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Morton 2-3 Ayr United: Visitors come from behind to earn win

By Chick YoungBBC Scotland at Cappielow

Ayr United remain three points adrift of Dundee United at the top of the Scottish Championship after a frantic second-half against Morton.

Four goals in the first 16 minutes after the break ignited his contest. Bob McHugh added to John Baird's opener for the hosts after Craig Moore and Luke McCowan had put Ayr ahead.

Ayr then earned Mark Kerr a first win as a manager with a curious winner which Craig McGuffie did not seem to know much about as the ball spun off him and into the net.

Ayr United manager Mark Kerr: "It's good to get a win under my belt as manager. I thought we had a slow start but I know we have quality in this side even if we are a little short on numbers."

Line-ups

Morton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ramsbottom
  • 3Welsh
  • 30Baird
  • 5Grant
  • 16Strapp
  • 8McAlisterSubstituted forSuttonat 81'minutes
  • 6Jacobs
  • 14SalkeldBooked at 40minsSubstituted forNesbittat 80'minutes
  • 17Lyon
  • 9MuirheadSubstituted forKingat 80'minutes
  • 11McHugh

Substitutes

  • 4McLean
  • 7Millar
  • 10Nesbitt
  • 20Rogers
  • 21Sutton
  • 28Livingstone
  • 32King

Ayr

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Doohan
  • 14Houston
  • 2Muirhead
  • 5Roscoe-Byrne
  • 3Harvie
  • 11McCowanSubstituted forMcKenzieat 90+1'minutes
  • 23DochertyBooked at 53mins
  • 30Kelly
  • 10Forrest
  • 7MoffatSubstituted forMcGuffieat 71'minutes
  • 9MooreSubstituted forDoolanat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Geggan
  • 8Doolan
  • 12McGuffie
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 21Ecrepont
  • 22McKenzie
Referee:
Colin Steven
Attendance:
1,431

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Morton 2, Ayr United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Morton 2, Ayr United 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Sam Ramsbottom.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kyle Jacobs (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Mark McKenzie replaces Luke McCowan.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by Sam Roscoe-Byrne.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aidan Nesbitt (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    John Sutton (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sam Roscoe-Byrne (Ayr United).

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kris Doolan (Ayr United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  13. Post update

    Ross Docherty (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by John Sutton (Morton).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by John Sutton (Morton).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Morton. John Sutton replaces Jim McAlister.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Morton. Billy King replaces Robbie Muirhead.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Morton. Aidan Nesbitt replaces Cameron Salkeld.