Albion Rovers 1 - 3 Ayr United

Saturday 13th April 2013
C Dallas (57)M Moffat (31)
L Buchanan (40)
S McLaughlin (84)

Play-offs still possible for Ayr

Ayr kept their slim play-off hopes alive with a 3-1 victory over bottom side Albion.

Mark Roberts' side are seven points off fourth-placed Forfar with three games left after their third win in their last five outings

Michael Moffat hooked home from close range to give the visitors the opening goal in the 31st minute and, just nine minutes later, Liam Buchanan made it 2-0 with a stunning lob from 20 yards.

Christopher Dallas pulled a goal back for Albion 12 minutes after the interval with a low finish from inside the area.

But Ayr wrapped up the points with six minutes left as Scott McLaughlin fired into the bottom corner from 12 yards out.

It was Albion's 12th defeat in 15 outings since the turn of the year and leaves them seven points adrift at the bottom of the table.

OfficialBrian Colvin
Attendance475
VenueCliftonhill Stadium
Kick Off
Albion Rovers 0 - 0 Ayr United
0:46
Shot taken by Peter Innes with his right foot
2:01
Foul on Austin McCann
2:07
Free Kick taken by Neil McGregor
3:52
Corner taken by Glenn Thomson with his right foot from the left byline
4:29
Clearance by Austin McCann
4:38
Shot taken by Ciaran Donnelly with his right foot from the right penalty area
4:49
Save made by Graeme Smith
4:56
Corner taken by Glenn Thomson using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
5:06
Clearance by Kyle McAusland
6:00
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
6:48
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
9:13
Corner taken by Glenn Thomson with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
10:18
Offside flag raised against Liam Buchanan
10:21
Free Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
12:42
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
13:11
Foul on Christopher Boyle
13:17
Free Kick taken by Glenn Thomson
14:57
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
16:47
Foul on Robbie Crawford
16:54
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
17:09
Foul on Michael Donald
17:15
Free Kick taken by Scott McLaughlin
17:48
Cross from Scott McLaughlin
17:55
Clearance by Ciaran Donnelly
17:59
Offside flag raised against Kyle McAusland
18:02
Free Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
19:20
Hand Ball taken by Michael Donald
19:23
Free Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
21:01
Corner taken by Michael Donald using his left foot from the right byline
21:39
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
22:20
Hand Ball taken by Scott McLaughlin
22:23
Free Kick taken by Peter Innes
24:23
Offside flag raised against Liam Buchanan
24:25
Free Kick taken by Glenn Thomson
25:49
Corner taken by Michael Donald using his left foot from the right byline
26:26
Save made by Matthew McGinley
26:30
Shot taken by Chris Smith using his left foot from the centre penalty area
26:51
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
27:34
Foul on Michael Donald
27:39
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
28:04
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
28:35
Corner taken by Scott McLaughlin with his right foot from the left byline
29:11
Shot taken by Chris Smith using his left foot from the centre penalty area
29:24
Block taken by Glenn Thomson
29:28
Corner taken by Robbie Crawford with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
29:38
Clearance by Gary Phillips
30:06
Shot taken by Michael Moffat with his right foot from the centre penalty area
30:06
Albion Rovers 0 - 1 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Michael Moffat with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the top right of the goal.
31:12
Foul on Neil McGregor
31:17
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
34:03
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
34:56
Foul on Scott Sally
35:08
Free Kick taken by Glenn Thomson from the left wing
35:23
Cross from Glenn Thomson
35:29
Clearance by Neil McGregor
35:42
Foul on David Crawford
35:48
Free Kick taken by Alan Reid from the right wing
37:05
Corner taken by Scott McLaughlin with his right foot from the right byline
37:43
Clearance by Ciaran Donnelly
37:48
Corner taken by Scott McLaughlin with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
38:24
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
39:32
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
40:00
Shot taken by Liam Buchanan with his right foot from the right wing
40:00
Albion Rovers 0 - 2 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Liam Buchanan with his right foot from the right wing to the top left of the goal.
43:22
Foul on Gary Phillips
43:27
Free Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
44:10
Corner taken by Glenn Thomson with his right foot from the left byline
44:27
Shot taken by Marvin Andrews from the right six yard line
44:41
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
Half Time
Albion Rovers 0 - 2 Ayr United
45:01
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Kevin Green on for Scott Sally
Second Half Started
Albion Rovers 0 - 2 Ayr United
46:33
Foul on Christopher Boyle
46:39
Free Kick taken by Gary Phillips from the right wing
46:57
Cross from Gary Phillips
47:06
Foul on Chris Smith
47:12
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
47:47
Shot taken by Robbie Crawford with his right foot from the centre penalty area
48:06
Block taken by Kevin Green
48:12
Offside flag raised against Liam Buchanan
48:15
Free Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
49:20
Shot taken by Christopher Boyle using his left foot
49:33
Block taken by Adam Hunter
49:37
Corner taken by Glenn Thomson with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
50:15
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
50:53
Shot taken by Chris Dallas with his right foot
51:17
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
51:50
Corner taken by Scott McLaughlin with his right foot from the left byline
53:08
Foul on Gary Phillips
53:13
Free Kick taken by Gary Phillips from the right wing
53:38
Cross from Gary Phillips
53:47
Save made by Graeme Smith
53:51
Corner taken by Glenn Thomson with his right foot from the left byline
54:07
Save made by Graeme Smith
54:49
Foul on Marvin Andrews
54:53
Free Kick taken by Kevin Green
55:15
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
55:56
Cross from Christopher Boyle
56:04
Save made by Graeme Smith
56:40
Shot taken by Chris Dallas using his left foot from the centre penalty area
56:40
Albion Rovers 1 - 2 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Chris Dallas using his left foot from the centre penalty area to the top left of the goal.
58:13
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
60:13
Foul on David Crawford
60:19
Free Kick taken by Glenn Thomson from the left wing
62:16
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
63:40
Shot taken by Christopher Boyle using his left foot from the left penalty area
63:57
Save made by Graeme Smith
64:16
Offside flag raised against David Crawford
64:18
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
65:02
Foul on Scott McLaughlin
65:06
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
65:44
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
67:18
Foul on Robbie Crawford
67:23
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann from the right wing
68:18
Offside flag raised against David Crawford
68:20
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
70:14
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Ryan Tiffney on for Chris Dallas
71:19
Offside flag raised against Liam Buchanan
71:21
Free Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
71:53
Offside flag raised against David Crawford
71:56
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
74:27
Foul on Ryan Tiffney
74:30
Free Kick taken by Glenn Thomson
75:17
Shot taken by Glenn Thomson with his right foot
75:28
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
75:57
Shot taken by Liam Buchanan using his left foot
76:17
Goal Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
76:55
Foul on Peter Innes
77:00
BOOKING: Adam Hunter of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
77:17
Free Kick taken by Alan Reid
77:31
Shot taken by Marvin Andrews from the left penalty area
77:44
Save made by Graeme Smith
77:48
Corner taken by Glenn Thomson with his right foot from the right byline
78:16
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Simon Marriott on for Glenn Thomson
79:29
Shot taken by Christopher Boyle using his left foot from the left penalty area
79:42
Save made by Graeme Smith
79:45
Shot taken by Simon Marriott with his right foot
79:59
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
80:39
Corner taken by Gary Phillips using his left foot from the right byline
81:10
Shot taken by Marvin Andrews from the left six yard line
81:21
Save made by Graeme Smith
83:17
Shot taken by Scott McLaughlin with his right foot from the centre penalty area
83:17
Albion Rovers 1 - 3 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Scott McLaughlin with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
85:26
Offside flag raised against David Crawford
85:31
Substitution for Ayr United: David Winters on for Liam Buchanan
85:39
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
86:43
Corner taken by Michael Donald using his left foot from the right byline short of the target
87:27
Offside flag raised against Michael Moffat
87:34
Substitution for Ayr United: Mark Shankland on for Michael Moffat
87:35
Free Kick taken by Matthew McGinley
88:18
Foul on David Winters
88:21
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
90:00+0:49
Substitution for Ayr United: Aaron Wyllie on for Robbie Crawford
Full Time
Albion Rovers 1 - 3 Ayr United

Albion Rovers

vs

Ayr United

1
Goals
3
0
Assists
2
12
Shots
7
7
On Target
5
5
Off Target
2
4
Crosses
1
8
Corners
8
38
Throw Ins
28
1
Saves
8
3
Clearances
3
9
Goal Kicks
11
2
Blocks
1
18
Free Kicks
13
4
Offside
6
0
Hand Balls
2
0
Yellow Cards
1

Albion Rovers

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Matthew McGinley
05.Marvin Andrews
02.Alan Reid
03.Christopher Boyle
04.Peter Innes
06.Ciaran Donnelly
08.Glenn Thomson 79+0' Tactical
11.Gary Phillips
07.David Crawford
09.Scott Sally 45+0' Tactical
10.Chris Dallas 71+0' Injury

Substitutes

17.Graeme Shepherd
16.Kevin Green 45+0' Tactical
14.Simon Marriott 79+0' Tactical
15.Connor Stevenson
12.Ryan Tiffney 71+0' Injury

Ayr United

Formation: 3-5-2

01.Graeme Smith
02.Kyle McAusland
04.Austin McCann
05.Neil McGregor
06.Chris Smith
07.Adam Hunter (77+0: Unsporting behaviour)
03.Michael Donald
08.Robbie Crawford 90+1' Tactical
11.Scott McLaughlin
09.Michael Moffat 88+0' Tactical
10.Liam Buchanan 86+0' Tactical

Substitutes

17.Alistair Brown
14.Ryan McStay
16.Aaron Wyllie 90+1' Tactical
12.David Winters 86+0' Tactical
15.Mark Shankland 88+0' Tactical

Now or never for Albion

Albion full-back Barry Russell starts a four-match suspension at home to Ayr as the Coatbridge side look to kickstart a bid to haul themselves off the foot of the Second Division table with five matches remaining.

Steven Howarth will miss out with an ankle injury along with Mick O'Byrne (ankle) and Tony Stevenson (knee), while Pat Walker is struggling with a hamstring problem.

Cliftonhill manager Todd Lumsden said: "In the last two games we have been leading before losing late goals that have costs us points. The players have dusted themselves down and are ready to go again but we know that if we go ahead we have to stay ahead this time.

"We beat Ayr here on Boxing Day and a repeat of that would be fantastic and give us hope for the rest of the season."

Mid-table Ayr welcome back Adam Hunter after suspension as they look to finish the season closer to the top four than the relegation play-offs.

John Robertson and David Sinclair are both out with respective ankle problems while long-term knee injuries keep Martyn Campbell and Michael McGowan absent.

Player/manager Mark Roberts said: "We had been looking to get into the promotion play-offs but that looks beyond us now. Forfar and Arbroath would have to collapse to get us back in there.

"We will go to Albion and look to get the three points that means we are not going to be involved at the other end and to have in hand should anything happen to the teams above us."

Shots

Saves

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Queen of South 32 65 85
2 Alloa Athletic 33 24 61
3 Brechin City 31 11 54
4 Forfar Athletic 33 -7 48
5 Arbroath 33 -11 46
6 Ayr United 33 -6 41
7 Stenhousemuir 32 -5 40
8 Stranraer 32 -25 33
9 East Fife 33 -13 28
10 Albion Rovers 32 -33 21

Updated 13/04/2013 at 17:03