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Ross County 3-2 Ayr United: Billy Mckay suffers injury as hat-trick maintains lead

Ross County's Billy Mckay is in pain after scoring a hat-trick
Billy Mckay went off in pain after scoring his hat-trick

Billy Mckay suffered a suspected broken arm as he completed a hat-trick that gave Ross County a thrilling win over Ayr United to maintain their Championship lead.

He pounced on to Jamie Lindsay's high ball into the box, but Lawrence Shankland levelled with a fine finish after the break.

Mckay fired into the top corner before Andy Murdoch's header levelled again.

The County striker finished well from close range to secure the win.

But he fell awkwardly and was immediately substituted.

County remain five points clear at the top of the table, while Ayr drop to third, three points behind Dundee United, who beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-0.

Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson: "They are willing to stand up and be counted week in, week out and tonight was another example of that.

"Obviously all our thoughts are with making sure Billy is okay - it looks like he has broken his arm, it has snapped, it looks a very sore one - but the three goals he scored just sums up his season, he has been absolutely fantastic for us.

"We believe in our squad and we believe in the numbers we have, so we will dust ourselves down after this battle and make sure we are ready to go for our next game against Morton."

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "I'm unbelievably proud of them. We are up at the top of this league and we are playing against teams who are maybe better suited to it.

"I thought we merited a draw, but we didn't get it, so we just take our medicine and get home.

"This league is amazing. If you win three or fouor games in a row, everything can change and that is what we will be aiming to do."

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 2Fraser
  • 15Watson
  • 44Grivosti
  • 28van der WegBooked at 82mins
  • 14MullinSubstituted forCowieat 90'minutes
  • 8LindsayBooked at 56mins
  • 16Spence
  • 7Gardyne
  • 9MckaySubstituted forMcManusat 75'minutes
  • 27StewartSubstituted forGrahamat 23'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10McManus
  • 18Semple
  • 19Graham
  • 21Munro
  • 24Paton
  • 26Cowie
  • 31Armstrong

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 27Smith
  • 16Adams
  • 5RoseBooked at 54mins
  • 3Harvie
  • 18MurdochSubstituted forCaddenat 85'minutes
  • 23DochertySubstituted forKerrat 58'minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 8Crawford
  • 29Miller
  • 7MoffatSubstituted forMcDaidat 78'minutes
  • 17Shankland

Substitutes

  • 2Higgins
  • 4Kerr
  • 11McDaid
  • 15Bell
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 28Cadden
  • 30Muirhead
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
3,489

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home11
Away4
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 3, Ayr United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 3, Ayr United 2.

Brian Graham (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Harvie (Ayr United).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Don Cowie replaces Josh Mullin.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ross Doohan.

Attempt saved. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Keith Watson (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Nicky Cadden replaces Andy Murdoch.

Lewis Spence (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Murdoch (Ayr United).

Foul by Declan McManus (Ross County).

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

Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

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

Hand ball by Daniel Harvie (Ayr United).

Booking

Kenny van der Weg (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kenny van der Weg (Ross County).

Calvin Miller (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Jamie Lindsay (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Liam Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Declan McDaid replaces Michael Moffat because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Declan McManus replaces Billy Mckay because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 3, Ayr United 2. Billy Mckay (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

Booking

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

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Kerr (Ayr United).

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 2, Ayr United 2. Andy Murdoch (Ayr United) header from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

Jamie Adams (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Kenny van der Weg (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Calvin Miller (Ayr United).

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 2, Ayr United 1. Billy Mckay (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jamie Lindsay.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Liam Smith.

Attempt saved. Brian Graham (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Daniel Harvie.

Attempt blocked. Josh Mullin (Ross County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County25156446252151
2Dundee Utd2613763632446
3Ayr26127742261643
4Inverness CT2681263430436
5Dunfermline2697102830-234
6Morton268992633-733
7Queen of Sth2679103532330
8Alloa2668122740-1326
9Falkirk2567122636-1025
10Partick Thistle2674152743-1625
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