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Summary

  1. Ayr United collect three points in League Cup
  2. Geggan heads in only goal from a corner
  3. FT: Linfield 0-2 Celtic in Champions League qualifying
  4. Objects thrown at Leigh Griffiths amid crowd unrest
  5. Carroll frustrates Celtic with string of saves
  6. Rogic coolly slots home number two
  7. Sinclair's deflected header gives Celtic the lead

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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Good night

That's all from me folks.

It was a good evening for Celtic, who cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over Linfield in Belfast, which should ease them into the next round of Champions League qualifying.

Ayr United fans are also in a good mood after getting one over on Kilmarnock in the Betfred Cup.

We'll be back tomorrow with more cup action, so join us if you can.

'Not good enough' from Kilmarnock

FT: Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock manager Lee McCulloch speaking to BBC Sportsound:

"We're bitterly disappointed to lose against our biggest rivals. We won't be taking the result lightly that's for sure.

"What cost us the game was our first-half display and switching off at corners. That's not good enough.

"There was too much lumping the ball instead of getting the ball down and playing in little pockets, which we've been encouraging the players to do.

"We didn't deserve to win that game. Maybe a point would have been fair but our final ball was lacking."

'This one is for the fans'

FT: Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Ayr United manager Ian McCall talking to BBC Sportsound

"I thought all the best chances in the game fell to us. Robbie Crawford nearly scored the goal of the season.

"This one is for the fans and the directors. They had to suffer a few disappointing results last season.

"The players worked their socks off and in derbies you have to.

"I know Ross Docherty got man of the match but Jamie Adams was just a colossus. He's probably trained three times and played half a game in between working on his farm."

A feast of football tomorrow

FT: Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

While we wait to hear from the managers, I can remind you that there are a host of games in this tournament tomorrow. Fifteen in total, so it will be a busy afternoon on BBC Radio Scotland and online as we try to keep up with all the goals.

Promotion 'only target' for Ayr

FT: Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Ayr United goal-hero Andy Geggan talking to BBC Sportsound:

"We have a good group of boys in the dressing room and we should have an excellent season.

"That shows what we can do and we will look to kick on from here.

"Promotion is our only target and we'll just take the cup games as they come."

Geggan scored four in three games for Dunfermline in this competition last season...

Andy Geggan
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FT: Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Ayr United were immense. Their shape was good and beating your derby rivals is a great way to get the fans back on side after relegation

Peter HoustonFalkirk manager on BBC Sportsound

FT: Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Scott McDonald

Former Celtic striker on BBC Sportsound

For Kilmarnock, there wasn't enough quality service for Kris Boyd. He looked frustrated for long spells

FULL-TIME Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Ayr United fans are in buoyant mood as they begin the season with a win over their local rivals and collect three points in Group E of the Betfred Cup.

Andy Geggan nodded in the only goal late in the first half.

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Declan McDaid looks to finish the game with a flourish as he takes a dip from 25 yards. Jamie MacDonald is wise to it, making the save under his crossbar.

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Ayr attempt to eat up time but Brian Gilmour and Michael Moffat make a terrible mess of trying to keep a corner kick in the corner, gifting the visitors a goal-kick. What can Killie do from here?

Not much...

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Last throw of the dice for Kilmarnock as Rory McKenzie is replaced by baby-faced Will Graham.

Five minutes to go

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Two thumbs up from Ayr United gaffer Ian McCall...

The League One side are close to collecting all three points and stretching their unbeaten home run in derby games to five.

Ian McCall
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Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

What a run from Robbie Thomas! The Ayr midfielder makes his way from near the halfway line deep into the visitors' penalty area, weaving past five or six opponents. Keeper Jamie MacDonald ruins what would have been goal of the season wrapped up by blocking with his legs.

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Jordan Jones does well to cut inside and unleash a fierce shot but it's straight at Ayr keeper Jordan Hart, who bats it away to protect his near post.

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

A poor clearance drops to the feet of Dom Thomas in the Ayr penalty area but two defenders leap into the challenge and the substitute's shot is deflected wide.

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Craig Moore gets into a good position in front of goal as he connects with a header from a free kick but the Ayr striker cannot steer it beyond Jamie MacDonald. Again, the visitors look flaky from a set-piece.

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Another change for Killie as Iran-born striker Alex Samizadeh takes over from midfielder Iain Wilson.

Can the teenage lift the visitors in the final 15 minutes or so?

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock are huffing and puffing. I don't see anything to make me think they are going to equalise

Peter HoustonFalkirk manager on BBC Sportsound

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock continue to look busy but they are struggling to create any meaningful chances.

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Just in case you don't believe me about the poor marking for Andy Geggan's goal, here is some pictorial evidence...

Andy Geggan rises highest to score for Ayr United
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Geggan rises highest to score for Ayr United late in the first half

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

The hosts have been pinned back for much of this second half but they come close to adding to their lead as Paddy Boyle curls in a low 18-yard shot that Jamie MacDonald does well to gather near the base of a post.

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Ayr need to rejig their defence as Michael Rose limps off. Brian Gilmour is the replacement, with Jamie Adams moving back.

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Dom Thomas delivers a peach of free kick from out wide after Kirk Broadfoot is hacked down. Ayr keeper Jordan Hart hesitates but Jamie Adams comes to his rescue with a stretching clearance, knocking the ball over his own crossbar.

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Killie make a change, with Dom Thomas taking the place of Iain Wilson.

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Jordan Jones checks in from the flank and tries to squeeze through two Ayr defenders. He thinks about going down but he's not committed to the dive, which is probably just as well with referee John Beaton right on the spot.

The Irish winger just flops to the ground in half-hearted fashion.

Innovative or just silly?

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

The League Cup is played in sections again, with Dumbarton, Clyde and Annan Athletic the other teams in Group E.

Remember, games ending all square go to penalty shoot-outs, with an extra bonus point up for grabs.

KICK-OFF

Ayr United 0-0 Kilmarnock

We're up and running again. Will Ayr maintain their excellent record in this derby fixture?

HT: Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Will the visitors make changes at the break?

Dom Thomas, recently released by Motherwell, is on the bench and looked a very useful player while on loan at Queen of the South last season.

HT: Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Looking at TV replays of that Ayr goal and the missed chance for Jamie Adams, the Kilmarnock marking from corners has been awful.

Three of the back four are new signings; Kirk Broadfoot, Calum Waters and Stephen O'Donnell. Those guys will need to develop a better understanding.

HT: Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Scott McDonald

Former Celtic striker on BBC Sportsound

Ayr have dominated possession and Kilmarnock will have to improve out of sight to get anything out of this game

HALF-TIME Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

The Premiership side can have no complaints. They have been second best to their League One local rivals right from the first whistle.

Andy Geggan marked his return to the Honest Men with a nodded goal from a corner and Jamie McDonald should really have scored earlier from a similar situation.

Andy Geggan broke the deadlock at Somerset Park
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Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Michael Moffat tries his luck with a curling shot but the Ayr United striker will need to put more pace on the ball to beat Jamie MacDonald from that range.

Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

No response from Killie after going behind...

GOAL Ayr United 1-0 Kilmarnock

Andy Geggan

The home fans burst into a chorus of "only one team in Ayrshire" as Andy Geggan rises highest to nod home a corner from Declan McDaid.

Good save

Ayr United 0-0 Kilmarnock

Declan McDaid takes aim for the near post with a curling free kick but Jamie MacDonald is alive to the danger, pushing the ball wide at full-stretch.

Ayr United 0-0 Kilmarnock

Ian McCall will be the happier manager so far. The League One side look the more composed in possession and have created the better openings. He will, however, be frustrated that Jamie Adams could not break the deadlock from that earlier header.

Ian McCall
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Ayr United 0-0 Kilmarnock

The game is picking up now as Craig Moore bundles his way forward, squeezing through a couple of challenges to fire off a shot that Kilmarnock keeper Jamie MacDonald gathers at the second attempt.

Ayr United 0-0 Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock's best chance falls to new arrival Alan Power, who is left all alone to make a late run from a corner. He arrives just in time to meet the dipping delivery only to balloon his volley high over the target.

Ayr United 0-0 Kilmarnock

A let-off for the Honest Men? Lots of jostling as Kilmarnock shell a free kick long and Jamie Adams has his arms all over Kirk Broadfoot, who goes down in a heap. The new Rugby Park signing is stunned as the decision goes against him and the hosts are able clear.

GREAT SAVE!

Ayr United 0-0 Kilmarnock

Jamie MacDonald to Kilmarnock's rescue as the keeper bats away a powerful header from Jamie Adams. The ball breaks to Paddy Boyle and the full-back can only knock it into the side-netting from close range.

Adams, a former Killie player, really should be scoring from there. The visitors gave him so much room to attack that corner.