The Honest Men were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Dundee United in what was a tightly contested match at Somerset Park

The first chance of the match fell to the home side on 5 mins. Harkins picked up the ball midway in the Dundee United half and drove forward before taking a strike towards goal which was straight into the arms of Bell.

The first real chance of the match for the away side came on 15 mins when they broke into the Ayr box from the left hand side however Rose was there to block the shot and clear.

In an unusual set of circumstances, referee Crawford Allan hobbled off injured after an accidental collision with Cairney on 17 mins and was replaced by 4th official Grant Irvine.

Ayr had another chance on 25 mins when Devlin burst down the right and crossed into the box for Forrest who passed the ball along to McGuffie however his shot was blocked inside the area.

Ayr were creating the more chances of the two sides and on 38 mins Forrest had a chance. A corner into the box was cleared and met Forrest on the edge of the area but he could not control his volley and it went over the bar.

Dundee United had a chance of their own 2 mins later when a ball into the box was met by Spittal who saw his strike go wide of the target.

On 45 mins it was Murray who was causing Ayr problems, breaking away from the halfway line only to be denied by Fleming from a one on one position. Moments later and the striker burst down the right with the ball and cut in before seeing his shot saved by Fleming once more.

The first chance of the second half fell to Meggatt on 54 mins. A corner was swung in by McGuffie and it was met by Meggatt who had his clean header saved comfortably by Bell. 4 mins later and Devlin was next to test the goalkeeper. McGuffie drove down the right before passing to Devlin who cut inside the box and fired a shot towards goal which was tipped over the bar by Bell.

The away side had a chance on 66 mins to take the lead. Spittal ran down the left and into the box before taking a shot which was palmed away by Fleming and met by Murray who saw his rebound deflected wide of goal for a corner.

Ayr were under a bit of pressure and the away side had another chance on 79 mins. Murray met a corner inside the area with a header that was cleared off the line by Meggatt and then Edjenguele had a shot inside the box that went over the bar.

Ayr had a flurry of chances in the space of three minutes, the first coming on 83 mins when Docherty had a shot from 20 yards which was saved low by Fleming. From the resultant corner Harkins had a header at the near post which scraped just wide and on 84 mins McDaid saw his shot from the right blocked before Forrest had his rebound saved.

The final chance of the match fell to Harkins on 90 mins. Ayr won a freekick 20 yards out and Harkins’ effort deflected off the ball and crashed back off the crossbar as Ayr looked like they had snatched the win.

Ayr now travel to Greenock on Saturday to play Morton in what is another massive game in the fight for survival.

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Rose, Murphy, Moore, Forrest, Harkins, Cairney, Meggatt, McGuffie, Docherty. Substitutes Hart (GK), Gilmour, McDaid, El Alagui, McKenzie, Wardrope, L. Murphy.

Dundee United
Bell, Durnan, Spittal, Murdoch, Murray, Edjenguele, Toshney, Mikkelson, Andreu, Robson, Allardice. Substitutes Zwick (GK), Dixon, Donaldson, Nicholls, Telfer, Kuate, Coote.

Referee: Crawford Allan/Grant Irvine
Attendance: 1205
Match Report: AUmedia

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