Ayr United 2 - 1 Forfar Athletic

Saturday 23rd February 2013
L Buchanan (19)
M Donald (69)
I Campbell (pen 74)

Donald heads Ayr to victory

A header from Michael Donald proved the difference for Ayr, as they held on to win 2-1 against Forfar at Somerset Park.

The Honest Men had managed just two wins from their last 12 matches, but victory sees them pull away from the relegation play-off place and move to within three points of fifth-place Forfar.

Ayr striker Liam Buchanan slotted home from six yards after 19 minutes to give Mark Robert's men the lead against Dick Campbell's side, who have now lost five of their last six matches.

The Loons had a great chance to equalise after 65 minutes, but Michael Bolochoweckji's header was saved by Ayr goalkeeper Graeme Smith, and the side with the league's worst defensive record were made to rue their missed opportunity minutes later.

A cross from the right wing by goalscorer Buchanan found Donald in the centre of the penalty area and his header nestled into the bottom-right corner to give the hosts a two-goal lead.

Forfar were given a lifeline after 74 minutes when Iain Campbell converted a penalty following a foul by Christopher Smith, but Ayr hung on to claim a vital three points.

OfficialIain Brines
Attendance1,008
VenueSomerset Park
Kick Off
Ayr United 0 - 0 Forfar Athletic
0:27
Offside flag raised against Liam Buchanan
0:29
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
2:18
Foul on William Robertson
2:26
Free Kick taken by Iain Campbell
2:53
Offside flag raised against Gavin Swankie
2:57
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
5:35
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
9:33
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
11:28
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
13:17
Offside flag raised against David Winters
13:20
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
14:20
Shot taken by Jordon Brown using his left foot from the centre penalty area
14:35
Save made by Graeme Smith
15:26
Shot taken by Ross Campbell using his left foot from the centre penalty area
15:42
Save made by Graeme Smith
16:27
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
17:41
Foul on Robbie Crawford
17:47
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
18:23
Shot taken by Liam Buchanan from the centre penalty area
18:23
Ayr United 1 - 0 Forfar Athletic
GOAL scored by Liam Buchanan from the centre penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
20:03
Foul on Christopher Templeman
20:10
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie
25:55
Foul on Robbie Crawford
26:01
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
26:41
Hand Ball taken by William Robertson
26:44
Free Kick taken by Neil McGregor
27:22
Foul on Liam Buchanan
27:30
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
28:13
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
28:53
Substitution for Forfar Athletic: Stephen Tulloch on for Michael Dunlop
31:02
BOOKING: Michael Moffat of Ayr United given yellow card for dissent
31:43
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
31:48
Offside flag raised against Gavin Swankie
31:50
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
32:36
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
34:19
Foul on Michael Bolochoweckyj
34:28
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
35:20
Foul on David Sinclair
35:25
Free Kick taken by Kyle McAusland
35:50
Offside flag raised against Michael Donald
35:51
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
36:18
Foul on Michael Donald
36:26
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
38:46
Shot taken by Dale Hilson using his left foot from the left penalty area
39:00
Save made by Graeme Smith
39:17
Shot taken by David Winters with his right foot
39:34
Save made by Darren Hill
40:59
Foul on Neil McGregor
41:08
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
41:54
Offside flag raised against Michael Moffat
41:57
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
43:15
Foul on Michael Moffat
43:24
Free Kick taken by Neil McGregor
44:01
Shot taken by David Sinclair with his right foot
44:16
Save made by Darren Hill
44:24
BOOKING: Ross Campbell of Forfar Athletic given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
Half Time
Ayr United 1 - 0 Forfar Athletic
Second Half Started
Ayr United 1 - 0 Forfar Athletic
45:03
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
45:32
Substitution for Forfar Athletic: Daniel Denholm on for Jordon Brown
48:52
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
49:45
Corner taken by Iain Campbell using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
50:21
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
51:19
BOOKING: Gavin Swankie of Forfar Athletic given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
51:28
Foul on Graeme Smith
51:41
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
52:18
Foul on Liam Buchanan
52:26
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
53:38
Shot taken by Michael Moffat with his right foot from the centre penalty area
53:55
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
54:14
Foul on Daniel Denholm
54:17
Free Kick taken by Iain Campbell from the left wing
54:35
Cross from Iain Campbell
55:39
Corner taken by Iain Campbell using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
58:02
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
58:49
Foul on Michael Donald
59:00
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
59:25
Corner taken by Ross Campbell with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
59:51
Clearance by Graeme Smith
60:21
Foul on Ross Campbell
60:28
Free Kick taken by Iain Campbell
61:22
Foul on Liam Buchanan
61:33
Free Kick taken by David Sinclair from the right wing
61:34
BOOKING: Stephen Tulloch of Forfar Athletic given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
62:17
Cross from David Sinclair
63:30
BOOKING: Kyle McAusland of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
63:50
Foul on Stephen Tulloch
63:57
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
64:43
Foul on Stephen Tulloch
64:46
Free Kick taken by Iain Campbell
65:20
Shot taken by Michael Bolochoweckyj from the centre penalty area
65:29
Save made by Graeme Smith
68:17
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
68:53
Shot taken by Michael Donald from the centre penalty area
68:53
Ayr United 2 - 0 Forfar Athletic
GOAL scored by Michael Donald from the centre penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
69:58
Foul on William Robertson
70:04
Free Kick taken by Iain Campbell from the right wing
70:22
Cross from Iain Campbell
70:51
Substitution for Forfar Athletic: Gavin Malin on for William Robertson
70:52
Corner taken by Ross Campbell with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
71:31
Foul on Christopher Templeman
73:18
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Iain Campbell and scored using his left foot to the bottom right
73:18
Ayr United 2 - 1 Forfar Athletic
GOAL scored by Iain Campbell using his left foot from the penalty spot to the bottom right of the goal.
77:41
Substitution for Ayr United: Adam Hunter on for David Sinclair
78:54
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
81:35
Shot taken by Iain Campbell using his left foot
81:48
Save made by Graeme Smith
83:23
Foul on Christopher Templeman
83:29
Free Kick taken by Iain Campbell
83:43
Offside flag raised against Gavin Swankie
83:45
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
88:06
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
88:56
Foul on Ross Campbell
89:01
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
89:29
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
90:00+0:21
Corner taken by David Winters with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
90:00+0:59
Foul on Michael Donald
90:00+1:10
Free Kick taken by David Winters
90:00+1:55
Corner taken by Adam Hunter with his right foot from the right byline
90:00+2:31
BOOKING: David Winters of Ayr United given yellow card for dissent
Full Time
Ayr United 2 - 1 Forfar Athletic

Ayr United

vs

Forfar Athletic

2
Goals
1
1
Assists
0
5
Shots
5
4
On Target
5
1
Off Target
0
1
Crosses
2
2
Corners
4
19
Throw Ins
22
5
Saves
2
1
Clearances
0
8
Goal Kicks
8
16
Free Kicks
14
4
Offside
3
0
Penalties
1
0
Hand Balls
1
3
Yellow Cards
3

Ayr United

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Graeme Smith
02.Kyle McAusland (64+0: Unsporting behaviour)
03.Austin McCann
04.Neil McGregor
05.Chris Smith
06.David Sinclair 78+0' Tactical
08.Robbie Crawford
11.Michael Donald
07.David Winters (90+3: Dissent)
09.Michael Moffat (32+0: Dissent)
10.Liam Buchanan

Substitutes

20.Alistair Brown
12.Adam Hunter 78+0' Tactical
14.Ryan McStay
15.Aaron Wyllie
16.Mark Roberts

Forfar Athletic

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Darren Hill
02.Mark McCulloch
03.Iain Campbell
04.Michael Bolochoweckyj
05.Michael Dunlop 29+0' Injury
06.William Robertson 71+0' Tactical
08.Jordon Brown 45+0' Tactical
10.Gavin Swankie (52+0: Unsporting behaviour)
07.Ross Campbell (45+0: Unsporting behaviour)
09.Christopher Templeman
11.Dale Hilson

Substitutes

21.Ross Salmon
12.Stephen Tulloch (62+0: Unsporting behaviour) 29+0' Injury
15.Daniel Denholm 45+0' Tactical
16.Gavin Malin 71+0' Tactical
14.Omar Kader

Trio absent once more

Ayr United remain without their three long-term injured players against visitors Forfar.

John Robertson is still out with an ankle injury, while Martyn Campbell and Michael McGowan remaining absent due to knee problems.

Somerset Park boss Mark Roberts is asking his men to ensure that they do not end a game empty handed for a second time in four days.

He said: "We lost to Brechin 2-1 on Tuesday and the players deserved better. Hopefully if they put in the same effort and commitment against Forfar they will get what they deserve.

"We have a bit of experience and confidence in our squad now and this game gives us a chance of getting into the pack of clubs chasing a play-off place. I want us to take it."

Forfar look for their fourth win of the season over Ayr without Odmar Faero

The defender is at a training camp in Thailand with the Faroese national side.

Keith Gibson remains out long-term with a knee injury.

Station Park boss Dick Campbell said: "Despite losing to Alloa last week we have kept control of fourth place by virtue of scoring more goals than Arbroath.

"Now everything is in our own hands regarding the play-offs and a win at Ayr will help keep things that way.

"We have beaten them three times but they have changed their squad about and brought in a good few experienced guys so that counts for little. In fact it probably makes them all the more determined to beat us."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Queen of South 25 52 66
2 Alloa Athletic 25 17 45
3 Brechin City 21 9 38
4 Up Arbroath 25 -9 35
5 Down Forfar Athletic 25 -11 32
6 Stenhousemuir 24 -5 30
7 Up Ayr United 24 -6 29
8 Down East Fife 25 -2 26
9 Stranraer 25 -21 26
10 Albion Rovers 23 -24 14

Updated 23/02/2013 at 18:40