Scottish Premiership - Play-off Quarter-final - 1st Leg
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Ayr 1-3 Inverness CT: Jordan White double has Highlanders in control

Charlie Trafford scores
Charlie Trafford scored the opener at Somerset Park

Jordan White's double ensured Inverness Caledonian Thistle have the advantage over Ayr United in the second leg of the Premiership play-off quarter-final.

The Highlanders took a first-half lead when Charlie Trafford headed in Joe Chalmers' corner.

White beat the offside trap and showed composure to chip the ball over Ross Doohan to extend Caley Thistle's lead.

Michael Rose headed in emphatically to give Ayr hope but White's excellent penalty restored the two-goal cushion.

It was the tall striker's 16th goal of the season and it was despatched into the top right corner.

That Caley Thistle third goal came at a time when a United equaliser looked more likely, because the introduction of teenage forward Luke McCowan had breathed new life into the Honest Men.

Lawrence Shankland had already stung the palms of goalkeeper Mark Ridgers before Coventry City-bound Rose netted.

Mark Kerr appeared to be the guilty party for the award of the Inverness penalty, for a push on Jamie McCart.

The hosts have another injury concern in that midfielder Robbie Crawford was withdrawn at half-time with a hip knock.

The return leg in Inverness will take place on Saturday.

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Watch: Inverness defeat Ayr United to take step closer to Premiership

'The job is not done' - Reaction

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "He is a yard offside and it is nowhere near a penalty kick.

"We always knew the physicality from Inverness would be a problem, albeit they have a lot of good footballers.

Inverness boss John Robertson: "We have said to the players it is a really good away performance.

"But the job is not finished. This is ateam that knocked five by Dundee United earlier this season. We will prepare for another battle on Saturday."

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 27Smith
  • 30Muirhead
  • 5Rose
  • 3Harvie
  • 23Docherty
  • 8CrawfordBooked at 42minsSubstituted forKerrat 45'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 18Murdoch
  • 11McDaidSubstituted forForrestat 80'minutes
  • 7MoffatSubstituted forMcCowanat 62'minutes
  • 17Shankland

Substitutes

  • 4Kerr
  • 10Forrest
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 21Ecrepont
  • 25McCowan
  • 28Cadden
  • 29Miller

Inverness CT

  • 1Ridgers
  • 22McKay
  • 6McCart
  • 5Donaldson
  • 29McHattie
  • 11WalshSubstituted forRooneyat 79'minutes
  • 24TraffordBooked at 68mins
  • 4Chalmers
  • 10Doran CoganSubstituted forMcCauleyat 78'minutes
  • 7PolworthSubstituted forMcDonaldat 88'minutes
  • 19WhiteBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Rooney
  • 8McCauley
  • 9Austin
  • 17McDonald
  • 21Mackay
  • 35Macgregor
  • 40Harper
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
2,171

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 1, Inverness CT 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 1, Inverness CT 3.

Attempt missed. Luke McCowan (Ayr United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Brad McKay.

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Ayr United).

Booking

Jordan White (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Jordan White (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Liam Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Anthony McDonald replaces Liam Polworth.

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

Foul by Jamie McCart (Inverness CT).

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Alan Forrest replaces Declan McDaid.

Attempt blocked. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Shaun Rooney replaces Tom Walsh.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Darren McCauley replaces Aaron Doran.

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Ayr United).

Jordan White (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Declan McDaid (Ayr United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 1, Inverness CT 3. Jordan White (Inverness CT) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Booking

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

Penalty conceded by Mark Kerr (Ayr United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Inverness CT. Jamie McCart draws a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Daniel Harvie.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Coll Donaldson.

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

Booking

Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT).

Attempt saved. Declan McDaid (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 1, Inverness CT 2. Michael Rose (Ayr United) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke McCowan with a cross following a corner.

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

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Mark Ridgers.

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

Foul by Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT).

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

Foul by Joe Chalmers (Inverness CT).

Attempt blocked. Luke McCowan (Ayr United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Brad McKay.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Luke McCowan replaces Michael Moffat.

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