Scottish Championship - Play-offs - 2nd Leg
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Scottish Championship play-off: Ayr United 2-1 Peterhead (6-2)

Ayr United completed their stroll into the Scottish Championship play-off final with another win over Peterhead.

Leading 4-1 from the first leg in midweek, they were ahead as Robbie Crawford opened his right foot to virtually pass the ball into net.

Peterhead were level when a speculative cross from Leighton McIntosh spun off the head of Michael Donald and diverted under his own crossbar.

Nicky Devlin restored the lead to secure a play-off against Stranraer.

The equaliser had briefly silenced a home crowd of 1,848, but few sheltering from the wind and rain in the old stadium had been worrying that it would trigger a northern resurgence.

Devlin was on the end of Michael Donald corner as Graeme Smith failed to get to grips with the floated cross to kill the game 12 minutes into the second half.

Jim McInally's team failed to capitalise on the weather at their back in the first half, even dovetailed with the return of top scorer Rory McAllister after suspension.

It was always odds against them producing a miracle after a run of seven matches without a win and, in stark contrast, Ayr were strengthened by the re-appearance of Jamie Adams.

The Honest Men are now two games away from a return to the second tier of Scottish football.

And, beyond that, the possibility of the rebirth of the Ayrshire derby if Kilmarnock were to be relegated from the Premiership.

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Fleming
  • 2Devlin
  • 5Adams
  • 6Murphy
  • 3Boyle
  • 7McCrorieSubstituted forForrestat 70'minutes
  • 4Docherty
  • 8Crawford
  • 11DonaldSubstituted forGilmourat 58'minutes
  • 9Preston
  • 10MooreSubstituted forStevensonat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Stevenson
  • 14McLauchlan
  • 15Wardrope
  • 16Forrest
  • 17Trouten
  • 18Gilmour
  • 19Newman

Peterhead

  • 1Smith
  • 17Blockley
  • 4RossBooked at 10mins
  • 6Strachan
  • 3Noble
  • 8RedmanSubstituted forSutherlandat 60'minutes
  • 14DzierzawskiBooked at 18minsSubstituted forRileyat 55'minutes
  • 22FerryBooked at 84mins
  • 18BrownSubstituted forLawrenceat 73'minutes
  • 9McAllisterBooked at 78mins
  • 15McIntosh

Substitutes

  • 7Stevenson
  • 10Sutherland
  • 11Riley
  • 19Lawrence
  • 20Rodgers
  • 21Jarvie
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
1,848

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamPeterhead
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 2, Peterhead 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 2, Peterhead 1.

Booking

Simon Ferry (Peterhead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Simon Ferry (Peterhead).

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

Foul by Nicky Riley (Peterhead).

Hand ball by Ryan Stevenson (Ayr United).

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Steven Noble.

Attempt saved. Ryan Stevenson (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Rory McAllister (Peterhead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Rory McAllister (Peterhead).

Substitution

Substitution, Peterhead. Marc Lawrence replaces Jordon Brown.

Foul by Jamie Adams (Ayr United).

Leighton McIntosh (Peterhead) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Robbie Crawford (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Simon Ferry (Peterhead).

Ryan Stevenson (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Blockley (Peterhead).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Alan Forrest replaces Ross McCrorie.

Attempt missed. Jamie Adams (Ayr United) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Simon Ferry.

Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rory McAllister (Peterhead).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Ryan Stevenson replaces Craig Moore.

Foul by Ross Docherty (Ayr United).

Shane Sutherland (Peterhead) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Ross Docherty (Ayr United).

Nicky Riley (Peterhead) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jamie Adams (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rory McAllister (Peterhead).

Substitution

Substitution, Peterhead. Shane Sutherland replaces Jamie Redman.

Attempt missed. Rory McAllister (Peterhead) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Robbie Crawford (Ayr United).

Nicky Riley (Peterhead) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Brian Gilmour replaces Michael Donald.

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 2, Peterhead 1. Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross Docherty with a cross following a corner.

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