Scottish Championship
AyrAyr United0St MirrenSt Mirren2

Ayr United 0-2 St Mirren

By Chick YoungBBC Scotland at Somerset Park
Lewis Morgan cracks home St Mirren's second goal
Morgan rifles home St Mirren's second goal

St Mirren cut the gap at the bottom of the Championship to five points with a precious victory over fellow strugglers Ayr United.

Second-half goals from John Sutton and Lewis Morgan at Somerset Park gave the Paisley club new hope and they still have a game in hand over United.

Sutton rounded the keeper to score from a tight angle on 51 minutes.

And Morgan finished calmly from a breakaway eight minutes from time as the home side were chasing the game.

The opening goal also came on a break, with experienced striker Sutton cracking the offside trap with a run timed to perfection.

He was one-on-one with Greg Fleming and, despite being forced wide, managed to force the ball home.

There followed a nervous period with both sides clearly petrified to put a foot wrong but the mood among the large visiting support was calmed with Morgan's strike.

Again Ayr were caught short in defence, this time in a four versus two situation and Morgan stroked in the finish at Fleming's left post.

St Mirren were the better team and were busy in the United area but only once created a clear-cut shot in the first half which forced a save from Fleming and it was a spectacular one too. Stevie Mallan's strike was net-bound until the Ayr goalie launched himself across his goal.

The urgency of the situation was clearly not lost on the St Mirren support. They contributed 1,244 paying customers in an attendance of 2,714 - making up almost half the crowd.

There is still huge work to be done for Saints but they did look a re-energised side. United, meanwhile, will point out that they have the points in the bag.

The Buddies play their game in hand at home to league leaders Hibs on Wednesday.

Line-ups

Ayr

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Fleming
  • 22Balatoni
  • 6MurphySubstituted forForrestat 65'minutes
  • 18Meggatt
  • 2Devlin
  • 14Cairney
  • 16AdamsSubstituted forRoseat 33'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 12Harkins
  • 3BoyleSubstituted forWardropeat 45'minutes
  • 15El Alagui
  • 9MooreBooked at 61mins

Substitutes

  • 4Gilmour
  • 5Rose
  • 10Forrest
  • 19Hart
  • 20Wardrope
  • 21McGuffie
  • 26McKenna

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 21O'Brien
  • 2DemetriouBooked at 73mins
  • 6Mackenzie
  • 24DavisBooked at 16mins
  • 44Eckersley
  • 11SmithBooked at 54minsSubstituted forToddat 84'minutes
  • 42Magennis
  • 22McGinnBooked at 81mins
  • 17Morgan
  • 10MallanSubstituted forFjeldeat 90'minutes
  • 9Sutton

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 3Irvine
  • 15Baird
  • 16Loy
  • 20Storie
  • 23Fjelde
  • 25Todd
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
2,712

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home3
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ayr United 0, St. Mirren 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ayr United 0, St. Mirren 2.

  3. Post update

    Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Michael Wardrope (Ayr United).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Paul Fjelde replaces Stephen Mallan.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gary Harkins (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Conrad Balatoni (Ayr United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Billy O'Brien.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gary Harkins (Ayr United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

  10. Post update

    Gary Harkins (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Josh Todd replaces Cameron Smith.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Ayr United 0, St. Mirren 2. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kyle Magennis.

  14. Booking

    Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Gary Harkins (Ayr United).

  18. Post update

    Stelios Demetriou (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Farid El Alagui (Ayr United).

  20. Post update

    (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.