Ayr United 1-5 Queen of the South

Second Division leaders Queen of the South started the year with a thrashing of Ayr United.

The home side went ahead after half-an-hour as David Winters headed in Kyle McAusland's cross from close range.

But the lead lasted just two minutes as Chris Mitchell's cross was turned into his own net by Ryan McStay.

And the visitors went into the break 2-1 up with Nicholas Clark heading home from 12 yards.

Allan Johnston's side made it three after 47 minutes as Daniel Carmichael fired into the top corner from the edge of the area after running unchallenged form his own half.

Carmichael had a hand in the fourth with his shot deflected into the net by Austin McCann and Derek Lyle made it five with a thumping effort from 25 yards.

Ayr: Brown, McAusland, Brownlie, McCann, Twaddle, Crawford, Sinclair, McStay (John Robertson 63), McGill (Donald 51), Winters (Ross Robertson 73), Moffat. Subs Not Used: William Muir, Shankland.

Booked: Crawford, Moffat, Ross Robertson.

Goals: Winters 30.

Queen of South: Robinson, McGuffie (Black 74), Higgins, Durnan, Holt, Mitchell, Young (Lyle 31), McKenna, Carmichael, Reilly (Kevin Smith 76),Clark. Subs Not Used: Atkinson, Johnston.

Goals: McStay 32 og, Clark 43, Carmichael 47, McCann 69 og, Lyle 72.

Att: 1,216

Ref: Andrew Dallas