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Ayr United 1-2 Queen of the South: Queens edge Ayr in controversial finish

Queen of the South's Kevin Holt clears an effort from Ayr’s Mark McKenzie
Kevin Holt cleared Mark McKenzie's late effort off the line

Queen of the South improved their promotion chances with a controversial win away to fellow Championship play-off hopefuls Ayr United.

Kevin Holt cleared off the line in the closing moments with Ayr claiming for a goal, but the linesman did not flag.

Callum Semple had headed Queens ahead from Faissal El Bakhtaoui's fourth-minute corner.

Stephen Dobbie's penalty extended the lead and Aaron Muirhead's spot kick was not enough for Ayr.

Queens' first win at Somerset Park in four visits means they remain sixth but are now only three points behind their fourth-placed hosts.

Ayr missed a chance to move above Dundee and have now won once in seven games under new manager Mark Kerr.

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 14Houston
  • 2MuirheadBooked at 58mins
  • 15Bell
  • 3HarvieBooked at 56mins
  • 10ForrestSubstituted forMcKenzieat 73'minutes
  • 30Kelly
  • 6GegganBooked at 45mins
  • 11McCowanBooked at 44minsSubstituted forMcGuffieat 85'minutes
  • 9MooreBooked at 63mins
  • 7MoffatSubstituted forDochertyat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Roscoe-Byrne
  • 8Doolan
  • 12McGuffie
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 21Ecrepont
  • 22McKenzie
  • 23Docherty

Queen of Sth

  • 1McCrorie
  • 2Mercer
  • 18SempleSubstituted forPatonat 66'minutes
  • 4Kilday
  • 3Holt
  • 6PybusBooked at 45mins
  • 17OsmanBooked at 76mins
  • 7Murray
  • 15Lyon
  • 19El BakhtaouiBooked at 45mins
  • 11DobbieSubstituted forOliverat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Hamilton
  • 10Oliver
  • 20Leighfield
  • 21Irving
  • 22Gourlay
  • 25Paton
Referee:
David Lowe
Attendance:
2,062

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 1, Queen of the South 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 1, Queen of the South 2.

Attempt missed. Craig Moore (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Gary Oliver replaces Stephen Dobbie.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Craig McGuffie replaces Luke McCowan.

Attempt saved. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Jordan Houston (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 1, Queen of the South 2. Aaron Muirhead (Ayr United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Booking

Abdul Osman (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Ayr United. Steven Bell draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Abdul Osman (Queen of the South) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Robby McCrorie.

Attempt saved. Luke McCowan (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Steven Bell (Ayr United).

Kevin Holt (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Mark McKenzie replaces Alan Forrest.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Ross Docherty replaces Michael Moffat.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Robby McCrorie.

Attempt saved. Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Queen of the South) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt missed. Andrew Geggan (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Michael Paton replaces Callum Semple.

Booking

Craig Moore (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Craig Moore (Ayr United).

Dan Pybus (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Callum Semple (Queen of the South).

Attempt missed. Stephen Kelly (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Luke McCowan (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Aaron Muirhead (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Murray (Queen of the South).

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 0, Queen of the South 2. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Aaron Muirhead (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Queen of the South. Stephen Dobbie draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Aaron Muirhead (Ayr United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

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

Foul by Daniel Harvie (Ayr United).

Dan Pybus (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd19151343152846
2Inverness CT1910272722532
3Dundee198562626029
4Ayr199193230228
5Dunfermline197482926325
6Queen of Sth187472020025
7Arbroath197481720-325
8Partick Thistle1963102635-921
9Morton1861112336-1319
10Alloa1945102033-1317
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