Ayr United 1 v 0 Queen of the South
The Honest Men continued their good form with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Queen of the South. Paul Cairney’s strike early in the second half was enough to earn Ayr all 3 points.
It was the visitors who created all the chances in the first half and after only 5 mins had a great opportunity to open the scoring. Murphy was caught on the ball by Dobbie who raced towards goal however he could only drag his shot wide of the far left post.
2 mins later and Queens were again putting Ayr under pressure and this time it was Millar who was sent through into the box by Dobbie and his strike was well saved at the feet by Fleming.
On 34 mins Dobbie was given an almost identical chance to the one 5 mins. A long ball from Brownlie met Dobbie on the right hand side and he drove into the box with the ball however produced the same end product as he pulled his shot wide of the post.
The last chance of the half for Queens came on 40 minutes. From an Ayr attack, Queens broke on the counter and Marshall raced down the left before delivering a great ball into the box with which Dobbie somehow failed to make contact, with the empty goal beckoning.
Into the second half and Queens created another chance this time through Dowie on 46 mins. Brotherston swung in a freekick which met Dowie who was unmarked but he could only head straight towards Fleming.
After 47 mins Ayr created their first real opportunity of the game through Docherty. Devlin wriggled into the box then cut the ball back to Docherty who fizzed a shot just over the bar.
51 mins on the clock and Nisbet was next to try his luck from the edge of the area but he saw his shot deflected over the bar by Dowie.
From the resultant corner Ayr opened the scoring through Cairney. The corner was headed away only for Meggatt to deliver the ball back into the box to Harkins who laid the ball off for Cairney who drove the ball home into the bottom left corner from 20 yards. 52 minutes gone and Ayr were ahead.
It took Queens until the 66th min to respond. Millar whipped a ball in to Dowie in the box however the big defender flashed his header wide of the left hand post.
73 mins gone and Ayr had a glorious chance to double their lead. Harkins found himself through one on one with Robinson after beating a Queens defender in the box however he opted to try and chip the goalie and sent the ball well over the bar.
On 82 mins Queens almost hauled themselves level through Dobbie. Robinson sent the ball forward into attack and Dykes laid the high ball off to Dobbie whose volley went inches past the post from the edge of the box.
In a desperate attempt to get his team level keeper Lee Robinson was repeatedly leaving his box to move up the park, at one point striding up the wing to deliver a long ball into the box from the half way line. As time ran out he twice made his way into the Ayr penalty area first for a corner and then, in injury time, for a Millar freekick. At the freekick the ball found its way to Robinson but his speculative overhead kick was miscued and went harmlessly wide of the post.
This result puts Ayr in 6th place as they travel to Greenock next week to take on Morton.
Fleming, Devlin, Murphy, Gilmour, Crawford, Forrest, Cairney, Harkins, Meggatt, Balatoni, Docherty. Substitutes Hart (GK), Boyle, Donald, O’Connell, Adams, Nisbet, McGuffie.
Queen of the South
Robinson, Higgins, Brownlie, Dowie, Marshall, Millar, Pickard, Dykes, Brotherston, Dobbie, Jacobs. Substitutes Leighfield (GK), Anderson, Rigg, Moxon, Nelson, Fergusson.
Referee: John Beaton
Match Report: AUmedia