Scottish Championship
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Greenock Morton 1-5 Ayr United: League leaders two points clear

Lawrence Shankland celebrates scoring for Ayr United
Lawrence Shankland has now scored 17 goals this season

Ayr United are two points clear at the Scottish Championship summit after trouncing Morton at Cappielow.

Ayr scored four goals in 16 second-half minutes after Ross Doohan conceded then saved Michael Tidser's penalty.

Lawrence Shankland netted twice to take his season's tally to 17. Craig Moore also scored a double, with Declan McDaid completing the rout.

United are two points above Ross County after seven games. Morton, who scored through Charlie Telfer, sit sixth.

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "Ross saves the penalty which he gave away with a great save and after that, every time we got up the park, we looked like scoring goals.

"We got five and should have scored more. I don't know what team to pick next week against Dundee United - the real pleasing thing for us today was that a lot of boys got on who hadn't had a lot of game time and showed they are totally and utterly ready to play."

Morton manager Jonatan Johansson: "It was really poor defending. We capitulated after they scored their second - it's unacceptable.

"We completely lost our shape. Ayr play their system very well, work really hard and have two really good strikers. But up until the second goal we handled it quite well."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 23Scully
  • 14TumiltyBooked at 50mins
  • 2Kilday
  • 4Buchanan
  • 25McKeown
  • 7MillarSubstituted forMacLeanat 55'minutes
  • 8McAlister
  • 12TidserSubstituted forLyonat 52'minutes
  • 6Telfer
  • 18Oliver
  • 17TiffoneySubstituted forMcHughat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gaston
  • 3Iredale
  • 5Waddell
  • 11McHugh
  • 19MacLean
  • 22Armour
  • 32Lyon

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 27Smith
  • 15Bell
  • 5Rose
  • 3Harvie
  • 6GegganSubstituted forDochertyat 81'minutes
  • 18Murdoch
  • 8CrawfordSubstituted forMcGuffieat 63'minutes
  • 11McDaid
  • 7MoffatSubstituted forMooreat 63'minutes
  • 17Shankland

Substitutes

  • 4Kerr
  • 9Moore
  • 10Forrest
  • 12McGuffie
  • 16Adams
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 23Docherty
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
2,273

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home5
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 1, Ayr United 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 1, Ayr United 5.

Foul by Reece Lyon (Morton).

Ross Docherty (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 1, Ayr United 5. Declan McDaid (Ayr United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Reece Lyon (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Docherty (Ayr United).

Reece Lyon (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross Docherty (Ayr United).

Attempt missed. Charlie Telfer (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Reece Lyon (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ross Docherty (Ayr United).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Ross Docherty replaces Andrew Geggan.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 1, Ayr United 4. Craig Moore (Ayr United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Murdoch.

Foul by Gary Oliver (Morton).

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

Gregor Buchanan (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig McGuffie (Ayr United).

Attempt saved. Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Charlie Telfer (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Murdoch (Ayr United).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Bob McHugh replaces Scott Tiffoney.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 1, Ayr United 3. Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig McGuffie.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 1, Ayr United 2. Craig Moore (Ayr United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Charlie Telfer (Morton).

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

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Jim McAlister (Morton).

Liam Smith (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jim McAlister (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Geggan (Ayr United).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Craig McGuffie replaces Robbie Crawford.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Craig Moore replaces Michael Moffat.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Daniel Harvie.

Foul by Reece Lyon (Morton).

Andy Murdoch (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Liam Smith.

Attempt missed. Ross MacLean (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Steven Bell.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Ross MacLean replaces Chris Millar because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr7511169716
2Ross County7421124814
3Inverness CT734094513
4Dundee Utd73221212011
5Queen of Sth723213769
6Morton7232911-29
7Partick Thistle7304912-39
8Dunfermline7223713-68
9Alloa7034310-73
10Falkirk7106513-83
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