winters
17:31
Free Kick taken by Ciaran Donnelly
17:53
Cross from Alan Reid
18:01
Clearance by Austin McCann
19:29
Foul on Adam Hunter
19:35
Free Kick taken by Adam Hunter
19:57
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
20:24
Foul on David Winters
20:30
Free Kick taken by David Sinclair from the right wing
21:14
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
22:28
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
23:13
Shot taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot from the right wing
23:13
Albion Rovers 1 - 0 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot from the right wing to the top left of the goal.
24:52
Corner taken by David Sinclair with his right foot from the right byline
25:09
Clearance by Kevin Green
27:27
Foul on Alan Reid
27:33
Free Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
28:19
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
31:05
Cross from David Crawford
31:12
Clearance by Alistair Brown
31:43
Corner taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot from the left byline
32:05
Clearance by Kyle McAusland
32:23
Substitution for Ayr United: Darren McGill on for Anthony Marenghi
33:09
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
33:53
Corner taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot from the left byline
34:19
Clearance by Darren Brownlie
34:35
Shot taken by Bradley Halsman with his right foot
34:54
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
35:24
Foul on David Crawford
35:30
Free Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
36:20
Foul on Michael Moffat
36:27
BOOKING: Anthony Stevenson of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
36:51
Free Kick taken by David Sinclair
37:02
Cross from David Sinclair
37:08
Clearance by Kevin Green
38:34
Hand Ball taken by Ciaran Donnelly
38:39
Free Kick taken by David Sinclair
39:10
Shot taken by David Sinclair with his right foot
39:50
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
40:04
Foul on David Crawford
40:10
Free Kick taken by Alan Reid from the right wing
40:35
Cross from Alan Reid
40:42
Shot taken by Kevin Green from the left six yard line
40:55
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
41:42
Foul on Christie Elliot
41:50
Free Kick taken by Barry Russell from the left wing
42:03
Cross from Barry Russell
42:10
Clearance by Adam Hunter
42:14
Foul on Gary Phillips
42:20
Free Kick taken by Ciaran Donnelly
42:50
Foul on Michael Moffat
42:57
Free Kick taken by Adam Hunter from the right wing
43:27
Shot taken by Adam Hunter with his right foot
43:48
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
44:28
Cross from David Sinclair
44:39
Save made by Matthew McGinley
45:00+1:09
Cross from Barry Russell
45:00+1:25
Foul on Michael Moffat
45:00+1:31
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann from the left wing
45:00+1:32
BOOKING: Kevin Green of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
45:00+2:12
Cross from Adam Hunter
45:00+2:24
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
Half Time
Albion Rovers 1 - 0 Ayr United
Second Half Started
Albion Rovers 1 - 0 Ayr United
46:13
Shot taken by David Crawford using his left foot from the right wing
46:32
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
46:50
Foul on Barry Russell
46:54
Free Kick taken by Barry Russell
48:29
Cross from Michael Moffat
48:37
Clearance by Barry Russell
50:02
Foul on Darren McGill
50:12
Free Kick taken by Adam Hunter
51:00
Cross from David Sinclair
51:31
Shot taken by Michael Moffat using his left foot from the left penalty area
51:41
Block taken by Matthew McGinley
52:19
Shot taken by Kyle McAusland with his right foot from the right penalty area
52:59
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
54:10
Cross from Christie Elliot
54:15
Shot taken by Steven Howarth using his left foot from the left six yard line
54:28
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
54:34
Foul on Darren McGill
54:39
Free Kick taken by Kyle McAusland
55:14
Cross from Kyle McAusland
55:19
Clearance by Kevin Green
55:24
Foul on Steven Howarth
55:34
Free Kick taken by Ciaran Donnelly
56:36
Foul on Adam Hunter
56:43
Free Kick taken by Alistair Brown
57:56
Shot taken by Kyle McAusland with his right foot
58:07
Save made by Matthew McGinley
58:15
Corner taken by David Winters with his right foot from the left byline
58:29
Clearance by Alan Reid
58:57
Corner taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
59:29
Shot taken by Ciaran Donnelly with his right foot from the right six yard line
59:43
Block taken by Austin McCann
61:03
Foul on David Crawford
61:08
Free Kick taken by Alan Reid
61:13
BOOKING: Michael Moffat of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
65:52
Shot taken by David Crawford with his right foot
66:03
Block taken by Robbie Crawford
66:07
Corner taken by Gary Phillips using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
66:28
Shot taken by Christie Elliot from the left six yard line
66:58
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
67:28
Cross from Alan Reid
67:32
Shot taken by David Crawford from the centre penalty area
68:06
Foul on Steven Howarth
68:13
Free Kick taken by Ciaran Donnelly
68:39
Shot taken by Christie Elliot from the centre penalty area
68:39
Albion Rovers 2 - 0 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Christie Elliot from the centre penalty area to the top left of the goal.
71:23
Cross from Darren McGill
71:29
Clearance by Christie Elliot
73:29
Foul on Christie Elliot
75:09
Free Kick taken by Anthony Stevenson from the left byline
75:11
BOOKING: Adam Hunter of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
75:18
DISMISSAL: Christie Elliot of Albion Rovers sent off for violent conduct
76:25
Corner taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
77:05
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
77:25
Substitution for Ayr United: Mark Shankland on for Darren Brownlie
77:50
Foul on Steven Howarth
77:55
Free Kick taken by Ciaran Donnelly
80:33
Cross from Mark Shankland
80:46
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
81:38
Cross from Marc Twaddle
81:47
Clearance by Ciaran Donnelly
81:50
Shot taken by Michael Moffat with his right foot from the centre penalty area
81:59
Block taken by Kevin Green
83:41
Cross from Adam Hunter
83:48
Save made by Matthew McGinley
84:51
Foul on David Sinclair
84:54
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
84:58
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Simon Marriott on for Steven Howarth
86:16
Foul on Alan Reid
86:27
Free Kick taken by Alan Reid
87:14
Shot taken by Anthony Stevenson using his left foot
88:10
Cross from Marc Twaddle
88:15
Clearance by Ciaran Donnelly
89:07
Foul on Gary Phillips
89:18
BOOKING: Darren McGill of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
89:37
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Christopher Boyle on for Anthony Stevenson
90:00
Free Kick taken by Barry Russell
90:00+0:27
Offside flag raised against David Crawford
90:00+0:29
Free Kick taken by Alistair Brown
90:00+1:35
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
90:00+1:37
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Jason Crooks on for David Crawford
90:00+3:11
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
90:00+3:41
Cross from Darren McGill
90:00+3:51
Block taken by Simon Marriott
Full Time
Albion Rovers 2 - 0 Ayr United

Albion Rovers

vs

Ayr United

2
Goals
0
2
Assists
0
12
Shots
9
5
On Target
4
7
Off Target
5
9
Crosses
16
6
Corners
2
28
Throw Ins
39
4
Saves
1
9
Clearances
8
9
Goal Kicks
11
4
Blocks
2
19
Free Kicks
12
1
Offside
2
2
Hand Balls
1
2
Yellow Cards
3
1
Red Cards
0

Albion Rovers

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Matthew McGinley
03.Barry Russell
04.Anthony Stevenson (37+0: Unsporting behaviour) 90+0' Tactical
05.Kevin Green (45+2: Unsporting behaviour)
02.Alan Reid
06.Ciaran Donnelly
08.Bradley Halsman
11.Gary Phillips
07.David Crawford 90+2' Tactical
09.Christie Elliot (76+0: Violent Conduct)
10.Steven Howarth 85+0' Tactical

Substitutes

17.Ryan McWilliams
14.Connor Stevenson
15.Christopher Boyle 90+0' Tactical
16.Simon Marriott 85+0' Tactical
12.Jason Crooks 90+2' Tactical

Ayr United

Formation: 4-5-1

01.Alistair Brown
02.Kyle McAusland
03.Marc Twaddle
04.Darren Brownlie 78+0' Injury
05.Austin McCann
08.Adam Hunter (76+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.David Sinclair
07.Robbie Crawford
10.Anthony Marenghi 33+0' Tactical
09.Michael Moffat (62+0: Unsporting behaviour)
11.David Winters

Substitutes

17.William Muir
14.Ryan McStay
15.Aaron Wyllie
16.Darren McGill (90+0: Unsporting behaviour) 33+0' Tactical
12.Mark Shankland 78+0' Injury

Last 5 Meetings

Elliot boost for Rovers

Albion Rovers boss Todd Lumsden received an early Christmas present when Partick Thistle agreed to extend striker Christie Elliot's loan spell and he will lead their attack against Ayr United.

Simon Marriot is available after a ban but Mick O'Byrne's ankle injury keeps him out and goalkeeper Chris McCluskey has agreed to leave the club by mutual consent.

Lumsden said: "I am delighted that we still have Christie as he has been excellent for us.

"His pace has transformed our attack and hopefully he will show that against Ayr.

"We were really unlucky down at their place when we lost a last minute penalty and whilst Stranraer have crept away from us at the foot of the table, we are just a couple of wins away from changing our season."

Ayr are again without the long-term injured Martyn Campbell and Michael McGowan as they look to arrest their slide down the Second Division.

Manager Mark Roberts welcomes back Austin McCann after an ankle injury with Mark Shankland also travelling to Cliftonhill following illness.

Roberts said: "We should be higher up the table than we are but there is no point in just talking about it, we have to go out and earn the right to be higher up.

"This game could be a real slog on a heavy pitch so the players will need to get their sleeves rolled up.

"They will see this as a chance to drag us into relegation trouble so we need to be prepared to scrap."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Queen of South 16 28 41
2 Alloa Athletic 16 14 32
3 Forfar Athletic 16 -3 23
4 Up Brechin City 15 1 22
5 Down East Fife 16 2 20
6 Down Arbroath 16 -7 20
7 Stenhousemuir 16 -5 19
8 Ayr United 15 -5 17
9 Stranraer 16 -15 15
10 Albion Rovers 16 -10 14

Updated 26/12/2012 at 16:58

 
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