Ayr United 2 - 2 Inverness CT

League - Championship
Saturday, November 6th, 2021, 3:00 PM at Somerset Park, Ayr
Attendance: 1,289
Referee: Steven McLean
Ayr United Inverness CT

Joe Chalmers (15)
Patrick Reading (53)
Sean Welsh (13)
Michael Gardyne (26)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy Billy Dodds

Starting Eleven
Aiden McAdams
Nick McAllister
Markus Fjortoft
Jack Baird
Patrick Reading
James Maxwell
Andy Murdoch
Joe Chalmers
Mark McKenzie
Tomi Adeloye
Jonathan Afolabi
Mark Ridgers
Wallace Duffy
Kirk Broadfoot
Robbie Deas
Daniel Devine
Sean Welsh
Scott Allardice
Michael Gardyne
Tom Walsh
Aaron Doran
Billy Mckay

Jordan Houston
Sean McGinty
Michael Moffat
Daire O'Connor
Cameron Salkeld
Charlie Albinson
Finn Ecrepont
Cameron Mackay
Cameron Harper
Reece McAlear
Roddy MacGregor
Manny Duku
Anthony McDonald
Lewis Jamieson

Daire O'Connor -> Tomi Adeloye (76) Manny Duku for Tom Walsh (71)
Roddy MacGregor for Sean Welsh (76)

Mark McKenzie (84)
Markus Fjortoft (88)
Daniel Devine (72)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 172 apps -
Wallace Duffy 24 apps1 goal
Kirk Broadfoot 17 apps1 goal
Robbie Deas 51 apps1 goal
Daniel Devine 128 apps4 goals
Sean Welsh 82 apps12 goals
Scott Allardice 51 apps3 goals
Michael Gardyne 14 apps5 goals
Tom Walsh 84 apps13 goals
Aaron Doran 306 apps50 goals
Billy Mckay 170 apps72 goals
Roddy MacGregor (sub) 75 apps4 goals
Manny Duku (sub) 17 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Robbie Deas (21 years 258 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 99 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 100 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Jamieson (19 years 239 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 99 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 97 days
Domestic Players:14 (77.78 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Another opportunity missed!

At a windy Somerset Park, Inverness took the lead early on when Sean Welsh met a Tom Walsh cross at the back post unchallenged to head into the net. The lead only lasted a couple of minutes as Joe Chalmers scored after a corner with a couple of defenders being grappled to the ground as Chalmers slotted home. Gardyne was causing all sorts of problems and his next angled cross into the box was missed by Mckay but it bounced through and into the goal to give the visitors the advantage at the break. Reading levelled with a low shot eight minutes into the second half, Ridgers not covering his near post sufficiently. No more scoring partly due to Aidan McAdams in the home goal and another great opportunity to get back on top went abegging with Partick winning 1-0 at Rugby Park.

Inverness were looking to get back on track against mid table Ayr, who were themselves hoping to go on a run away from the bottom zone. In the end, neither happened.

David Carson and Shane Sutherland were still missing but Cammy Harper made the bench and Aaron Muirhead missed out for the Honest Men as they made two changes from last weeks starting XI with Mark McKenzie and Jonathan Afolabi on from the start.

A lively start saw a Billy Mckay header from four yards being somehow miraculously saved by McAdams in the postage stamp corner, however a minute later Inverness took the lead after thirteen minutes but it only lasted momentarily. A cross from the left was stood up at the back post and Sean Welsh reacted first to head in as three defenders ball watched. However Joe Chalmers shot home from a corner following some sloppy defending by the visitors less than two minutes later.

Most of the opportunities were falling to the away side but wayward shooting would see us fail to capitalise on our superiority and we looked comfortable at the break.

Half Time: 1-2

Ayr started the second period on the front foot as we failed to adjust to playing with the wind and when Ayr broke forward on the left Patrick Reading arrowed the ball low into the space that Mark Ridgers was not covering at his near post. Disappointing goal to lose given how superior we had been to Ayr in the first half.

McCadams somehow blocked a close range effort from Gardyne on the line as some players claimed for a goal. He also stopped a volley from Tom Walsh as we got to grips with the conditions once more and at the other end Ridgers pushed a low shot from Afolabi round the post to maintain parity.

Broadfoot and Doran shot wide and Billy Mckay brought out another good save as McAdams beat out his shot from the left side, the ball bouncing away to safety.

Full Time: 2-2

Match report written by tm4tj

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Kilmarnock 13 8 2 3 18 8 10 26
2. Inverness CT 13 7 4 2 15 8 7 25
3. Arbroath 13 6 5 2 24 12 12 23
4. Raith Rovers 13 6 5 2 21 15 6 23
5. Partick Thistle 13 6 3 4 24 14 10 21
6. Ayr United 13 3 4 6 13 19 -6 13
7. Hamilton Academical 13 3 4 6 13 25 -12 13
8. Morton 13 2 6 5 11 16 -5 12
9. Queen of the South 13 3 2 8 11 20 -9 11
10. Dunfermline 13 0 7 6 10 23 -13 7