Ayr United 1 - 3 Inverness CT

League - Championship
Saturday, January 6th, 2024, 3:00 PM at Somerset Park, Ayr
Attendance: 1,826
Referee: Gavin Duncan
Ayr United Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Logan Chalmers (65) Billy Mckay (29)
Morgan Boyes (55)
Morgan Boyes (63)

Team Managers
Lee Bullen Duncan Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Charlie Albinson
Elicha Ahui
George Stanger
Sean McGinty
Paddy Reading
Ben Dempsey
Jack Young
Logan Chalmers
Paul Smith
Jamie Murphy
Anton Dowds
Mark Ridgers
Morgan Boyes
Cameron Harper
Wallace Duffy
Daniel Devine
Charlie Gilmour
Max Anderson
Sean Welsh
David Carson
Nathan Shaw
Billy Mckay

Bench
Nick McAllister
Ahkeem Rose
Francis Amartey
Roy Syla
Mark McKenzie
Jay Senga
Fraser Bryden
Robbie Mutch
Dylan Watret
Cameron Mackay
Nikola Ujdur
Zak Delaney
Jake Davidson
Robbie Thompson
Cillian Sheridan
Aaron Doran
Luis Longstaff
Adam Brooks

Substitutions
Fraser Bryden -> Paul Smith (61)
Francis Amartey -> Jamie Murphy (74)
Mark McKenzie -> Anton Dowds (86)
Luis Longstaff for Sean Welsh (69)
Adam Brooks for Billy Mckay (82)

Bookings
Logan Chalmers (54)
Jack Young (85)
Wallace Duffy (38)
Sean Welsh (50)
David Carson (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 259 apps -
Daniel Devine 199 apps7 goals
Morgan Boyes 17 apps2 goals
Cameron Harper 143 apps9 goals
Wallace Duffy 89 apps3 goals
Charlie Gilmour 25 apps1 goal
Max Anderson 17 apps2 goals
Sean Welsh 143 apps16 goals
David Carson 160 apps2 goals
Billy Mckay 271 apps109 goals
Nathan Shaw 70 apps13 goals
Luis Longstaff (sub) 22 apps1 goal
Adam Brooks (sub) 17 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Harper (22 years 62 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 84 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 183 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Robbie Thompson (19 years 259 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 84 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 126 days
Domestic Players:10 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Ayr Raid by the Boyes



It's hotting up at the bottom end of the table after Queens Park grabbed their first win in sixteen games to close the gap on Inverness to just one point ahead of the visit to Somerset Park today. Charlie Albinson was back in the gloves and Sean McGinty was back at the heart of the Ayr defence with Anton Dowds, Jamie Murphy and Logan Chalmers the main threats up front. Danny Devine and David Carson were fit enough to start for Inverness but Nikola Ujdur was dropped to a bench which didn't inspire the Caley Jags faithful. A couple of early saves from Ridgers denied Ayr before Billy Mckay benefitted from an error by Albinson to open the scoring after half an hour. After the break a Morgan Boyes double put Inverness in the driving seat but Logan Chalmers reduced the deficit immediately. A couple of late chances at the end but Inverness held on to record their first win in six. Much better all round, so credit for that after a difficult month.

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Inverness kicked off in bright sunshine with the far side of the park looking like a building site. Seven minutes in and Logan Chalmers benefitted from an awkward ball that bounced across the face on the eighteen yard line, his curling effort tipped over brilliantly from a back pedaling keeper. A minute later he pulled off another save from distance as Ayr forced the play, Jack Young with a rasping shot well saved by Ridgers. After that early flurry the ball was like a hot potato with neither side able to stamp their authority on proceedings. Out of nothing, Billy Mckay opened the scoring on the half hour after Albiston was caught short with the ball at his feet. Max Anderson rolled the ball to Mckay and he rolled the ball into the net. Ridgers pulled off another important save soon after the opener when Chalmers burst into the box but the keeper got his angles right to deny the eager forward at the expense of a corner. Albinson saved from Nathan Shaw as the game approached the interval but it was Mckay's goal that separated the sides at the break.

HALF TIME: 0-1

No changes at the interval. Good pressure around the home box almost resulted in an opening for the visitors. At the other end Ayr put the ball in the net but the flag was up which stopped any celebrations. Ten minutes after the break Morgan Boyes nodded in a beauty from a superb Cammy Harper cross after good away pressure. Boyes added a third with another header with referee Gavin Duncan adjudging the ball was over the line before being cleared but that lead was short lived as Logan Chalmers gave the hosts a lifeline, scoring from a tight angle two minutes later. Ridgers kept that cushion saving from close range as Ayr looked certain to pull another goal back through Anton Dowds. With ten minutes remaining Harper rattled the bar from just inside the box when he should have been hitting the target after we missed a couple of opportunities to finish off the moves. Amartey burst into the box and his shot was tipped onto the bar and over by Ridgers as Ayr pushed forward in time added on but it was Inverness that jumped up to seventh in the table above Ayr United as they held out for all three points.

FULL TIME: 1-3

More Match Reaction to follow

Great win on the road for Inverness after a poor run of results. Plenty of hard work done to make this possible and Mark Ridgers pulled off two or three excellent saves to keep us in touch at crucial stages. Two goals from Boyes was a bonus and good work going forward by Cammy Harper. All in, a decent performance.

Top quote on CTO: So, 2 wins in our last 8 matches, both achieved when our manager was in the stand? :shrug:



Both Managers spoke to BBC Sport

Ayr United manager Lee Bullen: "Nine times out of 10, the team that's better in both boxes wins the game of football and that's what happened. It just wasn't our day. It could've been easy just to throw the towel in at 3-0 but they kept going, Logan scores a wonderful goal. We had opportunities to maybe even get something out of the game."

Inverness CT manager Duncan Ferguson: "It was a six-pointer. We've managed to jump above Ayr. It's a massive game for us. Moments in the game went for us. We created an awful lot of chances, particularly in the second half. [Mark Ridgers] was fantastic. A really great goalkeeper. Maybe one of the best in the league if not the best in the league."

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Raith Rovers 21 13 6 2 41 30 11 45
2. Dundee Utd 20 12 6 2 42 10 32 42
3. Partick Thistle 20 10 5 5 41 32 9 35
4. Airdrieonians 20 8 3 9 19 23 -4 27
5. Morton 19 7 4 8 23 26 -3 25
6. Dunfermline 19 6 5 8 24 24 0 23
7. Inverness CT 20 5 6 9 23 24 -1 21
8. Ayr United 20 5 5 10 29 42 -13 20
9. Queens Park 20 4 6 10 24 38 -14 18
10. Arbroath 19 5 2 12 23 40 -17 17