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

By Charlie MannBBC Scotland at the Falkirk Stadium

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

Formation 3-5-2

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Falkirk 0, Ayr United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Falkirk 0, Ayr United 1.

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Jamie Adams (Ayr United).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Adams (Ayr United).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Haber (Falkirk).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Declan McDaid (Ayr United).

  16. Booking

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Irving (Falkirk).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Michael Moffat replaces Lawrence Shankland.