Saturday 09 December 2017
Scottish League One
HT   1 - 1
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Ayr United v Queens Park | Match Report

A late turnaround from the Honest Men saw them claim all 3 points in a nervy encounter with Queens Park. Craig Moore opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Queens equalised through McVey. The league leaders then found themselves behind after a freak own goal from Craig Reid however United fought back and goals from McDaid and Forrest saw the home side snatch all 3 points.

The first chance of the match fell to the home side on 7 mins when Shankland flicked the ball to Moffat whose shot was saved from close range.

Queens Park started the more composed of the two sides and on 10 mins carved out their first chance of the game when Mortimer nipped in front of Hart to get on the end of a cross however the United keeper did well to smother his shot at the near post. Ayr were looking vulnerable at the back.

Good link up play between Moffat and Shankland was causing the away side a number of problems and almost led to a goal on 11 mins. Shankland directed the ball into the path of Moffat and he beat the Queen's Park defender but saw his shot from 15 yards in a one-on-one position saved.

The game was a fairly scrappy affair with United not at their best however on 23 mins they were awarded a penalty after Burns hauled down Shankland in the box. Moore stepped up and slammed the ball down the middle for 1-0.

The away side responded well and on 33 mins almost found themselves level when Mortimer met a corner at the near post and his header flashed just over the bar from point blank range - a let off for Ayr.

That luck wasn't to last long for United, as Queens Park equalised on 41 mins. A ball whipped in from the left was met by McVey who he made no mistake, guiding his header into the bottom corner for 1-1.

It got from bad to worse for Ayr after the break when a freak own goal handed Queens the lead. Docherty sent a cross into the box from the right and Craig Reid tried to clear but unfortunately directed the box into the back of the net. 1-2 after 48 mins and Ayr needed to show character to come back from this.

Within seconds of the re-start it could have been 3 for the Spiders. Leitch surged through the middle before finding Galt wide on the left. The midfielder continued into the box, getting past Reid and down to the line before turning the ball to Mortimer just a yard out. Try as he might, the young forward could not get the ball past Higgins who blocked and then Ferguson nipped in to deny Leitch before Rose took the ball away.

On 50mins Ayr went close when Rose met a Gilmour corner with a first time shot however it was diverted wide by a combination of defenders and goalkeeper.

Ayr kept on pushing for the equaliser. On 67 mins, Moffat was next to try his luck with a shot from the edge of the area which was tipped round the post by keeper White. The noise around Somerset began to rise as Ayr began to take control.

The home side continued to push forward and substitute Forrest, Adams, and Rose all went close as Queens adopted a backs-to-the-wall strategy to thwart the Honest Men.

The equaliser finally came in 78 mins through substitute McDaid. Shankland collected the ball at the edge of the area and then slipped it between defenders McGhee and Iredale and into the path of McDaid who poked the ball under the advancing keeper and into the net. Somerset Park breathed a huge sigh of relief as Ayr were back on level terms, 2 - 2.

The Ayr fans raised their volume and tempo even higher, encouraging their team to go for the winner. And go for the winner they did. First, Ferguson drove just over from the edge of the box and then a Moffat header was stopped at the back post by White. Queen’s Park were determined to hang on. With 2 mins of normal time remaining, Rose lifted the ball into the penalty area, Shankland tapped the ball to Forrest who cut left before striking the ball into the corner. Cue ecstatic and relieved delirium. 3 – 2 to Ayr and three points for the league leaders.

Ayr now travel to Methil to face East Fife on Saturday in their bid to keep their winning run going.

Ayr United v Queens Park | Match Timeline

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