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Ayr United 1-0 Raith Rovers

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Somerset Park
Ryan Stevenson
Ryan Stevenson had to pull on the gloves for injury-hit Raith Rovers

Farid El Alagui's header was enough for Ayr United to beat Raith Rovers, who were forced to play midfielder Ryan Stevenson as a goalkeeper.

Stevenson had to start in goal because Raith's three keepers are all injured.

Kevin Cuthbert, Conor Brennan and Aaron Lennox were missing with hernia, foot and jaw injuries respectively.

Rovers failed to sign a goalkeeper on an emergency loan basis, so Stevenson stepped up and was beaten only by El Alagui's back post header.

That apart, Stevenson was largely untested and his goal-kicks, catches and sweeping were generally competent.

The 32-year-old was wearing the gloves of Dundee United goalkeeper Cammy Bell, which had been left in the car of Raith team-mate Ryan Hardie.

Former Ayr player Stevenson saved well from El Alagui and Michael Rose in the first half, but the expected peppering of balls into his goal-mouth never materialised.

And he could not be blamed for El Alagui's first goal for Ayr, which gave the hosts their first league win since 22 October.

Raith's Ryan Hardie hit the crossbar with a header and Chris Johnston watched his shot cleared by United defender Nicky Devlin in the opening 45 minutes.

Ninth-placed Ayr are now only one point behind the Kirkcaldy men after a first win in 16 attempts in the league.

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Line-ups

Ayr

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Fleming
  • 2Devlin
  • 26McKenna
  • 22Balatoni
  • 18Meggatt
  • 4GilmourBooked at 58mins
  • 14CairneySubstituted forRoseat 6'minutes
  • 20WardropeSubstituted forMooreat 57'minutes
  • 21McGuffieSubstituted forBoyleat 84'minutes
  • 10Forrest
  • 15El Alagui

Substitutes

  • 3Boyle
  • 5Rose
  • 9Moore
  • 12Harkins
  • 17McKenzie
  • 19Hart

Raith Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 66Stevenson
  • 6BenedictusSubstituted forCoustrainat 70'minutes
  • 5Mvoto
  • 55Barr
  • 2Thomson
  • 7JohnstonSubstituted forBarrat 80'minutes
  • 14Davidson
  • 4Callachan
  • 3McHattie
  • 52Hardie
  • 20McManusSubstituted forStewartat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Stewart
  • 11Barr
  • 12Matthews
  • 16Coustrain
  • 18Roberts
  • 19Skacel
  • 21Thompson
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
1,103

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

  1. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ayr United 1, Raith Rovers 0.

  2. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Farid El Alagui (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Craig Barr (Raith Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joel Coustrain (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Patrick Boyle replaces Craig McGuffie.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Raith Rovers. Mark Stewart replaces Declan McManus.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Raith Rovers. Bobby Barr replaces Chris Johnston.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Moore (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Raith Rovers. Joel Coustrain replaces Kyle Benedictus.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers).

  20. Post update

    Alan Forrest (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian25149241152651
2Dundee Utd25128535251044
3Falkirk26119642301242
4Morton25119537271042
5Queen of Sth259793535034
6Dunfermline246993035-527
7Dumbarton2669113240-827
8Raith Rovers2668122435-1126
9Ayr26510112440-1625
10St Mirren2438132442-1817
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