Scottish Challenge Cup - Fourth Round
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Scottish Challenge Cup: Ayr United 1-0 Falkirk

Ayr celebrate their late winner as Falkirk players look distraught
Ayr celebrate their late winner as Falkirk players look distraught

Ayr United stuttered their way into the Scottish Challenge Cup quarter-finals after Gary Harkins' extra-time goal settled an uninspiring encounter.

Luke Leahy missed a penalty for Falkirk in the second half, rattling the left post after Lee Miller was up-ended.

It took 115 minutes to provide a breakthrough with a scrambled effort from the outstanding Harkins.

Ayr keeper Greg Fleming then produced a wonderful save to allow the hosts to hang on and avoid a penalty shootout.

Reduced prices tempted just 1,247 souls to Somerset Park, and they witnessed a first half short on thrills.

Scott Shepherd's low shot for Falkirk was straight at keeper Fleming, while United came closest with a fiery effort from Harkins.

It was little better after the break, despite a turn and shot from Allan Forrest which produced a fine save from Falkirk goalkeeper Deniz Dogan Mehmet.

After Leahy's penalty miss, a shootout appeared inevitable before Harkins struck five minutes from the end of extra time.

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Fleming
  • 2Devlin
  • 22Balatoni
  • 6Murphy
  • 18Meggatt
  • 4GilmourSubstituted forDonaldat 76'minutes
  • 14CairneySubstituted forCrawfordat 90'minutes
  • 23DochertyBooked at 100mins
  • 21McGuffieSubstituted forO'Connellat 69'minutes
  • 12Harkins
  • 10Forrest

Substitutes

  • 5Rose
  • 8Crawford
  • 11Donald
  • 15O'Connell
  • 19Hart
  • 20Wardrope

Falkirk

  • 58Mehmet
  • 2KiddBooked at 64mins
  • 44Watson
  • 15GasparottoBooked at 77mins
  • 3Leahy
  • 21ShepherdSubstituted forBairdat 80'minutes
  • 8KerrSubstituted forBluesat 110'minutes
  • 6Rankin
  • 11Hippolyte
  • 18Miller
  • 19McHughSubstituted forSibbaldat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McCracken
  • 9Baird
  • 10Sibbald
  • 22Henderson
  • 23Gallacher
  • 26McMinn
  • 31Blues
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
1,247

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away17
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away18

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