Ayr United 0 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, April 6th, 2019, 3:00 PM at Somerset Park
Attendance: 1,566
Referee: Craig Thomson
Ayr United Inverness CT

Goalscorers
None. Brad Mckay (66)

Team Managers
Ian McCall John Robertson

Starting Eleven
Ross Doohan
Liam Smith
Michael Rose
Steven Bell
Daniel Harvie
Andy Geggan
Ross Docherty
Andy Murdoch
Nicky Cadden
Lawrence Shankland
Calvin Miller
Mark Ridgers
Shaun Rooney
Kevin McHattie
Coll Donaldson
Carl Tremarco
Joe Chalmers
Tom Walsh
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Nathan Austin
Jordan White

Bench
Ellis Hare-Reid
Mark Kerr
Michael Moffat
8 Robert Crawford
Craig Moore
Declan McDaid
Jamie Adams
Cameron Mackay
Jack Brown
Cameron Harper
Brad Mckay
Anthony McDonald
Darren McCauley
Daniel Mackay

Substitutions
Jamie Adams -> Andy Geggan (69)
Declan McDaid -> Nicky Cadden (78)
Michael Moffat -> Andy Murdoch (79)
Brad Mckay for Coll Donaldson (62)
Anthony McDonald for Tom Walsh (70)
Darren McCauley for Nathan Austin (84)

Bookings
Ross Doohan (7) Shaun Rooney (66)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 83 apps -
Shaun Rooney 37 apps5 goals
Joe Chalmers 87 apps6 goals
Carl Tremarco 168 apps14 goals
Kevin McHattie 7 apps -
Coll Donaldson 70 apps1 goal
Tom Walsh 35 apps10 goals
Liam Polworth 202 apps18 goals
Aaron Doran 234 apps38 goals
Nathan Austin 41 apps12 goals
Jordan White 43 apps14 goals
Brad Mckay (sub) 114 apps7 goals
Anthony McDonald (sub) 7 apps -
Darren McCauley (sub) 11 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Shaun Rooney (22 years 259 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (33 years 185 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 47 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Cameron Harper (17 years 151 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (33 years 185 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 2 days
Domestic Players:14 (77.78 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Ayr Raid: Inverness beat Ayr 1-0 thanks to a second half goal from substitute Brad Mckay. Early drama when we spurned the chance to go ahead after seven minutes. Unsurprisingly, Aaron Doran missed from the spot, our second failure in two games. Coll Donaldson went off injured to be replaced by goal scorer Mckay. We held out to gain a valuable three points and jump above Ayr in the table. With Dunfermline drawing at Partick, it was a good weekend for the Caley Jags.

John Robertson had to make some enforced changes to the side that went down in the Highland derby Out went the suspended Charlie Trafford, out went the injured Jamie McCart and the jaded Brad Mckay dropped to the bench. Little did we know that he would play a major part in the proceedings. In came Shaun Rooney at Right back, Kevin McHattie in central defence and Nathan Austin up front alongside Jordan White.

Ian McCall thrust Nicky Cadden into the starting XI with Calvin Miller and Lawrence Shankland up front. Declan McDaid and Michael Moffat were on the bench as he made some bold changes.

It's as clear as mud now for the play-off places, but it should become more transparent this week as Ayr host Queen of the South and Ross County host Dunfermline on Tuesday night. Next weekend whilst we travel to Hampden, Dundee United and Ayr clash and on Saturday, Dunfermline play Falkirk.

Full report from RIG

Huge win in a quite entertaining game if somewhat short on quality at times. One player who certainly isn't short of quality is Polworth and his superb defence splitting pass sent Austin scampering away and he looked to be clipped by Doohan and from seemingly nowhere we had the chance to go one goal up. Sadly, as is the current ICT style, we fluffed the spot kick as Doran sent a weak shot down the middle of the goal and it was kept out by the trailing leg of the Ayr keeper. Austin was involved at the other end when we failed to clear a corner and Miller sent a fierce shot heading towards goal but Austin was on hand to header away. A few folk around me said it was probably going wide but I'm not so sure. Certainly grateful to have Austin there to keep Ayr out.

Doran was next to threaten for Inverness when he picked up the ball on the right edge of the box but his shot was just over the bar although Doohan looked to have it covered. Miller again had a great chance to put Ayr ahead when a cross from Cadden, who was roasting Rooney for much of the opening 30 minutes, was deflected into his path but thankfully he sent a poor header high and wide with Ridgers looking stranded. Then came one of the many goalmouth scrambles of the day. Walsh tried to get onto the ball as it bobbled around in the six yard area but when he did swing a foot at the ball his effort wasn't good enough to beat the Ayr keeper.

Half Time 0-0

The start of the second half saw Ayr administer an absolute bodying to the ICT defence save from actually scoring. Almost all the Ayr attacks were coming down the ICT right with a number of low crosses flashed across the goal. However it was Craig Thomson who almost helped set up the Ayr opener when a Donaldson clearance crashed off his back and sat up nicely for Geggan but he pulled a volleyed effort wide. Another goalmouth scramble saw Rooney and Tremarco make desperate blocks to keep United out before Geggan somehow hooked an effort well over from only a few yards out as Ayr started to turn the screw and it looked to be only a matter of time before we would concede especially given that we had lost Donaldson to injury by this point.

Almost inexplicably we then took the lead :laugh: Rooney was felled on the right touchline, Chalmers lifted a ball into the box which was missed by the United defence and Brad Mckay was on hand to score a goal of the season contender from 0.3 yards out. Ayr came right back into the game when McDaid cut inside and sent a low drive towards goal but Ridgers got down well to smother the shot. in the final few moments Moffat managed to create some space in the box but he seemed to hook his effort across the face of goal with no team mate on hand to tuck it away.

Something of a smash and grab win for us but, as we've found out this season, if you don't take your chances...

I was really impressed with the pace and movement of Shankland, Miller and Cadden and then McDaid when he came on. Rooney had a torrid time at right back and it was only a result of really poor finishing from the likes of Miller and Geggan that we didn't concede about 4 goals.

For ICT White had a poor game for the first 60 minutes then turned into a colossus for the final 30 mainly due to having a bit more space to work in as mentioned by Caley Stan above. He went from losing every header he went up for to winning just about everything and linking brilliantly with team mates to really take the pressure off the defence. Austin had a good game as well as did Doran (despite the penalty miss) and Polworth. Huge loss for us with Donaldson going off with what looked to be a knee injury. He appeared in the dugout before full time in flip flops so I am hoping he was just looking to boost early to get a Ryanair flight at Prestwick right after kick off......... ?

A word for the Ayr fans, almost never stopped singing and getting behind their team for pretty much the entire game. I can't recall a home support like that this season. Great effort.

Match report written by tm4tj/RIG



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Ross County 31 18 7 6 53 30 23 61
2. Dundee Utd 32 16 8 8 43 38 5 56
3. Inverness CT 32 12 13 7 43 35 8 49
4. Ayr United 30 13 8 9 44 30 14 47
5. Dunfermline 31 11 8 12 32 34 -2 41
6. Morton 31 8 12 11 29 41 -12 36
7. Queen of the South 31 8 11 12 39 38 1 35
8. Partick Thistle 31 9 6 16 36 49 -13 33
9. Falkirk 32 7 11 14 33 43 -10 32
10. Stirling Albion 31 8 8 15 33 47 -14 32