Ayr United 2 - 1 Stranraer

Saturday 16th March 2013
A Hunter (8)
M Donald (11)
C Malcolm (68)

Early double enough for Ayr

Two early goals were enough for Ayr to see off Stranraer with a 2-1 win at Somerset Park.

Adam Hunter gave the Honest Men a dream start as he connected with a David Sinclair cross to smash the ball into the roof of the net inside 10 minutes.

Ayr soon doubled their lead when former Rangers trainee Michael Donald leapt highest to nod home after good work from John Robertson to put the hosts in control.

Stranraer could have reduced the deficit midway through the first-half, but Robert Love's strike was smartly kept out by the feet of Graeme Smith, while Liam Buchanan was unlucky not to extend Ayr's lead after seeing his long-distance pile-driver narrowly miss the target just after half-time.

The Blues set up a nervous finish courtesy of top scorer Craig Malcolm's right-footed finish after 68 minutes, but Donald's header proved decisive as Ayr held on to keep their play-off dreams alive.

OfficialGary Hilland
Attendance1,022
VenueSomerset Park
Kick Off
Ayr United 0 - 0 Stranraer
0:20
Cross from Darren Gribben
1:02
Cross from John Robertson
1:12
Save made by David Mitchell
2:07
Offside flag raised against Darren Gribben
2:11
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
2:46
Shot taken by Liam Buchanan with his right foot
3:13
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
4:55
BOOKING: Christopher Aitken of Stranraer given yellow card for dissent
6:25
Cross from Darren Gribben
6:39
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
7:03
Cross from David Sinclair
7:03
Ayr United 1 - 0 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Adam Hunter with his right foot from the right penalty area going centre high of the goal.
10:13
Cross from John Robertson
10:13
Ayr United 2 - 0 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Michael Donald from the centre penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
11:49
Foul on Craig Malcolm
11:54
Free Kick taken by Frank McKeown
12:12
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
13:02
Shot taken by Scott McLaughlin with his right foot
13:16
Block taken by Christopher Aitken
13:41
Cross from Liam Buchanan
13:49
Shot taken by Michael Moffat with his right foot from the centre penalty area
14:15
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
15:35
Shot taken by Darren Gribben with his right foot from the left penalty area
15:52
Block taken by Neil McGregor
15:58
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
16:19
Foul on Graeme Smith
16:24
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
20:24
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
21:16
Foul on Christopher Aitken
21:20
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken
21:35
Cross from Lloyd Kinnaird
21:43
Clearance by John Robertson
21:49
Shot taken by Grant Gallagher with his right foot
22:06
Save made by Graeme Smith
22:33
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
22:54
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
24:34
Shot taken by Craig Malcolm with his right foot from the centre penalty area
24:56
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
25:52
Shot taken by Robert Love with his right foot from the centre penalty area
26:04
Save made by Graeme Smith
26:14
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the left byline
26:28
Clearance by Chris Smith
26:38
Offside flag raised against Frank McKeown
26:41
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
27:14
Cross from Scott McLaughlin
27:24
Clearance by Michael Dunlop
29:00
Shot taken by Liam Buchanan using his left foot from the centre penalty area
29:13
Block taken by Frank McKeown
30:00
Foul on Craig Malcolm
30:05
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken from the left wing
30:31
Cross from Lloyd Kinnaird
30:38
Clearance by Austin McCann
32:28
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
36:31
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
37:11
Cross from Mark Staunton
37:21
Shot taken by Craig Malcolm using his left foot from the left six yard line
37:51
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
38:14
Shot taken by Darren Gribben with his right foot
38:30
Save made by David Mitchell
38:46
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
39:09
Clearance by Chris Smith
39:18
Cross from Mark Staunton
39:27
Clearance by Neil McGregor
39:36
Cross from Mark Staunton
39:43
Clearance by Austin McCann
39:47
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
40:04
Clearance by Austin McCann
40:13
Cross from Christopher Aitken
40:28
Save made by Graeme Smith
40:33
Corner taken by Darren Gribben with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
41:03
Shot taken by Sean Winter with his right foot from the left six yard line
41:21
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
42:31
Shot taken by Darren Gribben using his left foot from the centre penalty area
42:56
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
43:08
Foul on Michael Donald
43:13
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann from the left wing
43:37
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
44:05
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
44:25
Clearance by Neil McGregor
44:32
Cross from Christopher Aitken
44:41
Clearance by Neil McGregor
44:45
Shot taken by Mark Staunton with his right foot
45:00+0:07
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
Half Time
Ayr United 2 - 0 Stranraer
Second Half Started
Ayr United 2 - 0 Stranraer
46:36
Foul on Michael Donald
46:43
BOOKING: Grant Gallagher of Stranraer given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
47:33
Free Kick taken by Michael Donald
47:41
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
47:55
Offside flag raised against Darren Gribben
47:56
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
49:31
Cross from Lloyd Kinnaird
49:40
Clearance by Neil McGregor
50:47
Shot taken by Michael Moffat with his right foot
51:03
Block taken by Frank McKeown
51:26
Shot taken by Craig Malcolm with his right foot
52:09
Cross from Michael Donald
52:22
Save made by Graeme Smith
52:29
Foul on Craig Malcolm
52:35
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken
53:00
Cross from Christopher Aitken
53:12
Foul on Chris Smith
53:18
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
54:06
Foul on Robert Love
54:15
Free Kick taken by Darren Gribben from the left wing
56:06
Cross from Austin McCann
56:18
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
57:11
Offside flag raised against Darren Gribben
57:13
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
57:49
Shot taken by Liam Buchanan with his right foot
58:32
Shot taken by Craig Malcolm with his right foot from the right six yard line
58:47
Block taken by Neil McGregor
60:05
Foul on Michael Moffat
60:11
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
60:58
Shot taken by Austin McCann using his left foot from the left penalty area
61:21
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
64:40
Offside flag raised against Robert Love
64:41
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
64:59
BOOKING: Robert Love of Stranraer given yellow card for dissent
65:44
Shot taken by Adam Hunter with his right foot
66:24
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
66:29
Substitution for Stranraer: Michael Moore on for Robert Love
67:22
Shot taken by Craig Malcolm with his right foot from the centre penalty area
67:22
Ayr United 2 - 1 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Craig Malcolm with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
71:37
Shot taken by Grant Gallagher with his right foot
73:09
Cross from Austin McCann
73:17
Clearance by Mark Staunton
74:16
Foul on Michael Moore
74:26
BOOKING: Adam Hunter of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
75:28
Free Kick taken by Mark Staunton
75:59
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the left byline
76:26
Shot taken by Frank McKeown with his right foot from the centre penalty area
76:50
Save made by Graeme Smith
77:32
Hand Ball taken by Liam Buchanan
77:34
Free Kick taken by Mark Staunton
77:52
Foul on Michael Donald
77:59
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann from the left wing
78:05
Substitution for Stranraer: Ryan Borris on for Lloyd Kinnaird
80:08
Cross from David Winters
80:16
Clearance by Graeme Smith
80:41
Foul on Chris Smith
80:47
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
82:07
Cross from Ryan Borris
82:26
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
83:30
Offside flag raised against Darren Gribben
83:31
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
84:54
Cross from Grant Gallagher
85:01
Clearance by Scott McLaughlin
85:23
Offside flag raised against Craig Malcolm
85:24
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
86:33
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
87:01
Shot taken by Craig Malcolm with his right foot
87:12
Block taken by Neil McGregor
87:17
BOOKING: Mark Staunton of Stranraer given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
88:49
Foul on Michael Moffat
88:54
Free Kick taken by David Sinclair from the right wing
90:00+0:10
Foul on Michael Donald
90:00+0:14
Free Kick taken by Austin McCann
90:00+1:00
Corner taken by David Sinclair with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
90:00+1:34
Foul on Sean Winter
90:00+1:39
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
90:00+1:58
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
Full Time
Ayr United 2 - 1 Stranraer

Ayr United

vs

Stranraer

2
Goals
1
2
Assists
1
8
Shots
15
3
On Target
8
5
Off Target
7
9
Crosses
13
1
Corners
7
29
Throw Ins
35
5
Saves
2
12
Clearances
2
13
Goal Kicks
9
3
Blocks
3
16
Free Kicks
8
0
Offside
7
1
Hand Balls
0
1
Yellow Cards
4

Ayr United

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Graeme Smith
02.John Robertson
03.Austin McCann
04.Neil McGregor
05.Chris Smith
06.David Sinclair
07.Adam Hunter (75+0: Unsporting behaviour)
08.Scott McLaughlin
11.Michael Donald
09.Michael Moffat
10.Liam Buchanan

Substitutes

20.Alistair Brown
15.Darren Brownlie
16.Aaron Wyllie
12.David Winters
14.Mark Shankland

Stranraer

Formation: 4-4-2

01.David Mitchell
02.Lloyd Kinnaird 79+0' Tactical
03.Mark Staunton (88+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Frank McKeown
05.Michael Dunlop
06.Christopher Aitken (5+0: Dissent)
07.Sean Winter
08.Grant Gallagher (46+0: Unsporting behaviour)
11.Robert Love (65+0: Dissent) 67+0' Tactical
09.Darren Gribben
10.Craig Malcolm

Substitutes

20.Russell Cadwell
12.Ryan Borris 79+0' Tactical
14.Jamie Campbell
15.Michael Moore 67+0' Tactical
16.Armand One

McLaughlin poised for second `debut'

Ayr will hand a starting place to Scott McLaughlin against Stranraer at Somerset Park after he joined the club for a second time on loan from Peterhead.

Striker Michael Moffat is available after serving a one-game suspension last week and John Robertson is fit again.

Kyle McAusland could be included after getting the plaster removed from his broken hand, but Robbie Crawford and player/manager Mark Roberts are banned with Ryan McStay (foot), Martyn Campbell (knee) and Michael McGowan (knee) all still sidelined.

Roberts said: "Scott has a winning mentality and we need more of that on the pitch in the run-in to the season.

"This is a game that we can win if everyone plays well, but Stranraer are no mugs."

Stranraer will be without defender David MacGregor due to a knee injury as they look to pull level on points with Ayr.

The Blues came back from two goals down last week to defeat Albion with Craig Malcolm grabbing a hat-trick and manager Stephen Aitken is looking for the same again from his striker.

Aitken said: "Strikers need goals to be confident and Craig is therefore flying at the moment.

"I'm sure that the Ayr defence will not be looking forward to containing him.

"Ayr have talked about going for the promotion play-offs, but at the back of their minds I'm sure they know that if they lose to us they could be facing the relegation ones, so it could be a cagey afternoon."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Queen of South 28 55 73
2 Alloa Athletic 29 21 52
3 Brechin City 24 11 45
4 Forfar Athletic 28 -7 39
5 Arbroath 29 -12 39
6 Stenhousemuir 29 -5 36
7 Ayr United 29 -6 35
8 Stranraer 28 -23 29
9 East Fife 27 -4 26
10 Albion Rovers 27 -30 17

Updated 16/03/2013 at 17:01

 
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