United recovered to take a point in a one all draw with Greenock Morton at Somerset Park on Saturday. Aidan Nesbitt opened the scoring from the penalty spot, but Luke McCowan capitalised on a free kick and levelled the match. Despite strong intent from both sides, neither managed to seriously threaten for a goal in the second half.
The Honest Men went into the game with two changes to the line-up as manager Mark Kerr named himself to start in midfield and Jordan Houston came into the defence. Michael Miller and Sam Roscoe meanwhile dropped to the bench.
The match got off to a cagey start with both teams looking to try and keep possession while going forward. Ayr switched from side to side to keep their opponents on their toes, but Morton themselves were controlling in midfield and quick on the break with particularly Reece Lyon attentive to catching United out.
Both sides got themselves in half decent positions, but neither managed a serious attempt on goal. Robbie Muirhead came closest for Morton, but his low effort across the box did not trouble Ayr keeper Viljami Sinisalo.
25 minutes into the game, Aidan Nesbitt created space to put a floating shot towards the back post where Cameron Salkeld struggled to get the ball under control. Coming in to clear, Kerr bundled over the forward and referee Gavin Duncan pointed to the spot.
Nesbitt stepped up to take the penalty and made no mistake to slot it into the top right corner and with 26 mins on the clock, it was 1-0 to Morton.
United looked disjointed while Morton appeared as a unit with good communication on the park, marking their men well and pressing forward for another goal.
However, on 38 mins, Ayr levelled the game. A well-delivered free kick from Joe Chalmers 20 yards out on the left met the rising Aaron Muirhead at the back post. Morton keeper Aidan McAdams mishandled his header and the unmarked Luke McCowan picked up the ball to slot home and even the scores.
The equaliser brought United back to life and the first half came to an emphatic end with both sides pushing but being unable to create clear-cut chances and it remained 1-1 at the break.
The game continued as it started after the interval. While both teams looked determined and got themselves into decent areas, chances on goal remained sparse. Most attempts came from long range and went well off target as neither side produced a late spring for a winner and the final whistle sealed shared spoils at Somerset Park.
Ayr are now without a win in four league matches but remain sixth in the table. Morton sit fifth with a one point advantage while Inverness are one adrift in seventh. However, both hold a game in hand.