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

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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Morton 2, Ayr United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 2, Ayr United 3.

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

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Sam Ramsbottom.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Mark McKenzie replaces Luke McCowan.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Sam Roscoe-Byrne.

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

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

Foul by Sam Roscoe-Byrne (Ayr United).

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

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

Foul by John Sutton (Morton).

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

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

Foul by John Sutton (Morton).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. John Sutton replaces Jim McAlister.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Billy King replaces Robbie Muirhead.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Aidan Nesbitt replaces Cameron Salkeld.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 2, Ayr United 3. Craig McGuffie (Ayr United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Kris Doolan replaces Craig Moore.

Attempt saved. Bob McHugh (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Craig McGuffie replaces Michael Moffat.

Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

Robbie Muirhead (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Reece Lyon (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Craig Moore (Ayr United).

Jack Baird (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 2, Ayr United 2. Bob McHugh (Morton) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Kelly (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 1, Ayr United 2. Luke McCowan (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box.

Booking

Ross Docherty (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ross Docherty (Ayr United).

Robbie Muirhead (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Craig Moore (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Baird (Morton).

Goal!

Goal! Morton 1, Ayr United 1. Craig Moore (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Houston.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd1180325121324
2Ayr117042315821
3Inverness CT116231912720
4Dundee115331615118
5Arbroath11425913-414
6Dunfermline113441313013
7Queen of Sth113441010013
8Morton114161525-1013
9Alloa112451120-910
10Partick Thistle112271420-68
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