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Greenock Morton 0-0 Ayr United: Honest Men miss chance to go top

Ayr United manager Ian McCall
Ian McCall thought his side had the better chances

Ayr United missed the chance to go top of the Scottish Championship after a goalless draw away to Greenock Morton.

The Honest Men edged the first half, with Ross Docherty's headed goal disallowed and Michael Moffat denied by goalkeeper Robby McCrory.

Charlie Telfer's blocked effort after a nice passage of play was the hosts' best opportunity.

The action was more drab in the second half, but Ayr's Lawrence Shankland did hit the foot of the post late on.

Ross County remain two points clear at the top with a game in hand, with Dundee United now one point behind Ayr after their 1-0 win away to Queen of the South.

Sixth-placed Morton are still looking for their first win since 4 January.

Greenock Morton manager Jonatan Johansson: "A good point and a good performance against a good side whose strikers have been firing a lot of goals.

"I'm happy with the work-rate and shape. Second-half, we looked dangerous on the counter-attack. We grew into the game."

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "We had two or three really good chances in the first half.

"Robby McCrorie's made three great saves, but our goalie hasn't had a save to make.

"Ultimately, because of what the players have done over a long period of time, we'll class that as a bad result.

"We've just got to stay in there. There are a lot of games to go."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 23McCrorie
  • 8McAlister
  • 5Waddell
  • 4BuchananBooked at 70mins
  • 3Iredale
  • 7Millar
  • 6Telfer
  • 15DykesBooked at 76minsSubstituted forLyonat 90+1'minutes
  • 44DallasSubstituted forO'Connellat 67'minutes
  • 11McHugh
  • 20Kiltie

Substitutes

  • 1Gaston
  • 2Kilday
  • 10Thomson
  • 14Tumilty
  • 17O'Connell
  • 32Lyon
  • 37McGrattan

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 27SmithBooked at 85mins
  • 30Muirhead
  • 5Rose
  • 3HarvieBooked at 88mins
  • 18Murdoch
  • 23DochertySubstituted forCaddenat 69'minutes
  • 8Crawford
  • 11McDaidSubstituted forMillerat 68'minutes
  • 7MoffatSubstituted forMooreat 73'minutes
  • 17Shankland

Substitutes

  • 2Higgins
  • 9Moore
  • 15Bell
  • 16Adams
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 28Cadden
  • 29Miller
Referee:
Colin Steven
Attendance:
2,335

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home5
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 0, Ayr United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 0, Ayr United 0.

Nicky Cadden (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jim McAlister (Morton).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Reece Lyon replaces Dylan Dykes.

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

Foul by Greg Kiltie (Morton).

Booking

Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Daniel Harvie (Ayr United).

Keelan O'Connell (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Booking

Liam Smith (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Smith (Ayr United).

Chris Millar (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Murdoch (Ayr United).

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

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

Foul by Bob McHugh (Morton).

Attempt blocked. Calvin Miller (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Jim McAlister.

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

Foul by Bob McHugh (Morton).

Booking

Dylan Dykes (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Greg Kiltie (Morton).

Foul by Nicky Cadden (Ayr United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Craig Moore replaces Michael Moffat.

Attempt missed. Dylan Dykes (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

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

Foul by Keelan O'Connell (Morton).

Booking

Gregor Buchanan (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Gregor Buchanan (Morton).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Nicky Cadden replaces Ross Docherty.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Calvin Miller replaces Declan McDaid.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Keelan O'Connell replaces Andrew Dallas.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Jack Iredale.

Attempt blocked. Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County23136439211845
2Ayr24127540221843
3Dundee Utd2412663431342
4Inverness CT2471253329433
5Queen of Sth247983429530
6Morton247982532-730
7Dunfermline2477102430-628
8Partick Thistle2474132536-1125
9Falkirk2466122535-1024
10Alloa2558122539-1423
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