Arbroath 1 - 4 Ayr United

Saturday 2nd March 2013
D Holmes (2)M Moffat (pen 41, 43, pen 72, 75)

Four-star Moffat grabs the headlines

Michael Moffat scored all four goals as Ayr kept their play-off hopes alive with a 4-1 win against 10-man Arbroath at Gayfield.

Mark Roberts' side fell behind in the second minute when Derek Holmes tucked away Ross Chisholm's left-wing cross.

The Honest Men had to wait until the 41st minute to draw level when Moffat scored from the penalty spot after Alexander Keddie brought down Neil McGregor inside the area.

Moffat's stunning curling effort two minutes later completed the turnaround before the visitors were handed a major advantage when Brian Kerr picked up his second yellow card in the 54th minute.

The in-form striker earned his hat-trick after 72 minutes, again with a spot-kick, after Scott Brown upended Liam Buchanan.

Moffat then gave the away side an unassailable lead three minutes later as he recorded his 20th goal of the season with a low drive from the edge of the area.

OfficialAndrew Dallas
Attendance651
VenueGayfield Park
Kick Off
Arbroath 0 - 0 Ayr United
1:40
Shot taken by Derek Holmes using his left foot from the left penalty area
1:40
Arbroath 1 - 0 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Derek Holmes using his left foot from the left penalty area going centre high of the goal.
1:59
Cross from Ross Chisholm
4:32
Goal Kick taken by Scott Morrison
5:56
Goal Kick taken by Scott Morrison
7:44
Foul on Lee Sibanda
7:52
BOOKING: John Robertson of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
8:02
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin
8:40
Shot taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot
8:52
Save made by Graeme Smith
10:34
Corner taken by Euan Smith with his right foot from the left byline
11:04
Save made by Graeme Smith
12:04
Offside flag raised against David Winters
12:07
Free Kick taken by Scott Morrison
13:41
Foul on Michael Moffat
13:53
Free Kick taken by David Sinclair
13:57
BOOKING: Brian Kerr of Arbroath given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
14:33
Shot taken by David Sinclair with his right foot
16:51
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
17:34
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
17:58
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
18:29
Shot taken by Alexander Keddie from the right penalty area
19:04
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
19:53
Foul on Lee Sibanda
20:05
Free Kick taken by Brian Kerr
21:09
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
22:58
Offside flag raised against Michael Travis
23:04
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
24:24
Goal Kick taken by Scott Morrison
25:32
Shot taken by Derek Holmes using his left foot from the centre penalty area
26:51
Foul on Neil McGregor
26:57
Free Kick taken by Neil McGregor
27:18
Shot taken by Robbie Crawford with his right foot
27:31
Save made by Scott Morrison
28:25
Offside flag raised against Lee Sibanda
28:27
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
28:52
Shot taken by David Sinclair with his right foot
29:06
Save made by Scott Morrison
30:26
Offside flag raised against Michael Travis
30:30
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
34:36
Cross from Euan Smith
34:42
Shot taken by Derek Holmes with his right foot from the centre penalty area
35:54
Foul on Paul Sheerin
35:58
Free Kick taken by Scott Morrison
38:15
Shot taken by Liam Buchanan with his right foot
38:27
Save made by Graeme Smith
38:33
Corner taken by Michael Donald using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
38:48
Clearance by Euan Smith
39:06
Foul on Neil McGregor
40:28
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Michael Moffat and scored with his right foot to the bottom right
40:28
Arbroath 1 - 1 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Michael Moffat with his right foot from the penalty spot to the bottom right of the goal.
41:46
Foul on John Robertson
41:51
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
42:45
Shot taken by Michael Moffat with his right foot
42:45
Arbroath 1 - 2 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Michael Moffat with his right foot to the top right of the goal.
44:34
Cross from Colin Hamilton
44:43
Shot taken by Michael Travis from the centre penalty area
44:49
Corner taken by Euan Smith with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
44:58
Clearance by Adam Hunter
45:00+0:25
Save made by Graeme Smith
Half Time
Arbroath 1 - 2 Ayr United
Second Half Started
Arbroath 1 - 2 Ayr United
46:59
Cross from Michael Travis
47:12
Shot taken by Lee Sibanda from the centre penalty area
48:04
Save made by Graeme Smith
48:14
Offside flag raised against Paul Sheerin
48:16
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
48:21
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
48:46
Shot taken by Alexander Keddie from the left penalty area
49:10
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
50:08
Foul on Derek Holmes
50:13
Free Kick taken by Brian Kerr
52:24
Offside flag raised against Derek Holmes
52:26
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
53:03
Foul on Derek Holmes
53:20
Free Kick taken by Scott Robertson
53:26
DISMISSAL: Brian Kerr of Arbroath sent off for second bookable offence
54:59
Foul on Derek Holmes
55:08
Free Kick taken by Scott Robertson
58:33
Substitution for Ayr United: Darren Brownlie on for John Robertson
58:51
Offside flag raised against David Winters
58:53
Free Kick taken by Scott Morrison
63:44
Shot taken by Adam Hunter with his right foot
64:31
Substitution for Ayr United: Ryan McStay on for David Winters
65:36
Foul on Colin Hamilton
65:46
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin
65:47
BOOKING: Adam Hunter of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
66:22
Cross from Paul Sheerin
66:27
Shot taken by Derek Holmes from the left six yard line
66:40
Save made by Graeme Smith
67:59
Foul on Neil McGregor
68:07
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
68:17
Substitution for Arbroath: Scott Adams on for Michael Travis
69:28
Foul on Austin McCann
69:34
Free Kick taken by David Sinclair
70:04
Foul on Liam Buchanan
70:25
BOOKING: Scott Adams of Arbroath given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
71:15
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Michael Moffat and scored with his right foot to the bottom left
71:15
Arbroath 1 - 3 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Michael Moffat with his right foot from the penalty spot to the bottom left of the goal.
71:41
BOOKING: Scott Robertson of Arbroath given yellow card for dissent
73:51
Foul on Paul Sheerin
73:59
Free Kick taken by Scott Morrison
74:34
Shot taken by Michael Moffat with his right foot
74:34
Arbroath 1 - 4 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Michael Moffat with his right foot to the bottom left of the goal.
75:41
Corner taken by David Sinclair with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
76:06
Clearance by Lee Sibanda
78:03
Substitution for Arbroath: Dayle Robertson on for Euan Smith
80:09
Goal Kick taken by Scott Morrison
82:04
BOOKING: Graeme Smith of Ayr United given yellow card for time wasting
86:23
Foul on Ryan McStay
86:28
Free Kick taken by Ryan McStay
89:55
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
90:00+0:12
Clearance by Adam Hunter
90:00+1:01
Shot taken by David Sinclair with his right foot
Full Time
Arbroath 1 - 4 Ayr United

Arbroath

vs

Ayr United

1
Goals
4
1
Assists
2
9
Shots
8
5
On Target
6
4
Off Target
2
5
Crosses
0
5
Corners
2
27
Throw Ins
22
2
Saves
6
2
Clearances
2
4
Goal Kicks
5
10
Free Kicks
11
5
Offside
2
0
Penalties
2
3
Yellow Cards
3
1
Red Cards
0

Arbroath

Formation: 4-5-1

01.Scott Morrison
02.Michael Travis 69+0' Tactical
03.Colin Hamilton
05.Scott Robertson (72+0: Dissent)
06.Alexander Keddie
04.Brian Kerr (14+0: Unsporting behaviour) (54+0: Second Bookable Offence)
07.Euan Smith 79+0' Tactical
08.Ross Chisholm
10.Lee Sibanda
11.Paul Sheerin
09.Derek Holmes

Substitutes

21.Antony Bullock
16.Stuart Malcolm
14.Dayle Robertson 79+0' Tactical
12.Daniel Rennie
15.Scott Adams (71+0: Unsporting behaviour) 69+0' Tactical

Ayr United

Formation: 4-3-3

01.Graeme Smith (83+0: Time wasting)
02.Adam Hunter (66+0: Unsporting behaviour)
03.Austin McCann
04.Neil McGregor
05.John Robertson (8+0: Unsporting behaviour) 59+0' Tactical
06.David Sinclair
08.Robbie Crawford
11.Michael Donald
07.David Winters 65+0' Tactical
09.Michael Moffat
10.Liam Buchanan

Substitutes

20.Alistair Brown
16.Darren Brownlie 59+0' Tactical
14.Ryan McStay 65+0' Tactical
15.Aaron Wyllie
12.Mark Roberts

Doris hamstrung for Arbroath

Arbroath striker Steven Doris sustained a hamstring injury in Wednesday night's 2-1 defeat to Alloa and he misses out when Ayr come calling.

The Red Lichties are also without Mark Baxter through work commitments and Graham Bayne, who has sustained a dead leg, with player-manager Paul Sheerin telling his men to be ready for a scrap.

Sheerin said: "Ayr will see this as a must-win game to get into the play-off race so we need to be ready for that approach.

"In fact, with the play-off race as tight as it is, every week between now and the end of the season will be a scrap.

"Having both main strikers injured is disappointing but we will just have to get on with things."

Ayr have suffered a blow in the build-up to the trip as defender Chris Smith has been ruled out with a heel problem.

The Honest Men also lost Kyle McAusland earlier this week when he broke a bone in his hand in training to join long-term injury absentees Martyn Campbell and Michael McGowan in missing out.

Player-manager Mark Roberts, who is considering starting himself in a bid to fire his side to a vital win, said: "We are still in with a great shout of making the play-offs if we win this game.

"In fact, if we win our next two games we go above Arbroath and that is a far better picture than falling nine points behind them by losing.

"They are usually a very strong side at home and they will be looking to get back to that after losing to Alloa on Wednesday."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Queen of South 26 53 69
2 Alloa Athletic 27 22 51
3 Brechin City 22 9 39
4 Forfar Athletic 27 -7 38
5 Arbroath 27 -13 35
6 Stenhousemuir 26 -4 34
7 Ayr United 26 -4 32
8 East Fife 26 -3 26
9 Stranraer 26 -23 26
10 Albion Rovers 25 -30 14

Updated 2/03/2013 at 17:03

 

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