Scottish Championship
Ayr1Queen of Sth0

Ayr United 1-0 Queen of the South

A second half strike by Paul Cairney was enough to give Ayr United all three points against Queen of the South at Somerset Park.

The first half was a tame affair with little for the 1,842 fans to get excited about.

Queen's looked the most threatening but could not find an opening.

And Cairney found the only goal of the game, picking up the ball on the edge of the box and rifling a low shot into the back of the net.

The first real piece of action was for the visitors and their front man Stephen Dobbie. He won the ball from Peter Murphy, but he dragged his shot wide of the target.

Minutes later Mark Millar tried his luck for Queens, but his shot was saved by the legs of Greg Fleming in the Ayr goal.

The next clear cut chance came just before the half time whistle. Jordan Marshall slipped away from his marker, he whipped in a great ball from the left, but Dobbie couldn't get his head to it.

The breakthrough came in the second half with Cairney's goal, and Ayr could have doubled their lead through Gary Harkins.

The striker had time, but failed to get the shot on target and launched the ball over the bar.

Ayr United move up to sixth spot in the Championship, with Queens now down to third after their second defeat in a row.

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Fleming
  • 2Devlin
  • 6Murphy
  • 22Balatoni
  • 18MeggattBooked at 55mins
  • 4Gilmour
  • 8CrawfordSubstituted forNisbetat 45'minutes
  • 23Docherty
  • 14CairneyBooked at 70minsSubstituted forAdamsat 75'minutes
  • 12Harkins
  • 10ForrestSubstituted forDonaldat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Boyle
  • 11Donald
  • 15O'Connell
  • 16Adams
  • 17Nisbet
  • 19Hart
  • 21McGuffie

Queen of Sth

  • 1Robinson
  • 5Brownlie
  • 6Higgins
  • 4Dowie
  • 3MarshallBooked at 84mins
  • 35BrotherstonSubstituted forRiggat 71'minutes
  • 14Jacobs
  • 8Millar
  • 17PickardSubstituted forAndersonat 63'minutes
  • 11Dobbie
  • 25Dykes

Substitutes

  • 7Anderson
  • 12Rigg
  • 19Moxon
  • 21Leighfield
  • 31Nelson
  • 32Fergusson
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
1,842

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home5
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 1, Queen of the South 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 1, Queen of the South 0.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

Attempt missed. Lee Robinson (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Gary Harkins (Ayr United).

Jordan Marshall (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South).

Foul by Kevin Nisbet (Ayr United).

Andy Dowie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Nicky Devlin.

Attempt missed. Kevin Nisbet (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Jordan Marshall (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Marshall (Queen of the South).

Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Conrad Balatoni (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Dowie (Queen of the South).

Andy Dowie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin Nisbet (Ayr United).

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Kyle Jacobs.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Jamie Adams replaces Paul Cairney.

Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (Ayr United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Gary Harkins (Ayr United).

Andy Dowie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Steven Rigg replaces Dean Brotherston.

Booking

Paul Cairney (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Cairney (Ayr United).

Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

Grant Anderson (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grant Anderson (Queen of the South).

Attempt missed. Andy Dowie (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Ross Docherty (Ayr United).

Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Michael Donald replaces Alan Forrest.

Attempt missed. Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Grant Anderson replaces Jake Pickard.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian106311661021
2Dundee Utd105321711618
3Queen of Sth105321410418
4Raith Rovers105231713417
5Falkirk105231512317
6Ayr104241014-414
7Morton93331312112
8Dunfermline102171321-87
9Dumbarton10136916-76
10St Mirren9045918-94
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