Ayr United 1 v 2 Arbroath
The Honest Men’s 100% start to the league campaign came to an end as Arbroath left Somerset Park with all 3 points thanks to goals from Kadar and Whatley after Higgins had opened the scoring for United. The first chance of the match came for the away side after only 4 mins when striker Swankie met a free kick at the front post and his header fell just beyond the back post. Ayr then had a chance 2 mins later when Forrest had a pop at goal however the shot was tame and easily saved by ex-Honest Man Hutton in goal.
Arbroath were causing Ayr problems early on and almost went ahead on 10 mins when O’Brien’s header was superbly saved by Hart at the bottom right corner and cleared off the line to safety by Docherty. It was then Ayr’s turn to have a header cleared off the line when Geggan met a McDaid in swinger and saw his header cleared away by a defender on 21 mins.
The Red Lichties were playing a very effective counter attacking game and it almost earned them the lead on 37 mins. Arbroath won the ball and broke quickly before setting Swankie through on goal however his shot was well saved by Hart from a one-on-one position.
Ayr were to take the lead on 41 mins through defined Higgins. A corner from McDaid fell kindly to Moore at the back post whose shot was palmed away by Hutton but Higgins was there to sweep home the rebound to give Ayr the lead, 1-0. Ayr upped the tempo in search for a second before halftime and almost doubled their lead on 43 mins. Moore met the ball at the back post and his ambitious bicycle kick was well saved by Hutton from close range.
Ayr were preparing to go into halftime with a slender lead however the visitors got themselves on level terms right before the break. Ayr failed to clear the ball in the box and Kader was lurking at the back post to fire home the equaliser, 1-1 on 45 mins. Kadar almost netted his second of the match on 46 mins when his in-swinging corner almost crossed the line if it weren’t for Hart who did well to claw the ball away to prevent a potential freak goal for the away side.
Ayr were struggling to break down the well organised Arbroath who were creating more chances and this time Swankie had another glorious chance to score. The Arbroath striker found himself with time and space in the box and his half volley had to be palmed away by Hart on 50 mins to ensure that the score line remained level.
Moffat then had a shot on the edge of the area on 53 mins that was tame and caused Hutton no problems at all as it rolled wide of the post.
Arbroath were to take a deserved lead on 59 mins through Whatley. Doris the collected the ball on the edge of the area and lay the ball off for Whatley who sent in a high curling shot from 20 yards that Hart couldn’t keep out, 1-2.
Ayr struggled to apply any real pressure to the away side and Geggan had the only shot of note in the remaining half hour, one which went straight down the throat of Hutton on 69 mins. Ayr slip down to 2nd place after this defeat and now take a break from league action as they welcome Montrose to Somerset on Tuesday evening in the second round of the Irn Bru Cup.
Ayr United Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, Moore, Forrest, McDaid, Docherty. Substitutes Avci (GK), Gilmour, McGuffie, Ferguson, Murphy, McGowan, Reid. Arbroath Hutton, Gold, Hamilton, Little, O’Brien, Whatley, Kader, Yule, Doris, Swankie, Denholm. Substitutes Prunty, Linn, Henry, McCord, Skelly, Gomes. Referee: Mike Roncome Attendance: 1569