Ayr United 0 - 0 Alloa Athletic

Saturday 29th December 2012

Alloa denied by battling Ayr

A goalless draw at Somerset Park saw struggling Ayr hold off second-placed Alloa in their Second Division clash.

But it was not easy for the home side with Alistair Brown being tested early on after he parried a fizzing Nick Low shot.

Ayr did not make it easy for the visitors with David Sinclair's inswinging corners causing problems for the Alloa defence.

Sinclair also had an 18-yard shot blocked by Stephen Simmons after 37 minutes. Shortly after, Alloa's Ross McCord received a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

After the break Alloa came out firing on all cylinders and Martin Grehan's header was tipped over the crossbar by Brown.

And despite a handful of substitutions with Alloa's Grehan and McCord being replaced by Lewis Bonar and Edward Ferns, and Ayr's

Darren McGill making way for Mark Shankland and David Winters being replaced by Ross Robertson, neither side could find a winner.

In the closing stages Alloa's Low shot wide from 12 yards, and Ayr's Ryan McStay saw his 25-yard effort miss the target.

OfficialPaul Robertson
Attendance927
VenueSomerset Park
Kick Off
Ayr United 0 - 0 Alloa Athletic
0:55
Cross from Kevin Cawley
1:00
Clearance by Darren Brownlie
1:34
Foul on Darren McGill
1:41
Free Kick taken by David Sinclair from the left wing
2:01
Cross from David Sinclair
2:07
Clearance by Ben Gordon
2:15
Cross from Darren McGill
2:21
Clearance by Daryll Meggatt
2:43
Foul on Ryan McStay
2:55
Free Kick taken by Ryan McStay
4:07
Foul on Stephen Simmons
4:13
Free Kick taken by Scott Bain
5:11
Shot taken by Nicky Low using his left foot
5:25
Save made by Alistair Brown
7:02
Shot taken by Marc Twaddle using his left foot
7:31
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
7:50
Cross from Kyle McAusland
7:54
Block taken by Daryll Meggatt
8:22
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
9:07
Cross from David Sinclair
9:11
Clearance by Ben Gordon
9:25
Cross from Kevin Cawley
9:38
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
10:32
Offside flag raised against Kevin Cawley
10:36
Free Kick taken by Alistair Brown
11:16
Foul on Kevin Cawley
11:23
Free Kick taken by Ross McCord from the left wing
11:55
Cross from Ross McCord
12:02
Save made by Alistair Brown
12:20
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
13:21
Cross from Marc Twaddle
13:30
Shot taken by Kyle McAusland from the centre penalty area
13:41
Save made by Scott Bain
14:25
Foul on Benjamin Jason Marr
14:29
Free Kick taken by Nicky Low
14:41
Foul on Kevin Cawley
14:48
Free Kick taken by Ross McCord from the left wing
15:04
Cross from Ross McCord
16:25
Hand Ball taken by Stephen Simmons
16:30
Free Kick taken by David Sinclair
17:16
Shot taken by David Sinclair with his right foot
17:22
Block taken by Kevin Cawley
17:27
Corner taken by David Sinclair with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
18:10
Clearance by Ben Gordon
18:35
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
19:02
Foul on Kevin Cawley
19:07
Free Kick taken by Nicky Low from the right wing
19:23
Cross from Nicky Low
19:32
Save made by Alistair Brown
19:47
Foul on Darren Brownlie
19:53
Free Kick taken by Darren Brownlie
21:15
Foul on Stephen Simmons
21:20
Free Kick taken by Ben Gordon
21:50
Cross from James Doyle
21:56
Clearance by Austin McCann
22:01
Foul on James Doyle
22:05
Free Kick taken by Ross McCord from the right wing
22:30
Cross from Ross McCord
22:41
Shot taken by Ben Gordon using his left foot from the right six yard line
23:03
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
24:22
Shot taken by Michael Moffat with his right foot from the centre penalty area
24:32
Block taken by Daryll Meggatt
24:36
Corner taken by David Sinclair with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
25:19
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
28:26
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
32:34
Foul on Ross McCord
32:40
Free Kick taken by Nicky Low from the left wing
33:04
Cross from Nicky Low
33:13
Shot taken by Kevin Cawley from the centre penalty area
33:29
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
33:54
Foul on Ryan McStay
34:05
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
34:55
Cross from Kevin Cawley
35:06
Cross from Ross McCord
35:20
Save made by Alistair Brown
35:31
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
35:58
Cross from Kyle McAusland
36:05
Clearance by Benjamin Jason Marr
36:09
Corner taken by David Sinclair with his right foot from the right byline
36:27
Shot taken by Darren McGill using his left foot from the centre penalty area
36:52
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
36:56
Foul on Ryan McStay
37:05
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
37:20
Cross from Marc Twaddle
37:24
Clearance by Benjamin Jason Marr
37:31
Shot taken by David Sinclair using his left foot from the centre penalty area
37:42
Block taken by Stephen Simmons
37:47
Corner taken by David Sinclair with his right foot from the right byline
38:19
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
38:25
Foul on Ryan McStay
38:34
BOOKING: Ross McCord of Alloa Athletic given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
38:45
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
39:25
Foul on Martin Grehan
39:31
Free Kick taken by Ross McCord
39:58
Cross from Ross McCord
40:05
Shot taken by Martin Grehan from the left six yard line
40:16
Clearance by Darren Brownlie
41:44
Shot taken by Martin Grehan using his left foot
41:59
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
42:16
Cross from David Winters
42:26
Shot taken by Robbie Crawford from the centre penalty area
42:46
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
42:53
Offside flag raised against Michael Moffat
42:54
Free Kick taken by Scott Bain
44:03
Cross from Kyle McAusland
44:12
Shot taken by David Winters using his left foot from the centre penalty area
44:32
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
45:00+0:07
Corner taken by Nicky Low using his left foot from the right byline
45:00+0:31
Shot taken by Ross McCord with his right foot from the centre penalty area
45:00+0:59
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
Half Time
Ayr United 0 - 0 Alloa Athletic
Second Half Started
Ayr United 0 - 0 Alloa Athletic
45:48
Cross from Daryll Meggatt
45:59
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
47:07
Cross from Marc Twaddle
47:17
Block taken by Ross McCord
47:25
Cross from Nicky Low
47:31
Shot taken by Martin Grehan from the centre penalty area
47:42
Save made by Alistair Brown
47:50
Corner taken by Ross McCord with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
48:06
Shot taken by Ben Gordon from the centre penalty area
48:20
Save made by Alistair Brown
48:47
Cross from Kyle McAusland
48:52
Block taken by Ross McCord
49:23
Cross from James Doyle
49:28
Block taken by Darren McGill
49:30
Corner taken by Nicky Low using his left foot from the right byline
49:55
Save made by Alistair Brown
50:43
Shot taken by David Sinclair with his right foot
51:02
Save made by Scott Bain
51:56
Foul on David Winters
52:02
Free Kick taken by David Sinclair from the left wing
52:31
Shot taken by David Sinclair with his right foot from the left wing
52:42
Clearance by Ben Gordon
52:59
Corner taken by David Sinclair using his left foot from the left byline
53:13
Clearance by Benjamin Jason Marr
54:34
Shot taken by Darren McGill with his right foot
54:46
Block taken by Benjamin Jason Marr
54:50
Corner taken by David Sinclair with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
55:06
Clearance by Ross McCord
55:44
Shot taken by Ross McCord with his right foot from the right penalty area
56:01
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
56:29
Cross from David Sinclair
56:42
Clearance by Ben Gordon
56:54
Cross from Nicky Low
56:58
Block taken by Darren Brownlie
57:15
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
57:57
Substitution for Alloa Athletic: Lewis Bonar on for Martin Grehan
59:03
Corner taken by Ross McCord with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
59:39
Foul on Marc Twaddle
59:50
Free Kick taken by Alistair Brown
60:46
Cross from Marc Twaddle
60:56
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
62:38
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
63:14
Shot taken by Lewis Bonar with his right foot
63:33
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
64:06
Cross from Kyle McAusland
64:12
Save made by Scott Bain
65:17
Foul on David Winters
65:25
Free Kick taken by David Sinclair from the left wing
65:45
Cross from David Sinclair
65:53
Save made by Scott Bain
66:52
Cross from Kyle McAusland
67:01
Save made by Scott Bain
67:26
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
68:35
Shot taken by Ryan McCord using his left foot
69:01
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
69:07
Offside flag raised against Kyle McAusland
69:09
Free Kick taken by Scott Bain
71:11
Cross from Robbie Crawford
71:17
Shot taken by David Winters with his right foot from the centre penalty area
72:55
Cross from Stephen Simmons
73:02
Clearance by Darren Brownlie
74:11
Cross from Stephen Simmons
74:22
Clearance by Darren Brownlie
75:06
Cross from David Winters
75:22
Save made by Scott Bain
76:16
Corner taken by David Sinclair with his right foot from the left byline
76:26
Shot taken by Kyle McAusland with his right foot
76:35
Save made by Scott Bain
76:49
Substitution for Alloa Athletic: Edward Ferns on for Ross McCord
79:46
Cross from Kyle McAusland
79:50
Shot taken by Ross Robertson from the centre penalty area
80:03
Clearance by Daryll Meggatt
80:15
Foul on Darren Brownlie
80:23
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
80:37
Foul on Ben Gordon
80:46
Free Kick taken by Scott Bain
81:07
Foul on Michael Moffat
81:19
BOOKING: Ben Gordon of Alloa Athletic given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
81:29
Free Kick taken by David Sinclair
81:53
Cross from David Sinclair
82:10
Cross from Marc Twaddle
82:15
Block taken by James Doyle
82:20
Corner taken by David Sinclair with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
82:35
Clearance by Ben Gordon
83:45
Cross from Edward Ferns
83:50
Block taken by Austin McCann
83:53
Corner taken by Nicky Low using his left foot from the right byline
84:09
Shot taken by Ben Gordon with his right foot from the centre penalty area
84:29
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
85:28
Foul on Stephen Simmons
85:38
Free Kick taken by Stephen Simmons
86:15
Cross from Edward Ferns
86:20
Save made by Alistair Brown
86:31
Cross from Edward Ferns
86:37
Clearance by Austin McCann
86:41
Corner taken by Nicky Low using his left foot from the right byline
86:59
Shot taken by Ben Gordon from the centre penalty area
87:29
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
87:39
Foul on Robbie Crawford
87:47
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
88:15
Cross from Marc Twaddle
88:23
Clearance by Benjamin Jason Marr
88:39
Cross from Lewis Bonar
88:49
Block taken by Austin McCann
89:15
Shot taken by Nicky Low using his left foot from the left penalty area
89:45
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
89:48
Offside flag raised against Michael Moffat
89:50
Free Kick taken by Scott Bain
90:00+1:02
Shot taken by Ryan McStay with his right foot
Full Time
Ayr United 0 - 0 Alloa Athletic

Ayr United

vs

Alloa Athletic

0
Goals
0
15
Shots
14
8
On Target
4
7
Off Target
10
22
Crosses
21
8
Corners
6
41
Throw Ins
33
8
Saves
7
6
Clearances
13
15
Goal Kicks
12
4
Blocks
8
14
Free Kicks
14
3
Offside
1
0
Hand Balls
1
0
Yellow Cards
2

Ayr United

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Alistair Brown
02.Kyle McAusland
03.Marc Twaddle
04.Darren Brownlie
05.Austin McCann
06.David Sinclair
07.Robbie Crawford
08.Ryan McStay
11.Darren McGill
09.Michael Moffat
10.David Winters

Substitutes

20.William Muir
16.Ross Robertson
12.Anthony Marenghi
14.Michael Donald
15.Mark Shankland

Alloa Athletic

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Scott Bain
02.James Doyle
03.Daryll Meggatt
04.Ben Gordon (82+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Benjamin Jason Marr
11.Nicky Low
06.Stephen Simmons
08.Ryan McCord
10.Ross McCord (39+0: Unsporting behaviour) 77+0' Tactical
07.Kevin Cawley
09.Martin Grehan 58+0' Tactical

Substitutes

18.Craig McDowall
15.Gavin Stokes
16.Edward Ferns 77+0' Tactical
12.Lewis Bonar 58+0' Tactical
14.Robert Thomson

Ayr sweating on Marenghi

Ayr United have a major doubt over the fitness of midfielder Anthony Marenghi with player/manager Mark Roberts determined that his side come out fighting against visitors Alloa to silence talk of a relegation struggle after a slip into eighth place.

Long-term injury victims Martyn Campbell and Michael McGowan remain sidelined.

Roberts said: "We are looking to get up the table as soon as possible. We will do that by getting the players playing to the top of their game and getting the wins we need to turn things around.

"I am embarrassed about where we are and the players are embarrassed over where we are. I also know that the fans are disappointed but hopefully we can start putting that right by defeating Alloa."

Alloa have five players missing, with Graeme Holmes heading the list of absentees through suspension.

Mark Docherty is missing due to a virus, Michael Doyle is out with a thigh injury, skipper Darren Young dropped out of training on Thursday with a hamstring problem and Martin Grehan's calf complaint keeps him sidelined.

Manager Paul Hartley is telling the players that come in that they have the chance to shine in a tough atmosphere.

He said: "This will be a really tough game as they are going to be coming out all guns blazing.

"The players that come in will need to handle that and if they do I will have some nice problems to solve when everyone is fit again."

Shots

Saves

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Queen of South 17 30 44
2 Alloa Athletic 17 14 33
3 Forfar Athletic 17 -2 26
4 Brechin City 16 3 25
5 Up Arbroath 17 -6 23
6 Down East Fife 17 1 20
7 Stenhousemuir 17 -7 19
8 Ayr United 16 -5 18
9 Stranraer 17 -17 15
10 Albion Rovers 17 -11 14

Updated 29/12/2012 at 16:54