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Falkirk 0-1 Ayr United: Craig Moore's goal strengthens visitors lead

Ayr United have opened up a three-point lead at the top of the Championship by beating bottom club Falkirk.

After a poor first half, Ayr improved after the break and Craig Moore gave them the lead from the edge of the box - though goalkeeper David Mitchell might have done better with the effort.

Rudden went close for Falkirk, while Alan Forrest and Lawrence Shankland had good efforts for Ayr.

But the visitors ground out their ninth league win of the season.

Falkirk manager Ray McKinnon: "We limited Ayr to virtually nothing, lost a goal to a goalkeeping error, so I am disappointed but pleased with the effort.

"We must take the positives out of the game. The hard work is there, the discipline is there, but when you are bottom of the league you seem to get punished for every mistake you make."

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "I don't think there was a lot of football played, but the bottom line is we have ground out a result and a big, big three points.

"It has been a great week and a great nine points out of nine. We are going a bit better than we thought we would have at this stage, but we have a lot of good players, so you always have a chance."

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 12Mitchell
  • 3McGhee
  • 15Harrison
  • 18Brough
  • 2KiddSubstituted forSammutat 74'minutes
  • 22McKeeSubstituted forHaberat 65'minutes
  • 17BuabenSubstituted forLewisat 73'minutes
  • 25IrvingBooked at 87mins
  • 14Robson
  • 7Petravicius
  • 19Rudden

Substitutes

  • 1Fasan
  • 5Dallison-Lisbon
  • 8Sammut
  • 9Lewis
  • 24Haber
  • 26Russell
  • 41Laverty

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 27Smith
  • 5Rose
  • 15Bell
  • 3HarvieBooked at 67mins
  • 6Geggan
  • 4KerrSubstituted forAdamsat 67'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18MurdochBooked at 57mins
  • 10ForrestSubstituted forMcDaidat 65'minutes
  • 9Moore
  • 17ShanklandBooked at 64minsSubstituted forMoffatat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Moffat
  • 8Crawford
  • 11McDaid
  • 12McGuffie
  • 16Adams
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 23Docherty
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
4,310

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 0, Ayr United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 0, Ayr United 1.

Booking

Jamie Adams (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

(Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jamie Adams (Ayr United).

Scott Harrison (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

Attempt blocked. Zak Rudden (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Zak Rudden (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jamie Adams (Ayr United).

Attempt missed. Andrew Irving (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Marcus Haber (Falkirk).

Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jordan McGhee (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Declan McDaid (Ayr United).

Booking

Andrew Irving (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Foul by Andrew Irving (Falkirk).

Declan McDaid (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Michael Moffat replaces Lawrence Shankland.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Michael Rose.

Foul by Craig Moore (Ayr United).

Patrick Brough (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

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

Foul by Ruben Sammut (Falkirk).

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Irving (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Ruben Sammut replaces Lewis Kidd.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Dennon Lewis replaces Prince Buaben.

Attempt missed. Thomas Robson (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Thomas Robson.

Attempt missed. Declan McDaid (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Jamie Adams replaces Mark Kerr.

Booking

Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lewis Kidd (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Harvie (Ayr United).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Marcus Haber replaces Joe McKee.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr1291224111328
2Ross County127412481625
3Dundee Utd126331916321
4Morton125431819-119
5Inverness CT123901510518
6Queen of Sth124442014616
7Dunfermline124351218-615
8Partick Thistle123091123-129
9Alloa12156717-108
10Falkirk121110620-144
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