Scottish Championship
Ayr3Alloa0

Ayr United 3-0 Alloa Athletic

Ayr United's Lawrence Shankland celebrates
Lawrence Shankland has scored 12 times this season

Lawrence Shankland marked his 50th start for Ayr United by bringing up his half-century of goals to fire them to the top of the Scottish Championship.

The 23-year-old took his league tally for the season to a dozen with a double in the 3-0 victory over Alloa Athletic.

Shankland scored his first in the 46th minute and adding his landmark 50th in the second minute of added time.

In between, Alan Forrest's third league goal of the campaign nine minutes from time had wrapped up victory.

With Ross County being held to a draw at Falkirk, it allowed the Honest Men to assume top spot as second bottom Alloa, with only one win in their last 11 matches, slipped to their first defeat at Somerset Park since March 2011.

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 27Smith
  • 5Rose
  • 15Bell
  • 3Harvie
  • 11McDaidSubstituted forAdamsat 74'minutes
  • 18Murdoch
  • 6GegganSubstituted forCrawfordat 60'minutes
  • 10Forrest
  • 7MoffatSubstituted forMooreat 59'minutes
  • 17Shankland

Substitutes

  • 8Crawford
  • 9Moore
  • 12McGuffie
  • 14Ferguson
  • 16Adams
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 23Docherty

Alloa

  • 1Parry
  • 2Taggart
  • 5Graham
  • 4Roscoe
  • 3Dick
  • 23ShieldsSubstituted forCawleyat 55'minutes
  • 11Flannigan
  • 8RobertsonBooked at 69mins
  • 15HastieBooked at 44minsSubstituted forSpenceat 72'minutes
  • 12BurtSubstituted forTroutenat 64'minutes
  • 19Zanatta

Substitutes

  • 6Hetherington
  • 7Cawley
  • 9Spence
  • 10Trouten
  • 14Brown
  • 17Peggie
  • 31Henry
Referee:
David Munro
Attendance:
1,742

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home20
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 3, Alloa Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 3, Alloa Athletic 0.

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 3, Alloa Athletic 0. Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal.

Foul by Jamie Adams (Ayr United).

Dario Zanatta (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Smith (Ayr United).

Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Adams (Ayr United).

Greig Spence (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Robbie Crawford (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Steven Bell.

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 2, Alloa Athletic 0. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lawrence Shankland.

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Liam Dick.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Jamie Adams replaces Declan McDaid.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Greig Spence replaces Jake Hastie.

Foul by Robbie Crawford (Ayr United).

Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Robbie Crawford (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jon Robertson (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jon Robertson (Alloa Athletic).

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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

Foul by Scott Taggart (Alloa Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Alan Trouten replaces Liam Burt.

Attempt missed. Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Craig Moore (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jon Robertson (Alloa Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Robbie Crawford replaces Andrew Geggan.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Craig Moore replaces Michael Moffat.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Michael Rose.

Attempt blocked. Scott Taggart (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Declan McDaid (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jake Hastie (Alloa Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Kevin Cawley replaces Connor Shields.

Hand ball by Daniel Harvie (Ayr United).

Attempt blocked. Liam Smith (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Liam Smith (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr1181223111225
2Ross County117312261624
3Dundee Utd115331716118
4Inverness CT11380138517
5Queen of Sth114432012816
6Morton114431318-516
7Dunfermline113351118-712
8Partick Thistle113081018-89
9Alloa11155716-98
10Falkirk11119619-134
View full Scottish Championship table

Top Stories