Queen of South 1 - 0 Ayr United

Saturday 9th March 2013
D Lyle (45)
G Reilly (60)

Doonhammers cruise home

Queen of the South opened up a 20-point lead at the top of the Irn-Bru Scottish Second Division with a routine 2-0 home win against Ayr.

Daniel Carmichael should have put the hosts ahead in the 21st minute but his right-footed effort flashed wide from six yards out

Christopher Higgins went even closer four minutes later with a header that struck the upright.

The Doonhammers eventually made the breakthrough on the stroke of half time when Carmichael presented Derek Lyle with a simple close-range header.

Carmichael was involved again after half time, this time releasing Gavin Reilly who doubled the hosts' lead with a clinical left-footed strike on the hour mark as Allan Johnston's men made their dominance count.

Honest Men striker Mark Roberts tried an audacious lob six minutes later which drew a save from Lee Robinson but the runaway leaders were able to coast to their 11th win in 12 games.

OfficialCraig Charleston
Attendance1,471
VenuePalmerston Park
90:00+1:37
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
90:00+1:27
Shot taken by Nicholas Clark from the right penalty area
90:00+1:08
Corner taken by Christopher Mitchell with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
90:00+1:03
Save made by Graeme Smith
90:00+0:53
Shot taken by Daniel Carmichael with his right foot
89:29
Save made by Graeme Smith
89:18
Shot taken by Derek Lyle with his right foot
88:31
Free Kick taken by Christopher Mitchell
88:22
Foul on Nicholas Clark
85:46
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
85:25
Free Kick taken by Anthony Marenghi
85:19
Foul on Liam Buchanan
81:20
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
81:06
Shot taken by David Winters with his right foot
79:45
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
79:45
Offside flag raised against Derek Lyle
78:52
Shot taken by Nicholas Clark with his right foot
78:19
BOOKING: Adam Hunter of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
78:13
Free Kick taken by Nicholas Clark
78:07
Foul on Gavin Reilly
75:29
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
75:02
Free Kick taken by Derek Lyle from the left wing
74:58
Foul on Nicholas Clark
74:05
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
73:46
Shot taken by Christopher Mitchell with his right foot
73:09
Free Kick taken by Christopher Mitchell
73:05
Foul on Daniel Carmichael
71:44
Corner taken by Christopher Mitchell with his right foot from the right byline
71:07
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
70:43
Substitution for Ayr United: Anthony Marenghi on for Ryan McStay
70:05
Clearance by Ryan McGuffie
69:34
Corner taken by Adam Hunter with his right foot from the right byline
69:15
Free Kick taken by Adam Hunter
69:08
Foul on Adam Hunter
68:12
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
68:05
Foul on Robbie Crawford
66:45
Save made by Lee Robinson
66:29
Shot taken by Mark Roberts with his right foot
64:52
Offside flag raised against Nicholas Clark
64:27
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
64:23
Foul on Adam Hunter
61:50
BOOKING: Robbie Crawford of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
61:48
Free Kick taken by Christopher Mitchell
61:42
Foul on Daniel Carmichael
60:17
Substitution for Ayr United: David Winters on for David Sinclair
59:19
Queen of South 2 - 0 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Gavin Reilly using his left foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
59:19
Shot taken by Gavin Reilly using his left foot from the centre penalty area
58:40
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
58:16
Shot taken by Nicholas Clark from the right penalty area
53:02
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
52:49
Shot taken by Nicholas Clark from the centre penalty area
51:41
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
51:30
Shot taken by Derek Lyle using his left foot from the centre penalty area
51:01
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
48:29
Clearance by Paul Burns
48:04
Corner taken by David Sinclair with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
Second Half Started
Queen of South 1 - 0 Ayr United
Half Time
Queen of South 1 - 0 Ayr United
44:36
Queen of South 1 - 0 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Derek Lyle from the right penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
44:36
Shot taken by Derek Lyle from the right penalty area
44:04
Free Kick taken by Christopher Mitchell
43:58
Foul on Paul Burns
43:30
Block taken by Adam Hunter
43:16
Shot taken by Kevin Holt using his left foot
42:27
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
42:22
Foul on Mark Roberts
40:19
Free Kick taken by David Sinclair
40:12
Foul on Michael Donald
38:38
Free Kick taken by Christopher Mitchell
38:30
Foul on Paul Burns
38:07
Clearance by Michael Donald
37:37
Corner taken by Christopher Mitchell with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
36:14
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
35:53
Shot taken by Daniel Carmichael with his right foot from the right penalty area
28:37
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
28:36
Offside flag raised against Gavin Reilly
27:55
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
26:40
Free Kick taken by Christopher Mitchell
26:23
BOOKING: Neil McGregor of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
26:16
Foul on Gavin Reilly
25:20
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
24:56
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
24:14
Shot taken by Christopher Higgins from the centre penalty area
23:46
Free Kick taken by Christopher Mitchell
23:41
Foul on Christopher Mitchell
22:45
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
22:41
Foul on Liam Buchanan
22:37
Block taken by Graeme Smith
22:27
Shot taken by Nicholas Clark with his right foot from the centre penalty area
22:01
Free Kick taken by Christopher Mitchell from the right penalty area
21:38
BOOKING: Graeme Smith of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
21:33
Back Pass taken by Graeme Smith
20:56
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
20:34
Shot taken by Daniel Carmichael with his right foot from the right penalty area
20:14
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
19:54
Shot taken by Liam Buchanan with his right foot
19:00
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann from the left wing
18:56
Foul on Mark Roberts
17:01
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
16:54
Foul on Robbie Crawford
16:20
Free Kick taken by Mark Durnan
16:03
BOOKING: Mark Roberts of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
15:55
Foul on Christopher Mitchell
15:16
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
15:09
Foul on Mark Roberts
14:49
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
13:14
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
12:30
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
11:30
Save made by Graeme Smith
11:23
Cross from Ryan McGuffie
7:05
Corner taken by Christopher Mitchell with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
7:01
Block taken by Adam Hunter
6:51
Shot taken by Gavin Reilly using his left foot from the centre penalty area
5:13
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
4:21
Free Kick taken by Lee Robinson
4:18
Foul on Gavin Reilly
3:24
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
3:04
Shot taken by David Sinclair with his right foot
2:45
Free Kick taken by David Sinclair
2:35
Foul on Mark Roberts
1:59
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
1:55
Foul on Neil McGregor
0:06
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
Kick Off
Queen of South 0 - 0 Ayr United
Queen of South 2 - 0 Ayr United

Queen of South

vs

Ayr United

1
Goals
0
2
Assists
0
16
Shots
4
7
On Target
1
9
Off Target
3
1
Crosses
0
4
Corners
2
40
Throw Ins
25
1
Saves
3
2
Clearances
1
8
Goal Kicks
14
0
Back Passes
1
0
Blocks
3
12
Free Kicks
14
3
Offside
0
0
Yellow Cards
5

Queen of South

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Lee Robinson
02.Ryan McGuffie
03.Kevin Holt
04.Mark Durnan
05.Christopher Higgins
06.Christopher Mitchell
07.Derek Lyle
08.Paul Burns
11.Daniel Carmichael
09.Gavin Reilly
10.Nicholas Clark

Substitutes

12.James Atkinson
17.Marc Fitzpatrick
16.William Gibson
14.Kevin Smith
15.Michael Paton

Ayr United

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Graeme Smith (22+0: Unsporting behaviour)
02.Adam Hunter (79+0: Unsporting behaviour)
03.Austin McCann
04.Neil McGregor (27+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Chris Smith
06.David Sinclair 61+0' Injury
07.Robbie Crawford (62+0: Unsporting behaviour)
08.Ryan McStay 71+0' Tactical
11.Michael Donald
09.Liam Buchanan
10.Mark Roberts (17+0: Unsporting behaviour)

Substitutes

20.Alistair Brown
14.Darren Brownlie
15.Anthony Marenghi 71+0' Tactical
16.Aaron Wyllie
12.David Winters 61+0' Injury

McShane misses out

Midfielder Ian McShane is the only absentee for runaway leaders Queen of the South's clash with Ayr as he underwent hip surgery recently.

Palmerston player-manager Allan Johnston has been impressed by the Honest Men, saying: "They have changed their team around and have brought in experienced players that could easily play in the First Division or the SPL.

"I have seen them recently and they have been really unlucky not to pick up the run of wins that would get them into the play-offs.

"They will come here looking to get the three points that will move them closer to the top four but our need for points is just as great.

"We were sloppy defensively last weekend against East Fife and I don't want a repeat of that."

Ayr will be without suspended striker Michael Moffat as they look to become the first side to win at Palmerston Park this season.

Player-manager Mark Roberts looks set to start as David Winters has suffered a calf strain, with the Honest Men also missing John Robertson who suffered a head injury in the midweek 2-1 defeat from Brechin City and Kyle McAusland (hand).

Martyn Campbell and Michael McGowan remain absent due to knee injuries.

Roberts said: "Queen of the South will win the league by a mile but it would be great to be the first team to win there this season.

"We are playing better than our results suggest so we are confident of doing well."

Shots

Saves

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Queen of South 27 55 72
2 Alloa Athletic 28 22 52
3 Brechin City 23 10 42
4 Forfar Athletic 27 -7 38
5 Arbroath 28 -12 38
6 Stenhousemuir 28 -5 35
7 Ayr United 28 -7 32
8 Up Stranraer 27 -22 29
9 Down East Fife 27 -4 26
10 Albion Rovers 27 -30 17

Updated 9/03/2013 at 17:35