Arbroath 0 Ayr Utd 3

Arbroath 0 v 3 Ayr United

by AUmedia

 

United extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to five wins in-a-row with a 0-3 victory over Arbroath on Saturday. An exceptional first half performance with a double from Alan Forrest and a strike from Stephen Kelly bagged the Honest Men the maximum three points at Gayfield Park.

Ayr had a strong start to the game and opened the scoring in the 12th min. Mark Kerr intercepted in midfield and headed the ball to Michael Moffat who controlled and sent a short pass on to Luke McCowan. A lovely one-two between him and Alan Forrest allowed McCowan to break forward and flick the ball into the centre of the box for Forrest who superbly turned Josh Campbell and fired the ball into the top right-hand corner.

The home side got close to equalising shortly after on 16 mins. Bobby Linn broke down the left wing and crossed to feet Campbell who directed a first-time shot goalwards, but Sam Roscoe got a foot on it to block and turn the ball over the bar.

In the 20th min, a defensive mistake by Arbroath allowed Ayr to double their advantage. Daniel Harvie took a free kick five yards inside his own half and sent a long ball into the box where defender Ricky Little knocked it into the air before it could reach Forrest. The ball, however, fell straight back to Forrest who slid it under Jason Thomson and into the net from close range. This took the winger’s tally to 6 goals for the season so far.

Only 1 min later, Forrest almost got his hat-trick. Neat play between Forrest and McCowan resulted in the ball being flicked to Moffat at the edge of the box. Moffat nodded into the path of Forrest, and the winger headed the ball over advancing keeper Darren Jamieson but could only watch as the ball scraped past the post and went wide.

Ayr were pressing for another goal and found the back of the net again on 27 mins. Harvie took a freekick just inside the Ayr half short to McCowan who passed it straight back. Harvie then played a long ball up the park which found Moffat in the box. Despite pressure from Little and Thomas O’Brien, Moffat headed back for Stephen Kelly who came rushing into the box. The midfielder wasted no time and spectacularly slammed the ball past Jamieson to make it 0-3 Ayr.

United were in full control and could have added another goal to their tally on 35 mins. Ross Docherty won the ball on the right wing and sent a cross in for Kerr who flicked it on to Forrest at the left edge of the box. Forrest broke forward, beating Thomson and O’Brien on his way, but saw his low drive polish the right post as it went past.

Arbroath got a chance with 6 mins of the half left when a cross came in, but despite pressure from O’Brien, Ross Doohan did well to collect the ball at the bottom right-hand corner and so it remained 0-3 at half time.

The Red Lichties had a more spirited start to the second half and almost clawed one back 3 mins in. A long ball forward was met by Luke Donnelly who sent a short pass on to Michael McKenna. McKenna dribbled himself forward into space and fired a powerful low shot at the goal from 18 yards but Doohan went down to collect it and denied the home.

Despite always keeping the upper hand, Ayr didn’t create the clear-cut chances they had in the first 45 mins. United’s best opportunity in the second half came on 61 mins. Andy Geggan lifted the ball down the right where it was picked up by Jordan Houston, 10 yards out. He crossed it into the box for Forrest whose first-time attempt took a slight deflection off Jason Thomson’s heel and was collected by Jamieson.

United never lost control of the game and didn’t allow Arbroath any serious efforts as they played down the remaining mins. The final whistle blew to seal five wins in-a-row for the first time since 1978 at this level for Ayr and Arbroath’s first home league defeat of the season.

With this result, Ayr remain second in the table, still on equal points with table toppers Dundee United.

The Honest Men return to Somerset Park next Saturday where they face Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the league. United extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to five wins in-a-row with a 0-3 victory over Arbroath on Saturday. An exceptional first half performance with a double from Alan Forrest and a strike from Stephen Kelly bagged the Honest Men the maximum three points at Gayfield Park.

Ayr had a strong start to the game and opened the scoring in the 12th min. Mark Kerr intercepted in midfield and headed the ball to Michael Moffat who controlled and sent a short pass on to Luke McCowan. A lovely one-two between him and Alan Forrest allowed McCowan to break forward and flick the ball into the centre of the box for Forrest who superbly turned Josh Campbell and fired the ball into the top right-hand corner.

The home side got close to equalising shortly after on 16 mins. Bobby Linn broke down the left wing and crossed to feet Campbell who directed a first-time shot goalwards, but Sam Roscoe got a foot on it to block and turn the ball over the bar.

In the 20th min, a defensive mistake by Arbroath allowed Ayr to double their advantage. Daniel Harvie took a freekick five yards inside his own half and sent a long ball into the box where defender Ricky Little knocked it into the air before it could reach Forrest. The ball, however, fell straight back to Forrest who slid it under Jason Thomson and into the net from close range. This took the winger’s tally to 6 goals for the season so far.

Only 1 min later, Forrest almost got his hat-trick. Neat play between Forrest and McCowan resulted in the ball being flicked to Moffat at the edge of the box. Moffat nodded into the path of Forrest, and the winger headed the ball over advancing keeper Darren Jamieson but could only watch as the ball scraped past the post and went wide.

Ayr were pressing for another goal and found the back of the net again on 27 mins. Harvie took a freekick just inside the Ayr half short to McCowan who passed it straight back. Harvie then played a long ball up the park which found Moffat in the box. Despite pressure from Little and Thomas O’Brien, Moffat headed back for Stephen Kelly who came rushing into the box. The midfielder wasted no time and spectacularly slammed the ball past Jamieson to make it 0-3 Ayr.

United were in full control and could have added another goal to their tally on 35 mins. Ross Docherty won the ball on the right wing and sent a cross in for Kerr who flicked it on to Forrest at the left edge of the box. Forrest broke forward, beating Thomson and O’Brien on his way, but saw his low drive polish the right post as it went past.

Arbroath got a chance with 6 mins of the half left when a cross came in, but despite pressure from O’Brien, Ross Doohan did well to collect the ball at the bottom right-hand corner and so it remained 0-3 at half time.

The Red Lichties had a more spirited start to the second half and almost clawed one back 3 mins in. A long ball forward was met by Luke Donnelly who sent a short pass on to Michael McKenna. McKenna dribbled himself forward into space and fired a powerful low shot at the goal from 18 yards but Doohan went down to collect it and denied the home.

Despite always keeping the upper hand, Ayr didn’t create the clear-cut chances they had in the first 45 mins. United’s best opportunity in the second half came on 61 mins. Andy Geggan lifted the ball down the right where it was picked up by Jordan Houston, 10 yards out. He crossed it into the box for Forrest whose first-time attempt took a slight deflection off Jason Thomson’s heel and was collected by Jamieson.

United never lost control of the game and didn’t allow Arbroath any serious efforts as they played down the remaining mins. The final whistle blew to seal five wins in-a-row for the first time since 1978 at this level for Ayr and Arbroath’s first home league defeat of the season.

With this result, Ayr remain second in the table, still on equal points with table toppers Dundee United.

The Honest Men return to Somerset Park next Saturday where they face Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the league.

 

Arbroath

Jamieson, Thomson, Hamilton, Little, O’Brien, Whatley, Campbell, McKenna, Donnelly, Murphy, Linn Substitutes: Gaston (GK), Doris, Kader, Spence, Wilson, Stirling, Virtanen

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Muirhead, Harvie, Kerr, Roscoe, Geggan, Moffat, Forrest, McCowan, Docherty, Kelly Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Doolan, Moore, Houston, Ecrepont, McKenzie

 

Referee: Grant Irvine

Attendance: 1105