Scottish Championship
AyrAyr United1Queen of SthQueen of the South1

Ayr United 1-1 Queen of the South

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Somerset Park
Queen of the South' Connor Murray
Queen of the South' Connor Murray scored with his first touch

Queen of the South's Connor Murray scored with his first touch to deny Ayr United a fourth consecutive win.

Michael Rose's header from Alan Forrest's corner had put the Honest Men in front a few minutes earlier.

Queens' captain Stephen Dobbie hit the inside of the post in a goal-less first half.

Lawrence Shankland and Craig Moore had a couple of half-chances for United but visiting goalkeeper Alan Martin dealt with those attempts.

The draw means Ayr's lead at the top of the Championship is increased to four points, given Ross county lost to Dundee United.

But what has gone is the hosts perfect record at Somerset Park this season.

Post-match reaction

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "I'd love to see the possession stats, it must be between 60% and 70% to us. We were really dominant.

"I thought Stephen Dobbie had his boots on the wrong feet in the first half and then he nearly scores an absolute wonder goal. But we should have been 2-0 or 3-0 up and the game should have been put to bed."

Queen of the South manager Gary Naysmith: "Ayr have won all their games here, so for us to take a point and we've now taken four points from six from them - we've got to be pleased.

"I tried to play a more attacking formation right from the off and it didn't really work. It caused us problems deeper in the pitch. Young Connor Murray comes off the bench for the equaliser and that'll do him the world of good."

Line-ups

Ayr

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Doohan
  • 27Smith
  • 15Bell
  • 5Rose
  • 3Harvie
  • 10ForrestSubstituted forMcGuffieat 76'minutes
  • 4KerrSubstituted forMcDaidat 82'minutes
  • 18MurdochBooked at 80mins
  • 8Crawford
  • 9MooreSubstituted forMoffatat 80'minutes
  • 17Shankland

Substitutes

  • 2Higgins
  • 7Moffat
  • 11McDaid
  • 12McGuffie
  • 14Ferguson
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 23Docherty

Queen of Sth

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Martin
  • 6Doyle
  • 12Semple
  • 4Fordyce
  • 3Marshall
  • 8Jacobs
  • 10ToddSubstituted forStirlingat 65'minutes
  • 22NormanSubstituted forMurrayat 81'minutes
  • 14HarkinsSubstituted forBellat 90+3'minutes
  • 11Dobbie
  • 25Dykes

Substitutes

  • 2Mercer
  • 7Stirling
  • 17Murray
  • 19Bell
  • 20Leighfield
  • 21Frizzell
  • 27Harvey
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
2,539

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home18
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ayr United 1, Queen of the South 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ayr United 1, Queen of the South 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Steven Bell (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. Owen Bell replaces Gary Harkins.

  5. Post update

    Liam Smith (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Gary Harkins (Queen of the South).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Michael Rose (Ayr United).

  10. Post update

    Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Callum Semple (Queen of the South).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Declan McDaid replaces Mark Kerr.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Ayr United 1, Queen of the South 1. Connor Murray (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum Fordyce.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. Connor Murray replaces David Norman.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Michael Moffat replaces Craig Moore.

  17. Booking

    Andy Murdoch (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Andy Murdoch (Ayr United).

  19. Post update

    David Norman (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Craig McGuffie replaces Alan Forrest.

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