Scottish Championship
Ayr1Inverness CT0

Ayr United 1-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle: Hosts close gap in play-off race

Stephen Kelly
Stephen Kelly's goal proved to be the winner for Ayr

Ayr United closed the gap on second-placed Inverness Caledonian Thistle to one point in the Scottish Championship with a narrow victory over the Highland side.

Stephen Kelly's effort on 61 minutes was enough for the hosts, who had 18 shots at goal but just three on target.

It moves Mark Kerr's men within touching distance of Inverness and five points away from Dundee.

John Robertson's side sit 18 points off leaders Dundee United.

Ayr could heap even more pressure on Inverness as they take on Partick Thistle on Friday night live on BBC Scotland.

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 14Houston
  • 2Muirhead
  • 15Bell
  • 3Harvie
  • 23DochertyBooked at 85mins
  • 4Kerr
  • 30Kelly
  • 7MoffatSubstituted forRoscoe-Byrneat 90+3'minutes
  • 16Drinan
  • 10ForrestSubstituted forMcKenzieat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Roscoe-Byrne
  • 8Doolan
  • 11McCowan
  • 12McGuffie
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 20Hewitt
  • 22McKenzie

Inverness CT

  • 1Ridgers
  • 2Rooney
  • 22McKayBooked at 71mins
  • 12McHattie
  • 3Tremarco
  • 17StoreySubstituted forWalshat 66'minutes
  • 24TraffordSubstituted forTodorovat 75'minutes
  • 14Vincent
  • 10Doran CoganBooked at 78mins
  • 7KeatingsSubstituted forCarsonat 66'minutes
  • 9WhiteBooked at 72mins

Substitutes

  • 4Welsh
  • 5Toshney
  • 6McCart
  • 8Carson
  • 11Walsh
  • 19Todorov
  • 21MacKay
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
1,602

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 1, Inverness CT 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 1, Inverness CT 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Sam Roscoe-Byrne replaces Michael Moffat.

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

Foul by Shaun Rooney (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Mark McKenzie replaces Alan Forrest.

Attempt missed. Nikolay Todorov (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Steven Bell (Ayr United).

Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

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

Foul by Ross Docherty (Ayr United).

Shaun Rooney (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Nikolay Todorov.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Drinan (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Michael Moffat (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Carson (Inverness CT).

Booking

Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Drinan (Ayr United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by David Carson (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Nikolay Todorov replaces Charlie Trafford.

Booking

Jordan White (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Steven Bell (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan White (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Brad McKay (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stephen Kelly (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Brad McKay (Inverness CT).

Attempt blocked. Tom Walsh (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Mark Kerr (Ayr United).

David Carson (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Tom Walsh replaces Miles Storey.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. David Carson replaces James Keatings.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

Attempt blocked. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Steven Bell (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan White (Inverness CT).

Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd22172349173253
2Inverness CT2111282923635
3Ayr2111193430434
4Dundee218582630-429
5Dunfermline2284103330328
6Arbroath2284102025-528
7Morton2182112940-1126
8Queen of Sth207492224-225
9Alloa2266102636-1024
10Partick Thistle2264122942-1322
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