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AyrAyr United0MortonGreenock Morton0

Ayr United 0-0 Greenock Morton

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Somerset Park
Ayr United's Craig Moore (right) is shown a red card following an altercation with Morton's Gregor Buchanan (left).
Ayr United's Craig Moore (right) was shown a red card

Leaders Ayr United held on for a draw against Morton despite playing the last half-hour with 10 men.

United striker Craig Moore was given a straight red card for kicking out at Gregor Buchanan after being fouled by the Ton defender.

The visitors went on to hit the post through Gary Oliver before Buchanan's late header was cleared off the line by Michael Moffat.

Ayr's lead at the top of the Championship increased to five points.

But Ross County and Dundee United, who are chasing them, still have a game in hand over the Somerset Park side.

Post-match reaction

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "We're content with a point given the way the second half panned out. The first half was pretty even and we were really poor.

"We started the second half well and then Craig Moore was daft and let his team-mates down. But his team-mates rallied round and made sure it wasn't too costly."

Morton manager Jonatan Johansson: "I'm very happy with the performance all game and we created enough both ion the first half and the second half to score that winning goal. A point and a clean sheet here is very good.

"Jim McAlister's very important to the team as a captain and a player. His passing was good and he was getting into the box as well which is what I want him to do."

Line-ups

Ayr

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Doohan
  • 6GegganSubstituted forHarvieat 79'minutes
  • 15Bell
  • 5RoseBooked at 13mins
  • 27Smith
  • 11McDaidSubstituted forForrestat 90+1'minutes
  • 18Murdoch
  • 4KerrBooked at 85mins
  • 8Crawford
  • 17ShanklandSubstituted forMoffatat 81'minutes
  • 9MooreBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 3Harvie
  • 7Moffat
  • 10Forrest
  • 12McGuffie
  • 14Ferguson
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 23Docherty

Morton

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Gaston
  • 2Kilday
  • 4BuchananBooked at 61mins
  • 5Waddell
  • 14Tumilty
  • 6TelferSubstituted forMacLeanat 70'minutes
  • 8McAlister
  • 12Tidser
  • 3Iredale
  • 11McHugh
  • 18Oliver

Substitutes

  • 10Thomson
  • 17Tiffoney
  • 19MacLean
  • 20Bell
  • 23Scully
  • 25McKeown
  • 37McGrattan
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
2,346

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ayr United 0, Morton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ayr United 0, Morton 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gregor Buchanan (Morton) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by Liam Smith.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Alan Forrest replaces Declan McDaid.

  6. Post update

    Declan McDaid (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jack Iredale (Morton).

  8. Booking

    Mark Kerr (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Mark Kerr (Ayr United).

  10. Post update

    Bob McHugh (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross MacLean (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Robbie Crawford (Ayr United).

  13. Post update

    Gary Oliver (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Michael Moffat replaces Lawrence Shankland.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Daniel Harvie replaces Andrew Geggan.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Gary Oliver (Morton).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by Steven Bell.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Tidser (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Declan McDaid (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr1493225121330
2Ross County137422491525
3Dundee Utd137332016424
4Inverness CT1441001913622
5Morton145541821-320
6Queen of Sth144642418618
7Dunfermline134361219-715
8Alloa13256917-811
9Partick Thistle1431101225-1310
10Falkirk142210821-138
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