A late brace from Scott McLaughlin allowed Ayr United to keep their place at the top of League One as they claimed victory over Forfar Athletic.

Forfar's Dale Hilson and Ayr's Jon-Paul McGovern went close in the first half.

As the game entered its closing stages, McLaughlin fired home the opening goal from outside the area.

And McLaughlin converted a spot-kick in the penultimate minute after Alan Forrest had been fouled in the penalty area.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Ayr United

  • 01 Hutton
  • 02 Devlin Booked
  • 03 Donald
  • 08 McLaughlin
  • 04 McKinlay
  • 05 Murphy Booked
  • 06 Gilmour (McKenzie - 81' )
  • 10 McGovern
  • 09 Donnelly
  • 07 Forrest
  • 11 McGill (Shirkie - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 12 McKenzie
  • 14 McArthur
  • 15 Shirkie
  • 16 Roberts
  • 18 Muir
  • 19 Newman

Forfar Athletic

  • 01 Douglas
  • 02 Dunlop
  • 03 James (Baxter - 6' )
  • 06 Husband
  • 04 Malcolm
  • 05 Dods
  • 07 Hilson (Dale - 84' )
  • 08 Young
  • 10 Swankie Booked
  • 09 Templeman Booked (Kader - 67' )
  • 11 Denholm

Substitutes

  • 12 Kader
  • 14 Dale
  • 15 Malin
  • 16 Fotheringham
  • 17 Steeves
  • 18 Baxter
  • 21 Salmon
Ref: Nick Walsh
Att: 1,156

Match Stats

Shots

11 7

On target

5 3

Corners

7 3

Fouls

9 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ayr United 2, Forfar Athletic 0.

90:00 +2:18 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ayr United 2, Forfar Athletic 0.

90:00 +1:26 Booking

Booking Peter Murphy (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:20

Foul by Peter Murphy (Ayr United).

90:00 +1:20

Danny Denholm (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:20

Sean McKenzie (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:20

Foul by Mark Baxter (Forfar Athletic).

88:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ayr United 2, Forfar Athletic 0. Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

88:03

Penalty Ayr United. Alan Forrest draws a foul in the penalty area.

88:03

Penalty conceded by Michael Dunlop (Forfar Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

84:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ayr United 1, Forfar Athletic 0. Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

83:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. James Dale replaces Dale Hilson.

81:52

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Michael Dunlop.

81:33

Alan Forrest (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:33

Foul by Michael Dunlop (Forfar Athletic).

80:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Sean McKenzie replaces Brian Gilmour.

77:39

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by David Hutton.

77:27

Attempt saved. Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

76:46

Attempt missed. Michael Donald (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

74:47

Attempt saved. Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

74:00

Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:59

Foul by Peter Murphy (Ayr United).

69:22

Peter Murphy (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:22

Foul by Danny Denholm (Forfar Athletic).

68:41

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Rab Douglas.

68:19

Attempt saved. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

66:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Omar Kader replaces Christopher Templeman.

66:01

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Stephen Husband.

65:49

Attempt blocked. Peter Murphy (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

64:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Dale Shirkie replaces Peter McGill.

64:20

Peter Murphy (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

64:20

Foul by Stuart Malcolm (Forfar Athletic).

63:10

Foul by Kevin McKinlay (Ayr United).

63:10

Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:28 Booking

Booking Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

62:16

Peter Murphy (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

62:16

Foul by Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic).

61:24

Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:24

Foul by Mark Baxter (Forfar Athletic).

60:00

Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:57

Foul by Danny Denholm (Forfar Athletic).

59:03

Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:03

Foul by Derek Young (Forfar Athletic).

52:33

Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:33

Foul by Danny Denholm (Forfar Athletic).

50:31

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Michael Donald.

46:24

Attempt missed. Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

45:50

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Darren Dods.

45:00

Second Half begins Ayr United 0, Forfar Athletic 0.

45:00 +3:28 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ayr United 0, Forfar Athletic 0.

45:00 +3:07

Attempt missed. Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

44:35

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Mark Baxter.

42:43

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

42:43

Derek Young (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:01 Booking

Booking Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

41:26 Booking

Booking Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

41:17

Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:17

Foul by Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic).

39:37

Michael Donald (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:37

Foul by Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic).

36:54

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Stuart Malcolm.

31:18

Foul by Kevin McKinlay (Ayr United).

31:18

Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:14

Attempt missed. Derek Young (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

24:04

Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:04

Foul by Stuart Malcolm (Forfar Athletic).

23:05

Foul by Peter Murphy (Ayr United).

23:05

Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:34

Attempt missed. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

20:44

Foul by Peter Murphy (Ayr United).

20:44

Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:07

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

20:07

Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:53

Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:53

Foul by Mark Baxter (Forfar Athletic).

17:37

Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:37

Foul by Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic).

16:51

Foul by Peter McGill (Ayr United).

16:51

Michael Dunlop (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:24

Attempt missed. Ryan Donnelly (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

12:59

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Darren Dods.

12:31

Attempt saved. Jon Paul McGovern (Ayr United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

10:43

Attempt missed. Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

10:05

Attempt saved. Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

9:34

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Peter Murphy.

7:51

Attempt missed. Stephen Husband (Forfar Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

5:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Mark Baxter replaces Aaron James because of an injury.

2:20

Attempt saved. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:41

Attempt missed. Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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