Scottish Championship - Play-offs - 1st Leg
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Stranraer 1-1 Ayr United

Mark Docherty scores for Ayr United against Stranraer
Mark Docherty (number four) levelled the tie with a late shot

A stunning stoppage-time strike by Ayr United's Ross Docherty denied Stranraer a first-leg advantage in the Scottish Championship play-off final.

The home side had taken the lead through Mark McGuigan in a feisty match which was peppered with eight bookings.

But Docherty's late shot from inside the box levelled the tie again.

The two sides meet again for the second leg at Somerset Park on Sunday afternoon, with the eventual winner gaining promotion to the second tier.

Ayr's Greg Fleming produced a quite stunning save from a thundering Ryan Thomson shot, which appeared netbound until the goalkeeper launched himself to his left and diverted with the strongest of hands.

Mark McGuigan scores for Stranraer against Ayr United
McGuigan (far left) struck Stranraer's opener

Fleming's team-mate Ross McCrorie blundered at the other end. Unmarked six yards out, he had all the time in the world to finish but rushed his effort and totally missed the target.

A swift Stranraer counter-attack led to the opener as Andy Stirling, the outstanding player on show, fed McGuigan to finish low and with precision.

The hosts could have scored a second in a bizarre sequence of play which began with an Ayr player having his jersey pulled as he took a throw-in by a Stranraer fan leaning over the wall.

The home team broke and Ayr keeper Fleming totally misread a header outside his box. The ball deflected to Jamie Longworth, whose shot was eventually cleared.

And then Docherty levelled the tie again seconds before the final whistle.

It was indeed a weird and wonderful night and sets up a fascinating showdown on Sunday.

Line-ups

Stranraer

  • 26BelfordBooked at 31mins
  • 15Dick
  • 8Bell
  • 2Robertson
  • 4Pettigrew
  • 10Stirling
  • 7CairneyBooked at 82mins
  • 23ThomsonBooked at 33mins
  • 33Gibson
  • 9MalcolmSubstituted forLongworthat 65'minutes
  • 20McGuiganSubstituted forBarronat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Barron
  • 11McCloskey
  • 12Kemp
  • 13Currie
  • 14Longworth
  • 16Turner
  • 24Rumsby

Ayr

  • 1Fleming
  • 3Boyle
  • 6Murphy
  • 5AdamsBooked at 31mins
  • 2DevlinBooked at 9mins
  • 11DonaldSubstituted forTroutenat 80'minutes
  • 8CrawfordBooked at 25mins
  • 4DochertyBooked at 84mins
  • 7McCrorieBooked at 60minsSubstituted forGilmourat 61'minutes
  • 10MooreBooked at 12minsSubstituted forStevensonat 61'minutes
  • 9Preston

Substitutes

  • 12Trouten
  • 14Gilmour
  • 15Forrest
  • 16Stevenson
  • 17Graham
  • 18McLauchlan
  • 19Newman
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
1,652

Match Stats

Home TeamStranraerAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home7
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home20
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Stranraer 1, Ayr United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stranraer 1, Ayr United 1.

Goal!

Goal! Stranraer 1, Ayr United 1. Ross Docherty (Ayr United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Preston.

Foul by Paul Cairney (Stranraer).

Ross Docherty (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Jamie Longworth (Stranraer) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Patrick Boyle (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by William Gibson (Stranraer).

Attempt saved. Paul Cairney (Stranraer) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Ross Docherty (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jamie Longworth (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Adams (Ayr United).

Booking

Paul Cairney (Stranraer) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Cairney (Stranraer).

Ross Docherty (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Alan Trouten replaces Michael Donald.

Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Jordan Preston (Ayr United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Stranraer. David Barron replaces Mark McGuigan.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Craig Pettigrew.

Foul by Paul Cairney (Stranraer).

Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Thomson (Stranraer).

Ross Docherty (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Stranraer. Conceded by Michael Donald.

Attempt missed. Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Foul by Mark McGuigan (Stranraer).

Peter Murphy (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stranraer. Jamie Longworth replaces Craig Malcolm.

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Stranraer).

Michael Donald (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Brian Gilmour replaces Ross McCrorie.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Ryan Stevenson replaces Craig Moore.

Booking

Ross McCrorie (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Steven Bell (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross McCrorie (Ayr United).

Attempt missed. Mark McGuigan (Stranraer) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Stranraer 1, Ayr United 0. Mark McGuigan (Stranraer) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andy Stirling.

Foul by Paul Cairney (Stranraer).

Robbie Crawford (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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