A strike from former Scotland cap Kevin Kyle helped Ayr to a win which lifts them to third in the League One table.

The visitors went closest early on, with Robert Linn's left-footed shot saved by Ayr goalkeeper David Hutton.

Then, with the half-time whistle about to sound, Kyle headed home a floated Scott McLaughlin corner to put the home side in front.

Adam Hunter sealed the points for Ayr with a second-half, left-footed strike after picking up a Michael Donald pass.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Ayr United

  • 01 Hutton
  • 02 Hunter
  • 03 Pope
  • 06 McLaughlin Booked
  • 04 McAusland
  • 05 Lithgow
  • 07 Roberts (Forrest - 67' )
  • 08 Crawford (Marenghi - 72' Booked )
  • 10 Kyle (Malcolm - 88' )
  • 09 Moffat
  • 11 Donald

Substitutes

  • 12 Shankland
  • 14 Forrest
  • 15 McGowan
  • 16 Marenghi
  • 17 Malcolm
  • 18 Wyllie
  • 19 Muir

Arbroath

  • 01 Morrison
  • 02 Banjo (Sibanda - 86' )
  • 03 Hamilton
  • 07 Linn
  • 05 Travis Booked
  • 06 Keddie
  • 04 Smith
  • 08 Chisholm
  • 10 Cook (Milne - 78' )
  • 09 Erwin
  • 11 Sheerin (Yao - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Sibanda
  • 14 Yao
  • 15 Donaldson
  • 16 Lindsay
  • 17 Rosscraig
  • 18 Milne
  • 21 Wilson
Ref: Stevie O'Reilly
Att: 990

Match Stats

Shots

15 11

On target

4 5

Corners

2 6

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ayr United 2, Arbroath 0.

90:00 +2:55 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ayr United 2, Arbroath 0.

90:00 +1:30

Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

90:00 +1:30

Alex Keddie (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:29

Attempt blocked. Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

89:09

Attempt missed. Colin Hamilton (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

88:30

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

88:30

Michael Travis (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Craig Malcolm replaces Kevin Kyle.

86:07

Attempt missed. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

85:36

Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:36

Foul by Lee Erwin (Arbroath).

85:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Lee Sibanda replaces David Banjo.

84:27 Booking

Booking Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

84:22

Foul by Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United).

84:22

Lari Yao (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:05

Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:05

Foul by Lee Erwin (Arbroath).

77:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Steven Milne replaces Alan Cook.

77:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Lari Yao replaces Paul Sheerin.

73:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ayr United 2, Arbroath 0. Adam Hunter (Ayr United) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Donald.

71:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Anthony Marenghi replaces Robert Crawford.

66:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Alan Forrest replaces Mark Roberts.

64:04

Attempt blocked. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

63:08

Attempt missed. Michael Travis (Arbroath) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

62:38

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

61:07

Attempt saved. Ross Chisholm (Arbroath) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:19

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

56:42

Delay in match Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) because of an injury.

55:59 Booking

Booking Michael Travis (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card.

55:52

Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:52

Foul by Michael Travis (Arbroath).

55:02

Attempt saved. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

52:46

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

52:46

Colin Hamilton (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:36

Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:36

Foul by Paul Sheerin (Arbroath).

49:54

Attempt missed. Lee Erwin (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

49:17

Foul by Adam Hunter (Ayr United).

49:17

Alan Cook (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:04

Attempt missed. Mark Roberts (Ayr United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

45:00

Second Half begins Ayr United 1, Arbroath 0.

45:00 +1:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ayr United 1, Arbroath 0.

45:00 +0:23

Attempt missed. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

45:00 +0:04

Hand ball by Paul Sheerin (Arbroath).

44:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ayr United 1, Arbroath 0. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott McLaughlin with a cross.

43:40

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Michael Travis.

43:30

Attempt blocked. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

42:33 Booking

Booking Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

42:28

Bobby Linn (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:28

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

40:31

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Kyle McAusland.

40:06

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

39:42

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Adam Hunter.

38:11

Attempt saved. Mark Roberts (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

36:50

Attempt missed. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

35:25

Foul by Ross Chisholm (Arbroath).

35:25

Michael Donald (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:58

Attempt saved. Lee Erwin (Arbroath) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner.

34:45

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by David Hutton.

34:22

Attempt saved. Colin Hamilton (Arbroath) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

33:26

Attempt missed. Alan Cook (Arbroath) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

29:55

Foul by Michael Travis (Arbroath).

29:55

Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:22

Attempt missed. Lee Erwin (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

28:02

Foul by Alan Lithgow (Ayr United).

28:02

Lee Erwin (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:41

Attempt missed. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

23:55

Attempt blocked. Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

21:45

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Alex Keddie.

20:23

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

20:23

Alex Keddie (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:55

Attempt saved. Paul Sheerin (Arbroath) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

14:43

Attempt missed. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is high and wide to the right.

13:38

Attempt missed. Michael Donald (Ayr United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

10:37

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

10:37

Paul Sheerin (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:25

Attempt saved. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

6:23

Attempt missed. Ross Chisholm (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

5:35

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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