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Dumbarton 0-3 Ayr United

An Alan Forrest hat-trick was enough to give all three points to Ayr United and take them seven points clear of bottom side St Mirren.

It only took three minutes for this match when Forrest buried the rebound after Gary Harkins forced a save from Dumbarton goalkeeper Alan Martin.

Harkins was again instrumental in the second goal, teeing up Forrest for an easy finish.

And Forrest made it three from the penalty spot.

Harkins could have had one himself; driving the ball towards goal from distance, but there was too much on the strike and it flew over the bar.

Dumbarton finally showed up in the 18th minute. Greg Fleming had to punch clear in the Ayr goal, it then fell to Josh Todd, but his shot from 20 yards took a deflection on its way over.

There were calls for a penalty by the United camp before the end of the first half, but it looked as though Mark Docherty timed his challenge on Nicky Devlin as he burst into the area.

It was another early goal in the second half and another gift from Dumbarton. Alan Martin lost out to Harkins in the box, the keeper committed and lost, then Harkins squared to Forrest who couldn't miss for his second.

Ayr wrapped up the points from the penalty spot when Devlin was brought down in the box by Daniel Harvie, and Forrest stepped up and secured his hat-trick.

Ayr United move five points clear of Dumbarton and seven clear of St Mirren who are rooted to the bottom of the Championship table.

Line-ups

Dumbarton

  • 27Martin
  • 2Pettigrew
  • 14BarrBooked at 90mins
  • 3Docherty
  • 12HarvieBooked at 61mins
  • 7ToddSubstituted forMcCallumat 64'minutes
  • 4ThomsonSubstituted forFlemingat 64'minutes
  • 11Stanton
  • 17SmithSubstituted forStirlingat 45'minutes
  • 6Stevenson
  • 10Thomson

Substitutes

  • 5Buchanan
  • 9Fleming
  • 15McCallum
  • 18Wright
  • 19Ewings
  • 22Stirling

Ayr

  • 1Fleming
  • 2DevlinBooked at 64mins
  • 6Murphy
  • 22Balatoni
  • 18Meggatt
  • 4Gilmour
  • 23Docherty
  • 8CrawfordBooked at 84mins
  • 14CairneySubstituted forNisbetat 66'minutes
  • 10ForrestSubstituted forDonaldat 72'minutes
  • 12HarkinsSubstituted forMcGuffieat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Boyle
  • 11Donald
  • 15O'Connell
  • 17Nisbet
  • 19Hart
  • 21McGuffie
Referee:
Gavin Duncan
Attendance:
1,005

Match Stats

Home TeamDumbartonAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away9
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Dumbarton 0, Ayr United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dumbarton 0, Ayr United 3.

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

Booking

Darren Barr (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darren Barr (Dumbarton).

Craig McGuffie (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Samuel Stanton (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Nisbet (Ayr United).

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

Attempt missed. Craig Pettigrew (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Booking

Robbie Crawford (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Garry Fleming (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Robbie Crawford (Ayr United).

Attempt saved. Kevin Nisbet (Ayr United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Alan Martin.

Attempt saved. Kevin Nisbet (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Craig McGuffie replaces Gary Harkins.

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

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

Attempt saved. Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Samuel Stanton (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Samuel Stanton (Dumbarton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Peter Murphy (Ayr United).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Michael Donald replaces Alan Forrest.

Attempt saved. Andy Stirling (Dumbarton) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Peter Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Kevin Nisbet replaces Paul Cairney.

Foul by Garry Fleming (Dumbarton).

Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Garry Fleming replaces Joseph Thomson.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Donald McCallum replaces Josh Todd.

Booking

Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andy Stirling (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Ayr United).

Goal!

Goal! Dumbarton 0, Ayr United 3. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Booking

Daniel Harvie (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Daniel Harvie (Dumbarton) after a foul in the penalty area.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian9531135818
2Queen of Sth9531149518
3Falkirk9522138517
4Dundee Utd94321510515
5Raith Rovers94231311214
6Morton93331312112
7Ayr9324914-511
8Dunfermline92161218-67
9Dumbarton9135814-66
10St Mirren9045918-94
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