Ayr United 0-2 Rangers

Bilel Mohsni congratulates fellow Rangers scorer Lewis Macleod

Lewis Macleod hit a stunning overhead kick as Rangers defeated Ayr United in a bruising match at Somerset Park to make it eight consecutive league wins.

Ally McCoist's men hit two goals in two second-half minutes to take all three points in the League One encounter.

Bilel Mohsni broke the deadlock with a turn and shot in the area, after Ayr had hit the post.

Then Macleod added a sublime second, with the youngster rising to smash home a brilliant goal.

Michael Donald almost gave Ayr a dream start in four minutes in front of the capacity crowd, getting to ex-Ibrox striker Kevin Kyle's cut-back after slack play by Ricky Foster.

His left foot shot spun over Cammy Bell but bounced agonisingly off the post.

Scott McLaughlin was next to test the visitors, hitting a long dipping free-kick which Bell had to push over his bar.

Rangers were dominating possession without looking too dangerous and the busiest Ayr goalkeeper David Hutton had been in the opening 20 minutes was smothering a long-range strike by Lee McCulloch.

As the half wore on the visitors began to see more of the ball, and McCulloch nearly took advantage when Hutton spilled Andrew Little's low free-kick.

At the other end Mohsni was first into the book after a lazy tackle on the edge of his own area, and McLaughin curled in another free-kick which Bell had to push wide.

Jon Daly passed up a golden opportunity to make it 1-0 just before the break. He had managed to nip in front of his marker and had the goal gaping, but the ball appeared to spin off his left foot and went harmlessly wide.

The game was becoming increasingly scrappy, with McCulloch and Kyle in particularly having an intriguing battle for superiority. It seemed inevitable that the opening goal would come from a free-kick.

That came in the 56th minute. Ian Black delivered the ball from the left, Little chested it down, and Mohsni was given the time to turn and hit an unstoppable shot past Hutton.

It was the spark the game needed, and two minutes later Macleod added a real moment of quality to make it 2-0. He sent the ball into the roof of the net with an overhead kick after Arnold Peralta's corner had come off Mohsni into his path.

Lee Wallace could have made it three when he latched on to Nicky Law's ball, but he fired his shot over with just Hutton to beat.

A goal for Ayr would have brought new life into the game but they could not get close in the second half, with Donald's deflected shot late on the best they could offer.

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Hutton
  • 4Campbell
  • 3Pope
  • 2Hunter
  • 5Lithgow
  • 9Moffat
  • 8CrawfordSubstituted forForrestat 80'minutes
  • 7RobertsBooked at 36minsSubstituted forMarenghiat 64'minutes
  • 6McLaughlinBooked at 77mins
  • 11Donald
  • 10KyleBooked at 48minsSubstituted forMalcolmat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Forrest
  • 16McGowan
  • 17Longridge
  • 12Shankland
  • 14Malcolm
  • 19Muir
  • 18Marenghi

Rangers

  • 1Bell
  • 2Foster
  • 6McCulloch
  • 5Wallace
  • 3MohsniBooked at 35mins
  • 10MacLeod
  • 4PeraltaSubstituted forCrawfordat 87'minutes
  • 7LittleSubstituted forTempletonat 74'minutes
  • 8Black
  • 11Law
  • 9Daly

Substitutes

  • 17Clark
  • 18Aird
  • 15Faure
  • 16Simonsen
  • 12Templeton
  • 19Smith
  • 14Crawford
Referee:
Bobby Madden

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home19
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 0, Rangers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 0, Rangers 2.

Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonathan Daly (Rangers).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Martyn Campbell.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Daly (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Robert Crawford replaces Arnold Peralta.

Attempt missed. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lee McCulloch (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

Foul by Jonathan Daly (Rangers).

Martyn Campbell (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

Michael Donald (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Michael Donald (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

Craig Malcolm (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Alan Forrest replaces Robert Crawford.

Attempt missed. David Templeton (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Nicky Law (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

Attempt missed. Lee Wallace (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by David Templeton.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Craig Malcolm replaces Kevin Kyle.

Hand ball by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. David Templeton replaces Andrew Little.

Michael Donald (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Rangers).

Ian Black (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

Andrew Little (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Crawford (Ayr United).

Lee Wallace (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Donald (Ayr United).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Anthony Marenghi replaces Mark Roberts.

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Rangers).

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