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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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Substitution

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

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Craig McGuffie replaces Luke McCowan.

  6. Post update

    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.

  7. Post update

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

  8. 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.

  9. Booking

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Robby McCrorie.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Steven Bell (Ayr United).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Mark McKenzie replaces Alan Forrest.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Ross Docherty replaces Michael Moffat.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Robby McCrorie.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

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