Ayr United 0 - 2 Alloa Athletic

Saturday 6th April 2013
R McCord (27)
G Holmes (90)

Holmes sweet Holmes

Graeme Holmes' stunning long-range effort capped a good afternoon for Alloa as they eased to a 2-0 win at Ayr.

Calum Elliot went close to putting the visitors into a 22nd-minute lead but his right-footed strike was kept out by Graeme Smith.

Smith was unable to prevent Ryan McCord from breaking the deadlock five minutes later when the former Airdrie midfielder rifled home his fourth goal in six games with a low left-footed drive.

Paul Hartley's men continued to press after the interval and went close to extending their advantage after 56 minutes when Kevin Moon saw his effort from the edge of the area saved by the feet of Smith.

The Wasps went even closer to sealing their win in the closing stages when Elliot diverted Martin Grehan's 88th-minute cross against the post.

The three points were eventually sealed when Holmes found the top corner from distance in the final minute.

OfficialSteven McLean
Attendance898
VenueSomerset Park
Kick Off
Ayr United 0 - 0 Alloa Athletic
1:46
Cross from James Doyle
1:52
Clearance by Austin McCann
3:18
Cross from James Doyle
3:23
Clearance by John Robertson
3:38
Corner taken by Ryan McCord with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
4:24
Clearance by Robbie Crawford
4:46
Cross from Kevin Cawley
4:53
Block taken by Austin McCann
4:54
Corner taken by Ryan McCord with his right foot from the right byline
5:06
Clearance by Chris Smith
5:10
Shot taken by Kevin Moon with his right foot
5:24
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
5:50
Foul on Kevin Cawley
5:55
Free Kick taken by Ryan McCord
6:38
Foul on Michael Donald
6:43
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
7:13
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
7:49
Corner taken by Mark Shankland with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
8:10
Clearance by Ben Gordon
8:13
Corner taken by Michael Donald using his left foot from the right byline
8:39
Clearance by James Doyle
8:42
Shot taken by Darren Brownlie using his left foot from the centre penalty area
8:52
Block taken by Stephen Simmons
8:55
Corner taken by Michael Donald with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
9:13
Clearance by Daryll Meggatt
9:18
Foul on Robbie Crawford
9:23
Free Kick taken by Michael Donald
9:55
Shot taken by Michael Donald using his left foot
10:06
Foul on Stephen Simmons
10:09
Free Kick taken by Scott Bain
10:39
Cross from James Doyle
10:45
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
11:53
Foul on Michael Donald
11:56
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
12:29
Cross from Robbie Crawford
12:34
Clearance by Stephen Simmons
14:23
Foul on Kevin Moon
14:28
Free Kick taken by Calum Elliot
15:19
Shot taken by Calum Elliot with his right foot
16:58
Foul on Michael Moffat
17:06
BOOKING: Ben Gordon of Alloa Athletic given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
17:21
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
17:45
Shot taken by Austin McCann using his left foot
17:55
Block taken by Stephen Simmons
19:03
Hand Ball taken by John Robertson
19:05
Free Kick taken by Stephen Simmons
21:32
Shot taken by Calum Elliot with his right foot from the left penalty area
21:42
Save made by Graeme Smith
22:42
Shot taken by Kevin Cawley with his right foot
22:56
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
25:08
Cross from Graeme Holmes
25:13
Block taken by Chris Smith
25:24
Cross from James Doyle
25:33
Shot taken by Calum Elliot from the centre penalty area
25:51
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
26:15
Shot taken by Ryan McCord using his left foot from the left penalty area
26:15
Ayr United 0 - 1 Alloa Athletic
GOAL scored by Ryan McCord using his left foot from the left penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
27:45
Shot taken by Ryan McCord with his right foot from the centre penalty area
28:07
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
30:21
Cross from James Doyle
30:27
Clearance by Chris Smith
30:33
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
31:17
Offside flag raised against Calum Elliot
31:19
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
32:25
Cross from Austin McCann
32:35
Save made by Scott Bain
33:54
Cross from Kevin Cawley
34:17
Offside flag raised against Kevin Moon
34:19
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
35:04
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
35:48
Foul on Michael Donald
35:52
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
36:34
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
37:21
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
39:50
Shot taken by James Doyle with his right foot
40:05
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
40:46
Cross from Austin McCann
40:51
Clearance by Ben Gordon
41:01
Foul on Stephen Simmons
41:06
Free Kick taken by Ben Gordon
42:13
Cross from Michael Donald
42:19
Clearance by Daryll Meggatt
42:21
Corner taken by Michael Donald using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
42:50
Shot taken by Darren Brownlie using his left foot from the centre penalty area
43:14
Cross from Austin McCann
43:21
Clearance by Stephen Simmons
43:48
Foul on Daryll Meggatt
43:53
Free Kick taken by Daryll Meggatt from the left wing
44:12
Offside flag raised against Kevin Cawley
Half Time
Ayr United 0 - 1 Alloa Athletic
45:01
Substitution for Ayr United: Kyle McAusland on for John Robertson
Second Half Started
Ayr United 0 - 1 Alloa Athletic
46:48
Shot taken by Liam Buchanan with his right foot from the right penalty area
47:08
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
47:58
Foul on Calum Elliot
48:03
Free Kick taken by Scott Bain
49:07
Shot taken by Scott McLaughlin with his right foot
49:20
Block taken by Ben Gordon
50:03
Shot taken by Daryll Meggatt using his left foot
50:18
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
50:37
Cross from Kevin Cawley
50:43
Clearance by Chris Smith
53:17
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
53:59
Offside flag raised against Ryan McCord
54:02
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
55:07
Shot taken by Kevin Cawley with his right foot
55:16
Block taken by Chris Smith
55:23
Cross from Kevin Cawley
55:30
Shot taken by Kevin Moon with his right foot from the centre penalty area
55:36
Block taken by Darren Brownlie
55:38
Corner taken by Ryan McCord with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
56:05
Save made by Graeme Smith
57:03
Corner taken by Ryan McCord with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
57:32
Cross from Ryan McCord
57:42
Shot taken by Ben Gordon from the centre penalty area
57:53
Save made by Graeme Smith
58:27
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
60:08
Substitution for Ayr United: David Winters on for Liam Buchanan
61:05
Cross from Daryll Meggatt
61:33
Foul on James Doyle
61:40
Free Kick taken by Stephen Simmons from the right wing
62:11
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
63:08
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
64:02
Cross from Kevin Cawley
64:09
Clearance by Darren Brownlie
64:30
Shot taken by Calum Elliot with his right foot from the left penalty area
64:44
Block taken by Chris Smith
64:54
Foul on Chris Smith
64:59
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
65:37
Cross from Kyle McAusland
65:46
Clearance by James Doyle
67:25
Shot taken by Calum Elliot with his right foot
67:39
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
67:54
Foul on David Sinclair
68:00
Free Kick taken by Robbie Crawford
69:38
Corner taken by Michael Donald using his left foot from the right byline
70:18
Clearance by Ben Gordon
71:19
Shot taken by David Winters with his right foot from the right penalty area
71:43
Save made by Scott Bain
72:50
Foul on Michael Donald
73:05
Free Kick taken by David Sinclair from the left wing
73:32
Cross from David Sinclair
73:36
Shot taken by Kyle McAusland from the centre penalty area
73:46
Save made by Scott Bain
75:17
Cross from James Doyle
75:22
Clearance by Darren Brownlie
75:57
Foul on Graeme Holmes
76:04
Free Kick taken by Ryan McCord
76:36
Shot taken by Stephen Simmons with his right foot
76:52
Save made by Graeme Smith
77:34
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
80:11
Foul on Stephen Simmons
80:45
Free Kick taken by Scott Bain
81:20
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
83:28
Cross from Michael Moffat
83:34
Clearance by Benjamin Jason Marr
83:44
Cross from Kyle McAusland
83:55
Substitution for Alloa Athletic: Martin Grehan on for Kevin Cawley
84:18
Goal Kick taken by Scott Bain
84:57
Foul on Scott McLaughlin
85:01
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
85:20
Shot taken by Calum Elliot with his right foot
85:33
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
86:15
Corner taken by David Sinclair with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
86:49
Save made by Scott Bain
87:08
Cross from Martin Grehan
87:14
Shot taken by Calum Elliot with his right foot from the left six yard line
87:54
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
89:18
Foul on Kyle McAusland
89:25
Free Kick taken by Kyle McAusland
89:38
Shot taken by Graeme Holmes with his right foot
89:38
Ayr United 0 - 2 Alloa Athletic
GOAL scored by Graeme Holmes with his right foot to the top left of the goal.
90:00+0:40
Foul on Michael Donald
90:00+0:44
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
90:00+1:10
Foul on Calum Elliot
90:00+1:17
BOOKING: Kyle McAusland of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
90:00+1:27
Free Kick taken by Ryan McCord
90:00+2:03
Shot taken by David Sinclair with his right foot
90:00+2:12
Clearance by Ben Gordon
Full Time
Ayr United 0 - 2 Alloa Athletic

Ayr United

vs

Alloa Athletic

0
Goals
2
0
Assists
1
9
Shots
18
6
On Target
9
3
Off Target
9
9
Crosses
15
6
Corners
4
34
Throw Ins
33
4
Saves
4
8
Clearances
11
15
Goal Kicks
8
5
Blocks
3
14
Free Kicks
11
0
Offside
4
1
Hand Balls
0
1
Yellow Cards
1

Ayr United

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Graeme Smith
02.John Robertson 45+0' Tactical
03.Austin McCann
04.Darren Brownlie
05.Chris Smith
06.Scott McLaughlin
08.Robbie Crawford
11.Michael Donald
07.Mark Shankland
09.Michael Moffat
10.Liam Buchanan 61+0' Tactical

Substitutes

20.Alistair Brown
14.Kyle McAusland (90+2: Unsporting behaviour) 45+0' Tactical
15.Neil McGregor
16.David Sinclair
12.David Winters 61+0' Tactical

Alloa Athletic

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Scott Bain
02.James Doyle
03.Daryll Meggatt
04.Ben Gordon (18+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Benjamin Jason Marr
06.Stephen Simmons
07.Kevin Moon
08.Ryan McCord
10.Graeme Holmes
09.Calum Elliot
11.Kevin Cawley 84+0' Tactical

Substitutes

20.Craig McDowall
14.Darren Young
15.Mark Docherty
16.Jonathan Tiffoney
12.Martin Grehan 84+0' Tactical

MacGregor back for Honest Men

Ayr United will look to keep their play-off hopes alive by seeing off second placed Alloa at Somerset Park.

The Honest Men's cause has been helped by the return of Neil MacGregor from suspension.

Kyle McAusland and David Sinclair available after injury but Adam Hunter is out because of a ban.

"Winning last week against East Fife and Arbroath's draw with Stenhousemuir in midweek has given us a chance," player/manager Mark Roberts said.

"We need to make the most of that chance by defeating a good Alloa side. We have had three really tight games against them this season with two of them drawn and the other lost 1-0.

"If we play like we can and defend properly for the 90 minutes then we can win."

Alloa are looking for the win that will put a play-off place within easy reach.

Captain Darren Young is back in their squad for the first time in two months.

Young played in a midweek friendly for over an hour to prove his fitness following a calf injury and manager Paul Hartley is delighted to have his skipper available.

"Darren is our most experienced player and he looked sharp in midweek," he said. "Ayr have a lot of experience in their ranks so it is good to have Darren available to give us a better balance.

"We will almost be there in terms of a play-off place if we win this one and that would be terrific as that was the aim at the start of the season."

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Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Queen of South 31 63 82
2 Alloa Athletic 32 23 58
3 Brechin City 29 10 51
4 Arbroath 32 -9 46
5 Forfar Athletic 31 -7 45
6 Ayr United 32 -8 38
7 Stenhousemuir 31 -6 37
8 Stranraer 30 -23 32
9 East Fife 31 -12 27
10 Albion Rovers 31 -31 21

Updated 6/04/2013 at 17:03