Ayr United 1 v 4 Queen of the South
Ayr are still looking for their first points of the campaign as they fell to a 4-1 defeat at Palmerston Park. A double from Derek Lyle and goals from Stephen Dobbie and Lyndon Dykes earned Queens the win with Kevin Nisbet getting Ayr’s consolation on his debut.
Gaffer Ian McCall made five changes to the side that were defeated by Aberdeen midweek as Rose, Gilmour, Harkins, Nisbet and Docherty came in to the starting line-up.
The game started off brightly for the hosts and after 7 mins they created their first chance of the game through Brownlie. A long Hamill freekick was met by Anderson at the back post, he chipped the ball back into the danger area and Brownlie’s header was tipped onto the post from close range by keeper Fleming.
Ayr created their first chance soon after with Rose heading over from an in-swinging corner taken by Gilmour.
On 11 mins, with nothing between both teams, Queens opened the scoring following a miscommunication between Ayr’s Cairney and Boyle. Cairney collected the ball in his own box and tried to chest it down to Boyle who seemed to think it was intended for keeper Fleming. In this moment of hesitation striker Lyle stepped and fired home into the bottom corner. 1-0 Queens.
Striker Stephen Dobbie, who has returned to the Doonhamers from Bolton Wanderers, was in excellent form and caused Ayr problems throughout the game. With Queen getting a boost from their opener Dobbie started to create additional space and his tricky footwork down the right allowed him to breeze past Boyle and Cairney before releasing an inch perfect which was met by Dykes who could only strike the ball over the bar.
There was a moment of controversy on 28 minutes as Ayr looked to have found a way back into the game. Harkins laid the ball off to Docherty on the edge of the box and his shot went through a ruck of bodies and into the net. With Ayr thinking they had equalised the assistant referee raised his flag and referee Stephen Finnie ruled the goal out ruling that Cairney was in an offside position.
Just before halftime and Ayr were handed another blow as Dobbie fired home a second goal for Queens. Dobbie picked up the ball midway through the Ayr half then coolly fired home from the edge of the box to give Queens a comfortable two goal lead going in at halftime.
Ayr came out of the traps quickly at the start of the 2nd half as they tried to pull themselves back into the game but in the 52 min conceded a freekick some 20 yards out. Lyle stepped up and his beautifully struck freekick nestled into the top left hand corner for Queens’ third and dented Ayr’s hopes of picking up their first points of the campaign.
Ayr finally got their name on the score sheet through Ayr’s recent loan signing form Partick Thistle, Kevin Nisbet. In 61 mins the debut boy collected the ball on the edge of the box, feinted one way, took a touch to create space, and then curled a shot into the bottom right hand corner to give Ayr hope with half an hour to go, 3-1.
Ayr appeared to have gained real self-belief and pushed forward and Queens were forced on the back foot. It seemed likely that the Honest Men would add to their tally and give their Galloway neighbours a highly pressured final half hour; but it was not to be.
On 74 mins Queens broke forward at pace, Dobbie receive the ball controlled it then instinctively slid through an inch perfect pass to Dykes who rounded Fleming and slotted home to give Queens a convincing win, 4-1.
Although United still tried to compete, this match was well and truly over for the Ayrshire men although late on a Nisbet strike from the edge of the box was well saved by Robinson.
A disappointing result for Ayr despite good debuts from Harkins and Nisbet. Ayr now travel to Tannadice to take on Dundee United next week.
Queen of the South
Robinson, Hamill, Dowie, Marshall, Brownlie, Anderson, Lyle, Dobbie, Jacobs, Tapping, Dykes. Substitutes Thomson(GK), Rigg, Hooper, Pickard, Moxon, Murray, Brotherston.
Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Meggatt, Rose, Cairney, Gilmour, Docherty, Harkins, Crawford, Nisbet. Substitutes Hart(GK), Forrest, Donald, O’Connell, Adams, Thomas, McGuffie
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Match Report: AUmedia