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Greenock Morton 1 v 1 Ayr United

Ayr had to settle for a point at Cappielow after a 1-1 draw in what was a tight affair. Lawrence Shankland put the home side ahead before Craig Moore responded right on halftime for the Honest Men.

The first chance of the game fell to the home side on 2 mins. A high ball was met by Shankland who held off Meggatt and fired a half volley towards goal which was just over from 20 yards out. On 14 mins Morton again went close when O’Ware met a corner from the right but his header was blocked on the line and then scrambled clear by Devlin.

After a quiet opening period for Ayr their first chance came on 21 mins when Forrest drove down the right-hand side and cut in before firing a shot wide of the right-hand post.

Morton then spurned another opportunity on 23 mins when Shankland met a long ball down the middle and from a one on one position he dragged his shot wide.

2 mins later and it was Michael Rose’s turn to try and open the scoring for the Honest Men. Harkins collected the ball on the left and passed to Rose whose low driven shot from 20 yards went just wide of the post with Gaston well beaten.

The home side finally opened the scoring on 37 mins. Oliver cut in from the left and his curling shot was deflected into the path of Shankland who had the simplest of tasks to poke the ball beyond Fleming.

Ayr responded to this right on the stroke of half time and hauled themselves level through Moore. Docherty took a quick freekick midway in the Ayr half and released Rose who drove forward and slipped the ball into Moore who unleashed a fierce drive into the far corner to equalise.

It was Morton with the first chance of the second half on 54 mins when Forbes cut in from the right and curled a shot towards goal which had to be palmed away by Fleming.

United skipper Devlin then had a great chance to give Ayr the lead on 59 mins. He won the break of the ball on the right and burst into the box but squirmed his shot wide of the target.

Moore then had a chance to double his tally on 70 mins when a Harkins flick on was met by the striker in the box. Moore then fired his shot from a tight angle over the bar.

The home side almost went in front on 79 mins when Forbes met a low cross from the left but he couldn’t get the correct contact on the ball and shot straight at Fleming.

1 min later and the best chance of the game came for Ayr to take all three points. Devlin collected the ball inside the area on the right and his pass across the 6 yard line was missed by 3 Ayr players who just couldn’t force the ball home.

The final chance of the match fell to Ayr’s substitute Kieran McDaid on 88 mins. Making space for himself on the edge of the box his shot was dragged harmlessly wide of goal.

The result leaves Ayr two points adrift of 9th place St Mirren and now welcome Champions, Hibernian to Somerset Park on Saturday.

Greenock Morton
Gaston, Kilday, Lamie, O’Ware, Doyle, Oliver, Forbes, Nesbitt, Tidser, Shankland, Murdoch. Substitutes Halliwell (GK), Oyenuga, Lindsay, Russell, McDonagh, Donnelly, Strapp.

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

Referee: Steven Kirkland
Attendance: 2390
Match Report: AUmedia