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Ross County 3-2 Ayr United: Billy Mckay suffers injury as hat-trick maintains lead

Ross County's Billy Mckay is in pain after scoring a hat-trick
Billy Mckay went off in pain after scoring his hat-trick

Billy Mckay suffered a suspected broken arm as he completed a hat-trick that gave Ross County a thrilling win over Ayr United to maintain their Championship lead.

He pounced on to Jamie Lindsay's high ball into the box, but Lawrence Shankland levelled with a fine finish after the break.

Mckay fired into the top corner before Andy Murdoch's header levelled again.

The County striker finished well from close range to secure the win.

But he fell awkwardly and was immediately substituted.

County remain five points clear at the top of the table, while Ayr drop to third, three points behind Dundee United, who beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-0.

Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson: "They are willing to stand up and be counted week in, week out and tonight was another example of that.

"Obviously all our thoughts are with making sure Billy is okay - it looks like he has broken his arm, it has snapped, it looks a very sore one - but the three goals he scored just sums up his season, he has been absolutely fantastic for us.

"We believe in our squad and we believe in the numbers we have, so we will dust ourselves down after this battle and make sure we are ready to go for our next game against Morton."

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "I'm unbelievably proud of them. We are up at the top of this league and we are playing against teams who are maybe better suited to it.

"I thought we merited a draw, but we didn't get it, so we just take our medicine and get home.

"This league is amazing. If you win three or fouor games in a row, everything can change and that is what we will be aiming to do."

Line-ups

Ross County

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Fox
  • 2Fraser
  • 15Watson
  • 44Grivosti
  • 28van der WegBooked at 82mins
  • 14MullinSubstituted forCowieat 90'minutes
  • 8LindsayBooked at 56mins
  • 16Spence
  • 7Gardyne
  • 9MckaySubstituted forMcManusat 75'minutes
  • 27StewartSubstituted forGrahamat 23'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10McManus
  • 18Semple
  • 19Graham
  • 21Munro
  • 24Paton
  • 26Cowie
  • 31Armstrong

Ayr

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Doohan
  • 27Smith
  • 16Adams
  • 5RoseBooked at 54mins
  • 3Harvie
  • 18MurdochSubstituted forCaddenat 85'minutes
  • 23DochertySubstituted forKerrat 58'minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 8Crawford
  • 29Miller
  • 7MoffatSubstituted forMcDaidat 78'minutes
  • 17Shankland

Substitutes

  • 2Higgins
  • 4Kerr
  • 11McDaid
  • 15Bell
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 28Cadden
  • 30Muirhead
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
3,489

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home11
Away4
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 3, Ayr United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 3, Ayr United 2.

  3. Post update

    Brian Graham (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Harvie (Ayr United).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Don Cowie replaces Josh Mullin.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ross Doohan.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  8. Post update

    Keith Watson (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Nicky Cadden replaces Andy Murdoch.

  11. Post update

    Lewis Spence (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Andy Murdoch (Ayr United).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Declan McManus (Ross County).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

  16. Post update

    Michael Rose (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Daniel Harvie (Ayr United).

  18. Booking

    Kenny van der Weg (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kenny van der Weg (Ross County).

  20. Post update

    Calvin Miller (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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