Scottish Championship
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Ayr United 0-2 Raith Rovers

Ayr United's return to the Scottish Championship ended in defeat against Raith Rovers.

Ross Callachan opened the scoring when he firmly headed a pinpoint Bobby Barr long ball, delivered from his own half.

The Honest Men battled gamely, with Paddy Boyle, Alan Forrest and Daryll Meggatt all giving Kevin Cuthbert cause for concern in the Raith goal.

But Ross Matthews doubled Raith's lead on the rebound after substitute Rudi Skacel's shot had been saved.

Ayr United are back in the second tier following a four-year absence after winning promotion via last season's play-offs.

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Fleming
  • 2Devlin
  • 6MurphyBooked at 79mins
  • 18Meggatt
  • 3Boyle
  • 8CrawfordSubstituted forThomasat 82'minutes
  • 23Docherty
  • 16AdamsSubstituted forO'Connellat 85'minutes
  • 11DonaldSubstituted forMcGuffieat 62'minutes
  • 14Cairney
  • 10Forrest

Substitutes

  • 5Rose
  • 7Thomas
  • 15O'Connell
  • 19Hart
  • 20Wardrope
  • 21McGuffie
  • 22McCracken

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 2Thomson
  • 5Mvoto
  • 6Benedictus
  • 3McHattie
  • 21Thompson
  • 4CallachanBooked at 68mins
  • 12Matthews
  • 11BarrSubstituted forRobertsonat 88'minutes
  • 10VaughanSubstituted forSkacelat 70'minutes
  • 20McManusSubstituted forStewartat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Johnston
  • 9Stewart
  • 15Osei-Opoku
  • 16Coustrain
  • 17Lennox
  • 18Robertson
  • 19Skacel
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
1,550

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 0, Raith Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 0, Raith Rovers 2.

Paul Cairney (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers).

Foul by Andy O'Connell (Ayr United).

Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Rudi Skacel (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Daryll Meggatt (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rudi Skacel (Raith Rovers).

Attempt missed. Ross Docherty (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Scott Robertson replaces Bobby Barr.

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

Foul by Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Mark Stewart replaces Declan McManus.

Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy O'Connell (Ayr United).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Andy O'Connell replaces Jamie Adams.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Jamie Thomas replaces Robbie Crawford.

Attempt blocked. Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Peter Murphy (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Peter Murphy (Ayr United).

Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Rudi Skacel (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 0, Raith Rovers 2. Ross Matthews (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Paul Cairney (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Rudi Skacel replaces Lewis Vaughan.

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

Foul by Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers).

Booking

Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daryll Meggatt (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Vaughan (Raith Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Patrick Boyle (Ayr United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Attempt missed. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Patrick Boyle (Ayr United).

Ross Matthews (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Craig McGuffie replaces Michael Donald.

Attempt blocked. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Paul Cairney (Ayr United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Raith Rovers11002023
2Dunfermline11004313
3Hibernian11002113
4Dundee Utd10101101
5Morton10101101
6Queen of Sth10101101
7St Mirren10101101
8Dumbarton100134-10
9Falkirk100112-10
10Ayr100102-20
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