Ayr United 0 - 1 Arbroath

Saturday 27th April 2013
E Smith (60)

Smith heroics in vain

Ayr goalkeeper Graeme Smith saved two penalties but could not prevent his side from losing 1-0 to play-off hopefuls Arbroath.

The visitors made a strong start to the match and should have taken the lead in the 17th minute when they were awarded a penalty for Neil McGregor's foul on Graham Bayne but Smith produced a wonderful save to deny Steven Doris from the spot.

Arbroath were awarded a second penalty in the 56th minute when Jackson Longridge handled in the area but Paul Sheerin's penalty was well saved by Smith.

The Smokies finally took the lead in the 60th minute when Euan Smith got on the end of Daniel Rennie's cross to head home from close range.

Ayr pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages but Arbroath held on to take all three points.

OfficialGreg Aitken
Attendance834
VenueSomerset Park
Kick Off
Ayr United 0 - 0 Arbroath
1:01
Cross from Kyle McAusland
1:16
Goal Kick taken by Antony Bullock
2:28
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
6:08
Foul on Jackson Longridge
6:11
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
6:54
Cross from Ross Chisholm
6:58
Clearance by Darren Brownlie
7:01
Corner taken by Euan Smith with his right foot from the left byline
7:19
Shot taken by Graham Bayne from the centre penalty area
7:42
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
8:17
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
8:52
Hand Ball taken by Michael Donald
9:02
Free Kick taken by Michael Travis
9:19
Cross from Michael Travis
9:23
Shot taken by Graham Bayne from the centre penalty area
10:11
Shot taken by Jackson Longridge using his left foot
10:21
Block taken by David Banjo
10:28
Foul on Michael Donald
10:34
Free Kick taken by Scott McLaughlin from the left wing
10:44
Cross from Scott McLaughlin
11:05
Save made by Antony Bullock
11:42
Offside flag raised against Steven Doris
11:45
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
13:35
Hand Ball taken by Euan Smith
13:37
Free Kick taken by Kyle McAusland
14:19
Foul on Euan Smith
14:26
Free Kick taken by Michael Travis
15:56
Foul on Colin Hamilton
15:59
Free Kick taken by Alexander Keddie
16:46
Foul on Graham Bayne
17:35
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Steven Doris and saved with his right foot to the bottom left
17:35
Save made by Graeme Smith
17:53
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline
18:27
Shot taken by Michael Travis from the centre penalty area
18:47
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
19:00
Hand Ball taken by Graham Bayne
19:01
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
20:33
Foul on Jackson Longridge
20:38
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
21:36
Foul on Aaron Wyllie
21:42
BOOKING: Michael Travis of Arbroath given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
21:44
Free Kick taken by Darren Brownlie
24:09
Shot taken by Anthony Marenghi using his left foot
24:40
Save made by Antony Bullock
24:43
Goal Kick taken by Antony Bullock
25:45
Cross from Colin Hamilton
25:50
Clearance by Jackson Longridge
25:58
Cross from David Banjo
26:05
Foul on Graeme Smith
26:12
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
27:10
Cross from Euan Smith
27:15
Save made by Graeme Smith
27:49
Cross from Alexander Keddie
27:52
Save made by Graeme Smith
30:10
Foul on Ross Chisholm
30:15
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin from the left wing
30:28
Cross from Paul Sheerin
30:38
Save made by Graeme Smith
31:18
Cross from Euan Smith
31:22
Clearance by Neil McGregor
32:11
Shot taken by Jackson Longridge using his left foot
32:32
Goal Kick taken by Antony Bullock
35:12
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
36:21
Foul on Euan Smith
36:24
Free Kick taken by Antony Bullock
37:36
Cross from Michael Donald
38:20
Foul on Lee Sibanda
38:23
Free Kick taken by Michael Travis
38:59
Cross from Ross Chisholm
39:03
Clearance by Jackson Longridge
39:06
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline
39:36
Save made by Graeme Smith
40:00
Foul on Ross Chisholm
40:03
Free Kick taken by Antony Bullock
40:48
Foul on Colin Hamilton
40:55
BOOKING: Robbie Crawford of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
41:01
Free Kick taken by Alexander Keddie from the left wing
43:14
Goal Kick taken by Antony Bullock
45:00+0:57
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
45:00+1:15
Foul on Aaron Wyllie
45:00+1:19
Free Kick taken by Kyle McAusland
Half Time
Ayr United 0 - 0 Arbroath
Second Half Started
Ayr United 0 - 0 Arbroath
49:03
Substitution for Arbroath: Derek Holmes on for Steven Doris
51:59
Goal Kick taken by Antony Bullock
53:44
Shot taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot
53:55
Block taken by Jackson Longridge
54:20
Foul on Ross Chisholm
54:23
Free Kick taken by Antony Bullock
55:01
Foul on Ross Chisholm
55:05
Free Kick taken by Antony Bullock
55:30
Cross from Daniel Rennie
55:39
Hand Ball taken by Jackson Longridge
56:23
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Paul Sheerin and saved with his right foot going centre low
56:23
Save made by Graeme Smith
56:53
Foul on Robbie Crawford
56:59
Free Kick taken by Jackson Longridge
58:26
Shot taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the left penalty area
58:46
Substitution for Ayr United: Ryan Nisbet on for Michael Moffat
59:09
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
59:30
Cross from Daniel Rennie
59:36
Shot taken by Euan Smith from the centre penalty area
59:36
Ayr United 0 - 1 Arbroath
GOAL scored by Euan Smith from the centre penalty area to the top right of the goal.
61:03
Foul on Euan Smith
61:08
BOOKING: Neil McGregor of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
61:13
Free Kick taken by Euan Smith from the left wing
61:42
Cross from Euan Smith
62:02
Shot taken by Derek Holmes with his right foot from the centre penalty area
62:19
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
64:14
Substitution for Ayr United: Mark Roberts on for Anthony Marenghi
65:38
Goal Kick taken by Antony Bullock
66:37
Foul on Graham Bayne
66:42
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin
67:55
Cross from Kyle McAusland
67:59
Block taken by Euan Smith
68:02
Corner taken by Scott McLaughlin using his left foot from the right byline
68:19
Save made by Antony Bullock
69:49
Goal Kick taken by Antony Bullock
70:20
Foul on Aaron Wyllie
70:22
Free Kick taken by Darren Brownlie
70:57
Goal Kick taken by Antony Bullock
71:14
Cross from Kyle McAusland
71:19
Clearance by Michael Travis
71:25
Substitution for Ayr United: Michael Wardrobe on for Aaron Wyllie
73:03
Offside flag raised against Ryan Nisbet
73:04
Free Kick taken by Antony Bullock
73:46
Cross from Mark Roberts
73:50
Clearance by Colin Hamilton
73:53
Corner taken by Scott McLaughlin using his left foot from the right byline
74:14
Save made by Antony Bullock
74:38
Cross from Ross Chisholm
74:44
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
75:21
Shot taken by Ryan Nisbet with his right foot
75:30
Block taken by Derek Holmes
76:10
Cross from Michael Donald
76:14
Block taken by Daniel Rennie
76:18
Corner taken by Scott McLaughlin with his right foot from the left byline
76:36
Save made by Antony Bullock
77:46
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
78:17
Foul on Colin Hamilton
78:21
Free Kick taken by Alexander Keddie
79:19
Cross from Kyle McAusland
79:41
Goal Kick taken by Antony Bullock
81:50
Shot taken by Michael Wardrobe with his right foot from the right penalty area
83:11
Shot taken by Michael Wardrobe with his right foot
83:24
Goal Kick taken by Antony Bullock
83:53
Cross from Ryan Nisbet
83:59
Save made by Antony Bullock
84:25
Goal Kick taken by Antony Bullock
85:14
Cross from Euan Smith
85:17
Shot taken by Daniel Rennie with his right foot from the centre penalty area
85:29
Save made by Graeme Smith
85:33
Shot taken by Euan Smith with his right foot
86:00
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
86:34
Cross from Colin Hamilton
86:38
Block taken by Neil McGregor
88:00
Cross from Kyle McAusland
88:10
Save made by Antony Bullock
88:45
Shot taken by Jackson Longridge with his right foot
89:06
Goal Kick taken by Antony Bullock
89:31
Corner taken by Scott McLaughlin with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
89:52
Shot taken by Mark Roberts from the centre penalty area
90:00+1:56
Substitution for Arbroath: Patrick Smith on for Graham Bayne
Full Time
Ayr United 0 - 1 Arbroath

Ayr United

vs

Arbroath

0
Goals
1
0
Assists
1
8
Shots
9
3
On Target
2
5
Off Target
7
10
Crosses
15
4
Corners
3
38
Throw Ins
37
7
Saves
7
4
Clearances
2
11
Goal Kicks
12
2
Blocks
4
11
Free Kicks
14
1
Offside
1
0
Penalties
2
2
Hand Balls
2
2
Yellow Cards
1

Ayr United

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Graeme Smith
02.Kyle McAusland
04.Neil McGregor (62+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Darren Brownlie
03.Jackson Longridge
06.Scott McLaughlin
07.Aaron Wyllie 72+0' Tactical
08.Robbie Crawford (41+0: Unsporting behaviour)
10.Anthony Marenghi 65+0' Tactical
11.Michael Donald
09.Michael Moffat 59+0' Tactical

Substitutes

20.Alistair Brown
14.Austin McCann
15.Michael Wardrobe 72+0' Tactical
12.Mark Roberts 65+0' Tactical
16.Ryan Nisbet 59+0' Tactical

Arbroath

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Antony Bullock
03.Colin Hamilton
05.Michael Travis (22+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Alexander Keddie
02.David Banjo
04.Lee Sibanda
07.Euan Smith
08.Ross Chisholm
11.Paul Sheerin
09.Graham Bayne 90+2' Tactical
10.Steven Doris 50+0' Injury

Substitutes

21.Josh Gray
14.Patrick Smith 90+2' Tactical
16.Stuart Malcolm
12.Derek Holmes 50+0' Injury
15.Daniel Rennie

Problems mount for Ayr

Ayr United's promotion push has fizzled out but manager Mark Roberts is looking for a strong performance against Arbroath, despite having Adam Hunter and Chris Smith suspended.

The Honest Men are also missing Michael McGowan and Martyn Campbell due to knee injuries, while ankle problems keep David Sinclair and John Robertson sidelined.

Roberts has recalled Jackson Longridge and Darren Brownlie.

Roberts said: "Our biggest problem has been inconsistency, but when we play well we are a good side. It has been a frustrating season but we can end it on a high.

"Arbroath still have something to play for but I want us to end our season at home with a win. Some players will be playing for new deals and hopefully that will see them play to a high standard."

Arbroath have control of the final play-off berth and want to keep it that way by defeating Ayr, and Colin Hamilton is available after suspension to help.

The Gayfield side are without injured goalkeeper Scott Morrison (finger) as well as Mark Baxter (foot), Stuart Malcolm (shin) and Brian Kerr (knee).

Player-manager Paul Sheerin said: "We are a point ahead so everything is in our own hands and we want to make sure that it stays that way.

"We had to put in a gritty performance against Stranraer last week to win 1-0 and it may well be that we have to do the same in this one.

"Ayr have good players who will be out to make up for a disappointing season, so we are well warned."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Queen of South 35 68 89
2 Alloa Athletic 35 26 64
3 Brechin City 34 8 55
4 Arbroath 35 -9 52
5 Forfar Athletic 35 -8 51
6 Stenhousemuir 35 1 49
7 Ayr United 35 -11 41
8 Stranraer 35 -29 34
9 East Fife 35 -12 32
10 Albion Rovers 34 -34 24

Updated 27/04/2013 at 17:14